After my mother passed away and my father moved to assisted living in Massachusetts, I vowed to try to visit him every month. Naturally, that was impossible during the pandemic, but otherwise, I’ve tried to keep my promise to him and to myself. When Dave and I drive up to see my father, we stay at nearby hotels, such as the Hyatt Place in Braintree (see, The Newly Renovated Hyatt Place Boston/Braintree) or the Courtyard in Dedham/Westwood. Sometimes I do an out and back one-day trip via Amtrak. It’s exhausting, but I get to see my father (and my sisters too – they both live in the area). Other times, Dave and I fly up, rent a car for one day to visit with my father, and then stay at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor at Boston Logan Airport (see, Hotel and Suite Review: Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor).
On our most recent trip, we flew from LaGuardia Airport to Boston Airport. We rented a car and then went to dinner with my entire family (including nieces and nephews). We got back to the hotel in time to go to sleep. When we stay at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor, we like to fly home late in the afternoon so we can feel like we’ve had a mini-vacation. This way, we first either work out in the hotel gym or we go for a leisurely walk and then we eat breakfast at the hotel, all before heading back to the airport.
On this day, the weather was perfect, so I dragged Dave out for a walk around Boston Harbor.
Sometimes the beauty of travel is NOT knowing what you’ll see next.
Don’t you love it when you’re traveling and you happen upon new and interesting areas and sites that you didn’t know existed? Suddenly, you have the excitement from discovering something you didn’t know existed! It’s not quite like Christopher Columbus or Ferdinand Magellan, but you know what I mean, right? This happens to me everywhere I go, and that’s why I always incorporate wandering time into my itinerary.
So there we were, on the other side of Boston Harbor, and I noticed a street named Marginal Street. I felt compelled to follow it. Only afterwards did I learn that I was in an area called Jeffries Point/East Boston. This area is totally interesting and cool.
I entered a redeveloped shipyard area and noticed a lot of wonderful public art and murals. I got so excited – it reminded me of the thrill I felt as a child when I’d see a street filled with Christmas lights and decorations. I subsequently did a little homework and learned that this was all part of a public arts project called HarborArts together with Sea Walls. Now I can’t wait to return and explore more.
Of course, we couldn’t stay too long, as we had to return for breakfast and to pack up the room and head back to the airport. The restaurant at the hotel is open (yay!!), and of course I dug right into the Lobster Benedict, which was delicious.
Have a great day!