An ideal way to get yourself into a spring mood, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating like this year, is to use the first sunny day you get to visit Boston, Massachusetts while it is dressed up for spring. Boston is always a perfect city for history and walking, but when the tulips, hydrangea and cherry blooms add pops of colors, it is particularly spirit-lifting. Here is my prescription to cure your winter blues.
Trinity Church was built in 1872 out of red sandstone and granite in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. It is an ornate Episcopalian church full of unique stained glass and is more than worth the $7 entrance fee. It was designed to be a work of art and has intricate details inside and out. Be sure to go on a Friday in May through July to hear famous organists from around the world play in this church known for its acoustics, as we did on this visit.
From the Trinity church website, “The building is dedicated: Friday morning was bright and clear, and the whole was very beautiful and spring-like.” A perfect stop on this spring day. The interior of the church is quite striking, especially if you love stain glass. Throughout the church are stained glasses windows representing inventive art styling from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries, most notably the south turquoise windows, by John LaFarge, whose opaque layering techniques produced one of my favorite windows in the world and inspired Louis Comfort Tiffany.
I am a big fan of nature and am particularly drawn to green spaces nestled in metropolitan areas. The gardens are a wonderful place to relax, take a swan boat ride on the lake, read, stroll or take pictures in the tulip gardens. They are the first formal gardens in the United States and were created as a more Victorian, structured extension of the Boston Commons and the end of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.
Beacon Hill is right across the street from the Public Garden. Its cobblestone streets, gas lamps, antique stores and high-end restaurants make it an adorably perfect place to visit on a girl’s day. The area’s rich history can be seen in its Federal, Greek and Victorian architecture, the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Center for Jewish History and the Black Heritage Trail, which highlights its important involvement in abolition. A walk up Charles Street will give you a great chance to check out all the boutiques and antique stores.
There are so many great dining options, but here are some great recommendations.
High Tea at the Taj on the weekends
Our day was spent within a 30-minute walk from the Back Bay MBTA station. Taking the train in to Boston is a convenient and inexpensive way to beat the parking and traffic in this city.
Literary Inspiration: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamont.
Have a happy and colorful spring!