An ideal way to get yourself into a spring mood, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating, 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 by enjoying springtime in Boston.
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. Touring the church is more than worth the $7 entrance fee. It was designed to be a work of art with 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.
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. The gardens are 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 in spring. The Federal, Greek and Victorian architecture speak of the area’s rich history. Be sure to see the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Center for Jewish History and the Black Heritage Trail, which highlights the neighborhood’s important involvement in abolition. A walk up Charles Street will give you a great chance to check out all the boutiques and antique stores.
Dining in Boston
There are so many great dining options, but here are some great recommendations.
High Tea at the Taj on the weekends
Getting to Boston Commons or Beacon Hill in Boston
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
Reading The Boston Girl will allow the history of Boston to come alive in your mind. The book is the simple, but beautiful story of Addie Baum, a Jewish immigrant growing up in 1920s Boston. Her story is told through an interview by Ava, Addie’s spirited granddaughter. The Boston Girl explores how woman’s roles have changed throughout the last hundred years. It reminded me of Brooklyn, another story of an immigrant’s life in its complicated simplicity. The theme of how life’s routine happenings can shape a person or a generation is one of my favorites in literature.
Like most US cities, Boston was shaped by the immigrants who first visited it. Our old cities are a wonderful mix of old and new and The Boston Girl will allow you to picture days gone by in this beautiful, old city. When you walk by the Old Trinity Church now or through the Boston Gardens you will be able to picture Addie’s world.
Have you read this book? Do you have another book set in Boston that you love? What is your favorite place in Boston in spring?
Happy reading and enjoy your spring!