Boston is famous for being the birthplace of the American Revolution, and being a beacon in the world of higher education with the nation’s oldest university in Harvard and other world class universities like MIT in Cambridge. It’s a great city for exploring America’s history and taking in pretty sites like a stroll along the beautiful Charles River esplanade, gorgeous Public Gardens, the lovely harbour front and posh neighbourhoods like Beacon Hill. But Boston has even more to offer in its famous towns, like Quincy in the south, which offers a convenient beach with beautiful downtown views and some fantastic takeout seafood.
The most convenient way to get to know Boston’s towns are via car. Boston has good public transportation for an American city, but with 4.5 million people, some areas aren’t covered very well via public transport. We manage to live and work in Boston without owning a car. In lieu of car ownership we rent vehicles via Zipcar, which is a super handy service in the city of its conception and which has subsequently exploded all over the United States and can also be found in the United Kingdom, Austria and Spain. Zipcar has cars in parking lots all over Boston that can be reserved by the hour or by the day. On average we rent a car once a week to explore a new locale, run errands, shop or partake in an essential pastime- eating! By renting a car only when we need it, we save a lot of money for traveling.
Living and working in a lively city like Boston is great, but it’s important to find some peace within the city too- whether it’s finding a quiet spot in the park or getting out to the beach from time to time. We recently discovered Quincy Beach after doing some grocery shopping in the Jamaica Plains neighbourhood at City Feed and Supply. Jamaica Plains is where you’ll find the Samuel Adams Brewery and City Feed and Supply offers quality food in the neighborhood. We were thrilled to find Polenta here, among many other goodies.
In the town of Quincy, on Wollaston Beach, we visited Tony’s Clam Shop and enjoyed the best lobster roll we’ve eaten in New England so far. Many visitors to New England enjoy eating their way through as many lobster rolls and clam chowders as they can, as do many locals! Tony’s roll was piled with big lobster pieces and is quality stuff in a laid back setting. From their terrace in the evening we watched Boston’s skyline light up the night across the street from the beach, smelling the seaside air as we also enjoyed a delicious broiled scallop meal. Fried seafood is really popular in New England but we usually go for the region’s healthier options.
Whether you have an extended stay in Boston or you live here, get to know more of this great city when you have the chance. We picked up a few great recommendations from Zipcar’s online travel magazine, Ziptopia. Check out this handy guide for some great suggestions when zipping around cities across the USA!