Exploring Your Own City

 Even with the quick 15-minute T ride downtown, I don’t go in to explore the hidden gems Boston has to offer nearly as often as I should. 


With the busy summer months coming to an end and the temperatures finally cooling down, I am moving mountains (okay, not really) to spend as much time as possible outside as I can before the freezing cold temperatures creep in. With that being said, my goal for the remainder of August/September/October is to spend any free time I have on the weekends, exploring Boston.  Whether it be grabbing breakfast, trying a new exercise class, or just walking without a destination in mind, I’m challenging myself to make an effort to get into the city (when I’m not at work, of course!) and say “I wish I went into the city more” come winter.

A few ways I’m exploring my own city: 

Try New Restaurants

I have been compiling a list of restaurants on my phone since I started working in the city last year. Whether they were recommended, I walked by them, or someone posted about the restaurant on social media, it went on to the list. I had mentioned the list/read it to Chris a small handful of times, but last week when we were out to dinner at our favorite place by my apartment, we took another look over it and realized we always end up going to the same places. Long story short, we ended up transferring the list on my phone to a Google spreadsheet that has the restaurant name, location (generalized by neighborhood/area), and website. This way, we can easily look up a restaurant in the area we want to go out in and check the menu to see if it’s what we’re in the mood for!

And since we always end up at the same places, we have decided that we aren’t going to repeat any of our current restaurants until we finish the list! I personally think we should mix in a repeat after every 10 restaurants since our current list will bring us into later January (if we go out once per week!), but that’s still up for discussion.

Anywayssssss – trying out new restaurants is a great way to explore your own city. More often than not, these restaurants are in new-to-you areas, which will open your eyes to new shops, gorgeous murals, and amazing people!

Go a little further

When I do make plans to spend the day in the city, go out at night, or even hop in for a few hours by myself, I always go to the areas that are the easiest to get to. Read: all of the areas close to the red line. If I have to switch lines to get somewhere or have to walk more than 15-20 minutes, I can bet your bottom dollar I won’t be going there.

So how do you make those areas a priority? Find an activity in that area you want to visit! One of the areas in Boston I don’t go very often is Fenway/Kenmore but Chris and I are dying to get to the Museum of Fine Arts (we’re going this weekend!) which puts us within easy access to Fenway! There’s also a city Target over there soooo win-win??

Living in the city is such a blessing and not everyone is lucky enough to experience the lifestyle of the city (or have easy access to a major metropolitan city!). Take advantage of it, even if you live in a smaller city. There’s so much to learn and experience!

How do you make an effort to explore your city?

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  1. 8.14.18

    Trying new restaurants near me is one of my favorite things to do! I also love discovering new local boutiques and shops.

    xo, brooke

  2. 8.14.18
    Liz said:

    I like to try new restaurants too! I also love new experiences – finding a great place to hike outside of town, checking out the new laser tag place, etc.

  3. 8.14.18
    Kate said:

    Those are such good ways to explore!

  4. 8.14.18
    Mariah said:

    Loved this post! Look at you starting travel posts. I need to start exploring my suburb more!


  5. 8.14.18
    maggie said:

    I love discovering new restaurants and places here in the City

  6. 8.15.18

    Discovering your own city is a great way to find new fun things and try everything different without going too far. Boston is such a great city, very walkable (when the effort to walk is there haha).

  7. 8.15.18
    Briana said:

    Honestly this is always the best! So fun!


  8. 8.15.18
    Francesca said:

    I do the same things! I’m in NYC so it’s impossible to see ~ everything ~ but I try to make a conscious effort to get out of my city comfort zone aka explore beyond my area in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan and expand my horizons when it comes to restaurants and coffee shops. I live by the “they’re my favorite for a reason!” mentality but finding a new place to eat in a different neighborhood is such an easy way to explore because it gives you a purpose to go a little further.

  9. 8.15.18
    Torey said:

    Trying new restaurants is my favorite thing to do! It makes for a perfect date night.

  10. 8.15.18
    Laura Leigh said:

    This shot is absolutely gorgeous gal! And exploring your own city can be so much fun. I love your suggestions! Give me all the food 🙂

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  11. 8.15.18
    ashley hargrove said:

    Grayson and I always love trying out new spots in Austin. There are so many places popping up we almost can’t keep up!

  12. 8.16.18

    I rarely explore my city but there are great tips! I usually stick to the same places to visit, eat and hang with friends.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  13. 8.17.18
    Brittany said:

    I love exploring new restaurants!!! I think it would be fun to get some girlfriends together and have a progressive dinner- start somewhere for apps, then a new place for dinner, then someplace new for dessert!! So much to explore!


  14. 8.17.18
    Kileen said:

    Love this post!! I’ve been trying to explore my city more, there are some gems that I would have never known!

    cute & little

  15. 8.17.18

    i loveee the idea of exploring your own city!! there’s always so much more to explore!

  16. 8.17.18
    Laura said:

    I love trying new restaurants!! Such a great way to explore new areas of a city too.

    xo, Laura