Beacon Hill & Charles Street, Boston
If you take the T ( Bostonians call the T for Subway Line)to Park Street you can see this Beacon Hill Street just next to the park.
Fondest memory: There is a long walk they call Freedom Trial. They painted this route with red line. Any way we didn't do the whole thing. I don't thing it's a big deal.
Bordering on the Boston Common, Beacon Hill is the "finer" neighborhood in downtown Boston. It is also where a lot of the older, more historic homes are located, thus, Beacon Hill offers the traveler a view into the city's past and as well as the rich and famous.
Fondest memory: From the discolored, purple glass dating from the 18th century that can be found on some of the homes to the little, narrow side streets Beacon Hill is a great neighborhood for walks. Stroll around the hill or head down to Charles Street for restaurants and shops and you can almost forget that you are in the middle of a large, overly congested U.S. city.
This venerable neighborhood is right in the heart of Boston, yet it seems light years removed from the bustling city surrounding it. Beacon Hill is known for stately mansions and row houses, brick sidewalks, gas lamps, fine decorative ironwork, colorful doors with brass knockers, windowsill flower boxes, and neat little gardens. The architectural style here is predominant Federal, Victorian and Greek Revival, with early 20th-century Colonial Revival thrown in for good measure. History is preserved by regulations prohibiting owners from making change to any visible structure without the approval of an architectural commission. The atmosphere here harkens back to a time long gone. This place is almost a living time capsule, preserving the splendor and elegance of Boston in the mid-19th century.
Beacon Hill is surrounded by Beacon St, Bowdoin St, Cambridge St, and Storrow Drive. Of note is Louisburg Square, known for its elegant Federal-style buildings. The Museum of Afro-American History is a stop on the Black Heritage Trail. The first Harrison Gray Otis House on Cambridge Street was designed by none other than Charles Bulfinch, who was responsible for the design of the U.S. Capitol. Of course State House, another Bulfinch creation, is a required stop. The Bull & Finch Pub, a popular stop for tourist, is on Beacon Street across from the Public Garden. Nestled between Willow and Cedar Street is a narrow cobblestoned lane lined with brickhouses -- Acorn Street claims to be the most photographed street in America.
This picturesque neighborhood is worthy of a detour from your itinerary.
Fondest memory: Living here is a little above my budget! So I did the next best thing and took a lot of pictures. The colorful painted doors, often with a solid brass knocker, are just adorable. I compiled several of them into a single poster. I'll have to admit this isn't my idea. Years ago I saw a poster entitled "Doors of Beacon Hill" or something similar. That was such a neat idea that I felt I had to duplicate it. I felt a little odd lugging around a camera, and sometimes a tripod, and take pictures of people's houses. But everyone was very friendly; one even offered to turn on the porch light so I can see better. I left with a good impression.
Favorite thing: Beginning at the Boston Common and ringing the bottom of Beacon Hill, Charles Street is one of the more commercialized and trendy streets in Boston. Its brick sidewalks are lined with tidy shops, boutiques, small grocery stores, restaurants, cafe. A walk here can be both pleasant and romantic. The quaint shops here will bring to mind the days of old. Charles Street is a block away from the Esplanade and the historic neighborhood of Beacon hill is just steps away.