I say "off the beaten path" because it's not necessarily in the middle of everything; however, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is probably one of the most famous cemeteries in the US. In fact, the word "cemetery" originated with this historic burial ground.
Mt. Auburn is full of beauty and serenity: a thriving home for vibrant natural life, a peaceful resting place for those who've passed before us (among whom are some very notable characters). Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edwin Booth, Charles Bulfinch, Mary Baker Eddy, and Isabella Stewart Gardner are among Boston's famous deceased whose remains lie in Mt. Auburn's grounds.
An arboretum, a fantastic place for a walk, home to a small pond teeming with wildlife, you might even encounter a hawk at Mt. Auburn. The classic architecture of the stones, tombs, and gorgeous chapel could keep you occupied for hours. Climb to the top of the tower located in the middle of the cemetery, and you'll be rewarded with a 360 degree view of Boston's skyline.
Whether you're out for a hike, are curious about Boston (and the country's) history, or just want to relax in a quiet, beautiful, peaceful place just outside of the heart of the city, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a trip worth taking.
Scores of local artists open their homes and/or studios the first weekend of May each year for Somerville Open Studios. This is a great opportunity to explore the various (and off the beaten path) neighborhoods of Somerville while simultaneously enjoying and, maybe even, purchasing some great art.
The available art includes everything from fine paintings to dainty jewelry to pottery to photography. A complete list of participating artists and the locations of their studios can be found on the website. Or, you can just drop in anywhere you see the S.O.S. balloon flying!
R.F. O'Sullivan's (a.k.a. Sully's) is a local joint. Head into this place if you are in the mood for watching a game or if you are just wanting to shoot the sh!t with a friend, meet a complete stranger or even chat with a local (which is very similar to the complete stranger).
Sully's also makes a mean burger, so give it a go. Oh, and while you are in Sully's give Dave (the local lawyer-cum-drunkard) some hell, he deserves it...and probably hasn't paid his tab for the week...or month...and he is probably still arguing with the bar maids about how many drinks he has had that night.
Sully's is at 282 Beacon Street