This past weekend I took a quick trip up to New England for a wedding with my family. It was my first time back in Boston in over 30 years and my first time ever-visiting Cape Cod. We flew in on a Thursday and taxied over to our hotel near Copley Square, then proceeded to “tourist” the afternoon away. Part of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Copley Square is a wonderful mix of Beaux Arts architecture as seen in the Boston Public Library, Richardsonian Romanesque in Trinity Church, Modern and Postmodern Skyscrapers abounding, as well as Italianate storefronts.
We stopped for a late lunch before walking east towards the water. It was warm for early October in Boston at 75 degrees, but a perfect temperature for us southerners to stroll through the Common and cemeteries along the way to Faneuil Hall. We stopped in the Granary Burial Ground along the way where Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Robert Paine, James Otis, and victims of the Boston Massacre are buried. There were free guides to use that explained changes in cemetery symbols, their meanings, as well as biographies about those entombed. Once at the water we saw the signage for the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Parks. Made up of 34 small islands in the sea around Boston, the Parks can be reached by ferry and are open for tours, hiking, and camping. This would be a great family day trip out of the city to see the natural beauty of New England while still staying in the city.
Our second morning we picked up a rental car and drove about an hour and a half to our destination on the Cape. We stayed in Yarmouth, a town about halfway up the Cape, at the resort where the wedding was taking place. By October the heavy tourist season is coming to a close, so we were able to make good time on the select roads on the peninsula. The charm of Cape Cod that I have heard so much about definitely was true, and the famous clam chowder of the region was amazing! The weather worn cedar shingles cladding the houses gave a unique feel to the neighborhoods, and quaint lighthouses along the shore made for magical evening image.
The next day we had the wedding in the neighboring town of Dennis to the east. While the morning was a classic heavy New England fog, by midday the sky had cleared. We spent the rest of the day eating and dancing, a hard life, but someone has to do it! Sadly we had to leave to return to real world Sunday morning, but we are hoping to return for a more extended stay to further explore the charm of Boston, the Cape, and the greater New England region.