Beautiful Beacon Hill. It does not matter whether you are native to Boston, an exploring traveler or a resident of Boston, no one can argue that Beacon Hill is one of the most enchanting destinations to visit, for a day, or for a longer stay.
Situated along the riverfront of the Charles River Esplanade to the west, just north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, Beacon Hill is just 1/6 of a square mile. Formed in the 17th century, its first European settler was William Blaxton who built a house and orchard on Beacon Hills south slope roughly at the location of Beacon and Spruce Street. In 1630 Boston was settled by the Massachusetts Bay Company and the southwest slope was used for military drills and livestock grazing. In 1634 a signal BEACON was established on the top of the hill. Sailors and British soldiers visited the north slope of Beacon Hill during the 17th and 18th centuries. As a result, the back slope of Beacon Hill became an undesirable area for Boston residents given there were Fringe activities that occurred on the hill they referred to as Mount Whoredom. Just a fun fact about our beloved Hill.
Cobblestone “Acorn Street”
Today, Beacon Hill boasts some of the most gorgeous and affluent properties you will find in Boston. Literary salons and publishing houses were founded in the 19th century and great thinkers were among the wonderful residents such as Daniel Webster, Henry Thoreau and Wendell Phillips and its deep roots in the anti-slavery movement all make Beacon Hill one of the richest historical places to visit in New England.
Federal Style Row Houses of Beacon Hill
Gaslit Street Lamps and Quaint Brick Sidewalks
Hidden Gems & Gardens
The draw to Beacon Hill is different today. The 21st century has made Beacon Hill a magnet for professional millennials who tend to live and work in the city and who must be fairly affluent to afford some of the highest rents in Boston. They are drawn to Beacon Hill due to its proximity to the city and its beautiful intimate personal style. With chic specialty shops, boutique hotels, special culinary stops, workout classes, the Charles River for sailing, walking and running, the amazing Boston Common gardens, and the gorgeous architectural brownstones where every doorway and window box is decorated individually with sweet yet artistically arranged flower gardens, Beacon Hill is just a favored gem of a neighborhood.
Favorite Spots on Beacon Hill
Beautiful “Rouvalis Flowers, Antiques & Garden Ornaments” on W Cedar Street
75 Chestnut, Quintessential Beacon Hill, Simple American Food & Spirits
Beautiful Bostonian Beacon Hill Architecture
Beacon Hill Boutique Hotel & Bistro
Beacon Hill Hotel Rooftop Deck
Nichols House Museum, 1804 Federal Townhouse, Home to Rose Standish Nichols
Shops Along Charles Street
Tatte Bakery & Cafe, Charles Street
“Figs” Todd English’s Inventive Gourmet Pizza, Charles Street
The Boston Common Frog Pond at Dusk
Our hope is that you enjoy this little tour and add this little gem to your ‘experience’ list and if you have already visited, we hope to inspire you to come again soon. There is no best time to visit Beacon Hill. Every season brings beautiful changes to the New England scenery. Our day trip was taken in the summer but we do love to visit around the holidays to see the holiday transformation on Beacon Hill. We are already dreaming about it! Glittery boutique shops dressed in holiday style, twinkling lights dancing off the snow, dusk! Cafe mochas in hand, we will walk the hills to admire the wreathes adorning the unique quaint doorways, the ice skaters at Frog Pond, the sun setting over Boston Common. After the chill sets in, we’ll check into one of our very favorite eating establishments for some holiday spirit and seasonal fare.
“Lose yourself in the things you love for that is where you will find yourself too.”