Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Catching A Flight In Boston | Bourbon & Burgers

This week I had some business travel to Boston and with a few evenings at my disposal I decided to find something worth doing outside the hotel. 

Boston, being one of the oldest cities in the United States, has a rich history worth exploring so I knew I wanted to take in a bit of history as well as experience the local culture.

After a couple Google searches and recommendations from a friend I found two spots to visit. So I set out on foot.

First Stop: ...

Granary Burying Ground

A 1.5 mile walk brought me to the Granary Burying Ground, in the heart of Boston. This surprisingly small burying ground contains more than 2,300 headstones but is believed to be the final resting place of up to 5,000.

Unfortunately, I wasn't unable to plan a visit into the cemetery gates but I was able to map out some notable gravestones. Only one was visible directly from the main gate.

Samuel Adams - 1722-1803 
American Statesman
Political Philosopher
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Other historic figures are also interred in Boston's Granary Burying Ground. Thanks to my iPhone I was able to snap a couple pics from a distance.

John Hancock - 1737-1793
American Statesman
American Revolutionary Patriot
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

Robert Treat Paine - 1731-1814
 Massachusetts Representative
Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 Paul Revere - 1734-1818
American Revolutionary Patriot 
Famous for warning the Colonial militia to advancing British forces.


And others

Massachusetts Governors

Victims of the Boston Massacre, on March 5, 1770

After a brief pause of remembrance I took back to the busy streets, dodging countless Bostonians commuting by foot, city bike (Hubway), or one of the many forms of public transportation. It was evident that everyone was enjoying the beautiful weather and was happy to be past the colder days.

A brisk pace through Boston Public Garden brought me to a commanding statue of President George Washington.

As he faced Southwest, down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue, I felt it my patriotic duty to venture forward, knowing I was likely following in his very footsteps. 

Soon, in the shadow of the legendary Fenway Park, I found myself at...

In need of a place to rest my blistered soul... and my blistered soles (after approximately 4 miles in shoes not made for walking), I found Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar, a place with character, good food, and most importantly, what I'd really been looking for since I set out, Bourbon.

And with this I bring you the first of a series of blogs I'd like to call...

Bourbon & Burgers

Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

A great drink selection is a must in Boston. Citizen has an extensive list to choose from.

Meet "The Local Enabler", Quinn ("the second n is silent")

Burgers are as American as Boston itself so I couldn't pass up the Ground Sirloin Burger... and of course Bacon.

And of course, for the most important part... the Bourbon.

I was happy to find a Flight of Wheated Bourbons a true compliment to my burger.

So, if you're ever in Boston, catch a Flight at Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar. A solid spot to kick back, relax, and maybe meet a few locals. They have many other great menu items so don't stop at Bourbon & Burgers.

- David West

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