Beacon Hill, Boston

I was truly blown away by Boston.

Beautiful, fresh, exciting, cultured, buzzy, open, it almost felt like the most wonderful cross between London and New York.

And nowhere in the city did we feel more at home than in Beacon Hill.

A charming red-bricked neighbourhood filled with history, winding streets, book shops, cafés and restaurants.

Beacon Hill, Boston - The prettiest townhouses and little streets

We strolled the sun drenched streets, surrounded by towering townhouses.

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Shades of grey

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Falling in love with shops and houses as we went.

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The steep, gas lamp lit streets filled with decorated doorsteps, fluttering American flags and autumnal wreathes on every door.

 

Fall wreaths

If only we celebrated autumn quite so spectacularly back home!

Or patriotism, for that matter.

Acorn Street, Boston

We strolled down Acorn St (I’m willing to admit that heels may have been a poor choice here).

One of the oldest streets in America - Acorn Street, Boston

Fall window boxes

We visited the shops on Charles St.

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Beacon Hill Boston

Stopped into the locally beloved Tatte Bakery for a coffee & pastry.

Tatte Bakery, Boston

Rose pastries

Much needed jet fuel for a little more exploring in the brisk autumn sunshine.

Antiquing in Boston

Camel Coat (the most wonderful quality)

Grey jumper dress – Similar US (40% off)

Over the knee bootsAlso in flats

Mini Chanel bag

Over The Knee Boots

Mini Chanel

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The streets disappearing off Charles St are a must for anyone into interiors, antiques and knick knacks.

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And the park just the place for anyone keen to tickle a remarkably tame squirrel or three.

Shades of grey for fall into winter

We marched our way right up to the top of Beacon Hill.

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To the Boston Athenæum (one of the oldest and most important libraries in The States) at 10 ½ Beacon Street.

(Who needs Platform 9 3/4?!)

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The Athenæum is quiet, secret little world far away from the busy streets outside.

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Visitors can only visit the first floor unless you go on a special tour, which you have to book a month in advance (you should have seen the withering look I got for asking if there were any space left on the next one. I wince just thinking about it!)

If you’re planning a trip, book in here.

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*Smirk*

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Just a couple of streets away you’ll find Grotto.

A funny little restaurant hidden underground.

In general the food is unremarkable, the service worse, but in autumn they serve something very special…

Pumpkin risotto

The most exceptional pumpkin risotto!

A masterpiece in seasonal cooking.

Call ahead to see if they’re serving it, if they are… go! You’ll love it.

Afterwards you really really must visit my new favourite bookshop. Just wrap up warm.

It’s not your average bookshop, after all.

Brattle Bookshop, Boston

Brattle Bookshop.

3 floors of used books, manuscripts, first editions, and a sale lot of damaged, unloved ones outside.

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There’s very little I love more than something unloved.

Take a few hours, stroll along the aisles of forgotten, bargain basement books and pick up a gem or two.

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Bury your nose in one and buy a few as unique gifts to take home.

Gifts that have their very own story to tell (in more ways than one) and give them a chance to live again.

More adventures in Boston tomorrow, pop back then.

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  • Gosh, Boston really is one of the prettiest cities in America & Beacon Hill might just be the best bit! Plus I’m in love with that very chic monochrome outfit you’ve got going – (beige) shades of Gigi Hadid styling!

    Check out my Sunday style, up on the blog now: http://www.blushandbordeaux.com

  • thanks for sharing! I work just at downtown Boston, so these are the places I always take a stroll with my co-workers or myself during lunch break. It is indeed amazing. I love your heels too. https://flyingkittyadventures.com

  • I am so obsessed with your outfit! And now I really want to go to Boston it looks amazing! Another great post I loved it 🙂 xx

  • Amanda

    Rose, I’m not seeing the fabulous camel coat on the site. It seems they only have the dark colors anymore. How unfortunate!!

  • Your outfit is simply stunning! And I love how full of books this post was- gorgeous photos!
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  • Laura

    Boston looks absolutely gorgeous and your outfit is perfection! Can’t wait to see what you got up to next! 🙂

    Laura xx

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  • Ali Taylor

    I live in Beacon Hill and was so excited to see your Instagram posts here! The lovely house you’re standing in front of in the first pic of this post is the home of our Secretary of State, John Kerry. There is history everywhere you look in Boston! Hope you come back soon!

  • Joules

    Love your neutral outfit! I love that your gravitate toward bookstores–just like me! Thanks for the honest review of Grotto.

    Style by Joules

  • Boston is so charming! I love your pictures, they capture it beautifully! xo Bryn http://www.waketonroad.com

  • This looks amazing!! Boston is sooooo cool- I cannot wait to see more posts!

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  • Looks like you had a fabulous day in Boston! I can’t handle how cute that pumpkin risotto is!

  • Gorgeous photos! I feel sorry for the poor, unloved books that live outside, though… I think I would have struggled to leave them! 😉
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  • Yep definitely one of my favorite places I’ve visited! Love it in Autumn colors though 🙂 x

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    This bookshop is absolute HEAVEN!! Xx

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  • Beautiful photos! Really makes me want to go to Boston…

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | emmanmh.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    My Gran went to Boston years ago and always spoke so highly of it, must make a trip there myself one day, it looks so beautiful.

    Rebecca
    xx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  • Alice

    Hi Rose, I’m a big fan of your blog and have been for quite awhile now, but am curious as to how much of your content is paid for, and by who. Is the ‘featured post’ the only indication you give? Something like ‘thank you to … for sponsoring this post’ or something similar would make things clearer for the sake of transparency, as I know you’ve previously said that you’ll disclose when something is paid for! X

    • Rosie

      Hey Alice, when I work with a brand I say so. “I’m working with ___ on ____” or “I’m proud to be an ambassador for ____”
      Featured just means it’s a nice long, meaty post! It’s to differentiate between that and “mini posts” which are supposed to be bite sized but I haven’t done any recently!
      Hope that clears things up a bit!
      R x

  • Uh Boston is SO beautiful! Also, that pumpkin risotto is summin’ else. Immy x

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  • Shannon Spence

    Rosie – do you know that the house in that first photo is Secretary of State John Kerry’s home??

  • Julia

    Love your scarf! Perfect colours for me. Where did you get it? X

  • Boston is so charming! I really didn’t imagine it to be like this at all, it’s so pretty! The pumpkin risotto looks amazing, such a shame the rest of the food isn’t much to write home about xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Ana

    Love the Outfit!!

  • You went at the most perfect time! Autumn is so beautiful in New England (that’s where I live!) Love the over-the-knee boots!

    Kim | http://www.simplylovebirds.com