Happy Summer, Boston!

Even if you don’t live in Boston, you no doubt heard about this year’s record-breaking winter. With Memorial Day Weekend kicking off the unofficial start of summer, I’m sharing some of my favorite things to do in Boston this summer!

1. Farmers Markets

Tuesday night I walked to South Station to catch my train home, and I was ecstatic to see that the Boston Public Market at Dewey Square was open for the season! Open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 – 6:30, it’s my favorite spot to pick up fresh local produce, cheeses, bread, and even spices on my way home during the summer. And, if I somehow I miss the Dewey Square market during the week, on June 20th the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market starts its seasonal run through October. Just another reason why I love living in Dorchester!

2. Boston Calling

While I’m not attending this weekend’s opening installment of Boston’s own three-day music festival, I am a HUGE fan of Boston Calling’s Block Party Series! The series offers live music, beer vendors and local food trucks on Thursdays in May and June. Hard to beat kicking off your shoes in the grass, grabbing a beer and taking in some live local music on some of the first warm nights of the season!

3. Local Seafood

All of the seafood! Seriously, though as a someone who spent her summers down the Cape growing up, I pretty much live for seafood season. I know that it’s available year round in these parts, but there’s something about eating a lobster roll with a summer beer while overlooking the water that just makes my soul happy. Some of my favorite spots include Island Creek Oyster Bar, James Hook & Co., and the roof deck at Legal Harborside.

4. Fenway

Even though the Sox are off to a less than stellar start this season, that does little to diminish the magic that is a summer night at Fenway. I’ve been to dozens of games in my life, but when the sun drops and the lights go on I get goosebumps every time. And there are very few places I’d rather be than the bleachers on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon.

My perfect Saturday looks like this:

  • Pre-game Bloody Marys and Oysters at Easter Standard
  • 1:00 start at Fenway
  • After the game: head down Comm Ave to Lower Depths for one of the best beer selections in the city
  • But not before stopping by Nuggets Records for my vinyl fix on the way

5. Nahant Dog Beach

I find Boston to be a pretty dog-friendly city, but finding a dog-friendly beach is a different story. Most beaches ban dogs from Memorial Day to Columbus leaving dog owners with few options other than to hope for an unseasonably warm early May. Enter the Nahant Dog Beach. We discovered this little piece of heaven thanks to Jay at Fido Loves. The 40-minute drive from Dorchester is more than worth the time that we get to spend as a family there. I recommend packing a cooler and making a day of it!