Yup, the birthplace of liberty. This is where Paul Revere came to warn John Hancock & Samuel Adams that “the British were coming” and home to the first shots of the Revolutionary War. Some may argue that it was actually in Concord where it all began, but I had the pleasure of staying in Lexington and, well, I’m a little biased ;). Now, I never was a true history fan in school growing up, but it’s interesting to see how we have been so drawn to such historical cities lately (like Beaufort)! And you know what? We love it!! And with that, we packed our bags, waved au revoir to NYC and drove on up about 3.5 hours to Lexington, Massachusetts to experience what it had to offer.
For lodging, we stayed at a hidden gem: The Inn at Hastings Park, part of the Relais & Château network, a very prestigious network of hotels across the globe that was started in France and prides itself on delivering the best in hospitality. The décor was so inviting, as classic New England can be, with a bar area and a ‘living room/reading area’ located on the ground floor. Imagine a good book just waiting to be read, a beautiful piano, warm tea and coffee ready to be sipped, and a small, but curated, selection of games, like scrabble, for those comfy late nights up where you just want to unwind. Our room was very comfortable and made us feel very relaxed, too; they even left us a little sweet treat on the armoire. Those little details are just what I adore the most!
Now, we’ve never been to Lexington, but we were so eager to find out more about this place. We started at the local tourist centre where we received recommendations on a few places for us to eat, sights to check out (including John Hancock’s home, Munroe Tavern, Battle Green, etc.) and even got to hear a local’s take on life in Lexington; getting to know the locals is something we very much love to do whenever we are traveling. As we were inside, we heard drumming that was faint and started to get louder and louder. We looked out the window and saw a march down the main street in honor of Veteran’s Day. We ran out, listened to the marching band, reflected on all the great things about our country and had our hearts warmed.
Lexington has a relaxed pace and is great for taking it down a notch (super important for a city girl like me!). We’ve checked out a few places during our short stay there; below are just a few of our recommends:
- Pampering: MiniLuxe was such a cute place for a mani (it was my birthday, why not? :)).
- Baked Goods: Sweet Thyme Bakery & Très Petite Crêperie (croissant heaven!)
- Shop: There are so many cute stores with unique finds here. I say take a nice stroll up and down and take your time :). One of my faves for a nice curated selection of beautiful pieces and fun stuff: A Pocket Full of Posies
Eat: Via Lago seemed like the place many locals were hitting up for lunch, so we did as well; great for sandwiches, wraps and soups. We were also directed to Royal India Bistro, as it was known to be the best for Indian food out there. And a GREAT dinner for a special occasion or just to treat yourself? Artistry on the Green. Not only was it at the Inn we were staying at, but the food was dreamy. My husband is a BIG foodie and he said that it was there that he had the best scallops in his life. They use locally harvested foods from the New England area and the chef and crew are very passionate about food! A MUST!
One of our favorite (and probably most memorable) parts of the trip was taking a nice long walk through the trails that led to Walden Pond at the Walden Pond State Reservation, where poet Henri David Thoreau lived for 2 years and wrote his popular reflection about living a simpler life in nature titled Walden. Naturally, we visited the site of the home he built and reflected by the pond ourselves.
If you’re looking for a nice retreat away from the city and want to take in a bit of history I’d definitely recommend Lexington. Concord is also just a short drive away, great for more cute shops and history! Check out Lexington’s calendar of events to see what’s going on in the area to help plan your next trip :). And, as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment/question below or email me and I will respond! Happy traveling!