Other neighborhoods where to stay
Originally founded as a separate neighborhood just to the north of Boston, Charlestown began its history in 1629. The settlement would soon thrive and became the fourth busiest port in the New World of America. Much of the historical landmarks before 1775 however were lost when the British burned the town to the ground that very year. Because of this event most of the architecture dates to after the United States gained its independence from England
With such history attached to the Revolutionary war and America’s fight for freedom from Great Britain, like a lot of Boston Charlestown is a very patriotic district. A Charlestown favorite is the USS Constitution or as it is lovingly referred to, “Old Iron Sides”. The ship was built in Boston and its copper sheathing, bolts and fittings were fashioned by Paul Revere himself. The ship gained the name of, “Old Iron Sides” during the war of 1812 with England when British soldier’s reported to see cannon balls bouncing right of the sides of the Constitution’s sturdy wholes. Still parked in the harbor, after several modifications and restorations the USS Constitution is the oldest still commissioned naval vessel in the world.
Charleston has many historic attractions and as you intellectually digest that, just to the west is Cambridge where some of the best minds receive their education. Cambridge is one of the oldest and most extensive educational hubs you could find. The home of both Harvard and MIT, this bastion of knowledge is intriguing to scholar and tourist alike.
Visit the oldest university in the United States; Harvard! And see a boat they used to make fun of as, “Old Iron Sides”! The tradition is so rich you might have to go on a diet! But before you do you may want to check out some restaurants! Here are a few that we have selected.
Charlestown has one of the best Italian restaurant’s you could ever find. The name of the place is, “Olives” The food is cooked the old fashioned way in a wood fire oven and then dishes are smothered in signature sauce and spices making for a delicious occasion with great old world Italian pasta.
But if you grow weary of little Italy head on over to Cambridge and visit a restaurant of a more homey variety; “Mr. and Mrs. Bartley’s Burger Cottage” is a college town favorite. With the kind of mom and pop feel of a 1940’s burger joint, this place is a classic The hamburgers here are famous, many of them even have famous names, like the Bill Clinton burger named often the famed United States president who loved his greasy burgers and fries!
You might be asking how you might get around to all of these locations during your visit. Many routes of transportation are open for the traveler in Boston. Most famous of these is the MBTA, which by the locals is otherwise known as a subway system known as the, “T”. The T runs from 5:30 to 12:30 AM. If you do not want to feel like Cinderella rushing back to the ball after the midnight cut off however; cabs are aways plentiful and available for a later night!