The Boston Shore & Running the Harvard Stairs

I’m having the best time here in New England visiting friends!


Yesterday afternoon, I arrived in Boston to absolutely stunning weather. Cool, breezy, and super sunny. Amazing! My college friend Kris picked me up at the airport and we headed to Newburyport on the north shore to be reunited with our other college friend, Lu!


Lu has been traveling all around the world for the past year having adventures and literally just got back this week. Perfect timing :)


Kris, Lu, and I had a blast walking around and talking a mile a minute to catch up on everyone’s lives. It had been way too long!

Newburyport is ADORABLE, too. Can I move here?! Except for when it’s really cold and snowy in the winter? :)


We walked around the town for a bit and then headed over to the marina area. Beautiful!

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Our next stop was a short drive away — the beach on Plum Island, which is just off the northeast coast of Massachusetts.


We spent a couple hours walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful weather and each other’s company :)



I stuck my toe in the water and man was it cold! This ain’t North Carolina anymore, Toto!


We also stopped for a little picnic :) Walking on the beach is a workout!


Such a wonderful day with good friends. Kris, Lu, and I were all on the same college freshman floor (along with a number of other best friends — we missed you Turner, Lisa, Hunter, and Bitting!) — there’s nothing like friends that have known you for ages. :)

After saying goodbye to Lu, Kris and I headed back into Boston and went out to an amazing Tapas bar for dinner called Dali.


So delicious and very artsy and unique decor inside, too! Unfortunately no photos since it was SUPER dark.

This morning, I dragged Kris on a run with me. 😉 It’s so amazing to run in cooler weather again!


We ran along the river a bit and also stopped by Soldier’s Field at Harvard.

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A bunch of Kris’s friends do a group workout at the stadium once a week to run the stairs. Kris has gone a few times and said how hard it was; clearly I took that as a challenge and said I wanted to give it a shot, too 😉 Ya’ll know I love a good challenge!


Alright, stairs. Bring it on.

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Whew! I made it!


Kris wasn’t kidding about it being hard! You can’t tell in the pictures but the stairs are double the height of normal stairs AND farther apart, too. Yikes! You literally have to do a flying leap to get up each of them.


Kris’s turn:

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3 times was enough — whew!


Back to the river and home we went, spent. :)


Check back later for more adventures :) Hope you’re all having a nice Friday!


  1. 1

    I am 100% jealous. I have been wanting to go to Boston since I was 13.

  2. 2

    I am so jealous! Looks like a great place :)

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    Ahh, I would totally fall flat on my face if I tried to do those stairs, you are hardcore!!!

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    Sounds like a great trip so far!!! 😀
    I’d looove to run the harvard stairs someday….

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    Boston sounds amazing! I went last summer and loved it :)

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    This sounds like a wonderful trip. I’ve always wanted to go to Boston! I just need a reason. :)

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    I am so jealous of everything you did! Well… except maybe the stairs :)

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    I love Newburyport. My grandmother used to take me to a bead (I totally just typed head) shop there when I was little and I’d buy things to make necklaces and earrings for my grandmothers and mom.

    Yep, water in New England NEVER gets warm.

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    Aw, miss you guys too! Last time I saw Lu was in Newburyport too. :) Hope you had fun!

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    I think your photos are stunning.

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    you mean there are parts of the country where the weather is cool? that town looks so european and cute! must get out of texas soon. need summer home in cooler climate!

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    I love the pictures Anne! It was SO wonderful seeing you and catching up…we really did talk a mile a minute! I am super jealous about the whales, but glad that you got to see some :) Lise- the last time I saw you was in Portsmouth, not Newburyport! :) hehe I might be coming down to DC area in October….I will keep you posted!

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    Stairs are awesome. Great for generating oxygen debt — and sore muscles. Stopping at 3 sets probably prevented the latter for you. But, good workout to put into your routine!

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    Oh my word. Beautiful. I never get to Boston, I really must.

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    I am just DYING to go to Boston. You are really inspiring me to do so!!

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    I’m moving back to Cambridge in 2 weeks and this post helped get me excited to really explore the area again!

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