Dating Boston: Houghton Garden

gavel1Yes, I am in a relationship with the city of Boston. When I found out that I was going to get the opportunity to stay in Boston for the summer, the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed to take advantage of everything this historic and beautiful city has to offer. I immediately made a list of things I wanted to do for the next four months. And what better way to accomplish new and exciting things than with someone special by my side? That’s where Dan comes into play. I decided to turn this list into dates with both the city and my boyfriend. 

These dates can be romantic or platonic, depending on your relationship status. With hectic work or internship schedules, it can be difficult to devote time to having fun, so this dedication to going on one new date a week will help me to keep a healthy balance while expanding my knowledge of the city. If anything, these dates are meant to provide entertaining opportunities that every Bostonian should take advantage of in the summer months.

Date number five: Houghton Garden

This particular date is something Dan and I try to do often: spend some time in nature. Dan is an avid outdoorsman who has a tendency to drag me along on hikes. While a much needed break from my nine to five internship is always welcome, his idea of a short hike is anything but that. Dan’s level of hiking far exceeds my idea of an enjoyable time in the woods, so we have found a few local places that give us a compromise.

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While taking advantage of a cool summer night, we headed to Houghton Garden in Chestnut Hill. Located about five minutes from Upper, this tiny little garden is tucked into a Chestnut Hill neighborhood and isn’t easily spotted unless you know what to look for. It would be an easy walk or drive for students to sneak away from academic life. There is a fence surrounding the area, but don’t be scared away.

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The garden is very easy to navigate. In the beginning of the garden, there is a map and I definitely recommend getting your bearings before starting to wander through the area. The trails are defined enough to find, but they blend into the landscape in a natural way.

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You know how people say some buildings have a lot of character? Well, one of the best things about the garden is the character along the trail. There are cute little bridges, benches, and a rock and flower garden. The quaint little trail makes for a cute and romantic setting while in the middle of the woods.

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There is also a little stream and a pond near the back of the garden. All of these elements made this special spot both beautiful and unique.

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With so much of my time in Boston spent rushing and constantly working, taking a few moments to enjoy places like Houghton Garden creates the balance that I need to relax and enjoy my summer. Plus, it never hurts to get some exercise and soak in the fresh air with some enjoyable company.

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Some other spots in the BC area that are great for some outdoors exploring are:

Reservoir- great for walking/running

Hammond pond- neat spot for rock climbing and hiking

Cutler park- good for riding bikes

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