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Beacon Hill’s Storied Past

Boston’s Beacon Hill is an upscale 19th-century neighborhood lined with picturesque streets, brick sidewalks, antique gas lamps lit 24 hours a day, lovely doors and unique door knockers, hidden houses, beautiful flowers spilling out of window boxes and boot scrapers on the doorsteps. It’s a National Historic District that is approximately one square mile with a population of…

The Most Photographed Street in Boston

Acorn Street is Boston’s most photographed street. This famous cobblestoned street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood was laid out in the 1820s. Originally called Kitchen Street because the small row houses were once occupied by the cooks and coachmen who lived close to their employers. Some homes were even used as horse stables at one…

America’s First Public Garden is in Boston

The pandemic may have disrupted our everyday lives, but it didn’t stop the tulips from blooming in the Boston Public Garden or the trees from blossoming around the city during this crazy spring of 2020. The Boston Public Garden traces its origins to marshland that Bostonians avoided in the 19th century. In 1837, a visionary…

Battle of the Bricks in Beacon Hill

One of the many details that give Boston’s Beacon Hill its distinct charm and character is its brick sidewalks. Thanks to a group of determined women, they took it upon themselves to preserve the brick sidewalks for posterity. In 1947, rumors had been swirling that Mayor James Michael Curley wanted to repave Beacon Hill’s sidewalks…

Boston’s famous Swan Boats

The Swan Boats, one of Boston’s most famous icons, usually come back from vacation in April on Patriot’s Day weekend. But, not this year…they are practicing social distancing until they receive the all-clear to set sail again in the Public Garden, the oldest botanical garden in America since 1837. The story behind the Swan Boats…

Polcari’s Coffee – North End

There are several things you immediately notice upon entering Polcari’s Coffee in Boston’s North End: the strong scent of coffee beans and the potent aroma of a variety of different spices. This adorable shop is like a time-capsule with its old-world charm preserved from a bygone era—from its creaky wooden floors to glass jars filled…

Backstory behind Back Bay’s Magnolia Trees

Whose idea was it to welcome spring in Back Bay with pink tulip magnolias along Commonwealth Ave? Here’s the backstory: Laura Dwight was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1899 and moved to Boston as an adult. She was a feisty resident who lived in an apartment on Comm. Ave with no garden. Over the years,…

Garden Street in Beacon Hill

Discover Beacon Hill on a PhotoWalks Boston Tour. Walking along its picturesque streets is an immersion into a charming 19th-century English-inspired neighborhood with limitless photo opportunities. Beacon Hill is home to the most photographed street in Boston and has hidden gems in unexpected places. Learn how to capture amazing pictures and discover its fascinating history….

Beacon Hill’s Charming Flower Shop

Hello, Everyone…I hope you and your family are safe, healthy and making the best of this unprecedented time. The whole world is experiencing challenges like never before. The global pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways we didn’t think could be possible. Two months ago, we didn’t hear the words, “social distancing” or “flattening the…

Boston’s Wang Theatre

PhotoWalks has teamed up with Boch Center Tours to provide a private photo tour of the Wang Theatre on Sunday, March 8 from 1 pm-3 pm. (The first tour on Jan. 26, 2020 sold out!) If you’ve ever wanted to view how beautiful the Wang Theatre is without the crowds, this exclusive PhotoWalks tour combines history, art…