swissnex Boston Guide: Books & Literature

We here at swissnex Boston work hard during the week connecting the dots in art, science, education, and innovation. But on the weekends we are out and about, exploring our surroundings in quest of the most delicious foods, the most beautiful sites, the most eccentric shops, and ultimately the most authentic Boston experience— same goes for our counterparts at swissnex in New York.

Cumulatively we have amassed a deep knowledge and we don’t want this knowledge to go to waste! So we’ve put our heads together and compiled plans for some spectacular days spent locally. As you’ll see many of us gravitate toward earthly delights such as food and drink (we’re only human!) But you’ll also find the best in culture, history, shopping, and natural wonder.

Please enjoy! And be sure to let us know what you think on social media, using @swissnexboston.

 


11 AM

Edgar Allen Poe is a master of American gothic fiction and hailed by many as the inventor of the detective story with his short story “Murder in the Rue Morgue.” You might also know him by his most famous poem, The Raven. Even though Poe is better known for his work in other east coast cities such as Baltimore or Philadelphia, he is originally from Boston and therefore Bostonians like to lay claim on him. Currently a group of Poe enthusiasts are working hard to make his Boston connection better known.

Which brings me to our first stop. The Poe enthusiasts’ biggest achievement so far is a statue of Poe erected at the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street, right by the Boston Commons. After you’ve admired this statue of Poe, check out Bartevian, nearby on Boylston Street, a jewellery store that doubles as HQ for the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation. The Poe enthusiasts among you might find the perfect Poe trinket to take home!

160 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

1 PM

As the second biggest library in the United States, the Boston Public Library is simply a must for the book lovers out there. All the travel guides will tell you to come here, and they are not wrong! With its beautiful halls and gardens, walking through is like visiting a museum. And the best thing – it’s free! Make sure to take some time to explore the whole building, as it’s one of the most beautiful sights in all of Boston. The library is open seven days a week, so you have no excuses for not going.

700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

4 PM

Next up is Trident Booksellers on the Mass. Ave. side of Newbury Street. It’s both a bookshop and café – and the perfect destination after a morning spent at BPL. Trident generally complies with all the trademarks of an awesome bookshop! It is small, has many hidden corners, and offers up a great selection of books. If you tire of browsing, take a break at their café – the food is good and you can enjoy your new purchases over a “cuppa coffee,” as we say in Boston. The Trident, located as it is on Newbury St, also serves as a fantastic starting point for a shopping spree, or a stroll to the Museum of Fine Arts, only a couple of blocks away.

338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

 

EXTRA DAY: Experience Walden

Near Concord, Massachusetts — Autumn Trees at Walden Pond — Image by © Mick Roessler/Corbis

If you are in Boston for more than just a few days, I highly recommend a day trip to Concord and Walden Pond. It is easily reached by the communter rail, and will provide a good example of a classic small-and-located-outside-of-Boston town. Plus, Concord is the hotspot of many Boston literary figures. Not only do Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau all have very long names, they also all lived in and around Concord. Immerse yourself fully in the small-town charm of Concord by wandering along Main Street, checking out the various antique stores and getting an ice cream at Bedford Farm’s Ice Cream – but beware: their smallest size will easily feed a whole family. For the Gilmore Girls fans among you, grab lunch at Helen’s. You will feel like you’ve been transported to Luke’s diner in Stars Hollow.

Henry David Thoreau’s masterwork Walden describes his experiences and musings on life lived in the woods. Visit Walden Pond to see what he was talking about. On a warm and sunny day, you might even take a dip! In the fall it’s one of the prime locations to see the beautiful, colorful leaves of New England.

915 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742