As Labor Day Weekend approaches, we’re trying to find every excuse to soak up the last of summer here in Boston. Whether it’s one last beach day, a trip spent exploring an unseen neighborhood, or just a day in the backyard, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the weather and say “see you later,” to summer. Our ideal weekend activity? A picnic!
First things first, no authentic picnic is complete without a traditional picnic basket, like this basket found at the Boston General Store. It’s made from Appalachian white ash wood and produced by Peterboro Basket Co. in Peterborough, NH. bostongeneralstore.com Multiple locations
The next step is simple: fill it with your favorite foods! Food is one of the most important parts of a picnic, and looking for on-the-go options that are satisfying can sometimes be difficult. Check out these local options to pack your basket with!
Stop by Davis Square Hand Crafted Donuts & Bagels, in Somerville, MA, where they offer fresh sandwiches and bagels. The 15 different bagel options are scratch-made New York style, easy to eat, and delicious! davissquaredonutsandbagels.com 377 Summer Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Picnics would be incomplete without something sweet. Mike’s Pastry, now claiming three locations in Boston, is famous for their cannolis. Although you may encounter a line out the door, you’ll soon discover why. There are 19 delectable flavors available that are usually sold in a four cannoli box – perfect for sharing! But be aware, they only accept cash. mikespastry.com Multiple Locations
After the provisions are sorted, you need to find your ideal picnic spot. Within the city, there are tons of spaces where you can gather with your friends and enjoy the remaining summer days. Here are our suggestions of where you can enjoy the day off:
Boston Common is a spot that shouldn’t be overlooked. You can sit in the expansive green space and soak up the sun while people- and dog-watching or enjoy the outdoors from underneath the shady tree-covered areas. With a large variety of food and restaurant options around the area, you can even head out for a second round of food to satisfy your cravings. 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Titus Sparrow Park is the place to go to if you’re looking for more to do than just eat. The park features not only tennis and basketball courts, but also a vibrant garden to wander through. It’s a perfect spot for you and your friends to get some exercise while also being able to fill your stomach with delicious food. 200 W Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118
Franklin Park is known for its zoo, but also provides a space for friends and families to get together in a spacious, open field. The ponds and playgrounds are ideal for the young ones to adventure around while the golf course is available for those who need some tee time. 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
The perfect way to round out the days activities is with a flavorful glass of wine or a cooled craft beer at home. It’s important to buy the right drink, a drink that makes you happy. Craft Beer Cellar is home to an extensive selection of adult beverages from over 24 countries. Contrary to what their name suggests, they offer more than just craft beers. Alongside their selection of crafted brews are ciders, wines, and even sake for those feeling adventurous. Stop in on your way home to find an old favorite or discover something totally new. craftbeercellar.com 98 Van Ness Street, Boston, MA 02215