Looking for a break from campus in these cold winter months? Ship on up to Boston!

Only 1 1/2  hours from campus up Interstate 95 or a quick trip on Amtrack from Kingston Station, Boston has plenty to offer for everyone from the art buff to the foodie.

Leaving on an early, wintery Saturday morning will give you more than enough time to explore Boston’s old colonial streets.

Like history? The Freedom Trail is something you must check out! The 2 1/2 mile red brick walking trail swirls around Beacon Hill, Boston Common and finishes in the North End. With the recent weather trending toward freezing, the trail might be something to save for the warmer months, but at the very least make sure you stop to check out the Boston Massacre at Paul Revere’s house. The Freedom Trail also brings you to the Old North Church where the infamous “One if by land, two if by sea” lantern was hung before the midnight ride of Paul Revere.

While in the north end, one cannot miss having lunch on Hanover Street at classic Sicilian seafood restaurant, The Daily Catch. Here you will find maybe the best seafood in the Boston. You cannot go wrong with anything they have, from their homemade black seafood pastas to their mushroom and tomato pan-seared swordfish. Their menu is not only ex otic, but authentic. Make sure to bring cash, as they are a cash-only establishment.

While on Hanover Street, directly across from The Daily Catch, is the world renowned Mike’s Pastry! Here you will be able to find the best cannolis in town and possibly the longest lines outside of Disney, so bring your patience along with your appetite!

After indulging in Sicilian seafood and pastry heaven, a trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is a worthwhile, engaging and educational experience. Currently at the MFA is a photography exhibit of segregation in the 1950s. And if photography isn’t your thing, you can spend hours gazing at painting after painting, and still wish to return tomorrow. Art not for you either? Relatively near the MFA are the shops at the Prudential Center. Everything from Free People, to Express to Lord & Taylor, it’s Boston’s most prominent mall and the answer to any of your shopping needs.

Perhaps you are just coming to Boston to simply change the scenery? Harvard Square in Cambridge is your ultimate study oasis. From Café Algiers, to Darwin’s to Life Alive, you’ll find every opportunity to study in a trendy café or edgy health-food restaurant. To get the best Viennese coffee and most delicious Baklava you’ve ever had, head to Cafe Algiers. And believe me, the atmosphere is just as good as the food! For cleansing juices and filling vegan meals, head to Life Alive for an equally unique and trendy vibe. I love their Adventurer Bowl and Elvis Alive smoothie!

Whether you have chosen Boston for the food, the culture, the educational experience, or just for a Red Sox game, be sure to stop by J.P. Licks for some of the best ice-cream you’ve ever had, you deserve it.