Boston is a city of firsts

Boston is one of those American cities firmly embedded in the nation’s psyche…you may automatically think of the Red Sox, the Marathon, the Tea Party or, if you’re a fan of pop culture, the birthplace of actor brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg!

You’ll begin your scenic early autumn week in this historic capital city of Massachusetts. It is the first and only state capital in the contiguous USA with an ocean coastline (and a 43-mile public walkway along the shore called The Boston Harborwalk).

You heard it here first. It’s a city known for other national “firsts”: the first public park (Boston Common, 1634); the first subway (1897); the first public beach (Revere Beach); the first police force (1838) – and even the first place for a telephone call to be received. The caller? He was Alexander Graham Bell saying an excited hello to his assistant Thomas Watson, who picked up in their Boston laboratory.

The first peoples of the area were the Algonquian tribes who had the ill fortune to have to deal with the first European settlers, the Puritans, who settled in 1630. The Puritans left their mark, that’s for sure…they banned Christmas from 1659 to 1681, citing the holiday’s pagan roots – and they seemed to have had a thing against several strong women, who were deemed to be witches, and everyone knows that unfortunate fiery outcome.

This city of roughly 685,000 people (but with a metro-wide population of 4.7 million) is smaller than San Francisco but has always had an indelible imprint on our national consciousness. Every school student learns about the Freedom Trail, the two-and-a- half-mile walk of historical sites about the founding of our country –

and all know of those iconic historical figures such as Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

And one more first: Boston was home to the inventor of the first disposable razor -- who happened to be a fellow by the name of King Gillette!

You’ll love ‘Beantown’, an old name given to the city by traders and sailors, thanks to the popular dish of beans being baked in molasses for several hours. We know that the British colonists of the 17 th century adopted and adapted this very old recipe…so maybe it’s another Boston first?

Bar Harbor, Maine