If the past few weeks have taught us anything it’s just how fragile our environment can be. When I took my first breath of the refreshing, crisp Boston air and looked out over the harbor water I just felt completely content. I’ve missed Northeast summers! The water looked fresh and everything was this vivid green. The air had no humidity, which to me is like heaven! Everyone was out enjoying sailboats and kayaks and the nature of the city really stuck out to me and I realized just how much I appreciate natural elements.
I ventured up to Beantown to stay at Element Hotel’s Boston Seaport location to help celebrate their continued eco-friendly practices and to be there for a special Swap Shop event to help combat the issue of fashion waste in the environment. They partnered with local community businesses to encourage locals and guests to bring a few items to swap with other clothes rather than go out to shop for something new. This really hits home for me given my history in fashion blogging and the pressure to have something new new new became overwhelming and kind of wasteful to be honest. It’s still a struggle, so to see the excitement of people who were finding these little hidden gems was so refreshing. If there is anything that yoga and a current interest in Buddhist practices have taught me is that constant desire to consume leads to discontent. How can we be better consumers? More conscious travelers?
My mom traveled with me and we started the weekend off with the event at the hotel’s green spaces with healthy snacks, live music, and, my personal favorite, an automatic organic rosé wine dispenser. We had just flown in before the event and our hotel room was stocked with healthy local juices, a local running map and a delicious nutella-like chocolate nut butter. Yum. Each room has a kitchen so it’s perfect for short getaways or extended stays. Feels homey and everything is really clean and modern.
Options for the next day in Boston were endless. We could borrow bikes from the hotel and cruise around. Maybe take a sailboat around the harbor. Or we could go eat lots of yummy healthy food. I was so surprised by how healthy Boston is and how much of a focus wellness is in the community! Here are some of our favorite spots that we found:
- Stop at By Chloe for creative and delicious vegan "fast food" in the cutest decor and ambiance
- FoMu nice cream. With several locations around the city, the ice cream is actually coconut milk based. We tried lavender ice cream cookie sandwiches and a vegan chocolate chip cookie dough with organic dyed sprinkles.
- Paddle board on Charles River Esplanade
- Watch the sunrise at Castle Island. There's a fantastic running trail there as well
- Meditate at Boston Common. The park is gorgeous. I was so impressed by the amount of green space in the city. Maybe I'm more in tune with nature lately but I felt less concrete and more green options were everywhere.
- Make use of the hotel's Your Trainer app partnership. They have developed workouts from running to HIIT to yoga so it's easy to workout on the go and see the city.
We were so lucky to catch an amazing late-summer weekend in Boston. I hope to return soon to cross a few more things off my list there! Thanks, Element, for having me and for providing such a positive-minded, holistic approach to hospitality!