Charlestown and Bunker Hill Monument

December 14, 2014 – This winter has been strange in the Boston area; fairly cold and damp, but rainy and grey instead of snowy.  So when we had a perfect sunny weekend day we decided to (finally) head out and climb the Bunker Hill Monument.  First up, though, was lunch at Ironside Grill.  We were originally planning on a nearby Italian restaurant, but opted for this cool little sports bar instead.  The sound was a bit loud at first (there was football pre-game on, in preparation for the Patriots game), but once the game started the sound from the tv’s leveled out.

Be prepared for a lot of stairs if you want to climb the monument.
Be prepared for a lot of stairs if you want to climb the monument.

The food is very good, particularly the steak fries (double-fried), sweet potato fries, club sandwich, and burger.  I’d probably recommend getting a burger and steak fries overall, but if you wanted something different the quesadilla also looked like a good possibility.

The view from Bunker Hill was worth the climb.
The view from Bunker Hill made the climb worth it.

After lunch we headed over a few blocks to the Bunker Hill Monument.  First we stopped in the museum across the street to see if we needed tickets (we didn’t… but you will if you go at the same time a school group is climbing up).  Speaking of climbing up, don’t let the short height of the monument fool you, it’s a climb with lots of fairly high stairs.  But it’s a climb that rewards you and the 10 other people with a sweeping panoramic (and slightly crowded) view over the Charlestown area.

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