Marianna + Micah Whitson’s Boston

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Inspired to design things that connect people to places, two of Boston’s coolest residents MARIANNA and MICAH WHITSON create letterpress posters and t-shirts at their Southern print shop, Old Try. I admire Marianna’s and Micah’s artistic talent and coolitude, so I asked them to share what they love most about their beloved Boston.


We always like taking people on the Freedom Trail when the weather is nice – it’s a great way to get a lesson in the history of our country, and it beats any textbook out there.

Beacon Hill is a neat area to walk around with lots of cobbled streets and old brownstones – don’t miss Acorn Street.

Boston Common (1634), the first public park in the nation, is beautiful in any season with its swan boats and ice skating and greenery.

A Boston Red Sox game is well worth it, but don’t go until mid June. We always end up going to early-season games and it ends up cold or misting.

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Our favorite restaurant is probably Craigie on Main in Cambridge. Tony Maws not only won a James Beard, but nightly is proving why he deserves it.

There is great Italian food in the North End, and it’s fun to walk through the bustling streets. Giacamos is worth the wait (they don’t take reservations), but if you sneak over to the one in the South End, you usually can get in quicker.

If you just want to grab a cocktail, Drink is the place. It’s a little off the beaten path in Fort Point Channel neighborhood, but it’s worth the trip.

liberty hotel


Since we live here, we’ve never had the occasion to stay in a hotel. But word is, The Liberty Hotel is on point, and we often go over there to grab a drink or dinner. It’s in an old prison building that’s been re-purposed and fancied up. And c’mon, who doesn’t like a hotel in a former prison with bars called Clink and Alibi?

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Black Ink is a really well curated shop with thoughtful gifts from stationary to toys to simple office supplies.

Hit up Charles Street for your Brahmin antique needs or Newbury for everything else.

Ball and Buck, an all American-Made emporium, at Newbury + Dartmouth is a great men’s shop.

Also, a place in the South End called Sault opened up in the last year. Worth the stop.

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