|After weeks of votes leading up to Valentine's Day, the results are in for the most romantic places in Roxbury. This year we had six categories covering a wide range of venues and activities, from eating and shopping to the arts and transportation. Some of last year's winners were voted tops in their class again, with votes in one category being extremely tight. Did your favorite place make the cut? Or, will you have some place new to visit this year?
Food/music venue: Haley House Bakery Cafe
Couples of all kinds can share cupcakes and kisses at Haley House Bakery Café. The crowd is always eclectic and the food made with love and good intentions. When it’s cold outside, cozy up to your partner in this neighborhood gem. You'll often hear soulful R&B playing over the sound system and on Thursday nights, you and your sweetie can enjoy live spoken work and music performances during Art is Life Itself.
Green space: Franklin Park
Franklin Park, Boston’s biggest green space, is a great place for getting close. Nature hikes, canoodling on benches and listening to nature are just a few of the ways you and your special one can spend time together. When life gets too hectic, take your loved one to the park to recharge and reconnect.
Historic/cultural venue (small): Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists
Visual stimulation and scintillating conversation are in order this Valentine’s Day. Walk hand in hand down the corridors of the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists taking in the work of world-renowned artists from Nubia to now. The museum presents a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions in many media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts.
Historic/cultural venue (large):
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Get wrapped up in the current exhibitions a the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The MFA first opened its doors in 1876 and is considered one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world. The collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.
Main Street Shopping District: Dudley Square
Just as Roxbury is at the heart of Boston, Dudley Square is the commercial heart of Roxbury. This historic section has been drawing people by the tens of thousands for generations and includes new businesses and ones which have been around for decades. Whether young or old, bring your sweetheart to shop, eat and reminisce about the history of "down Dudley."
MBTA service in Roxbury: Orange Line
Trains evoke romance like no other form of transportation. Although the Orange Line will never be mistaken for one of the grand romantic trains of old Europe, it was voted the most romantic MBTA service in Roxbury. Long subway rides are perfect for cuddling with a loved one. Or, perhaps you met the love of your life when he or she moved over so you could sit down. Perhaps, best of all, if you haven't found romance at any of the locations mentioned above, the train will whisk you to other places and provide the chance to meet and mingle with new people.