As one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, Boston offers vast amounts in the way of culture to its many visitors. It is also one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the United States, with a cutting edge food scene, a dynamic nightlife, and plenty of entertainment.
Part college town, part urban center, Boston offers something for everyone who strolls her cobblestone streets. It is the seamless blending of historic architecture and traditions with modern attitude that makes Boston one of the most popular destinations in the United States.
Where to Stay
Lodging in Boston has been experiencing a boom in recent years, providing a wide variety of options. From modern and charming boutique hotels to luxurious four star accommodations, you have your pick of places to stay both in the city, and in the up and coming outlying neighborhoods.
Located in the trendy Back Bay neighborhood, the Charlesmark Hotel offers guests prime location for a great price. Located in a 19th century row house, the rooms are a bit on they small side, but they are fully appointed with modern touches and comfortable furnishings. There are dozens of restaurants within walking distance.
Hotel Commonwealth is, simply put, affordable luxury. The hotel features luxurious appointments in the rooms and suites, including marble bathrooms and Italian bed linens. An award-winning restaurant, trendy bar, and unparalleled service make this a perfect choice. Its location to the famed Fenway Park means bustle on Red Sox game days.
The early 20th century Beaux Arts exterior of the XV Beacon is simply stunning. That simple elegance is carried throughout this lovely little luxury hotel, located in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston.
Perks of being a guest here include an excellent on-property steak house, in-room massages, and special care for your pets (who stay for free).
Where to Eat
Boston cuisine is much more than lobster and clam chowder. A new culinary attitude has taken over in Beantown, and it features exciting spins on fresh seafood, along with an International menu that makes other culinary centers, like New York and Chicago, green with envy.
There is a dining option for every appetite in Boston, and plenty of opportunities to eat outside the box as well.
If you think the only way you can get real regional Southern cuisine is to visit Atlanta or New Orleans, you are mistaken. Hungry Mother is a charming bistro that serves Southern comfort food with a New England twist.
The All Star Sandwich Bar is a very affordable place in the Cambridge neighborhood, serving up fat and filling sandwiches. They only serve sandwiches (except for hot dogs) and they fill them with comforting meats and cheeses.
For an eclectic twist on French cuisine, Clio will not disappoint. Splurge a little, and enjoy a unique dining experience. Choose from mouth watering steaks, succulent lobster, and plenty more luxuriously prepared menu items.
Add a little spice to your life and visit Oleana, a Mediterranean-inspired bistro located in the Cambridge neighborhood. Warm and spicy menu items are served in this cozy restaurant, complete with a quiet back patio that is perfect for dining when the weather is right.
What to Do
One trip to Boston will not be enough to se and experience everything the city has to offer. From museums to historic landmarks to parks to family entertainment, there is something for everyone in Beantown.
Boston is densely populated with museums, appealing to both art lovers and history buffs. Explore the Harvard Art Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Museum of Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston Tea Party Museum, and the USS Constitution Museum, to name but a very few.
Other important landmarks not to be missed include the Boston Massacre Site, historic Faneuil Hall, the Boston Public Library, historic Harvard University, and the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Sports lovers can experience the thrill of a Boston Red Sox baseball game in historic Fenway Park – a true once in a lifetime experience – or a New England Patriots football game. Stroll through historic neighborhoods, along cobblestone streets. Acorn Street, Charles Street, and Chestnut Street are particularly lovely. Chinatown is also worth visiting.
When to Visit
Thanks to snow, winter sees the smallest crowds visiting Boston. Spring and Fall are considered the high seasons, when the weather is pleasant. The Fourth of July celebration in Boston is one of America’s most spectacular.