Like many, 2020 thwarted all travel plans my husband and I laid out. Goodbye, Wimbledon. So long Africa. However, once we decided it was time to travel, we were ready. As Nashville temperatures rose, the Northeast called to us. We chose Boston as our home base, booked our flights and were off.
Boston Massachusetts, home to the likes of Paul Revere and Edgar Allan Poe, among countless other important figures in America's history, was founded in 1630. While still a young city by most other nations' standards, the city drips with history. Just around almost every corner are echoes of revolutionaries, inventors and creative inspiration. Just over the Charles River, visitors can walk in the footsteps of students who have strolled the hallowed grounds of Harvard University throughout the centuries. Visitors can also enjoy public art sculptures of historical figures or a guided tour of interesting or salacious sites, which can help visitors understand the rich and, often, complicated tale of the harbor town.
From famous landmarks to unique eateries, Boston has something for everyone. Brick and cobblestone sidewalks and sunlight-dappled pedestrian boulevards are peppered with ice cream carts and public performance arts, enchanting visitors for centuries. Boston is a walkable city with great public transportation to take you a little further out, so get out and enjoy all the city has to offer by foot. With beautiful summer weather, Boston is an ideal location for a weekend or a week-long getaway for fun with the family or for a romantic couple’s retreat. Visitors will find a plethora of museums, history tours, public concerts, markets, boutiques, dining and so much more.
Where to Stay
Perched on Beacon Hill, steps away from Boston Common, lies this intimate luxury hotel. XV Beacon is a beautifully maintained Beaux Arts hotel combining a historical setting with modern amenities and service. The design of the rooms speaks to colonial preferences of the early days of the city with a contemporary look and feel.
Omni Parker House
Since 1855, the Omni Parker House has played host to visiting dignitaries and notable Bostonians alike. Also known as the birthplace of the Parker House roll, the Omni Parker House is furnished with rich wooden walls and accents and is perfect for a quick stopover or a week of business or leisure.
Where to Dine
Stepping onto Hanover Street in the North End of Boston is like stepping onto an Italian avenue. The entire street smells of garlic, oregano and basil. Some standouts include Table, Prezza and La Famiglia Giorgio’s.
Taking the time to walk down the tree-lined streets toward the restaurants is an amazing experience. It's difficult to not imagine yourself living in one of the beautiful, multi-storied brownstones. When searching for contemporary cuisine, the Back Bay neighborhood will never disappoint. There, you'll find an array of cuisine with modern flare, like the New Orleans-inspired Buttermilk & Bourbon or the French Rochambeau. Be sure to also check out Salty Girl for seafood and Citrus & Salt, a Baja-inspired Mexican joint.
What to Do
As the oldest city park in the United States, this 50-acre expanse is perfect for a morning stroll on the way to pick up coffee. The park is full of runners, dog walkers, tennis players and more early in the morning. Boston is also home to beautiful public art, which makes for a great distraction and can lead to cold coffee. There are numerous paths to walk on a sunny day and even swan boats on the lake.
Boston By Foot
Offering a wide variety of guided tours through different Boston neighborhoods, the nonprofit Boston By Foot is a great way to quickly learn a lot about the city. We took the Boston After Dark tour. Despite the mysterious name, it's not a ghost tour. This mile-and-a-half peek at the North End wound us through side streets and alleys to learn the stories behind Charles Ponzi and his scheme, as well as the tale of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and so much more.