More than just a starting point for inland adventures in Vermont or beach escapades in Cape Cod, Boston is firmly on the map as a destination in its own right. North America expert, Nikki, discovers this East Coast gem on a recent city break in the home of the Red Sox.
Thanks to its waterfront location, endless supply of sea air and mouth-wateringly fresh ingredients, Boston dishes up a delightful dose of family and foodie adventures. A visit merits a few days and will reward those who give it the time. As a wonderfully walkable city, a weekend strolling the streets and parks is bound to leave you feeling replete and energised, and no doubt vowing to return.
The perfect way to start your trip and get your bearings is by paying a visit to the Skywalk Observatory. Enjoy an introduction to the city’s history and famous inhabitants before stepping out onto the 50th floor and enjoying the 360-degree views, reaching up to 100 miles on a clear day. An informative short film gives visitors an insight into the way the city has transformed over the years, highlighting its forward-thinking attitude and allowing visitors to understand the past, present and the future of Boston.
Not to be missed is the iconic Fenway Park, home of the legendary Red Sox baseball team. A maze of hallways, locker rooms and stands, rich with decades of sporting history. Not best known for my sporting enthusiasm, I wasn’t sure what the tour would entail, but our guide’s passion had me instantly hooked. I was captivated by the stories behind the iconic Green Monster and tales of the team’s champions, from Ortiz to Yaz. Scott Dunn can arrange private tours of the stadium, so you can have a go in the team’s batting cage, climb up for a photo on top of the famed Green Monster and pay a visit to the manual scoreboard. Seeing the stadium empty and discovering its history is a memorable experience, but there is nothing like scoring tickets to a game. Catch the Red Sox in action to bring the stories to life and even sit in the iconic red chair, which serves to commemorate the landing spot of the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park by the legendary Ted Williams.
Across the river, in Cambridge, lies Harvard University, another must-see when in Boston. Harvard’s glittering alumni includes former presidents, entrepreneurs and actors, from Natalie Portman and Tommy Lee Jones to Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Zuckerberg and even Bill Gates. It’s therefore not surprising that a tour of Harvard goes hand in hand with tales of great rivalries, pranks and challenges. Our guide was a chirpy and humorous second year student, a great storyteller who was well- versed on the fascinating accounts of former freshmen, statues, the famous campus and many cheesy puns. Whilst there, be sure to rub the toe of the John Harvard statue for luck and pay a visit to The Coop, the local shop, to stock up on Harvard memorabilia for the ultimate souvenir.
Boston is particularly pleasant to explore on foot, and all that walking can certainly get your appetite going! Complete the Boston experience by dining on fresh seafood along the waterfront or paying a visit to the indoor food market, Eataly, where aisles of freshly made pastas sit alongside hand-rolled dough and custom-filled cannoli. An unexpected foodie paradise can be found in this Massachusetts gem, and new restaurants and bars are constantly popping up offering gourmet dining and cooking experiences. Ask our experts for their recommendations on how to best to spend your time in the city and we are confident that you will depart a little bit in love with the food and very much in love with Boston.