Making the most of a few days in Boston

“One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it. There is only one thing certain about it, you are certain there is going to be plenty of weather.” Mark Twain.

This is most certainly the case as Jules our worldwide travel specialist and Katie from our North America team found out recently, on a trip to discover some new hotels and retreats for our North American portfolio. Here is their guide to making the most of a few days in Boston…

Take a ferry to the Harbour Islands of Spectacle or Georges for a sunset clam bake or lunch at Jasper White’s Summer shacks.

Walk or take a Swan Boat through the Public Garden which is supposed to be the oldest botanical garden in the US.


Boston Public Gardens

Go and have a fabulous evening with the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet or the Boston Symphonic Orchestra or take in some local jazz or fresh oysters at the Union Oyster House or a delicious freshly made Cannoli at The Modern Pastry in Northend.


Union Oyster House

Visit Paul Revere’s home and sites of the Freedom Trail after a plate of amazing pasta in the Northend’s Italian district.  For the more energetic, walk through the magnificent brownstones of Beacon Hill where the Freedom Trail starts and walk it all.


Freedom trail

Take in the fantastic shopping in Charles Street and Newbury’s golden street of designer shops is free just walk and dream…….Great restaurants and coffee shops when you tire of shopping.

Take a hub bike, ride around the city and visit the magnificent Public Library with its Chavannes murals and The Abbey Room and don’t forget the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum or Science Museum if you are feeling like a bit of culture and brain food.

Go to Umi in the chic Elliot hotel after 11 from Thursday nights thru Saturday for late night ramen (noodles) and queue with the locals then try one of their ‘Mad Scientist’s’ special cocktails like the Bull’s Eye Gin & Tonic or a Kate & William.

Walk around the Haymarket at the weekend and watch the Bostonians do their shopping from a selection of divinely fresh produce then drop into Cheers for a burger to see where the sitcom was shot.

Finally try the hip bar at The Mandarin Oriental to people watch and dine against the wine wall at Asano afterwards……


Jules and Katie dine in the Asano at The Mandarin Oriental