Growing up in New York City, Boston was always an arch nemesis, especially when it came to sports. Yankees vs. Red Sox, Jets vs. Patriots; the rivalries are endless. So perhaps not so surprisingly, it took me 33 years to visit the great city.
Steeped in culture and tradition, Boston is known for its legendary battlegrounds and is home to some of the most iconic figures in American history. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Elizabeth Poole all called Boston home. Architectural highlights are everywhere, too, from the Massachusetts Statehouse to St. Paul’s Church to Paul Revere’s home, Boston is a history junkie’s paradise.
One of the best ways to experience the city is aboard the Boston Duck Tour. The land and river excursion will show you the major highlights on land including the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square before seamlessly turning into a boat and taking passengers on an adventure along the Charles River.
Boston’s culinary scene is an experience in itself. Two destinations unique to the city include the North End (Little Italy) and Chinatown. Foodies will be delighted by the array of authentic restaurants in both areas of the city. I suggest spending the afternoon admiring the Chinatown Gate and enjoying a traditional Dim Sum lunch at one of dozens of eateries in the neighborhood.
For the less adventurous types, Boston is also home to a realm of high-end establishments, most notably The Palm. Start off your meal with an order of Bacon Wrapped Scallops or Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna. The fish is extremely fresh thanks to Boston’s seaside locale. Follow up your appetizer with the Beefsteak Tomato Capri salad prepared with sliced tomatoes, basil and imported mozzarella di bufala. As for entrees, though beef reins supreme, I recommend the Signature Palm Surf ‘n’ Turf.
Hotel choices are abundant. The Liberty Hotel is one of the most unique properties I’ve ever stayed at. Once home to the legendary Charles Street Jail, the hotel now boasts 300 guest rooms, a 24-hour fitness center and business center. “Do Not Disturb” signs are actually replicas of cell keys. I took one as a souvenir. Don’t tell anybody!
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Nine Zero is a swanky boutique hotel, which offers signature Kimpton Hotel hospitality and acclaimed style in the heart of downtown Boston. The property is centrally located across from Boston Common, steps from Beacon Hill and surrounded by the city’s top theaters, restaurants and shops. The views from any of the corner rooms are absolutely breathtaking, so be sure to request one.
Overall Boston is a wonderful city that deserves 4-5 days to really experience everything it has to offer. I’m definitely not waiting another 33 years to visit again.