Boston Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in Boston
How to Burn It Off in Boston
There are plenty of places in which to simultaneously walk, sightsee, and take in a salty breeze in Beantown. The Boston HarborWalk is a good place to start—it’s only 39 miles (intended to be 47, eventually) of free public access along one of the country’s most famous and historic harbors! Though the walk encompasses several distinct areas of the city, downtown is an obvious must: From the garden and Adirondack chairs of Lewis Wharf, head south around Commercial Wharf, past the greenery of Christopher Columbus Park and the 17th-century-built Long Wharf (now home to the Marriott Long Wharf), then continue around Central Wharf to the New England Aquarium (stopping into Legal Seafoods en route for a bowl of chowdah, if you like)—with any luck, you’ll be at the aquarium when a (free) harbor-seal feeding occurs. Keep walking south around India Wharf and its landmark metal sculptures (David von Schlegell’s “Untitled Landscape”), followed by Rowes Wharf, where you can view nearly 90 historic maps of the ever-changing Boston Harbor inside the lobby of the Boston Harbor Hotel. Then you might swing by James Hook & Co for a lobster roll, or cross over the Old Northern Avenue pedestrian bridge to check out the Institute of Contemporary Art and up-and-coming Fort Point Channel neighborhood. Want to learn more? Download a free audio guide before you go.Read More
Where to Stay in Boston
Modern and stylish, the Clarendon Square Inn (198 W. Brookline St., map) is a seven-room B&B housed in a gracefully renovated 1860s-built Sound End Victorian townhouse, with a boast-worthy 24-hour rooftop Jacuzzi and garden terrace. Well-appointed rooms start around $138 in the dead of winter, but soar to $325 in summer, although you can often score better rates with a two- or three-night minimum (rates include breakfast).
You can’t really beat the downtown location of the 190-room Nine Zero (90 Tremont St., map), right across from the Boston Common, one of the country’s oldest city parks. Most rooms have a contemporary masculine feel, and range between $179-$399 in low season. Request an outward-facing room on a higher floor for a good view.Read More