Boston is one of the most historical towns in the country and home to the first North American college, Harvard, the original Dunkin’ Donuts, Cheers, The Boston Tea Party, the Red Sox and of course Paul Revere. But what you may not know is that Boston is one of the hippest cities in the US. Let me take you on a tour of my old stomping grounds.
The Place to Stay
Boston has some beautiful, culturally historic yet über chic hotels. I’d urge you to stay at one of these to get the real feeling of Colonial and Jeffersonian styling the is Boston.
My Pick: XV Beacon
This is (and most likely always will be) my favorite jet set spot in Boston. The hotel’s historic yet obviously modern decor and supreme customer service are the best in the city. XV Beacon’s Back Bay location, only a block from the Boston Commons and a short walk to the famed shopping of Newbury Street definitely keeps me coming back. There may be new hotel blood in the city, but nothing compares to XV!
Another Great Choice: The Liberty Hotel
The talk of the town is the Liberty Hotel. Once an old jail that was built in 1851, The Liberty Hotel has been transformed into one of the new hotel hot-spots. The hotel definitely plays upon its history with the CLINK restaurant and Alibi Lounge. FYI: The first bar of its kind in the country, La Grande Dame bar offers a selection of premier Champagnes by-the-glass from Veuve Clicquot.
The Best Shops
Newbury Street began in the 1970’s as a hip street of unique shops, kind of like SoHo. Now, the 8 blocks offer some of the most prestigious shops like Chanel and Ralph Lauren along side trendy inexpensive shops like H & M. However, Newbury Street still has tons of one of a kind boutiques.
Best High End: Louis Boston
Cool Consignment: The Closet
Simple Fashions: Calypso
The Tourist Trap that Can’t Be Missed
Top of the Hub: Enjoy the sunset at the best tourist trap in Boston because on a clear day you can see up to 100 miles away. This bird’s eye view of Boston from the Prudential Center includes Hancock Tower, Boston Commons, Fenway Park and beyond. Skip the Skywalk and dinner and just order a drink and an appetizer in the restaurant and enjoy the view.
Where to Eat
Most Inventive Small Plates: Cuchi Cuchi
The Best of Boston: Oleana
2nd Best Clam Chowda (My Mother’s is #1) :The Union Oyster House
Best Sweets: Mike’s Pastry
Hottest Table: Mistral
Best New England Seafood: B & G Oysters
Things to Do
See the Green Monster at Fenway Park.
Boston Harbor Sailing
Where to Sip a Cocktail
Rumor: Plan to dance on the tables on Thursday nights.
33 Lounge: The South End’s home for inventive cocktails like Raspberry Intrigue.
Venu: Guest DJ’s from around the world, great place to dance the night away.
Alibi Lounge: Liberty Hotel’s hot new night spot for a cocktail.