A quick drive up the coast from New York City or Cape Cod, Boston is the perfect New England destination for the traveler looking for a rich mix of history, delicious seafood, and true-blue patriotism.
In addition to being the proud home of the Red Sox, Boston is also known for tasty eats like New England clam chowder, some of the best Italian food in the Northeast, and high-end names lining Newbury Street.
So, let’s break it down for the first time visitor, starting with Boston’s most famous neighborhoods and where to stay.
Boston’s North End, also known as Little Italy, is filled with traditional restaurants on every corner and famous cafés like Mike’s Pastry. Located in, you guessed it, the north part of the city, this neighborhood has waterfront views of the harbor and is located within walking distance of the financial district/downtown area. Unless you prefer a cutesy boutique hotel tucked away in the heart of this neighborhood, it might be worth checking out the impressive Fairmont Battery Wharf Boston hotel located right on the water.
The home of Faneuil Hall, the Aquarium, and the Boston HarborWalk, this neighborhood on the waterfront is full of life during every season. The summer months bring more people outside to enjoy concerts in the parks, markets, and an abundance of restaurants and bars. While the winter months attract more folks to the inside attractions, it’s still a not-to-miss neighborhood at any time of year. Try to stay at the Boston Omni Parker House, one of the best historic hotels in the city! (Also, check out all the other historic hotels which I wrote about in Best Historic Hotels for Hipmunk!)
Bringing up images of cobblestone streets, red brick houses, and gas lanterns – this is a not-to-miss neighborhood whether you are dining, shopping, or even just strolling through. Beacon Hill is also home to the private library of the Boston Athenæum, along with the a section of The Black Heritage Trail passing through this community, which was home to Boston’s free black community.
Charles Street is lined with antique shops, quality restaurants, and plenty of boutique shops for those looking for a unique gem to bring home. The former Charles Street Jail, now known as the Liberty Hotel, is on many “best of Boston” lists and a recommended place to stay as it’s rich in history yet offers affordable luxury.
For any serious fashionista wanting to dedicate time to shopping, this neighborhood is home to the Prudential Center, Newbury Street, and Copley Place. With too many high-end shops and local boutiques to count, any dedicated shopper could spend an entire day (or two!) in Back Bay. So, why not stay? Check out these hotels in the area.
For the baseball enthusiasts, okay, Red Sox enthusiasts, nothing is more important than the game – or maybe a beer and ballpark frank to go along with those nine innings. So instead of trekking across town after the game (unless you really want to!), look to stay around the corner on Boylston Street at the Verb Hotel.