Boston. A town of quaint cobblestone streets, remnants of colonial America's beginnings at every corner, an air of academia and knowledge practically oozing from every historical plaque you pass. Home to Harvard, Red Sox fans aplenty and some of the country's earliest roots in philosophical writings and world class art, there's no denying, there's plenty to keep you busy when in town. So why haven't I ventured here more often, given it's short train ride from New York City? Honestly, when we were in town a few weeks ago, I couldn't stop asking myself this question. And I also couldn't stop wondering how beautiful the city must be in different seasons, chief among them fall!
In case you're like me and you're looking to rectify your absence from Boston soon, I've put together a concise weekend guide for you — 48 hours in a city that boasts world class culture and fun, an enviable food scene and enough historical intrigue to keep you keen for your next visit. Ready? Let's go!
First things, first, where to stay: The Newbury Boston — a property that’s played a pivotal role in Boston’s hospitality scene since 1927 when it first opened as the Ritz-Carlton and later as The Taj. You all know how much I love spaces with rich history and The Newbury certainly doesn’t disappoint in that department. (Case in point: Former guests include Amelia Earhart, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Kennedy family and even Shirley Temple for a few weeks.) Timelessly modern — it’s old world luxury for the contemporary traveler, with art in spades, impeccable fine dining and such close proximity to the Boston Public Garden, you’d swear by the view from your room window you were sitting atop a treehouse next to the pond. Their whole staff was so warm and welcoming and truly made us feel like we were coming home each night. I can't wait to return!
- Breakfast at The Street Bar
- Morning and early afternoon at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Lunch at Saltie Girl
- Late afternoon wandering around the Boston Public Garden (perhaps hop on one of the famed Swan Boats!)
- Walk over to Beacon Hill to admire the Federal-style and Victorian brick homes (be sure to check out Acorn Street!) and swing by Tatte for a late pick-me-up latte
- Dinner and drinks at Contessa, The Newbury's new rooftop terrace restaurant
- Room service at The Newbury to enjoy sunrise over the Boston Public Garden
- Morning walking around Copley Square to explore the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church and Old South Church
- Lunch at Neptune Oyster (near the Paul Revere House!)
- Late afternoon walking around Harvard Campus
- An evening Red Sox game or perhaps a night at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which is restarting their in-person schedule as of September this year!
- Late night dinner and night cap at Yvonne's in Downtown Crossing
Have you been to Boston before? I'd love to hear about your favorite spots!
Cinq a Sept slip dress (gifted, similar style here) // Dior heels // CH by Carolina Herrera shirt dress (gifted) // Zimmermann polka dot dress (similar style here) // Tove dress // Sarah Flint sandals