Boston. Beantown. Red Sox Nation.
Situated onshore of the Atlantic Ocean, it's the only state capital in America with an oceanic shoreline. Big cities and quaintness don't usually go hand in hand, but that's exactly how I would describe Boston: a quaint city. It just weeps with history. The statue of patriotic hero Paul Revere is certainly the most revered landmark here. The narrow, cobblestone, one-way streets give you that eerie vibe of centuries past, but look up to the slew of high-rises and you'll feel that big city vibe overcome you.
Where to stay...
The newly-renovated Four Seasons Boston overlooks the city's historic Public Garden, where your walk beneath canopied trees is complete with swans waddling at the water's edge. The Four Seasons is elegant, sure, but in a New England way that is not overwhelming. It's historic and simple. Somehow, despite being one of the most sought-after worldwide luxury hotels, the Boston location pays homage to that classic old charm that feels humbly sophisticated. The overly accommodating staff will make you feel like a movie star.
Where to eat...
Start with a martini and the mussels at The Bristol, the dimly-lit restaurant at The Four Seasons. For that coastal view, go to Legal Harborside and head up to the rooftop. If Italian food is your jam (and let's be honest, it is), then you better make sure you go to the touristy but ever-so-savory neighborhood that is The North End — Boston's Little Italy — and order yourself up a heaping plate of seafood pasta.
What to do...
Walk, walk, walk. If you drive around, you're bound to get frustrated by the traffic and the constant horns as people cut each other off.
Start your city tour on the Freedom Trail, where you'll get to see landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common. For the high-end clientele, get your shopping on Newbury Street. It's just a street over from your stay at the Four Seasons. Baseball fan? Catching a game at Fenway, or "The Green Monster," is a must. The stadium is intimate, the hecklers are hilarious, and the surrounding bars on game night are packed to the brim with diehards.
Go to Fanueil Hall Marketplace. It's touristy, but it's worth it. Speaking of touristy, do the Boston Duck tour. It's a boat, it's a car, it's your guide to Boston trivia.
Some content originally published on RD.com, and republished here with permission.