The Best of Boston
Ask me what my most favourite cities are and I guarantee Boston will always appear on my top ten list. It’s a city I came to know well as a student, and years later I have fallen for Beantown all over again. I recently spent 72 hours exploring every angle of the city and offer you some of my fabulous Flare findings.
If quaint and traditional is more your style, then enjoy a stay at the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. (http://www.beaconhillhotel.com/) True old world Boston charm, and the bistro brunch is not to be missed.
Apparently all fashionistas in New York are already on to this tip, but the Calypso experience was new to me! (http://www.calypso-celle.com/shop/cart.php) I fell for the silk wrap dresses and the Jacqueline Schnabel shoes.
Newbury Street (http://www.newbury-st.com/) is filled with the best shopping you can ask for. Lace up your most comfy shoes, and start walking! Designer boutiques like Burberry, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade as well as can’t-go-wrong shops like Anthropologie & Intermix are abound.
And if you have not had enough, right in downtown Boston are a series of plazas filled with even more shopping! The Prudential Center (http://www.prudentialcenter.com/) connects directly to Copley Place (http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=784). That’s another 175 stores to explore including the newly opened Barneys New York department store. (http://www.barneys.com/b/index.s)
It’s a classic tourist thing to do, but when in Boston but I highly recommend you head to the Top of the Hub. (http://www.topofthehub.net/) A jazz lounge and bar on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center, you will not find a better view of the city – or a more delicious pomegranate martini.
In need of a hearty breakfast? Then do as the locals do and head to The Paramount (http://www.paramountboston.com/pages/home.html) in Beacon Hill. A diner nestled on Charles Street, this is a Boston institution. But, there are rules to make sure you know them well. Order your food, THEN sit down. No saving tables here, but strangely the system works and by the time your bacon and eggs are ready, so is your table.
Every good day of shopping should be capped off with some chocolate. I was totally enamoured with Beacon Hill Chocolates, a shop that looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. (http://beaconhillchocolates.com/) Try to caramel sushi truffle. Pure decadence.
Boston is blessed with a museum that hosts an impressive permanent collection, as well as some stunning exhibits. With a wide range of galleries housing everything from North American contemporary art, to European masterpieces, the Museum of Fine Art is a must-visit. (http://www.mfa.org/index.asp)