GUIDE: 48HRS IN BOSTON

It’s very easy to fall in love with Boston. This charming New England city, located on an attractive harbour, is full of history. But that’s just the beginning. This celebrated city has so much to offer. With very little effort, you quickly discover compelling architecture, stimulating museums and galleries and of course… an array of tasty restaurants.

SIGHTS:
To really understand the rich history of Boston, sign up for The Freedom Trail Walking Tour. This 2.5 mile walk lets you discover key landmarks and people who lead up to the American Revolution.

Jump on the popular Boston Duck Tours  which takes you on a unique tour of some of Boston’s top sites. Their amphibious vehicle allows you to experience both land and water, so do not be surprised as you drive from the street directly into the famed Charles River to witness some of the best waterside views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

For the best views of the city, head to the Skywalk Observatory located a jaw-dropping 700 feet above street level. Not only can you witness a breathtaking 360 vista of the city, but via an exhibition, you learn the importance immigration had on shaping Boston into the city it is today.

The Boston Central Library is an architectural gem. Even if you only spend ten minutes exploring this beautiful building (specifically the Bates Hall with it’s coffered ceiling). you will not be disappointed. The Library houses a collection of over 23.7 million items, making it one of the largest in the United States.

Do not miss a stroll through the oldest park in the United States, The Boston Commons. Founded in 1634, this beautiful urban oasis is a great spot to relax and enjoy a few moments of nature.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses an important international art collection from Europe, America and Asia. It was designed to look and feel like a Venetian palace. The three floors of the museum are built around a stunning garden courtyard… a perfect spot to snap some hot Instagram pics.

SHOP:
Newburry Street is the main upscale shopping street in Boston. Stroll along this attractive stretch of brownstones in search of finds from top designers such as Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade, Marc Jabobs and Chanel.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is located in the downtown… just steps away from the harbor. It is a fun and eclectic mix of food vendors and shops offering customers a fun and unique shopping experience.

Hats off to anyone who stops by this fantastic shop. William Carlton Workshop in Boston’s North End, designs custom hand-made hats while you wait… in his small, cozy shop.

DINE:
Cozy in for an authentic Southern Italian meal at Antico Forno. Casual and friendly with meals and service that are warm and authentic. Be warned their focaccia is ridiculously addictive, but make sure to save room for their outstanding fire oven pizzas or wonderful pastas.

Looking to shake things up by mixing dinner with some culture,  The Beehive is your answer. From a Jazz brunch to a Reggae dinner you can sit back, relax and take in top local and international talent. Their menu offers up delicious and tempting items. Tip: do not miss the Schmaltz Fried Rice!

Legal Harborside Seafood  is the place to go to sample some of the areas best seafood.You cannot leave New England without sampling chowder or Lobster. However, the menu here offers many delicious twists in addition to these classics, Lobster Pizza anyone? Overlooking the scenic harbor, Legal Harborside Seafood offers a modern, upscale casual environment, that is true to the region

PLAN:
The best way to book your trip to Boston is with Porter Escapes.  They offer departures from several Canadian cities with the award winning service of Porter Airlines and several top hotel partners in Boston. They make it easy and affordable to book your get-away.

The W Hotel Boston was my home base and was the perfect launching pad for my 48 hours in Boston. Central location, thoughtful amenities and modern comfy rooms all added to my Boston Experience.


For more info about Boston check out: www.bostonusa.com