City Guide: The historic city of Boston is just as modern as it is rich in history.
As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston has been a part of American history since being founded as a town back in 1630. Since then, it has grown from being a hub of social and political importance into being one of the most cultural and economic cities in New England.
Surrounded by hospitals and universities, Boston is rich in culture and education, from museums celebrating Boston's rich history to its Emerald Necklace of green park spaces, including the famous Boston Common.
With skyscrapers merging seamlessly with wide-open park spaces and gourmet dining, there is something for everyone in Boston, from the sublime to the ridiculously sublime.
Boston is home to several unique neighborhoods, each with their own special character.
Beacon Hill is one of Boston's oldest neighborhoods, taking its name from a beacon that once stood upon its hill to warn of foreign invasion. Now, it is home to streets lined with brick row houses in Colonial style and restaurants and antique shops.
In the Back Bay area, not only will you find some of Boston's finest skyline, including the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower, as well as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, you will also find some of the best shopping in the country. Check out Newbury Street and Copley Place or in the Natick Collection, with some of the chicest fashions ever. Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are filled with unique boutiques, trendy restaurants and the occasional celebrity as well.
Must Sees & Do's:
With a city as old as Boston, it's hard to know what to do first. Here are some of the most popular attractions:
Fenway Park is one of America's most famous ballparks. Sports fans won't want to miss out on a game here, home to the Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and New England Patriots.
Culture lovers will bask in Boston's active theatre scene, with dance performances, plays and more in the Concert Halls and Performance Centers that fill the city. Spend time in the Boston Public Library, which houses a museum as well as a large book collection.
Both foodies and history buffs will want to duck into the Union Oyster House, the city's oldest restaurant, serving everyone from Daniel Webster to JFK and get some oysters on the half shell.
Wining and Dining:
Food is such a part of Boston culture that the city hosts two Restaurant Weeks, in March and August, giving the opportunity to indulge in some of the city's best cuisine.
Boston's North End is home to some of the best Italian cuisine in the city, along with Boston's famous New England specialties. From pasta to seafood, you'll find something you like.
Walk along Newbury Street and find some of the best in modern cuisine. Trendy eateries and bars line the streets, including 29 Newbury Street. Also in the Back Bay is 33 Restaurant & Lounge, fusing traditional American and exotic cuisines. The restaurant has also been the recipient of Wine Spectator's prestigious Award of Excellence for five years in a row.
If you like to dance after you dine, check out Gypsy Bar, where celebrities like Heidi Klum party when they're in town. The club also hosts special events and guest DJs, like DJ AM.
For the VIP:
As home to celebrities, Boston provides many luxury amenities. Stay like a VIP with the help of these services:
At Orchid Boston, grab a VIP table for personal bartending and other special amenities to make your party extra special.
VIP Executive Limo provides transportation throughout the Boston area. Chauffeurs are equipped with the latest PDAs to provide the most up-to-date flight information possible. Choose from their fleet of luxury vehicles, like Cadillac.
At the Emerge Spa, indulge in your choice of spa treatment in a special VIP suite, with total privacy.