Boston Bound: Packing and Attractions
Decided to conduct a brief, unscientific poll at Wearever. Answer in one minute or less- "What is your favorite Best Picture Oscar winner and setting?" Responses were predictably varied-Sound of Music, The Departed, Out of Africa, My Fair Lady. And who could forget Lawrence of Arabia or Chariots of Fire or Kramer vs Kramer? Which would you choose? So many settings-Austria, Boston, London, NYC…
An inspired plan---Let's take a trip to the location of one of these all-time favorites, The Departed's Boston. Boston or Beantown, is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Boston is a great place to visit and a super place to live, it consistently ranks high on world livability rankings. It is a walking town, and has been dubbed the friendliest walker city in the country. The only problem is that there are so many things to see, it is hard to pick.
Where to stay? A consistently comfortable hotel is The Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Very homey, considerate staff, perfect location and a favorite restaurant, Henrietta's Table serving classic New England fare, and big breakfasts to start your day. Five star hotels which rank in the top 10 in Boston include The Boston Harbor Hotel (pooches welcome), The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common (love the cocktails), or The Eliot Hotel (Best Restaurant-Top Rated Uni Sashimi Bar located in lobby, Sake Bomb anyone?).
The weather is still chilly in Boston, so rather than walk The Freedom Trail, which you probably did as a child anyway, here are a few Off the Beaten Path indoor suggestions. Two choices at Boston Symphony Hall. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is performing Mozart and Bruckner. But, if you have never seen the Grammy award winning group Sweet Honey in the Rock perform a capella, don't miss their performance of "Forty and Fierce" on Sunday night also at Boston Symphony Hall. You will be dancing in the aisles.
Also, Off the Beaten Path, take a stroll through historic Harvard Yard and then head over to The Harvard Museum of Natural History. Besides the fascinating Great Mammal Hall, there is a unique collection of over 4,000 glass flowers created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka over 5 decades representing 830 plant species. These are amazingly realistic glass models of plants that you will not see anywhere else. There is also The New England Aquarium, where it is warm inside! End the day with a hot drink and view of Boston at The Top of the Hub. Or, head up to the North End, for a warm cappuccino and cannoli. You've earned it.
Here is what to pack:
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