Local: Boston

Boston breathes history. In its streets were staged many events relevant to US history and the characters we read about in books seem to appear as you stroll around the city. Situated in the northern region of America, Boston has a high quality of life and its school system and public services attract new residents on an ongoing basis. Boston is hot, despite the cold (forgive the pun), and picturesque… Read more »

Boston is a city that breathes the history of the United States Independence, and walking along the famous historical landmarks is of course a must. The Freedom Trail, easily identified by following the various markings on the sidewalks, runs through sites you’ll recognize as references in history books and pictures. The trail starts near the Tourist Office in Boston Common and covers important churches and chapels, cemeteries where emblematic… Read more »

One of the most adorable neighborhoods of Boston, Beacon Hill, is simply delightful. You will likely be enchanted by its Victorian charm, the peaceful cobblestone streets with flowering trees, the small buildings with rows of aligned bricks, the old wooden structures. Walking around this residential neighborhood, one of the most exclusive in Boston, is very pleasant. Visit one of the most photographed streets of the US, the… Read more »

Many pictures of Boston depict the very building that is today known as Quincy Market, an old chaotic open air market which was rebuilt as a structure with Greek inspired themes and an ornamental interior dome. The old market became a mall of shops and restaurants well frequented by locals and travelers alike. Across from it is Faneuil Hall, a building erect by a French family of… Read more »

The gardens known as Public Garden, and the oldest park in the US, Boston Common, are next door neighbors. As such, your visit can include both and you can also visit picturesque Beacon Hill, which is located right next to the parks. In the Public Garden you’ll find statues of well-known historical figures, a small lake with pedal boats, a small iron gate which guarantees some lovely pictures… Read more »

Tatte serves salads, tartines and delicious sandwiches, as well as a few dishes. A popular choice, the tables are always full, not only for the excellent food, but for the venue itself which is modern with a joyous vibe. With Middle Eastern touches aplenty, this restaurant/cafe serves shakshoukas, a popular choice in big cities, small pans served with eggs, tomato sauce and other ingredients. The bread is… Read more »

A stroll around Newbury Street in the Back Bay neighborhood is very pleasant, even if you are not planning to shop. It is worth a visit just to have a look at the interesting shop windows, many of which are quirky independent shops, and enjoy the cafes and restaurants. Back Bay is a residential area and you’ll undoubtedly notice a larger amount of locals than… Read more »

With one of the most creative Asian menus we have come across, it is no wonder UNI attracts a faithful clientele of local regulars and is always busy. Also unsurprising are the recent accolades awarded to the chef responsible for this izakaya (a sort of Japanese tapas bar). If you are unable to book a table ahead of time, do not fret, show up and ask to… Read more »

The Toscano is located in the lovely neighborhood of Beacon Hill, a short walk from the beautiful Public Garden. There are two main rooms, one less formal with wooden tables and a bar at the end. The Italian menu offers typical dishes like paninis, pizzas and soups, but what sets it apart are the lovely appetizers and Italian antipastos, as well as the entrees. We started with… Read more »

No. 284’s motto is “feel at home”, and that is exactly how you will feel. This hotel is in fact a guesthouse, located in Back Bay, a residential neighborhood away from the epicenter of the busy tourist attractions, yet still close enough and in the city center. A perfect choice should you be looking for a tranquil stay and to experience a bit of the… Read more »

The Lenox has become one of a few classic boutique hotels in Boston. Built in the beginning of the 20th Century, it has a traditional old school style, but with plenty of comfort. Upon entry your senses will be greeted with a wonderful aroma, which shall stay with you as you walk along the common areas. On our last visit several candles and similar products for sale… Read more »

Set amidst a lovely large tree lined street in the district of Back Bay, the elegant hotel The Eliot has belonged to the same family for decades. It is a little further away from local sights like the Boston Common or Public Garden, yet still only a short 20 minute walk. One of the best restaurants in town, the UNI, is located here, so book your table in advance and… Read more »

Grand yet modern, the Park Plaza Boston is one of our favorites. The daily rates tend to be reasonable compared to other properties of the same standard, provided it is outside a high or special season for the city. One of the first large hotels in Boston, the Park Plaza has plenty of history and its founder has a statue nearby. An extensive refurbishment modernized its interiors, creating… Read more »