Written by Necee Regis
Spring is a time of renewal in New England, and the weather can be sunny and glorious. As trees and flowers bud and bloom, Bostonians emerge from their winter lairs to enjoy the sights of this historic city.
Boston is a terrific walking city, especially before the summer heat and tourists arrive. There’s no better way to understand Boston’s role in the American Revolution than walking the Freedom Trail, a four-kilometre route taking in more than a dozen historic sites, including meeting houses and museums.
Settle in at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, where the lobby’s vaulted ceiling, marble columns, and crystal chandeliers offer a glimpse of old Boston’s elegance. Located in a prime Back Bay neighbourhood, the hotel is close to Newbury Street, where both tourists and locals love to stroll its brick-lined sidewalks to visit art galleries, fine restaurants, cafés, and upscale shopping boutiques, including classic Boston clothier Brooks Brothers and notable jewellers Shreve, Crump & Low.
Enjoy a formal afternoon tea with fine china and silver service in The French Room at Taj Boston. Or reserve a seat at ‘The Art of Chocolate’, an all-you-can-enjoy chocolate buffet offered on Saturdays only at The Langham’s Café Fleuri.
Local chefs embrace farm-to-table ingredients, with an emphasis on the region’s freshest seafood and shellfish. Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel offers elegant meals with a water view. Savour French-Italian cuisine and a tasting menu in a sleek urban setting at Menton. For sophisticated New England-French cuisine, L’Espalier never disappoints.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
One of Boston’s hidden treasures is the 15th-century-style Venetian palazzo home of energetic world traveller and arts-lover Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840–1924). Wander through galleries surrounding a four-storey courtyard, and view Gardner’s personal collection of art and antiquities, including silver, ceramics, rare manuscripts, tapestries, drawings, and paintings by Rembrandt, Matisse, Manet, Sargent, Michelangelo, Whistler, Titian, and other masters. Contemporary work can be seen in the new wing designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.
Distance: 10,517 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 45 minutes