At the age of 16, Matthew "Matty" Hughes became the youngest-ever licensed captain in the port of Boston. Funneling his passion into a career, he founded Boston Harbor Cruises in 1926 to lead tours up the Charles River. What began as a two-man, one-boat operation has grown tremendously throughout its more than 90-year history, now encompassing a 21-boat fleet and more than 250 employees who transport more than 2 million passengers.
The Boston Harbor Cruises's staff handles all things nautical, from whale watching and speedboat tours to wedding receptions and celebrations for special occasions. Because dolphins are hard to saddle and refuse to obey verbal commands, Boston Harbor Cruises also navigates the waters with ferries and harbor cruises that explore the historic and romantic sights of Boston.
Though the leadership has changed, Matty's grandchildren Rick and Chris Nolan still perpetuate the traditions of Boston Harbor Cruises, furthering one man's obsession with the harbor and inspiring future generations to create their own memories on its calm waters.
Owner Pavlina and her family craft an eclectic menu of mammoth meals, such as a fluffy three-egg omelet inhabited by spinach, feta, and black olives ($6.95). Guests can acquaint tongues with the flavor of homemade corned-beef hash, accompanied by baked home fries, toast, and any style of eggs, be they scrambled or business casual ($6.95). Shaker's encourages creative spud consumption with home fries baked alongside italian sausage, onions, and peppers, blanketed by a melted sheet of provolone cheese ($6.95). Friday evenings, Shaker's Café and Restaurant's door remains intriguingly ajar until 8 p.m. for BYOB, casual dinners. Diners can entangle brave forks in a mountain of pasta, whose apex bears garlic- and wine-infused chicken marsala ($11.95). Like an underwater hostel, the dinner menu hosts an abundance of wayward sea-swimmers, including baked haddock ($10.95) and fried scallops served beside coleslaw and fries ($13.95).
With a stay at Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston in Cambridge, you'll be in the historical district and convenient to Boston University and Fenway Park. This 4-star hotel is close to Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Copley Place. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 470 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and river views. Satellite programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 10 mi. n Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Cambridge? This hotel has 25,000 square feet (2323 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Every pizza at World Famous Pizza & Subs is made from scratch, starting with the dough that cooks toss and shape by hand into pies that stretch up to 22 inches across. From linguiça to freshly cut broccoli, customizable combinations of classic ingredients top individual slices and entire New York–style pies alike. Popular pizzeria eats such as chicken-finger subs, cheese-stuffed burgers, and pastas smothered in housemade sauces round out the menu. On weekends, World Famous caters to the late-night crowd by delivering until 3 a.m. and keeping its dining room open until 3:30 a.m.
Apple Spice Cafe & Juice Bar’s menus spring from a deep love of deli cuisine and a fervent desire to make lunch the standout meal of the day. At the eatery, chefs layer fresh-baked breads with deli meats and cheeses to create more than a dozen types of hearty sandwiches, including sugar-cured virginia ham and a classic pastrami-and-swiss. Patrons who would rather stay inside can order box lunches teeming with dill pickles, desserts, and a choice of pasta, potato salad, or frog-eye salad. Apple Spice Cafe & Juice Bar’s friendly delivery team also directs catering trays toward offices and sets up stations of build-your-own breakfast burritos, baked potatoes, and fajita-themed great helms.
The aroma of seared Atlantic salmon, new york strip steak, and pork tenderloin waft through the dining room as each cut arrives simmering atop a volcanic stone heated to more than 750 degrees. This dramatic presentation is based on a European tradition more than 2,000 years old, and it creates an interactive dining experience that encourages guests to tend to their own sizzling proteins until they're either grilled to perfection or evaporate into a meaty mist. Hot-rock cooking forms the culinary foundation for Europa Black Rock Bar and Grill's menu, which also highlights Mediterranean-inspired pastas and flatbreads and Portuguese specialties such as paella and salt cod. For guests in search of a different kind of heat, the restaurant also hosts live music and the scorching beats of live DJs every Friday and Saturday night.