Hotel at a Glance: Copley Square Hotel
Luxury service and amenities have been at the heart of Copley Square Hotel for the past 120 years. The AAA Four Diamond hotel boasts perks that include nightly turndown services, twice-daily housekeeping, and glasses of wine offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. You can order additional libations at Storyville, a speakeasy-turned-cocktail-bar that once hosted the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, open Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Or, enjoy your cocktails infused with rooftop-grown herbs at XHALE.
- First opened: July 4, 1891
- In-room amenities: free WiFi and bottled water, LCD flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, blackout drapes, and luxury bath products
- Go for an early morning jog: The front desk provides jogging maps, granola bars, bottles of water, and fresh towels from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.
- Classic American fare is on the menu at XHALE; popular dishes include specialty burgers, steak and frites, and new england clam chowder. With certain bookings, you get a $50 daily credit to the restaurant.
- Walk to Fenway Park (1.3 miles away), Newbury Street (0.4 miles away), and Boston Common (1 mile away).
Boston’s Back Bay: Victorian Architecture and Historical Landmarks on the Charles River
Boston’s Back Bay used to be just that—a literal bay that extended into the Charles River. In the mid 1800s, developers added landfill and created the grid-style neighborhood that remains today. Victorian brownstones and kempt gardens line the wide avenues of this waterside enclave that lies just west of Beacon Hill. Boston is a highly walkable city, so you’ll be able to get to several other neighborhoods from Back Bay as well.
Often called the Rodeo Drive of the East, Newbury Street stretches eight blocks east from Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street. The quaint tree-lined street is home to dozens of high-end retailers such as Chanel and Cartier, as well as vintage boutiques and consignment shops. Between Newbury and the Charles lies some of the most desirable real estate in Boston; the historic brownstones are worth checking out. The Esplanade, a 3-mile jogging path along the Charles, is especially popular in the summer. There you can take sailing lessons or sip lemonade on a sunny afternoon.
The famed walking path known as the Freedom Trail begins a mile east of Back Bay in the Boston Common, and it’s a must-see for history buffs. The 2.5-mile trail wends through cobblestone streets, bringing Revolutionary history to life with stops at the Old South Meeting House, where plans for the Boston Tea Party were secretly hatched, and the site of the Boston Massacre.