Upscale Dining and Four-Star Accommodations on Boston Harbor
The site of the Boston Tea Party, Boston Harbor is a testament to how well modern-day Boston blends with its rich history. Walk along the harbor and you'll find sleek high rises and contemporary museums amid colonial-era brownstone buildings, cobblestone streets, and historical landmarks. Right along the harbor sits the four-star Seaport Boston Hotel, with upscale and stylish accommodations just a short walk from downtown Boston, Boston Children's Museum, and the New England Aquarium. Just across the street is Boston World Trade Center, making the hotel perfect for those heading to town for upcoming expositions.
There's a smart, sophisticated vibe to the onsite Aura Restaurant. Inspired by a ship's captain's quarters, the dining room is decorated with natural wood accents and warm lighting. The dinner menu features upscale entrees ranging from pork osso buco to wild salmon and espresso-rubbed steak. For a drink, visit Tamo Bar, where bartenders craft inventive martinis in dulcet flavors that include lychee, lemon cake, and peanut butter and jelly. Tamo eschews typical pub food in favor of artisan cheeses and lobster rolls. Both Tamo and Aura use honey harvested from seven hives of bees on the fifth-floor roof—just one of the hotel’s many eco-friendly initiatives.
In the deluxe guest rooms, guests can curl up on signature beds topped with memory-foam pillows from the hotel's pillow library. Contemporary amenities include Keurig coffeemakers and Bose Wave music systems. Deluxe double rooms are similar, but offer two double beds instead of one king bed. Use the in-room TVs for information on flights from nearby Logan International Airport.
Downtown Boston: Revolutionary Era Landmarks and Family-Friendly Museums
Fondly dubbed "The Athens of America" for its strong literary tradition, Boston has some of the nation's oldest buildings and most distinguished universities. Starting in Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, the Freedom Trail takes you past more than a dozen historical landmarks. The trail goes to Paul Revere's home, the Old North Church (of “One if by land, two if by sea” fame), and Faneuil Hall and then heads over the Charles River before ending at the USS Constitution. Considered to be the world’s oldest commissioned warship that’s still afloat, the USS Constitution has been nicknamed Old Ironsides and was used during the War of 1812.
Boston and the surrounding area are home to several universities, including Boston University in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood, and Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Harvard Square is one of the Boston area’s most iconic spots, a place teeming with students, tourists, activists, and street performers.
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