09:00 - On your marks
The Boston Marathon was first run in 1897, making it the oldest annual marathon in the world. From your hotel, it’s a quick walk to the Marathon finish line in Copley Square in front of the imposing Boston Public Library, a Renaissance revival marvel that was built just two years earlier in 1895.
10:00 – Walk this way
Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall was built to house market stalls in 1742 and still does today. From here catch the Boston Old Town Trolley to the North End, now Boston’s Little Italy and home to numerous pre-Revolutionary sites. Grab a Stumptown coffee at the Thinking Cup and then tour the Paul Revere House. From there, follow the red bricks of the Freedom Trail to the Old North Church and onto Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Hop back on the trolley at North Station and you’ll pass the Old State House, Boston Commons, and the Boston Public Gardens on your way back to Copley Square.
13:00 – The world’s your oyster
You can’t visit Boston without indulging in some of the city’s finest seafood. In Back Bay, the Select Oyster Bar serves local scallops, Maine lobster and sea urchin, plus platters of fruit de mer, while at Saltie Girl the kitchen spins out savoury plates of everything from fresh crudo to tinned Spanish anchovies and Portuguese sardines. Walk off your lunch by exploring the nearby shops and boutiques along Newbury Street.
15:30 – Picture perfect
Take the T (Green Line) to the Museum of Fine Arts stop and walk a couple of blocks to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The palazzo and cloisters are filled with the art, textiles, manuscripts and other treasures that Gardner collected during her lifetime and can be explored in just a couple of hours. And bonus if your name is Isabella – you get free entry for life.
19:30 – Land of milk and honey
When Boston chefs are opening restaurants in New York and Dubai, you know the city’s culinary scene is thriving. Taste the talent at Townsman, where chef Matt Jennings serves shellfish plucked from local waters and New England charcuterie, along with seasonal and regional ingredients and produce.
22:00 – A little night music
Boston’s booming student population (there are 35 universities and colleges in the city) fill dorms, apartments and shared houses from Somerville to Jamaica Plain. And where there are students, there’s live music. If you want to catch prog metal, indie electronica or alternative reggae, head out to where the students live – the Paradise Rock Club and Brighton Music Hall in Allston and Brighton, or the venerable Middle East in Cambridge.