Theater. Arts, Music Culture
In the Spring:
With the magnolia trees in full bloom, stroll along Commonwealth Avenue and bask in the beauty of springtime. If being outdoors is a little too nippy, you can continue to admire spring blooms in the enclosed gardens of one of Boston's most romantic spots, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Then enjoy a tête-à-tête at the intimate Museum Café.
In the Summer:
Enjoy a romantic promenade down Newbury Street to ride the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden, or enjoy a gondola ride along the Charles River, followed by a picnic on the Charles River Esplanade.
In the Fall:
New England is famous for its fall foliage. Take a scenic drive to Concord and enjoy resplendent colors, unparalleled in the world. Along the way, stop at a local farm for apple picking or a warm mug of cider.
In the Winter:
Stroll down Newbury Street, past shop windows beautifully decorated for the holidays. Arrive at your destination, the Boston Common Frog Pond where you strap on your ice skates, and glide across the ice under sparkling holiday lights. Head across Beacon Street to Cheers at the Hampshire House for a steaming hot Irish coffee.
Boston is most definitely a sports town. With such famous name home teams as the New England Patriots, the Red Sox, the Boston Celtics, and the Boston Bruins, everyone's a fan.
Three time champions of the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots are based out of Gillette Stadium. The stadium is a 40 minute drive south west, located in Foxborough, it is also an easy train ride on the commuter rail from Boston.
Located in the landmark Kenmore Square, home of the gigantic story high neon Citgo sign, Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox is a mere 10 minute walk from Newbury Guest House hotel. Even on sold out dates to home games, a certain number of tickets (1,000) are released on the day of that can only be purchased at the ticket gates at Fenway. So, it's always worth the walk to Fenway Park to see if you can grab a bleacher seat! Hint: Do not wear a Yankees hat! Tours of the Park are also available.
For the Celtics and the Bruins, home is the TD Garden. Only four subway stops away on the Green Line of the subway, it is also within easy reach of the Newbury Guest House hotel.
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Newbury Street is Boston's premier shopping destination, truly a shopper's dream. Lined with specialty and high-end designer boutiques, the street boasts some of the finest shop windows in Boston. Twice a year, once in the Spring and again in the Fall, Newbury Street is closed to traffic in order to host Art Newbury Street, a daylong celebration of the arts. All along Newbury Street, former single-family homes of well to do Victorian families have been converted into retail stores, restaurants and art galleries. Contests for the Best Garden on the street, held in the Spring, and for the Best Holiday Window, in the Winter, make Newbury Street a year-round destination.
A block away from Newbury Guest House is the Prudential Center Arcade with Saks Fifth Avenue as its anchor store. The Prudential Center is connected by an enclosed walkway to the Copley Place Mall, known for its famous name designer stores, with Neiman Marcus as its anchor store.
Boylston Street, which is parallel to Newbury Street, is also a shopper's mecca. The main department store on Boylston St. is Lord & Taylor. Crate & Barrel, Radio Shack, Talbots and Marshalls are some of the other large retailers on this street.
A fifteen minute walk up Boylston Street towards the Boston Common, brings you to Downtown Crossing which is Boston's main shopping district and home to many major chain stores including Border's bookstore, Bath & Body, Marshalls, Parade of Shoes and more!
The Downtown Crossing is also home to the famous Jeweler's Building, where many a suitor has found the perfect treasure to win over a sweetheart. Well known for its endless selection of diamonds, silver and gold, hundreds of fine jewelry merchants display there wares and are often open to negotiation.
For the antiques hunter in you, walk up Newbury Street towards the Boston Public Garden. Cross the Public Garden to Charles Street. Take a left onto Charles Street where you will find the most charming and quaint little antique shops all along the street.
Most of the larger shopping malls and outlets are located on the outskirts of Boston, the closest being the South Bay Mall and the Cambridgeside Galleria.
Tours and Harbor Cruises
Wander down Newbury Street to the Boston Common to get to the Freedom Trail. This 3-mile tour of Boston's major historical attractions begins at the Boston Common (where witches were hung in the 1600's) and meanders to the waterfront and back.
Start at the State House atop Beacon Hill designed by Charles Bullfinch (guided tours available daily). The Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre in 1774); The Old North Church (from where the signal "One if by land, Two if by sea" originated); The U.S.S Constitution (better known as "Old Ironsides"; the Bunker Hill Monument ("Don't shoot 'til you see the whites of their eyes!"); the Old North Church (from where the signal "One if by land, Two if by sea" was flashed); Paul Revere's House and the oldest house in Boston; and the churches, meetinghouses, and burial grounds of historical Bostonian figures are some of the notable stops along the Freedom Trail.
Visit patrician homes on Beacon Hill. Several of these stately homes were part of the Underground Railroad, and can be visited on the African-American Heritage Trail that winds through Beacon Hill.
Copley Square, only two blocks away from the Newbury Guest House, is an architecture buff's dream. Forming a triangle bordering this square are H.R. Richardson's Trinity Church, the oldest public library in the country, The Boston Public Library, designed by the firm McKim, Mead & White and I.M Pei's John Hancock Tower, a wonder of modern architecture.
The Back Bay was built on a landfill over the Charles River in the 1700's. A walk along Commonwealth Avenue, fashioned after the grand boulevards of Paris is a study of architecture in Boston spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries.