1, 2, 3: Boston, Massachusetts Destination Guide

In the last five years, the quintessential New England city that is Boston exited the shadows of its national and international comparisons—the likes of NYC and London—to redeem a reputation of its own. Travel journalist @jilliandara outlines a starting itinerary for your next trip to “Beantown” but repeats, it’s simply a starting point!

To stay:

Four Seasons One Dalton (@fsbostondalton) soars over Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, a charming grid of weathered brick brownstones framing the Charles River. With an entire floor dedicated to wellness, a Japanese izakaya and within walking distance to two of Boston’s iconic neighborhoods—the city is truly at your fingertips. (Pictures #2, 3 & 4)

To eat:

Row 34 (@row34) reminds visitors, and locals alike, why Boston is praised for its seafood. Start with at least a dozen oysters then don’t miss out on a local lobster roll, regardless of the season. The craft cocktail menu is designed to pair with the briny mains, so veer away from your usual libation and trust the bartender; you simply can’t go wrong.

Sportello (@sportelloboston) is one of five restaurants by local-legend chef Barbara Lynch, but may be the menu with Chef Lynch’s most popular Italian dishes from her tomato soup to her comforting bolognese. Whatever you do, leave room for a slice of coconut cake, another one of her most requested recipes that customers won’t let her retire.

To visit:

Boston Seaport (@seaportbos): Whether you’re visiting in the heart of winter or the heat of summer, you won’t want to miss strolling around the Seaport. The newly developed waterfront is always a buzz with seasonal popups from beer gardens to walk-in snow globes. (Picture #1)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (@mfaboston): Even if you’re not an art-aficionado, an hour here will feel like minutes. With more than 450,000 pieces of art there’s an aesthetic for everyone. (Picture #5)

Harpoon Brewery (@harpoonbrewery): There are over 200 breweries in Boston, so to say the city is known for its beer would be an understatement. Though there are hundreds to choose from, Harpoon has been a classic Boston brewery since 1986 with regional favorites including Harpoon IPA and UFO.

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