We have just arrived back from Boston and thought we'd post a report as we had so much help from you guys on here. Firstly I have one word to describe Boston and it's WOW !! what a fabulous city and the people are the most friendly, helpful and just generally nice we have ever encountered.
Day 1 (9 September)
Arrived at Logan Airport and got a taxi to our hotel (Hilton - Financial District) to be checked in to a fabulous room on the 4th Floor, we were pretty tired from the flight, we went down and spoke to the concierge (John) who gave us directions to Newbury Street, we went shopping and generally people watching, my wife loved the Max Mara store and again the staff there were great, we walked there and back including the common which is a great open space to walk through, evening went to dinner at Sal de la Terre I had Scallops, Steak and Cheesecake and my wife had salad and cod. The food and service were fantastic.
We decided to do a duck tour on day 2 so went to the MBTA stop and bought a 7-day pass great value at $15 each, and got the train to Copley, we then walked down Boylston Street to the prudential centre, my wife loved the centre and the shops (espicially Yankee Candle) and found the duck tour, the tour was great even though we broke down in the river and had to be towed out by another duck!! the guide Jet Black was funny and knowledgable which made a fun tour, we then headed back to the centre to have a quick lunch. After lunch we hopped on the T to the MFA stop and spent the afternoon looking at the collection there, my wife has an art degree and absolutley loved the gallery as did I the scope and diversity of the collection is like nothing we have seen before it was great, you could easily spend a whole day there!! In the evening we decided to head to the North End for dinner we went to No 5 North Square and the food was average, the service was actually really intrusive they gave the impression they wanted us to leave as we were the last there and we were almost rushed out the door.
Woke up to bright sunshine so decided to head out on a whale watch, we booked the tour at the aquarium for the afternoon. We then went round the aquarium which was a good, I really liked the Jelly Fish exhibit and the penguins were also interesting. We then had lunch at Legal Seafood I had the Scrod my wife had crab cakes the food was excellent, The whale watch was well worth it we saw around 8 or 9 whales close up as well as lots more in the distance, a great tour and experience. In the evening we headed over to Cambridge for a gig at TT the Bears, we grabbed a pizza at Cinderella's which was great value and really good, the gig itself was fab the support act The Postelles were good and the Wombats were fab, the venue is fantastic!!
After a late night we had a bit of a lay-in and decided to do the freedom trail, we went to the info centre and bought a guide book and decided to walk the tour ourselves, we walked up to Paul Revere's House and then decided to stop for the day, we found the first part really interesting and loved the old state house and Paul Revere's house. In the evening we decided to go to Aujord'hui for dinner and can I say how much we enjoyed this one the food was fantastic and the service flawless, I had Karapachi, and Kobe Beef as well as a souffle, my wife salad, bass and pannacotta, a really special meal well worth the moeny, the somellier was also really helpful with our wine choice.
We finished off the freedom trail, taking in Mikes Pastry and Lulu's my favourite were the cup cakes from LuLu's. We climbed the bunker hill monument very tiring but worth it !!. The Navy yard and USS Constitution were excellent attractions and well worth a visit, the tour was great and interesting. We finished the day with shopping around Farneuil Hall. For dinner we went to Abe and Louie's the food was good I felt it was slightly overpriced for what it was.
We visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Musuem, which was really fascinating we spent the morning there and headed towards Fenway park, on arriving we realised there was a game on, so headed towards the ticket office to see what was happening, we avoided the touts and spoke to the office who offered two $90 dollar tickets for now or two $30 for the evening game,we went for the evening game. We then got the T from Kenmore to Copley and went for lunch at Top of the Hub, it was fab the cocktails, burgers and view made a great lunch !! The Red Sox game in the evening was the most amazing sports experience I've been to, I have visited some great stadiums around Europe, Wembley, Nou Camp, San Siro but none of them have the passion of The Green Monster, it was a great game and the Red Sox won 7-5 against the Blue Jays, we were both instantly hooked, I defy anybody to go to Fenway and not instantly love baseball, the Red Sox and Fenway.
Raining hard so we had a lazy day, room service breakfast and then went to the Cinema on Avery Street, went to Macy's for shopping then onto the Place a bar near our hotel for the Pats game, Cassell done the job but the Pats D was awesome!!
Visited Cambridge wondered around Harvard took in the galleries, although currently they are merged into one due to rennovation it was still a good collection, we then got off the T at Charles/MGH and went walking down Charles Street in the antiques shops we stopped for lunch at Figs which was superb really good food and reasonable to. In the evening we went to a restaurant we found early called 75 Chestnut it was really good value and the food was really good, shared the tower to start, I had pasta, wife had steak. Really good meal and service.
We went to Salem for the day, visited the peabody museum another excellent collection and the chinese house was interesting as well, went to the witch musuem as well, we then wondered round salem doing some shopping, Aromasancturay was really good shop and the owner was really helpful. Evening went to Kingfish hall for dinner, I tackled my first ever Lobster and enjoyed every minute of it !!
Our final day :-( walked to fan pier and visited the ICA, a really modern building and an excellent collection of modern art we then went to the sky walk at the prudential centre and walked around there for the day. In the evening after packing went to the Top of the Hub for dinner booked for 7 we saw the sunset and had a great meal, and definatley the most romantic, I had clam chowder, pork my wife had halibut we then shared cookies and cream it was fantastic.
Boston is a fantastic city, we have never been to the USA before and picked Boston because of the mix of things to do and we were not dissapointed.
After a long chat we picked our three favourite things: they are the USS Constitution, Fenway Park and watching a match there, and the MFA.
Food wise for lunch, Figs, Top of the Hub and Legal Seafoods.
Evening Auhord'hui, 75 Chestnut, Top of the hub and Sal de la terre are all great
We thouroughly enjoyed our stay and will come back soon !!!