As Chief Concierge, it's my pleasure to welcome you to our city and to introduce you to Boston's newest and most dynamic hotel. Our tremendously talented Concierge team is available to attend to any request, and will endeavor to make your stay a most memorable one.
As the sun rises over Fort Point Channel and casts its first few rays along the InterContinental Boston hotel on the waterfront, Boston begins to wake. This time of day presents the perfect moment in the day to explore Boston Harbor through the famed Boston Harborwalk. This network of trails and walk ways are key for morning runners to jump start their day and are vital for visitors looking for a route almost off the beaten path. Start your trip on the Harborwalk at Flour Bakery, where you can enjoy a muffin still warm from the over and an over-sized mug of café au lait. If coffee is your forte, head across Congress Street to Barrington Coffee Co. Their passion is to discover the finest and most exciting coffees from around the world each season. Follow the Harborwalk to Long Wharf and pop in to the New England Aquarium to make friends with their world famous penguins and gaze upon their iconic Giant Ocean Tank, located in the heart of the aquarium. After, test out your sea legs and hop the Charlestown Navy Yard ferry to visit The USS Constitution. The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. She became known as Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 when she fought the British Frigate HMS Guerriere and cannonballs fired at her merely bounced off as if she were made of iron.
Now that your sea legs have been stabilized in the Boston Harbor Waters, set sail for an afternoon on the Boston Harbor Islands by ferry from Long Wharf. The ferry system provides a quick and easy round trip adventure to the outer lying islands such as George’s Island and Spectacle Island. Gaze upon the awe inspiring view of the Boston Skyline upon your return. There is no other view just like it! Once out at the islands explore the Civil War-era fort, visit the historic lighthouses, hike and camp, or picnic and fish.
As the sun sets in the East, nights in Boston heat up. A city that is enriched with sporting events, arts, and culture, the Boston nightlife choices are endless. With over 170 arts organizations for theater, music, dance, comedy, and family programs through Greater Boston there are options for different tastes. Boston’s iconic Theater District plays home to many famous playhouses that have housed huge Broadway hits. Boston has to be nicknamed Title Town because championships don’t lie. With all the richness and charm of a living museum, there is no better ballpark to visit than Fenway Park. Is there a better rivalry in sports than the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees? TD Garden defines home for the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins right outside of the North End of Boston for our basketball and hockey fans. Want to catch a New England Patriots game? Gillette Stadium is a short drive away or head to South Station and hop the train that takes you to the stadium during football season only. Boston is known for great teams, great players, great stadiums, passionate fans and a legacy for winning against all odds.
As Boston is America's walking city, pedestrians tend to jay-walk. You are better off leaving your car parked and instead take a taxi or limousine, or walk or ride the T (our subway system) to your destination.
Boston is a tipping city. Gratuities are graciously accepted by all service individuals.
Boston's weather can vary greatly from day to day. You can be in your shirt-sleeves one day and need a hat and gloves the next, so pack with this in mind and keep an eye on the weather forecast.
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John Hancock Weather Beacon
The weather beacon at the top of the Berkeley Building (old John Hancock Building) has a rhyme to help decipher the colors: steady blue, clear view; flashing blue, clouds due; steady red, rain ahead; flashing red, snow. But during baseball season, flashing red means that a Red Sox home game was called off because of the weather.
Massachusetts State House
Signs on approaching highways indicating the distance to Boston aren't measuring the miles to the city limits but to the State House dome. The dome is gilded in 23.5kt gold leaf.
Molasses flood of 1919
A storage tank exploded in the North End on January 15, 1919, sending pieces of metal and a 2.3-million-gallon wave of molasses crashing through the streets, destroying homes and buildings and killing 21 people. Some Bostonians claim that on a hot day you can still smell the molasses.
Oliver R Smoot
The Smoot is a non-standard unit of length used to measure only one item in Boston, the Harvard Bridge on Massachusetts Avenue connecting Boston and Cambridge. Fraternity pledge Oliver Smoot was rolled head over heels across the bridge to measure 364.4 Smoots (his height, 5ft 7in) plus one ear.
With so many historic sights and architectural treasures in Boston, don't forget to bring your camera.
Boston is America's Walking City; so always bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
Boston's dining scene is exciting but fairly casual. At most restaurants, casual-business attire is perfectly acceptable.
If you're coming in the fall or winter months, you should bring a warm jacket or coat as you never know one day to the next how much colder it may get.
Directions to the Intercontinental Boston 510 Atlantic Avenue Boston, MA 02210 617-747-1000 From the North via Interstate 93 South • Follow I-93 South to exit #23 – Purchase St. • Stay right when taking the exit onto Purchase st. • Follow Purchase street 2 blocks and turn left onto Congress St. • Take an immediate left onto Atlantic Ave. • The InterContinental Boston will be 1½ blocks on your right hand side. From the South via Interstate 93 North • Follow I-93 North to exit #20 – South Station/South Boston/I-90 East & West. • Follow the signs for South Station. • At the 2nd set of traffic lights turn right onto Kneeland St. • At the 2nd set of traffic lights you are forced to turn left onto Atlantic Ave. • Follow Atlantic Ave. 3 blocks and the InterContinental Boston will be on the right. From the West via Interstate 90 East • Follow the MassPike/Interstate 90 east to Exit #24A – South Station. • This exit will place you directly onto Atlantic Ave. • Follow Atlantic Ave. 3 blocks and the InterContinental Boston will be on the right. From Logan Airport • Follow the signs to Boston via the Ted Williams Tunnel – I-90 East. • Take Exit #25 – South Boston. • Stay left off the exit and take the first left onto Congress St. • Follow Congress st. straight over the Congress St. Bridge. • Take your first Right onto Atlantic Ave. • The InterContinental Boston will on your right.