Start your day in style with pastries, fruit and coffee overlooking the waterfront in our chic Miel Brasserie. Afterwards, wander over to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, where multimedia displays and live reenactments recall the 18th-century events that became a turning point in American history. A leisurely stroll along the Boston Harborwalk will take you to the New England Aquarium, where turtles and stingrays recreate life on a Caribbean reef in the stunning, four-story Giant Ocean Tank.
After lunch, follow the Freedom Trail walking tour, where costumed guides introduce you to the city's historic sites. You’ll discover Faneuil Hall, site of America's first town meeting, and the Paul Revere House, the Revolutionary War hero's former home. You'll also see Old North Church, a National Historic Landmark. Don’t miss the 18th-century frigate USS Constitution. Climb aboard to discover hands-on exhibits and original artifacts that reveal her fascinating history.
As night falls head to the city's North End, a five-minute cab ride away, to sample classic Italian cuisine at Limoncello or delicious oysters and seafood at Mare. Sip cocktails at speakeasy-inspired Carrie Nation, a 10-minute stroll away. Then make your way to Tremont Street in the theater district to catch a show. If you prefer baseball, ask the concierge to book tickets for a Red Sox game at historic Fenway Park. Before bed, stop for a well-deserved nightcap in the hotel’s cozy RumBa.
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.