- Rise and Shine.
Whether you prefer light and healthy or hearty and filling, it’s easy to start your day off right at Artisan Bistro in The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. Order the truffle duck eggs, served with wild mushrooms, aged provolone and jumbo asparagus.
- A Post-Breakfast Treat.
Wander the tree-lined streets of Boston’s South End. The neighborhood boasts America’s largest intact Victorian row house district and is listed in the National Register. When you see the line at the corner of Washington and Rutland streets you’ll know you’ve arrived at Flour Bakery + Café. The straight-from-the-oven sticky buns are worth the wait.
- Gallery Hop.
Walk around SoWa (South of Washington) Art and Design District, home to some of the city’s top contemporary art galleries. Every weekend from April through October the SoWa Open Market takes over the streets with stalls and stands from local artisans and farmers as well as food trucks and a beer garden.
- Walk in the Park.
Frederick Law Olmsted transformed what was once stagnant marshland into a beloved swath of urban wild known as the Back Bay Fens. Explore its hidden treasures including a 17th-century Japanese Temple Bell and the gorgeous Kelleher Rose Garden.
- See the Green Monster.
Whether you’re a sports fan or not, you shouldn’t miss Fenway, American’s oldest ballpark and home to the Boston Red Sox. Take in the lore of Yawkey Way during a stadium tour or if the Sox are in town, try to score seats atop the Green Monster, the nickname for the park’s 37-foot left field wall.
- Brasserie Lunch.
Enjoy fresh shucked oysters, steak tartare, moules Provençale and other French classics at Eastern Standard.
- Music and Theater.
Cap your evening with a performance at the Wang Theatre. Since opening in 1925, it has morphed from a movie cathedral to a home for vaudeville musicals and big bands. Today, it hosts world-class actors and musicians on one of the largest stages in the country.
- Splurge Meal.
No matter if you choose the 20-some course omakase menu or order a la carte, the exquisite sushi and sashimi prepared by Chef Tim Cushman at O Ya is the next best thing to flying straight to Japan. The sake program is one of the best in the region.
- A Vigorous Start.
Begin the day with a walk or run along the Esplanade, the roughly 3-mile leafy path on the Boston side of the Charles River. You’re likely to see Boston’s famous oarsmen sculling on the river.
- Locavore Brunch.
Cross the river to Cambridge for a decadent brunch at Craigie on Main. Start with a made-from-scratch bloody mary and swap bites of savory (red flannel beef cheek and tongue hash) and sweet (cranberry and pecan French toast) dishes.
- Harvard Yard.
Walk off your food coma with a stroll around this legendary campus. Visit one of the tiny but excellent museums such as the Sackler Art Museum and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
- Explore Chic Boutiques.
Head to Newbury Street, a
mile-long stretch of designer clothing stores, art galleries, high-end salons,
and buzzy bistros and cafés in the center of Back Bay. You’ll find big-name
brands like Patagonia and Kate Spade and indie shops like Newbury Comics. Don’t
miss a scoop at local favorite J.P. Licks Homemade Ice Cream Café.
- History Lesson.
A well-known stop on the Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1743. James Otis and Samuel Adams are just a few of the historical figures who made speeches here. Today, the area overflows with shops, restaurants and street performers.
- Sunset Sail.
Board Boston Harbor Cruises for a 90-minute sunset sail that circumnavigates the harbor. You’ll pass lighthouses, historic islands and witness the USS Constitution’s end-of-day ritual, as she fires her cannon and lowers her flag.
- Hot Table.
Make reservations in advance to enjoy a meal at the award-winning Oak + Rowan, a hip restaurant in the seaport that emphasizes prime steak, locally sourced fish and oysters, sustainable caviar, handmade pasta and alluring desserts.
- Enjoy a Personalized Nightcap.
Finish the evening at Chef Barbara Lynch’s aptly named Drink. You won’t find a lengthy cocktail list here. A quick conversation with the talented bartenders will help them concoct the perfect libation based on your palate.