The calendar page hasn’t turned to just a new year, but a whole new decade, bringing on 10 years of new possibilities, new hopes, and new dreams. While we are certain that your New Year’s resolutions are quickly filling up with items and things to do to better your every day way of living, we hope you are squeaking in a few things to better yourself and we hope travel is one of the gifts you give yourself to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.
With Boston landing in the top 10 of Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020, now is the time to experience our 4 resolutions for traveling to the city. From the best restaurants in Boston, to our unique and unusual history, discover why there is more to love in 2020 in America’s Favorite Walking City.
Resolve to See the Seasons
No matter the times of year, the city is always magnificent with bursting colors, vibrant energy, and ever changing backdrops. Come to town for the winter and skate on Frog Pond in the heart of the city or stroll along Commonwealth Avenue beneath the twinkling lights strung through the branches of the elm trees. Stop along Acorn Street and a glimpse of holidays past with the beautifully decorated brownstone homes of Back Bay.
Flowers bloom across Rose Kennedy Greenway as the calendar changes to April and May. Restaurants’ patios welcome visitors to sit, sip, chat and people watch as the city stretches awake from a restful winter slumber. The energy in Boston kicks up a notch more with the summer months ushering in hot days and cool nights. Take the ferry out to Boston Harbor Islands for views of the city like you have never seen before, perfect for picnicking, biking, hiking and even a clam bake or two. Walk Boston Harborwalk, stretching over 43 miles around the only state capital in the United States with a coast line.
Feel the crisp, cool air keep the city alive as autumn takes over, bringing out the best beer gardens, ghost tours, and comfort foods you can find in New England.
Resolve to Experience a Culinary Explosion
Celebrity chefs have been flocking to Boston now more than ever before, ready to be thrown in the mix of our local celebrity chefs. Jason Santos’ Citrus and Salt, Paul Wahlberg’s Alma Nove and Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park paved way to welcome those chefs trying to break into Boston’s booming restaurant scene. Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina is leveling the playing field at TD Garden, with Fieri’s famous Trash Can Nachos and upscale taco options. Chopped star Sarah Wade opens her second Boston restaurant, Stillwater, featuring crafty takes on comfort foods like jelly doughnut-inspired crème brulee and a chicken fried ribeye and cherry pepper relish. Coming to Boston for the food we do best, seafood? Don’t miss Michael Scelfo’s Waypoint. With options from Nantucket Bay Scallops to Lobster Toast, your appetite for the ocean’s tastiest crustaceans would be more than satisfied at Waypoint.
Resolve to Experience a Revolution
It is no secret that Boston is rich with history, with historic landmarks lining Boston’s Freedom Trail, a museum dedicated to the reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, and even a reenactment to Paul Revere’s historic and brave ride to Lexington and Concord. But did you know Boston’s history goes beyond what is written in history books? Experience the scene of one of the world’s most infamous art heists at the beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Explore Little Brewster Island, home to the country’s first lighthouse, dating back to 1716. Witness the final resting places of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, but also discover where Mother Goose herself is buried at Granary Burying Ground. Catch a glimpse at some unusual historical properties, the Skinny House located in Boston’s North End and the Scarlett O’Hara House in Beacon Hill.
Resolve to Discover New England
Boston is the gateway to New England. After your experience in Beantown it is easy to hop on Amtrak’s Downeaster train and head up the coast to beautiful Portland, ME. Experience the waterfront wonderment, lined with cobblestoned streets that is Old Port. Hop aboard a ferry and explore the Islands of Casco Bay or venture further on a trip to Nova Scotia, Canada.
Rent a car from National Car Rental and take a trip to carve out the perfect turns at the ski resorts of Vermont and New Hampshire. Ski the east at world-class mountains like Bretton Woods and Killington Mountain, within two to three hours of Boston.
Explore Cape Cod by taking MBTA’s Commuter Rail to Hyannis. See the John F. Kenney’s Hyannis Museum, explore some of the Cape’s best beaches, or take the ferry to Martha’ Vineyard or Nantucket to see quintessential New England fishing villages and essential summer escapes.
We wish you a happy, healthy New Year and hope it is filled with adventure and a stop or two in Boston.