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Favorite Shopping

The New York Times "Boston Correspondent's Guide" named Newbury Street as its favorite shopping area.  The article stated that Newbury Street is "...probably de rigueur for an acquisitively inclined visitor to Boston.  It is colorful, trendy, and eclectic, with establishments selling everything from flowers to French fashion, Elizabethan end tables to epicurean delicacies.  Shops are layered on three or four stories of attractive old buildings."

 
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CELEBRATE BOSTON!

Close-up of priority events of our Boston beyond the Freedom Trail Tour

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BOSTON BEYOND THE FREEDOM TRAIL…4 nights, 5 days

Our Boston tour offers the best of Boston. It’s history, art, architecture,  and literature in a jam packed few days.

And since this is SWT  Tours, we include a couple of culinary events plus our take on contemporary Boston dining a la Barbara Lynch


From the Charles River cruise see the Constitution and Bunker Hill Monument obelisk

 

Boston harbor tour is ideal orientation that  begins  your Boston visit.

Boston by water gives you views of the city as a whole.

Highlights:

  • The dome of the Boston state house and church steeples
  • Boston bridges from the Longfellow to the Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
  • Boston Harbor’s fascinating locks
  • iconic: the Prudential building, John Hancock.
  • The legenddary  Constitution and its juxta-position to the obelisk shaped Bunker Hill monument

View of State House Dome from the the Harbor


 

HAVE YOU HEARD OF BOSTON’S EMERALD NECKLACE ?


The Rose Garden and glimpses of other parks in the Emerald Necklace - Photos by Michael Zimmerman

This 7 MILE LONG SERIES OF 9 DIVERSE PARKS CREATED BY Frank Law Olmsted, genius landscape architect, who also designed Central Park, defines Boston, in my opinion, as America’s most impressive park system. New Yorkers will dispute this assessment but what I like about the Emerald Necklace vis a vis Central Park  is the small manageable size of each of the parks and their diversity. Emerald Necklace time frame started in the 1870s. completed near the end of the century.  Locations range from the historic center of Boston through a dozen neighborhoods.

On our spring Boston tour you will see Spring in Bloom...


Photos by Michael Zimmerman

Fall Foilage in Boston..Our October visit, Oct 9-13 is timed to see the spectacular fall colors. No guarantee with mother nature in charge....


Photos by Michael Zimmerman


Public Garden

Boston glows in the fall

Pumpkin Boston Style...Take a bite?

Weld boathouse on the Charles River
owned by Harvard, Radcliffe Women's Crew, train here.

Of course, if you are a baseball fan, you’ll want to schedule a Red Sox game, if they are in town.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF OUR TOUR:
…Most tours are private tours for our group only
…Meals: Eating becomes  an adventure when you think out of the box. We do!
…Art: Be dazzled by Museum of Fine Arts  Art of the America’s new wing
…Literary Giants  & the Boston connection

New England foliage

Sleek Hotel Lounge for Breakfast and relaxing

 

Our Itinerary:

Public Garden

Boston Public Gardens Great Picnic Spot

Day 1
Arrive in Boston, transfer on your own to our hotel. Activity will depend on Group arrival time

Evening: Boston Harbor Boat Cruise created by the Boston Society of Architects.  Enjoy sweeping  views of the Boston Harbor and enjoy a lecture on Boston architecture.

 

 

Concord's North Bridge

North Bridge in Concord, site of "the shot heard 'round the world"

Day 2 morning …The Hahvad Tour…
 Our chance to get an insider’s view of Harvard. Our guides current Harvard students. Harvard History including the untold stories and lore of Harvard University. Dozens of stops including Harvard Yard, Historic Buildings include the Library and the Harvard Lampoon.

Barbara Lynch’s two mini-restaurants B&G Oysters: oyster bar with a few seafood mains; followed by her Butcher Shop :in house-made charcuterie and antipasti. Both places have a no reservation policy so we may have to limit dinner to just one or settle on a long wait. Dinner not included in tour price.

Trinity Church Trinity Church Trinity Church

Dine at two of Barbara Lynch’s most  innovative restaurants: B&GOyster and the Butcher Shop

Day 3
Concord's North Bridge

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord

Private tour of Lexington & Concord ( appox. 4 hours) Highlights: Lexington where 77 minuteman faced 700 British Redcoats. Visit the Buckman Tavern, meeting place of the Minuteman and the Hancock Clark House where Paul Revere alerted John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Next, drive to Concord to the Old North Bridge, site of the Minuteman statue and “the shot heard around the world.” Drive by homes where Nathaniel Hawthrone, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson lived. Visit the resting place of many of these writers,  Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery . Visit the Concord Museum that records history of the town and Walden Pond made famous by Thoreau.

Late afternoon: enjoy a walk down Newberry Street with its trendy boutiques and wide assortment of cafes and restaurants

Day 4
Highlights of the Gardner Museum with its stunning addition. Museum of Fine Arts…Art of the America’s is the MFA’S acclaimed new wing featuring art  from the pre-Colombian era through the third quarter of the 20th century.

Beacon Hill Chocolate Tour walks you through this small historic neighborhood with its grand townhouses, antique shops and fashion boutiques.  Plus sampling the wares of its best chocolatiers.

Toro gets our vote for best  small plate restaurant. Love their Churros con Chocolate.

Secrets of Boston…a new guide book in our arsenal…we’ll pick one or two of the most off-beat suggestions to investigate.  Stay tuned. 

If you are into zany shopping, you’d like By the Pound where shopping for used clothing and bric a brac is sold for $1.50 a pound; $1 on each Friday.

 

I visited the Garment District store on a snowy Sat.
Here you see clothes piled on the floor and women searching for their By the Pound bargains. Crazy!

Day 5…Check out of hotel , leave your suitcase at hotel.
Final morning activity.

Visit the Waterfront Seaport  District that once was a Boston wasteland and  is slowly making a bid to  becoming a Boston must visit area.

Two high level venues mark what the area may become, The Institute of Contemporary Art and  Louis, the fashionable boutique.

Institute of Contemporary Art is the first art museum built in Boston in a hundred years. Innovative  architecture with a stunning harbor view. Avant garde art at its best.

Louis, arguably Boston’s chicest fashion store, made a bold move to the still mostly barren Waterfront District. Only time will tell if it was a smart move or foolhardy. You’ll enjoy seeing their expensive and luxury fashion and home goods.

Back to hotel and your afternoon or evening flight home or choose to stay on a day or two on your own.

Tours may be switched around in the interest of time and the schedules of tour operators.

Emerald Necklace…Frederick Law Olmstead, often identified as the father of landscape architecture, created Boston’s Park System, a string of 9 green spaces identified as the Emerald Necklace. In our comings and goings, some of these parks will be identified.  Maps are available.

Cost: $2075 

4 nights hotel, single occupancy, no single supplement. Continental  breakfast. All events mentioned in itinerary. Transportation, if by taxi, on a shared basis.

Not included: airfare, airport transfers, lunches, coffee stops, wine and alcoholic beverages.

Hotel costs fluctuate throughout the year.We will  confirm  costs  when  you book.

Meals: we can eat as a group or you may prefer to go on your own.

Our hotel: A small boutique hotel with a fabulous location near Public Library, Copley Square, Newberry Street and other upscale shopping. Chosen after visiting close to a dozen hotels. It is also less expensive than most of the other hotels  we considered. To be aware of: the rooms are very small. The reception desk, tiny .  There is a nice lounge for breakfast or relaxing, and a small patio at the entrance of the hotel, nice to watch the world go by while you sip a glass of wine.