Charming New England, part 1: Boston
THE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AMERICA TRIP LEADS TO NEW ENGLAND WITH VERY DIFFERENT AND PICTURESQUE DESTINATIONS: BOSTON IS A MIX OF OLD-WORLD CHARM AND HIP SCENE ADDRESSES. THE BEACHES OF THE CAPE COD PENINSULA ARE AMONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MASSACHUSETTS HAS TO OFFER. AND NEWPORT ON RHODE ISLAND ATTRACTS WITH A JAZZ AND FOLK FESTIVAL. THIS TIME WE PRESENT THESE THREE DESTINATIONS IN THREE PARTS - PART 1: THE METROPOLIS BOSTON
Text: Christine von Pahlen
Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island: travelers who want to familiarize themselves with the six New England states will experience a special piece of America. On the one hand, the English colonial style shapes the architecture of many cities, on the other hand it was exactly here, in the north-eastern coastal region of the New World, where since the founding of the United States democratic ideas have met with pronounced freedom thinking. To this day, the East Coast region is a kind of think tank of the nation that leaves its mark not only in Boston, the only metropolis of millions in New England, but also in the countryside and in the smaller coastal towns. Those who travel there will immediately feel this special mixture of old-world charm and modern spirit.
Charming New England, Part 1: Boston
The little sister of New York has always liked itself as a location for intellectual institutions: Elite universities like Harvard and Yale, research centers like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or cultural highlights like the Boston Symphony Orchestra are located here. For generations, Cambridge, located north of the Charles River, has produced several Nobel Prize winners and presidents, while the urban heart of the metropolis beats on the other side of the river, in Back Bay.
The best hotels in the city and the top addresses for shopping tours are crowded together in the tightest of spaces. Those who take a seat on one of the café terraces in the late morning in Boylston or Newbury Street will receive an introductory course on the theme of lifestyle à la Boston. In contrast to Manhattan's coffee-to-go society, Boston's relaxed people take their dogs for a walk or meet up with friends for croissants and scrambled eggs.
And while the New Yorkers have long argued that Manhattan is an island, the inhabitants of one of the oldest cities in the USA love its proximity to the sea. Whatever the weather, they enjoy the fresh Atlantic breeze during a sunset walk along the Waterfront. Skateboarders, joggers and lovers cavort along the narrow path that winds its way past bars, fish restaurants and a private marina along the shore. The best way to experience Boston from above is on the Skywalk on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center. See the harbor, the modern high-rise buildings of the business district and the ensemble of brick buildings of Beacon Hill, the so-called aristocratic hill.
As in other immigrant cities, the nationalities in Boston remain among themselves: the Irish live in Charlestown (Boston is the most Irish city outside Ireland), the Chinese in Chinatown, the Italians in North End and a colorful multi-cultural community in South End, a haven for painters and authors for quite some time. The run-down warehouses and Victorian blocks of houses have been cleaned up, the atmosphere is unconventional and dynamic.
CITY GUIDE: THE BEST ADDRESSES FOR YOUR TRIP TO BOSTON
Boston Harbor Hotel
The best approach to the city: by boat shuttle from the airport on the waterway to the hotel. Rooms and suites in the ocean liner look are a tribute to the prime location at Boston Harbour. The "Meritage" restaurant is one of the city's most popular fine dining addresses, thanks to chef Keith Bombaugh and sommelier Nicholas Doddona. Double room starting at 405 Euros, preferredhotels.com
Four Seasons Boston
Contemporary New England charm in Back Bay, the hip neighborhood of the city. Many of the rooms and suites overlook Boston Common Park. There is an indoor pool, fitness and spa. The Bristol Lounge is the after-work meeting place for the business elite. Double room starting at 650 Euros, fourseasons.com
Union Oyster House
Regular guests claim that the best and freshest oysters on the east coast can be found here. The bar is an absolute trendy meeting place, the cuisine mainly French. 41 Union Street, Ph. 617 227 27 50
Mare Oyster Bar
Whether you sit indoors or outdoors, you always have a view of the Boston skyline. In addition to many oyster varieties, king crabs from Alaska and octopus salad are the top sellers on the menu. Seafood pasta or lobster rolls go well with a local beer. 241 Hanover Street, Ph. 617 723 62 73
Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette take their guests on a culinary journey around the globe with delicious little tapas. 505 Massachusetts Avenue, Ph. 617 945 10 08
Stephanie’s on Newbury
The terrace of the modern Café-Bistro is the ideal meeting point for a late breakfast or after the shopping tour through Back Bay for lunch. 190 Newbury Street, Ph. 617 236 09 90
Fashion, accessories, living utensils: everything that makes life more colorful, with a preference for European trends. 133 Charles Street
Sowa Open Market
The indoor market in South End is a treasure trove for vintage fashion, small items of furniture and junk. In summer a Farmers' Market is added on Sundays. 460 Harrison Avenue, 10 - 16 o'clock
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Built at the beginning of the 20th century in the style of a Venetian palazzo. The eccentric millionaire widow collected masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Matisse and Titian. 13 empty picture frames recall the spectacular theft of art, in which valuable paintings were stolen in 1990. gardnermuseum.org
Museum of Fine Arts
The city's most important museum, with a remarkable collection of Asian art and 39 Monets, was extended in 2010 by architect Norman Foster. Four restaurants will take care of your culinary needs. mfa.org