Rich in culture and easy on the feet, Boston is great to explore up-close and personal. I’ve found myself making my way through Boston quite frequently for business over the last eight months. Each time I make a point to stop for the night to try new restaurants and cafes, as well as revisit familiar favorites–especially in and around Boston Common.
3pm CHECK IN
Impressive and centrally located, Kimpton’s Nine Zero Hotel has a welcoming staff with incredible attention to detail (especially their witty guest notes on twitter), making for a stay you’ll be thinking about long after you turn in your room key. Their skyline rooms are worth the $60 upgrade (request a corner room if they’re available) with a glassy view out onto Boston Common and a golden glimpse of the State House in the distance. When you become a Kimpton Karma member (free to sign up) you get access to free upgrades, last minute deals, and local insight to the city. Did I mention the Kimpton is pet friendly?
5-6pm WINE TASTING
Be social and make new friends at Kimpton’s Happy Hour each night (also complimentary to hotel guests!).
Pop back up to your corner room to enjoy the view, crack open the mini bar (with Kimpton Karma, you receive a $10 minibar credit) and enjoy the city skyline while freshening up.
Just around the corner from the Nine Zero, you’ll find Yvonne’s. Enter through the parlor room to take in the elegant setting before adventuring through a second unmarked door into Boston’s most instagrammable restaurant. Fill up on snacks, toasts, feasts, and “social plates” to share with your new friends from happy hour before you stumble back home and slip into bed. It’s literally around the corner.
*Social Plates + Snacks We Love: Seared Halloumi Cheese, Chicken & Quinoa Meatballs, and Baked Savannah Oysters
Up for more fun? Pop into the Beehive where you can listen live (often to jazz) while you sip on a classic cocktail. It’s just one mile from the hotel, perfect for when you decide to turn in for the night.
Though Boston does make for great walking, taking a spin lets you cover some nice ground while also getting a light workout in. As for yet another amenity I adore, Nine Zero offers free bicycles for cruising around the city. Hop on yours bright and early for some exploring.
In spring and summer, ride through by the flowery paths of the Boston Public Garden, home to the George Washington Statue, and the Granary Burying Ground, Boston’s third-oldest cemetery.
7:45am OVER EASY BREAKFAST
After you’ve worked up an appetite, make your last cycle stop at Ogawa Coffee, a Japanese cafe on Milk Street. Minimalist in design, order your breakfast to match: perfectly cooked over-easy eggs and a darn-good cup of coffee. The Ogawa stadium seating and spacious ceilings has a similar feel to the Highline NYC.
9:15am PICK YOUR OWN
As for daytime adventures, I never pass up the opportunity take a stroll through the Boston Library when I’m cruising around the city. Check out the little wine shop on Charles Street. Take this time to choose your path. Stumble into artist’s workshops, discover old bookstores, and make the most of getting a little lost.
11am EARLY LUNCH
12pm CHECK OUT
…As soon as you check out, you’ll be anxious to start planning your return to Boston. Beantown always has something new to see, discover, explore, and taste.
*Kimpton kindly hosted my one night stay, but as always, all of the words above are my own opinions and thoughts. Love this group.