The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

ANDREWCONWAY Free­lance travel jour­nal­ist based in Bos­ton Stay: Fresh from a multi-mil­lion­dol­lar makeover, the new Re­vere Ho­tel Bos­ton Com­mon of­fers a high-end ex­pe­ri­ence for a midrange price; revere­ho­tel.com. See: The spec­tac­u­lar new Renzo Pi­ano-de­signed wing of the Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner Mu­seum, one of Bos­ton’s most beloved art in­sti­tu­tions; gard­ner­mu­seum.org. Dine: Tuck into ocean-fresh seafood at the su­perb Is­land Creek Oys­ter Bar at Fen­way and then have a late-night cock­tail at The Hawthorne next door; is­land­creekoys­ter­bar.com. Clas­sic: Stroll in Union Park, one of the city’s pret­ti­est res­i­den­tial squares, then stop for a red vel­vet cup­cake at the neigh­bour­ing South End But­tery; southend­but­tery.com. Se­cret: Bay Vil­lage, a beau­ti­ful, gas-lit en­clave in the heart of Bos­ton that even lo­cals don’t know about. I live there, so keep this one to your­self; bayvil­lage.net. Tour: The new Bos­ton Tea Party Ships & Mu­seum, which opened in June, chart­ing one of the most no­to­ri­ous events in Bos­ton’s his­tory; boston­tea­party­ship.com. Out­doors: En­joy an early morn­ing con­sti­tu­tional along the Charles River Es­planade with dog-walk­ing lo­cals and mus­cle­bound Har­vard grads; es­planade­as­so­ci­a­tion.org. Taste: De­li­cious ta­pas-style tasting plates at Tico, a fu­sion of Span­ish, Mex­i­can and South Amer­i­can cui­sine, or the Asian­in­spired My­ers + Chang; tico­boston.com; my­er­sand­chang.com. Late: Chill in the cool and sexy space of 28 De­grees, an up­scale ur­ban cock­tail bar, lounge and res­tau­rant in Bos­ton’s South End; 28de­grees-bos­ton.com. Shop: Lose your­self in a trea­sure trove of im­ported fur­ni­ture, rugs, an­tiques and home­wares at Mohr & McPher­son in the artsy SoWa dis­trict; mohr-mcpher­son.com. In­spire: A do­cent-led art and ar­chi­tec­ture tour of the Bos­ton Athenaeum of­fers a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into one of Amer­ica’s most beau­ti­ful pri­vate mem­ber­ship li­braries; bosto­na­thenaeum.org. Sport: If you can’t get tick­ets to a Red Sox base­ball game, $US16 buys a ter­rific be­hind-the-scenes tour of Bos­ton’s beloved Fen­way Park, cel­e­brat­ing its 100th an­niver­sary this year; bos­ton.red­sox.mlb.com Avoid: Week­end evenings in Hanover Street in the North End, usu­ally crowded with tourists queu­ing for tables at less than stel­lar Ital­ian eater­ies; northend­boston.com.

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