Hop on for Bos­ton ex­pe­ri­ence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - TRAVEL - By BELINDA CIPRI­ANO

AF­TER sev­eral trips to the United States and with Bos­ton still on the ‘bucket list’, 2015 was the year for a 48-hour whirl­wind visit as part of my lat­est ex­pe­di­tion to the land of the Stars and Stripes.

Stay­ing down­town at the Nine Zero Kimp­ton Ho­tel, it was the ideal lo­ca­tion to rest my head in the city known as ‘Bean­town’ (a colo­nial ref­er­ence to baked beans, a sta­ple dish at the time).

A lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel, right on the Free­dom Trail and next to Bos­ton Com­mon, it of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one want­ing to get to know Bos­ton.

Hit­ting up the concierge for the ‘must-do’s’, I was told a hop-on, hop-off trol­ley tour of the city was the best way to get the most out of this pic­turesque and his­tor­i­cal city.

Whether you are strapped for time or look­ing for a scenic tour, this is def­i­nitely the best way to do it. If you want a bet­ter look at any of the stops, you can just get off and catch the next trol­ley, as they run ev­ery 15 min­utes.

Some stops in­clude the his­toric North End, USS Con­sti­tu­tion and Charlestown Navy Yard, the orig­i­nal Cheers bar, Har­vard and Cam­bridge univer­si­ties, Fen­way Park, Bos­ton Com­mon, and the Bos­ton Tea Party Ships and Mu­seum.

Bos­ton’s dom­i­nance in Amer­i­can sports has gained it the nick­name ‘City of Cham­pi­ons’, mak­ing it a sports fan’s ul­ti­mate dream.

From the Bos­ton Celtics to Bru­ins, Red Sox and New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, there is a team for ev­ery­one and a visit to Fen­way Park is a def­i­nite must-see; one of the United States most beloved ball­parks, it is the home of Red Sox leg­ends Ted Wil­liams, Babe Ruth, Carl­ton Fisk and Jim Rice.

The one-hour guided tour takes you through the mem­bers seat­ing, me­dia box, Pesky’s Pole, the world-fa­mous ‘Green Mon­ster’ (not for the faint-hearted but the best seat in the house) and if you are lucky, you get to step on the hal­lowed ground.

As for food and drink, there is plenty to whet your ap­petite but ac­cord­ing to lo­cals, a visit to Bos­ton is not com­plete with­out try­ing their fa­mous lob­ster rolls.

I was told the best places to sam­ple th­ese crus­taceans were James Hook & Co, Row 34 and The Bark­ing Crab; I tried The Bark­ing Crab and was un­der­whelmed.

Bos­to­ni­ans are a friendly bunch and when it comes to hos­pi­tal­ity, they are bril­liant and this was es­pe­cially ev­i­dent with the staff at my ho­tel and burger joint Wahlburg­ers.

Be­ing a fan of ’90s boy­band New Kids on the Block, a visit to Wahlburg­ers was al­ways on the cards and af­ter a quick chat to my concierge, din­ner was or­gan­ised.

The brain­child of brothers Mark, Don­nie, Paul and Bob Wahlberg, the burger haven is pop­u­lar with lo­cals and vis­i­tors, with queues around the cor­ner ev­ery day of the week.

I did not have to wait long thanks to my concierge, who rang Mike the man­ager to make sure I did not miss out.

Not only was I treated to the yum­mi­est burg- ers in Bos­ton but I also got the best seat in the house, sit­ting right next to Bob Wahlberg, who made him­self known to me and had a long chat.

The Bean­town Pub is good for those want­ing to watch live sports and The High­ball Lounge is great if you want a nice cock­tail and some bites.

Clock­wise from above: Down­town Bos­ton; Wahlburg­ers; queue out­side the Paramount Cafe; The Bark­ing Crab; Fen­way Park, home of the Bos­ton Red Sox.

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