For budget travelers, holiday devotees and outdoor junkies
Unique recommendations curated by Where and fit to match three personal travel styles.
There’s not enough money in the world to experience everything a great city like Boston has to offer. Luckily, City-PASS provides an endless amount of discounts so that money won’t ever be the reason you can’t embark on new adventures. If you’re really looking to hold onto that change in your pocket but are dying to hear some good music, check out one of the performances at Berklee College of Music (1). From jazz tunes to soul and progressive, these concerts highlight up-and-comers and tickets are often free. On the other side of Fenway, the Museum of Fine Arts (2) hosts free admission every Wednesday after 4 pm. Part with a fiver to take a tour around Harpoon Brewery (3) and sample its iconic beer. If you’ve a bit more money to burn, you can stay at the Beer Hall for a pint and/or bring a growler home, too.
The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea (1) Dec. 10 and 17 at the Ritz-Carlton welcomes guests to a winter dreamland filled with tea sandwiches, sing-alongs and costumed members of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Escapades continue at The Christmas Revels (2) Dec. 9-27, a theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that embraces the cultural traditions of Acadian-Cajun immigrants through music, dance and more. Handel and Haydn Society’s Bach Christmas (3) performances Dec. 15 and 18 joyously delve into Baroque period compositions with a talented instrument orchestra and chorus. If you’ve finally gotten your fill of music and dance, but still hold on to holiday excitement, visit the Craft-Boston Holiday Show Dec. 2-4 that features more than 175 exhibitors offering artful, handmade gifts.
Who said just because the cold weather has arrived that outdoor activities have to stop? Walking the Rose Kennedy Greenway (1) through the Financial District is a scenic way to burn off comfort-food calories while catching up with a pal. Those on a longer stay can amp up the excitement level with Frostbite Racing on Boston Harbor through Boston Sailing Center. If sailing isn’t your thing, but frozen water and fresh air are, spend an afternoon ice skating in Boston Common on the Frog Pond (2). Sliding and gliding encouraged, and all levels welcome. Weston Ski Track (3) offers more than nine miles of quiet, snow-covered trails that have become well-known places to cross-country ski and snowshoe. Plus, it stays open after dark for night owls.