The Insider: Exploring the City with Where Boston
The Insider is traveling the globe with the wide range of travel publications available on PressReader. Our next stop: Boston! We chatted with Leigh Harrington, Regional Editorial Director & Editor at Where Boston. The savvy city insider shared a wealth of exclusive tips to help you tour the city like a local. From the best coffee, to whale watching and shopping, we have it all to make your stay in this historic American city a memorable one. Be sure to download the full issue of Where Boston and let the adventure begin!
Leigh Harrington: I’ve had the privilege of eating food cooked by some of the country’s top chefs, which means that my palate has been seriously spoiled. On the way to the office, I’ll make multiple stops to gather a splurge-worthy breakfast. These days, I adore the artisanal doughnuts at Blackbird in the South End—my favorite is the old-fashioned chocolate, which tastes like a cakey, home-baked Oreo cookie. I get my decaf Americano at Thinking Cup, which uses beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
For a boost in inspiration…
LH: There is so much to see and do at the Museum of Fine Arts that you can keep going back, and back, and back, and still see all new things every time. The world-class collections are incredibly diverse, from popular works by Monet, Degas and other French Impressionists, to weapons and sculpture from the ancient world, to really rare musical instruments. There’s always thought-provoking exhibits running.
LH: With an hour or two to kill, I often wander around the Boston Public Library’s Central Branch in Copley Square. I might read or have lunch in the open-air courtyard when the weather is nice; it’s a true escape from the city buzz. I always take a moment to admire the Sargent Gallery—brilliant murals painted by American artist John Singer Sargent as his visualization of the development of world religions and considered by him to be his own greatest work.
For a dose of history…
LH: Boston has no shortage of historic cemeteries, and I love to explore them. Does that seem creepy? It shouldn’t. There are three along the Freedom Trail with a wealth of history and art—see the final resting places of patriots like Samuel Adams and John Hancock and examine Puritan funerary art like winged effigies and the hourglass. Over in Cambridge, Mt. Auburn Cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful park and a great place for a jog.
A day of shopping…
LH: Anyone who loves popping in and out of specialty boutiques will really enjoy shopping across the South End. Whenever I need something “different”, this is where I head, whether it be home accessories at Hudson, Farm & Fable or Pioneer Goods Co., jewelry or gifts at Gifted or Luke Adams Gifting Co., or even fresh made dog treats at Polka Dog Bakery. I also stop in at South End Formaggio to sample the amazing cheese selection or grab a snack.
LH: From April until about November, the Boston Harbor waterfront is one of my favorite places to go when I want to relax, but don’t feel like driving all the way to Cape Cod. If I’m short on time, I’ll just take a stroll along the HarborWalk near the Seaport and Financial District; the wind roaring in my ears and water views calm my nerves. If I’ve got the whole day, I’m usually hard pressed to decide between a daytrip to one of the Boston Harbor Islands for hiking or fort exploring, or a whale watch out to Stellwagen Bank, a thriving feeding ground that places Boston at the top of the list of world’s best places to spot whales in the wild.
The place to take your children…
LH: I used to think the Curious George Store was cool before I had a kid. Now that I do have one, it’s my go-to destination whenever I want to spoil her—which is, admittedly, often. Don’t let the diminutive space fool you, it contains toys, games and books galore: fun playthings from stacking blocks to retro spaceships and travel art kits; classic books from Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss and new titles like “Darth Vader and Son” by Jeffrey Brown; character tees and lots more.
Where to eat your vegetables…
LH: I never knew vegetables could taste so… decadently not like vegetables, until I met COPPA. Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s six-year-old South End neighborhood restaurant is one of my favorite places to eat. The food is Italian-inspired, but really the experience is all about insanely fresh charcuterie and shareable plates. A written description of the wood-fired charred cauliflower doesn’t do it justice; it’s flat-out one of the most flavorful things I’ve ever eaten. Ditto the brussels sprouts, and the meatballs, and the crispy chicken.
Would you like more tips on how to make the most of your time in Boston? Read the full issue of Where Boston for free on PressReader now! The perfect companion to download for the plane ride and read on route. Or check out the Where Boston website for constantly updating content and tips on the city.
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