Tips from 35,000 Feet: Our Crew Guide to Boston

By: Katie Manning

January 8, 2013

The Virgin Atlantic cabin crew offer our guide to Boston, full of insider tips on the best places go, eat, drink and stay in Beantown.

Whether or not you’re a fan of baseball, it is a true part of the Boston identity. That’s why we recommend a stay at the Hotel Commonwealth, which will schedule you a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park. And we think the hotel’s Baseball Suite, which is full of old-school baseball memorabilia like Cracker Jacks and Baby Ruths, is fabulous. We’d of course recommend you go to a Red Sox game, too, if you happen to be here during baseball season – there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut grass and the roar of the hometown crowd to put you in a Boston mood.

Boston | Hotel CommonwealthSuite at Hotel Commonwealth © Hotel Commonwealth

You also can’t come to Boston without sampling some of their famous clam chowder, and while it’s available all over town, we think the very best chowdah (as we say) is to be had at the Union Oyster House downtown. It’s America’s oldest restaurant and you can book into the JFK booth, which was the former president’s favourite seat.

We also suggest taking a stroll down Newbury Street to check out the couture shops – fashionistas should let loose and splurge because there’s no tax on clothing priced below $175 in Boston. Even if you aren’t splashing the plastic, we love the beautiful redbrick architecture here, and you can stop in to Emerge Spa for a massage and a Swiss shower, which evaporates all the city grime off like magic.

Boston | Newbury Street

Newbury Street © Cheryl Fenton

When the sun comes out in Boston, the first place we head is to Boston Common for a picnic in the country’s first public park. Of course, you’ll also want to venture across the Charles River to Cambridge – home to one very famous university that was, incidentally, the first one the country: Harvard! Make sure to stick around Harvard Square into the evening so you can watch the many buskers and street performers who turn up here to give impromptu shows.

Boston | Harvard Square

Havard Square © chensiyuan

Harvard Square is also one of Boston’s nightlife hubs, and we especially love the cosy, cavernous atmosphere and great beer selection at Grendel’s Den. If you’ve got an extra day or two, we’d highly recommend taking a day trip out to the Boston Harbor Islands by ferry or hiring a car for a drive up the picturesque rocky coast along the North Shore.


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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