Boston is a city inextricably tied to the America’s history. But Boston isn’t all historic sites; it’s a modern, thriving city perfect for a mini honeymoon. Full of acclaimed restaurants and luxurious hotels—and yes, teeming with history—it’s also a great place for a minimoon on the East Coast, or a jumping-off point for a longer honeymoon around New England. Here’s how to spend a romantic trip in Beantown.
Where to Stay
The XV Beacon (“15 Beacon,” a nod to its address) is set in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, a short walk from the city’s main attractions including Faneuil Hall, the North End, the Paul Revere House, and the Back Bay. Housed in a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts building, the 63-room hotel is as swank as they come, with marble staircases, mahogany paneling, and an original caged-glass elevator.
The hotel has a very residential feel, with a small lobby and sitting room, seven guest rooms per floor, and art specifically commissioned for the hotel. Rooms are decked out in a palette of taupe, cream, and espresso and feature gas fireplaces and 42-inch LCD TVs. Most rooms have four-poster or canopy beds and the Italian marble bathrooms have rainforest shower heads and heated towel racks; custom-created bath salts are available for an indulgent soak, and the minibar offers premium spirits and wines including Ketel One, Château Lafite Rothschild, and Krug Champagne. There’s also a complimentary house car that will shuttle you anywhere in Boston.
Where to Eat
Boston has no shortage of honeymoon-worthy restaurants. For expertly prepared steak in a modern setting, head to Mooo…. located adjacent to the XV Beacon Hotel, where dishes like Japanese Wagyu beef dumplings, beef Wellington, and Maine lobster mac 'n’ cheese compliment creative cocktails and an extensive wine list. Rendezvous at No 9 Park, a 15-year staple of the Boston culinary scene, for upscale French-inspired cuisine. Or check out Townsman, Row 34, or the Oceanaire Seafood Room for fresh fish and oysters in an elegant setting.
For dessert, brave the lines at Mike’s Pastry’s in the North End and bring a box of cannolis back to the room for dessert in bed; the heavenly pastries have been made onsite for more than 50 years.
What to Do
The best way to get an introduction to Boston and its historic sights is by walking the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that takes in 16 locations including Boston Common (the oldest city park in the United States), the Massachusetts State House, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House (one of the oldest public buildings in the nation and the site of the Boston Massacre), Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House, and the Old North Church (the location from which the famous "one if by land, and two if by sea" signal was sent).
For more history, check out the Boston Tea Party Museum, which features two replica ships of the period, the Eleanor and the Beaver, as well as one the original tea chests from the historic event. Take a stroll around the North End, the city's oldest residential community and home to a large Italian American population; check out the Back Bay neighborhood and admire the 19th century Victorian brownstone homes that line its streets; and head across the Charles River to Cambridge to see the grounds of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.