The Whitney Hotel Guide to Fall in Boston
Fall in the northeastern US — is there a better place in the world to spend autumn? From the vibrant colors of the changing leaves to cooler temperatures, fall is the best time to explore the region, whether by car or train. We started off in Philadelphia, then made it to New York. Now we’re at our final stop, uncovering the best things to do this fall in Boston.
Why Spend Fall in Boston
This small city packs a big punch. It has an arts scene to rival New York — not to mention a strong food scene, too (the seafood here is some of the best in the northeastern US). And, although New York and Philadelphia are historical cities, neither can rival that of Boston. With the country’s oldest public park, Revolutionary War sites, and generally beautiful and well-preserved architecture, Boston isn’t just the oldest city in America, it’s essentially a wonderful outdoor museum.
Explore the charm of Beacon Hill.
Acorn Street, considered one of the most beautiful in Boston, is located right here in Beacon Hill. Take in the fall foliage on the narrow lane, complete with black-shuttered townhomes and gas lamps. Nearby, Boston Common — the oldest park in America — is a great spot to take in the changing colors of the leaves, while some of the best food, drink, and shopping is just steps away.
Go shopping in Beacon Hill or Back Bay.
Charles Street in Beacon Hill is where you’ll find antique shops and boutiques, all with impeccably-maintained facades to match the high aesthetic standards of the beautiful neighborhood. On Newbury Street in nearby Back Bay, you’ll find Armani, Burberry, Chanel and more, plus high-end indoor shopping at The Prudential Center, home to more than 70 retailers such as Club Monaco, Lacoste, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Try some of the best seafood in Boston.
There are plenty of amazing restaurants in Beacon Hill, from American food at Clink. To French at Ma Maison to Italian at Toscano. But the seafood in Boston is not to be missed. Case-in-point: Saltie Girl, a favorite of general manager Marina Aslanidou. It’s “hands down the best lobster roll in town. Yes — even better than Neptune Oyster.” It’s a no-reservations spot, so the wait may be long but, according to Marina, “it’s definitely worth it.”
Take a day trip to Provincetown.
If you love seafood — and the sea — why not take a fall day trip to Provincetown? The ferry from Boston takes less than two hours, so you can see the sights, take in a cool day on the beach, and enjoy some of the best seafood in the state.
Experience the arts.
Whether it’s the Museum of Fine Arts Boston or the Institute of Contemporary Art, the seasonal gardens at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (don’t miss the fall chrysanthemums) or a slew of contemporary galleries, the arts scene in Boston is not to be missed.