Meander from the iconic Parker House Hotel into autumn's brilliant colors and the epicenter of Americana & innovation: historic landmarks, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, & the Boston Common, Fenway Park, renowned colleges, museums & gardens, a mecca of arts, pub-crawls, shopping, myths & memories.
In the heart of the vibrant city - along the Freedom Trail, the Parker House has hosted national literary, cultural and political leaders since 1855. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.'s, sentiment - "What famous names its record boasts!" - is still evoked by the iconic hotel's modern conveniences, old-world style, and private-club decor.
The country's longest continually operating hotel, the Parker House is where Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Longfellow regularly met, where Babe Ruth and Ted Williams dined. Ulysses S. Grant, FDR, JFK and Tip O'Neill hosted critical meetings here. Sarah Bernhardt, John Wilkes Booth, Judy Garland, James Dean, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ben Affleck have come here to unwind. Parker House rolls, Boston cream pie, and other culinary traditions originated in its kitchen. Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X were employed on its staff.
Surrounded by Beacon Hill, the financial and theater districts, the Massachusetts State House, and Boston Public Garden, Renaissance Weekend's meeting-place is a short stroll to Back Bay, Newbury Street's fabulous shops and the Boston Common. Only 2.3 miles from Logan Airport and a cornerstone of the Freedom Trail's historic landmarks, the Parker House is both a venue of elegant comfort and a museum of American mythology.
Afternoons are left free to savor Beantown's countless points of interest in New England's finest, colorful season:
- The Boston Common - America's oldest public city park, a campsite of British troops before the Revolutionary War - as well as the bucolic Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue's leafy, brownstone texture beckon walkers, joggers & marathoners alike.
- Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the dozen other landmarks on the Freedom Trail and minutes from Parker House make American history come alive.
- Red Sox legends haunt Fenway Park.
- Cross the Charles River to experience Harvard University, MIT, Harvard Square's bookstores, boutiques, cafes & street music; wander around the global heart of life sciences, media & tech innovation; visit BU, BC, the magnificent Boston Library, or any of the scores of the city's other centers of learning.
- Pubs & antique shops dot Beacon Hill's 18th- & 19th-century cobblestone streets, lined with brick row houses.
- Arrange introductions to some of the world's pioneering medical centers, such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Mass. General Hospital.
- Cultural treasures are celebrated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, & Symphony Hall while the Science and Children's Museums are centers of discovery.
- Newbury Street, Quincy Market, Copley Place & Filene's Basement are shopping meccas.
- Step back to the Sixties with a few hours at the JFK Presidential Library.
- "Old money" and "new money" meet on each corner of the financial district, where storied old banks, investment houses, and law firms are centered.
- For the Weekend's on-your-own lunch and dinner, the North End's authentic Italian restaurants compete with popular seafood restaurants and fine dining.
- Take the Duck Tour, a narrated historic tour in a World War I amphibious vehicle through Boston's streets and right into the Charles River.