LTR!‘s August showcase pegs The City of Boston as a unique destination for Tour & Travel. It’s where the country first started! Our 5-day journey enabled Susi Raphael, our Executive Producer and I to re-discover the city’s famous outposts. Our itinerary took us by subway, the MBTA, the country’s first public transit line from 1897, aka Green Line, to Fenway Park, the country’s oldest original ballpark and the home of the legendary Boston Red Socks, to the Boston Public Library, the country’s first publicly sponsored library opened for public general use, to the Isabelle Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston’s only Venetian Palazzo and the site of so many world-class exhibitions, then to The Boston Commons, the first public park in the nation, to the Old North Church in the North End where the signal that triggered the War of Independence was first given, and to Harvard Yard, across the Charles River in the City Of Cambridge, the nation’s oldest center for higher learning ( enclosed within an incredible number of gates, 87) , then back to the City of Boston,for a more leisurely pace, to find some respite over dinner and some ice-cold beer on this, one of the hottest days of the year here.We opted for the oldest continuously-owned family restaurant, Durgin Park, with its popular Yankee style of home-cooking where I capped off a nicely brazed Boston cut of sirloin with their well-honed Indian Pudding. Oh, so good! For Susi it was their Apple Crisp with Vanilla ice cream. Really nice! Open seven days. 617-227. 2038.Before leaving the city, however, we found our way back to the North End where Italianissimo reigns supreme. Mare, in our opinion offered the best choice for fresh seafood. Located at 223 Hanover Street/ 3 Mechanic St.,its al fresco setting gave us pleasure on another hot summery evening in the city. Must bites included their Lobster Ravioli, their Crab Cocktail salad and their panel of three home-made deserts. We couldn’t say no.And their full-fruit white sangria is de-rigueur. The restaurant is one of six in this part of town and is well worth the visit.Say hello to Sonny,their GM or Corey, their host, when you get there. 617-723,MARE
Boston gave us a chance to re-discover the nation’s earlier roots. The city is fused with so much of Americana that one wonders how anyone cannot understand American history from where it all started without visiting this fabled city, a short hop from NYC.
Boston is an easy ride from New York by car, 4 1/2-5 hours at most depending how you drive or by rail. Amtrak gets you there in record time. If not by air, 1 hour from JFK or LGA or by the popular bus lines serving the city, Either Greyhound, Bolt,Megabus from the Javits Convention Center on West 34th Street and the Lucky Seven Bus Co. from Canal Street gets you there.The buses are clean,fast and priced from as low as $1 to $25 depending on your sign-in on their web-sites. In Boston the end-of-the line is the Boston South station, closer to the inner city.
For more on Boston go to their web-site: www.BOSTON USA.com