I was invited to the city of Boston as a destination for shopping and sightseeing in the off-season but, as it was nearly November, it was also time for some Christmas shopping! I set off on a British Airways flight direct from Heathrow; the service in World Traveller Class (economy) was excellent. I was in a group of independent travel agents who were given the chance to see what the destination could offer the visitor on a short break.

On the first evening we all set off for one of Boston’s most well known attractions – “Cheers”, the bar made famous in the series. The bar is actually called the “Bull and Finch” and was opened in 1969. Food excellent, atmosphere friendly – and “Cheers” fans will love the memorabilia and souvenir shop.

The next day we visited a couple of hotels – the Back Bay Hilton and the Copley Square. The Copley Square has a lot of character and was my favourite hotel. We then took the famous Trolley Tour, which is probably the best way of seeing the city. You can get off anywhere en route and pick up another trolley later on during the day. We were then given ample time to shop at Quincy Market which is a wonderful place. It was originally an old market place which has been renovated into a shopping complex. Visitors will certainly find some bargains, as the prices are very reasonable. After such a hectic day we were treated to a meal at America’s oldest restaurant, the Union Oyster House. It was established in 1826 and specialises in New England Seafood – delicious!!

The next day we set off to one of Massachusetts’ major attractions, Plymouth Plantation, which is a reconstruction of the first settlement of the Pilgrim Fathers who came over on the Mayflower. We had a very enjoyable day. The village is staffed by local people who put on a remarkable performance acting and wearing costumes from 1620.

When we returned to Boston, we had time for some last-minute shopping before dinner at a traditional American restaurants, “Durgin Park”, dating from 1827

 

The next day – our last day in Boston – was spent at the museum which housed some very fine paintings, sculpture and artefacts from around the world.

 

All too soon it was time for our return flight on British Airways. This time we were privileged to experience Club World, and as the flight was overnight – the extra comfort, space and exceptional service were much appreciated.

 

All in all, my visit to Boston was extremely enjoyable, and I would recommend Boston at anytime of the year – and not just for shopping.

Interested in a city break to Beantown? Meet me in the gallery and I’ll do the rest!