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4 Reasons to Stay Local in Boston

Check out four unique Boston adventures you could experience by staying in an independent boutique hotel in New England.

You’ve heard of Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall and Fenway Park, but there’s more to Boston than what you’ve seen on the postcards.

If you’re looking for a truly authentic Boston adventure, put these experiences on your itinerary when you stay local in Boston.

Solve a famous Boston art heist

Solve a famous Boston art heist

The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in the Back Bay was designed as a work of art itself. Art patron and world traveller Isabella Stuart Gardner designed the building to evoke an emotional response based on the private art collection she spent her life curating.

If works by the old masters aren’t enough for you, there’s a 25-year-old unsolved mystery afoot. On St. Patrick’s Day, 1990, a pair of thieves tricked a security guard and walked away with $500 million in art. It was the single greatest property theft in US history. The empty frames still hang in position on the walls today

The museum is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of one of the stolen items, a 10-inch bronze eagle known as the Napoleonic finial.

Dance with a burlesque fairy

Dance with a burlesque fairy

Every Saturday night in Cambridge, the American Repertory Theatre performs The Donkey Show, a disco burlesque featuring 1970s music, disco balls, roller skates, glitters and feather. The show is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and invites the audience to dance along. Once a month, the show has a Queen Night during which the cast of fairies performs in drag.

See the world as it was in 1935

See the world as it was in 1935

Ever seen the Christian Science reading rooms around your city and wondered what that’s all about? Learn more about the group and its founder, Mary Baker Eddy, at Christian Science Plaza. The Plaza features a 670-foot long reflecting pool and a splash fountain for children. Inside, The Mary Baker Eddy Library features exhibits about the founder’s life and work.

And don’t miss The Mapparium, a three-story tall stained glass globe viewed from the inside. The map shows the borders of the world unchanged since its completion in 1935. The Mapparium functions as a whispering gallery due to its shape, meaning a person standing across the 30-foot viewing bridge can hear words spoken across the room even in a whisper.

Take a cruise through history

Take a cruise through history

For the cost of a ferry ride ($17 round trip), Boston’s Harbor Islands National and State Park offers a range of activities from outdoorsy to historical.

On Georges Island, you can explore Fort Warren, a military base that defended Boston Harbor from 1861 through World War I. Schedule a tour to visit Little Brewster Island and you can climb to the top of Boston Light, America’s oldest light station. And Spectacle Island was used as a landfill until 1950, making it the perfect place to comb for sea glass.

Stay local in historic Boston!

Its many unique, local activities make Boston the perfect place to stay local in an independently-owned boutique hotel. Whether you love history, enjoy nature, or want to put your crime-solving skills to the test, Boston has something for everyone.

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