Boston calls itself “America’s Walking City” and there has never been a better time to hoof it: The “Big Dig” is piling up dirt and traffic while workers move the city’s expressways under ground.
So hike the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile tour of historic sites. The Trail starts at Boston Common (America’s oldest public park), passes the Old State House, Faneuil Hall (site of famous Yankee oration), and Paul Revere’s house before ending at the Bunker Hill Monument and Museum.
After a long day, retire to the enchanted Jewel of Newbury (254 Newbury St.; 617-536-5523; doubles: $275 and up), an eight-room, four-floor bed and breakfast known for its attentive service and rooftop garden. Just down the street is Boston’s best day spa, Bella Sante: the Spa on Newbury (38 Newbury St., 2nd Floor; 617-424-9930).
If the weather discourages strolling, visit Harvard University’s famed Fogg Art Museum (617-496-8576; $5) or Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (465 Huntington Ave.; 617-267-9300; $12). Take the Red Line T across the river to stroll around Harvard Square.