Image of Exterior of Hotel Commonwealth on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Featuring exotic cars lining sidewalk including several Ferraris

June 2007.

-- Tips for Business Travelers from
Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams.

Boston: The Center of So Much to See!


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Now that you've arrived in the remarkable city of Boston and you've experienced everything from walking the Freedom Trail, whale watching on a boat cruise at the New England Aquarium, taking the amazing Boston Chocolate Tour with Old Town Trolley, and attending a Boston Symphony Orchestra or Boston Pops concert at historic Symphony Hall, maybe you're ready to widen your horizons around Boston and visit some of my favorite places outside of this fabulous city! Here are the Stephanie Abrams 10 Top Picks for making your trip to Greater Boston even greater!

Salem, MA: This immaculately manicured town boasts some of the finest architecture in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Nation! You'll find a museum that dramatizes the troubling times of the Salem witch trials along with charming streets filled with unusual boutique shops leading to the waterfront. Great seafood restaurants abound and the Hawthorne Hotel offers travelers a chance to step into gentler times at this member of Historic Hotels of America property. This area has always appealed to artisans resulting in an abundance of shops and galleries offering the works of local artists. Put the Peabody Essex Museum on your Must Visit list as well where you'll find over 2 million works of art and cultural artifacts in 24 buildings!

Gloucester and Rockport, MA: Two seaside towns with very different ambiance! Come to Gloucester prepared to relax and enjoy the sea air as you walk through the boutique shopping area. Adding to the curiosity-factors of this town are that Gloucester was the focus for the film, “Perfect Storm,” and is the home of the Gorton Fisherman! Gloucester played a key role in the Underground Railway that helped move slaves, prior to the Civil War, from the South to the North. You'll find hidden tunnels behind the fireplaces in the town. Try the White Rainbow Restaurant on Main Street which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The food there is excellent! Sail on the Thomas E. Lannon Schooner from Gloucester for a morning or afternoon cruise around Boston Harbor. You'll even get to hoist the sails if you have the muscles for it! Then visit Rockport, just up the road and enjoy this charming town which has its own unique charm. Tired? Try the Emerson Inn By the Sea in Rockport, another Historic Hotel of America. Have a drink in on a rocking chair, enjoy afternoon tea or dinner or stay overnight! Aim for an oceanfront room. The view from your window is worth the trip!

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