Culture, History, Couture & Cuisine: Boston’s Best for Purple Roofs’ Finest!

Published Date Author: , May 22nd, 2010
by T. Timothy Ellis, Bulfinch Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston SkylineThe capital of the first American state to legalize same-sex marriage and to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Boston is the nation’s most politically progressive and socially liberal cities.

Renowned for its many universities, rich American history, and charming neighborhoods, Boston is a world-class gay destination, where hip meets historic and skyscrapers border parks. Incredible museums, a magnificent performing arts scene, and a multitude of chic hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries add to the city’s abounding qualities. Refined and cosmopolitan, a visible and lively GLBT population calls Boston home.

Boston's South EndStroll along the narrow tree-shaded streets decorated with brick sidewalks and old-fashioned street lamps as you take in the considerable charms of The South End, the heart of Boston’s gay scene. This enchanting part of the city is perfect for a weekend spent wining, dining, shopping, and bar hopping. Whether for a quick weekend vacation or a longer getaway, it’s an outstanding base for exploring Boston.

South End Bakery, BostonThe South End has developed into one of the city’s most upscale and exclusive areas, complete with Mom & Pop grocery stores, cafes and bakeries, and trendy restaurants. Tremont Street (often called “Restaurant Row”) offers restaurants for every gourmet desire every night of your stay.

After dinner, visit the neighborhood java joint, Francesca’s, which gets high praises for its friendly employees, cozy window-front counter seating, and delectable desserts. And it’s just down the street from We Think the World of You, a bookstore specializing in LGBT literature.

For a more romantic rendezvous, Club Cafe is the place to go. This hot spot is part sophisticated cocktail lounge, part nightclub, part video bar, and part restaurant. Blending a laid-back mixture of dining, socializing, and people-watching in a relaxing and alluring atmosphere, Club Cafe also offers Thursday “Open Mic Nights” and live cabaret entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays!

Looking for a Sunday fun-day? Make sure to check out Fritz, a gay sports bar also known as Boston’s gay Cheers. Clink your glasses, say “chin chin,” and cheer on the Celts at this relaxed bar for fans and friends alike.

Flat Iron Tapas Bar, BostonJust a short walk from The South End lies Copley Square, a public square located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Copley Square brings both architectural and historical clout to Beantown as well as a massive all-American indoor mall and nearby haute shopping for those looking to shop ’til they drop!

Also located in the Back Bay area is Newbury Street, Boston’s most inviting place to amble along eight blocks of pure bliss and experience trendy boutiques, glamorous salons, and phenomenal dining. Newbury is a particularly renowned haven for Men’s Fashion with fabulous stores such as 7 for All ManKind, Ben Sherman, French Connection, Giorgio Armani Boutique, Marc Jacobs, Zara and much, much, more!

Need to refresh and revive after your couture encounters? Relax and enjoy classic music as day fades into night at Sonsie Restaurant on upper Newbury Street. Lounge European style on deep leather chairs and sofas in the Wine Room, or when weather permits, live a little and enjoy delicious Bloody Marys and mouth-watering brunch dining at Sonsie’s beautiful open sidewalk cafe.

After stimulating Boston’s economy on Newbury Street, travel west of Mass Ave to Back Bay Fens Park and visit the esteemed and recently redesigned Museum of Fine Arts. Real museum mavens will also adore the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a brilliant and distinctively refined collection of art and furniture.

To continue your cultural circle around the city, experience Broadway’s best in in Boston’s very popular theater district. Or, visit the famous sites of some of Hollywood’s Blockbuster Hits! Tinsel Town favorites like “21” with Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey; “Fever Pitch” with Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon; “Good Will Hunting” with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Minnie Driver; “Legally Blonde” with Reese Witherspoon, “Mystic River” with Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins; and “The Departed” with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon were all filmed in this atmospheric and inspirational metropolis.

Fenway Park, BostonAfter your brush with stardom, visit some of the city’s iconic arenas. Have a ball watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park or check out an intense Celtics game at TD Garden. Not into sports? Check out who’s playing at TD Garden that night. “The Garden” frequently plays host to grand concerts and events. Grab a few tickets and shake your groove thing to music you truly love! After the event, visit the famous Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall to round out your complete Boston experience.

Provincetown, MassachusettsLooking to extend your New England getaway? Provincetown, also known as “P-Town”…or what we like to call “The Hamptons of Massachusetts,” is just under an hour from Boston. This happenin’ vacation and weekend spot embraces the young and the young at heart. More relaxed and more quaint than Boston, P-Town boasts the best restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars, with strong queer followings and friendly and kindhearted spirits.

Looking to travel from Boston to Provincetown in style? Our newest and most extravagant “fast-ferry” has got you covered! Hop on the state-of-the-art catamaran, the Provincetown III, and relax on comfortable seating or in an air-conditioned lower deck as you anticipate your arrival.

Though it’s an enjoyable city to visit throughout the year, the summer months tend to draw the biggest crowds to Provincetown. Bask in the hot summer sun, run your fingers through the sand, visit its own energetic Little Italy and other great restaurants as well as an infinite number of lively bars and clubs that pull in an exciting and diverse melange of visitors.

Bulfinch Hotel, BostonWhether in Boston for an enriching and relaxing vacation, a weekend getaway, or a stop on your way to P-Town, discerning guests choose the Bulfinch Hotel. Formerly known as “119,” one of Boston’s hottest gay nightclubs, the Bulfinch Hotel is now a sophisticated and luxurious downtown hotel. A fully-restored 19th century flat-iron building in downtown’s historic Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Bulfinch is within walking distance of all major historic and cultural attractions including Faneuil Hall, the North End, and TD Garden.

Historic Boston fuses with modern luxury in the form of 80 upscale guest rooms at a hotel defined by classic flair and friendly service. Contemporary guestrooms and suites feature unique furnishings and first-class amenities that fashion a serene escapist environment. Travel has never been more alluring and enjoyable than at our Boston hotel, featuring distinguished dining at the Flat Iron Tapas Bar & Lounge, fitness and business centers, and a desirable location in the heart of Boston. Experience Bulfinch. Experience Boston.

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