The ICA, Wining, and Dining
Past the densely populated tourist areas of the old Downtown Boston and Wharf District, a new waterfront area seems to be on the rise (literally). The Seaport area, now dubbed the “Innovation District,” has been quickly erecting retail shops, condos, hotels, and museums. All of which are only a mere 5 minute walk across the Fort Point Channel.
The neighborhood is being pumped with serious investment capital, and the results are paying off. A handful of Seaport District’s notable mentions include the Children’s Museum and Lawn on D, both of which seek to enrich and build on the local community.
Our favorite spot in the neighborhood is the Institute of Contemporary Art (or ICA for short), which has pioneered progress and viewings of the contemporary art world. The museum was once a sister-property to MoMA, and remains a champion of innovation in a thought-provoking venue. The institute presents art from all media sources, including films, performance, literature, and visual arts. Tickets aren’t pricey, but get there early… it gets packed.
In addition to the phenomenal art, we are loving the new culinary discoveries in the area. When in town, make sure to hit up Sportello, Row 34, or Gather. If you’re looking to impress the palette, try the upscale restaurant Menton.
We understand the struggle in keeping the balance between the old and the new. Which is why we wouldn’t dare leave The Barking Crab off this list. This glorious seafood joint has been around for over 20 years and is an institution in the area.
The Envoy Hotel
The Seaport District has its own distinct vibe, and The Envoy Hotel epitomizes this with its spacious and modern aesthetic. Their bright, sun-drenched rooms capture one of the best aspects of the hotel: the views. Overlooking Boston Harbor and the adjacent Rowes Wharf area, The Envoy manages to frame all that the eyes can behold in their guest rooms and public spaces. Most notably, the hotel has become known–especially to locals–for the stunning views and expert mixology at their Lookout Rooftop Bar.
As one of the greenest hotels in North America, The Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center is an eco-friendly gem in hospitality. This residentially-scaled boutique hotel offers complimentary bicycles to reduce carbon output, electric car charging, subway access, and they even have a million bees on their rooftop where they harvest honey for their restaurants. Their locally-inspired dining plates-up the perfect New England menu to top off a “green” Boston stay.
Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf
For travelers who enjoy the refined side of Boston, Rowes Wharf is the epitome of Boston Harbor luxury. As the city’s only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel, an out-of-towner will be amazed at the beautiful, massive arches that welcome visitors into the upscale area. Stroll the brick walkways for yacht-gazing, dine at Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, and sip cocktails in the “snug luxury” of Rowes Wharf Bar. You will see–and possibly befriend–the wealthiest of the wealthy at these spots. If you’re lucky, someone might give you a lift to the museum on their yacht.
Named one of the “Best Hotels in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, the Intercontinental Boston delivers on multiple fronts. Between their green initiatives, bee-keeping, and French restaurant, Miel Brasserie Provençale–inspired by flavors of the Côte d’Azur region–you will find fifty shades of luxury at this iconic spot. You can bump into celebrities of all kinds in this ultra-modern high rise, from Hollywood types to artists featured at the ICA.