Looking Back in Boston with an MFA Curator

Lauren Whitley, Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts

Culture Buff and Foodie

My travel cravings are for museums, historic sites, and interesting food. I would spend my perfect day in Boston because it is a charming city filled with rich history, yet with a lively international crowd. I would stay at the Liberty Hotel, a former jail transformed into a luxury hotel. Their lobby bar is a popular spot for Boston’s chic crowd. Each Thursday night they host “Fashionably Late,” an event where models showcase a local boutique or local designer’s latest collection as they make their way through the lobby and onto the catwalk. My most memorable moment here was at a Red Sox/Yankees baseball game 15 years ago. I had brought an English friend to experience American baseball, but a raucous fight broke out in our section between rival fans. As it turned out, we moved down to much better seats when half of the crowd was removed by the police!

The places you should definitely see

  1. Trinity Church in Copley Square.
  2. The top of Prudential Center for an amazing view.
  3. Beacon Hill, followed by a stroll through the Public Gardens, and Back Bay for its Victorian brownstone homes.

The activities that can't be missed

  1. The Museum of Fine Arts (especially for its changing exhibitions!).
  2. A Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
  3. The Freedom Trail. It is really very interesting and brings history to life!

Looking Back in Boston with an MFA Curator

My favorite places to eat

  1. The lobster at Legal Sea Foods. Reliably great.
  2. Mussels Marinière at Petit Robert Bistro.
  3. A cup of espresso and cannoli at Caffe Paradiso in the North End.

My favorite hidden gems

  1. The jewelry gallery at the MFA.
  2. Bobby From Boston's vintage clothes shop.
  3. The classic gin martini at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.