Boston and The Freedom Trail

fenway-park-bannersPerhaps you’ll want to visit the fabled Fenway Park, the oldest Major League baseball field in the United States, where the first game was played a week after the Titanic sank.  Nearby are the remains of the Huntington Avenue fields, where the Red Sox played prior to Fenway’s construction – we can also show you the spot where the first World Series was played in 1903.  Boston beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, and there is a commemorative statue of Cy Young – the winning pitcher – on the mound still “on duty”.  In 1904, Cy Young pitched the first “perfect game” on this sacred spot, hence the annual Cy Young Award.  If you are interested we can show you to Nickerson Field, which was the former home of the Boston Braves, who Babe Ruth signed on with after the Yankees dropped him.  Babe Ruth played his last season at Nickerson Field.  Should you prefer, we can even take you to Holliston, Massachusetts, where the Mudville 9 played baseball in Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat”.

Cheers_intro_logo (400x300)Want to see the original Bull and Finch Tavern, the pub the television show “Cheers” was based on? You can see a TV replica of the bar and hoist a beer alongside a life-size statue of Norm.  There are tours available at the Harpoon or Sam Adams breweries.  Or, sit in a Boston pub and sip a Sam Adams beer while gazing out a window at the gravestone of Sam Adams himself.

Depending on how much time is spent at the sites above, we may also have time for a stop or two from the list below…

Culture Tours

boston-isabella-gardner-museumThe Museum of Fine Arts is exquisite, varied, and vast; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is in the guide-book of “1000 Places to See Before You Die”, and is a recreated 15th century Venetian Palace; the Institute of Contemporary Art is in our burgeoning Seaport District, close to the Boston Fish Pier; and Harvard University alone has 14 museums.  Harvard also owns more land in Boston than in Cambridge.  Salem, Massachusetts has the oldest public museum in the nation; and there are even more museum options available.

Garden and Horticultural Tours

boston-swan-boatsWe have the first public park built in the United States in 1634, the first public botanical garden where you can enjoy a leisurely ride on one of the famous Swan Boats – a 140-year-old tradition, the first Garden Cemetery in the United States; and across the Charles River, you must see the first horticultural cemetery – Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Mt. Auburn’s cemetery contains 174 acres of trees and shrubs from around the world, thousands of migratory birds, breathtaking views, ponds, impressive monuments, and old stone chapels.  The founders of Mt. Auburn Cemetery – the Massachusetts Horticultural Society – created the word “cemetery” from a Greek word meaning “place of repose”.

Architecture Tours

Renzo-Piano-Gardner-Museum-WingFrom the oldest wood-frame building in the United States built in 1636 to the newest local structures, we have buildings spanning 5 centuries to show you.  We can take you for a tour of Gropius House, where Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus School of Architecture) lived during the last 30 years of his life after fleeing Nazi Germany.  We also have buildings by Renzo Piano, Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, LeCorbusier, Frank Gehry, and more.

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