Wednesday, October 28, 2009

48 hours: Bodacious Boston

The anti-preppy guide to the bluest of blue-blood meccas.

Boston is no longer all puritanism and Ivy League, though the legendary seafood platters still abound. On your next trip to this East Coast metropolis, check out avant-garde art, sip made-to-measure cocktails in underground bars and shop cool in concept stores.Day 110 a.m. How many prisons do you know that have Frette sheets? Check in and accept the welcome champagne coupe at The Liberty Hotel, the city’s liveliest hot spot. Formerly the Charles Street Jail, the hotel has revamped its interior with a chic, urban touch. With four restos and bars, including star chef Lydia Shire’s Scampo restaurant, and a stunning view of the Charles River, your weekend is sure to be romantic and cool. (215 Charles St., 617-224-4000,

11 a.m. Isabella Stewart Gardner built her palazzo-style museum to house her collection of opulent Chinese antiques, Italian Renaissance-master paintings and John Singer Sargent portraits. Be sure to take a break from the galleries to admire the museum’s lavish garden. (pictured, 280 The Fenway, 617-566-1401,

By Shirine Saad

First published in FASHION Magazine November 2009

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