The cobblestone past of Boston’s Beacon Hill could practically be a history lesson in American high society. As one of the city’s oldest and most affluent neighborhoods, it was home to many of America’s first movers and shakers, including writers Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost, artist John Singleton Copley, architect Charles Bulfinch and patriots and statesmen such as John Hancock, William Prescott and Henry Cabot Lodge.
For our first luxury travel guide, Previews shows you how to experience the city in signature style.
Stay: Liberty Hotel
A luxe getaway in Beacon Hill would not be complete without a stay at the Liberty Hotel. Once the storied Charles St. jail, it is now a chic luxury hotel with 400–800 square-foot rooms and suites, three top-rated restaurants and plenty of historical context to keep you entertained. You’ll even have easy access to award-winning chef Lydia Shire’s acclaimed restaurant and celebrity-favorite,Scampo. (Rooms start at $399, 215 Charles St., www.libertyhotel.com).
Eat: No. 9 Park
Whether it’s the European-scale setting overlooking the Boston Common, superb wine list or refined cuisine of Chef Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park has been a venerable favorite among Bostonians for years. Recently honored with a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine Program, No. 9 Park is one of those restaurants that always seems to have a presence on some magazine’s “Best of” list. If you’re having trouble deciding on a dish, there is one must-have: the prune-stuffed gnocchi appetizer. Hailed as “an iconic Boston dish,” Globe restaurant critic Devra First said the gnocchi was quite “possibly one of the best dishes ever served in a Boston restaurant.” If that’s not a raving endorsement, we don’t know what is. Call (617) 742-9991 for reservations.
See: The Nutcracker, Boston Opera House
For a night of the classics (with a twist), try the Boston Ballet’s reimagined production of “The Nutcracker.” From Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 2012, the performance may surprise you with all-new costumes and sets by Robert Perdziola and new choreography by Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen.
Do: Charles Street
It’s virtually impossible to walk past the charming Federal-style rowhouses or stroll down gas-lit Charles Street with all of its charming antique shops, bookstores, boutiques and restaurants, without being struck with a sense of nostalgia for the luxury of yesteryear.
Shopping: Wish (49 Charles St.) and Moxie (73 Charles St.).
Dessert: Beacon Hill Chocolates (92 Pinckney St.) for chocolate-dipped figs and basil-infused caramels.
History: State House building and Ether Dome, site of the first public demonstration of anesthetic ether for surgery in 1846.
Outdoors: Boston Public Garden.
Live: 36 Lime Street
If you’re in the neighborhood and in the market to invest, this 5,424-square-foot townhome is the epitome of the Beacon Hill lifestyle. Located just steps from the charming boutiques and restaurants on Charles Street, the house features décor by the late London designer, David Hicks. Represented by Florence Mackie for $6,700,000 USD.
Visit the Coldwell Banker Beacon Hill office at 84 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02108.