Boston delivers a mix of history, culture and charm with a buzzing modern food scene, and is magical in December.
Where to stay: The boutique XV Beacon hotel is located in a beautiful Beaux Arts building in the redbrick neighbourhood of Beacon Hill. Inside, there’s a serene, old-school glamour with polished wood and tiled floors in the lobby area, and 63 bedrooms luxuriously fitted with cosy, open-flame gas fires, four-poster beds, cashmere throws and crisp Frette linen.
Eating in: With its own entrance, Mooo is popular with locals as well as guests. It’s all about the steaks (hence the name) with 13 cuts and sizes expertly grilled and served with roast garlic and bone marrow butter, and sides such as whipped potatoes, truffled parmesan fries and Maine lobster mac ‘n’ cheese (mooorestaurant.com).
Eating out: Boston is known for oyster bars and one of the oldest and most famous is Union Oyster House (unionoysterhouse.com). Grab a cosy booth or get right in on the action at the raw bar where expert shuckers will prepare half a dozen to order and pour you pints brewed for the restaurant.
What to do: Nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace hosts an annual Blink! festival with a spectacular 350,00 LED lightshow, musicians, dancers and carol singers (faneuilhallmarketplace.com). It’s also home to the Quincy Market Food Colonnade, the largest covered food hall in New England, with 32 stalls selling everything from clam chowder and lobster rolls to pizza, Philly cheesesteaks and enchiladas. Work it off ice-skating on nearby Boston Common under the lights of the famous giant Boston Christmas tree (bostonfrogpond.com).
The damage: Double rooms at XV Beacon start from £229, room-only (xvbeacon.com). Return flights from Heathrow to Boston start at £788 (virgin-atlantic.com).
More info: bostonusa.com
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