Mini Vacation in Boston's Seaport District

Where to Stay: Renaissance Waterfront Hotel

We stayed at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, located in the seaport area of south Boston. Our room was spacious and comfortable for four people, featuring a large window with city and harbor views.

Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston
Image courtesy of Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston
Capiz Bar at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston. Image courtesy of Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

We spent a couple evenings enjoying drinks at Capiz Bar in the hotel lobby, where they serve craft cocktails and local beer.

The Renaissance waterfront offers an indoor heated pool and fitness center. If you’re like me and need your daily caffeine drip, there’s also a Starbucks located on the first floor.

Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston
Image courtesy of Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel

All in all, our stay at the Renaissance Boston was fantastic. The staff was friendly and accommodating, even during our multiple reservations mix up. Our room was perfect for taking in the views and relaxing after walking around the city and I can’t wait to go back and explore some more.

What to Do: Bruins Game at TD Garden

Depending on Who’s playing, you can grab tickets for fairly cheap. Ours were $50/each before fees, but I’ve seen them even cheaper for other games. Even though our seats were in the “nosebleed” section, the view wasn’t bad and we had a great time. Side note: Bruins lost after an exciting and high scoring game, 6-3 against the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Tips: Park at the Garden Garage right across the street and hit up Tip Tap Room after the game – great taps list and 36 taps.

We ubered it back to our hotel, but it was too late to grab food there, so we walked over to the Legal Test Kitchen for some late night eats (they serve food until 1am).

Craft Beer at Trillium

Day two, we took a walk (about 10 minutes) to Trillium Brewing in Fort Point. I grabbed a few 4-packs of double dry hopped Summer Street and Launch, plus a bottle of Wild Broken Angel, a wild American ale.

There’s no taproom at this location, but if you’re up for a drive, Trillium’s Canton location isn’t too far. We made the drive on our 3rd day in Boston and it took us about 45 minutes with traffic and only about 25 on the way back.

There, we were lucky enough to score a few pours of their anniversary triple IPA, The Streets, and grabbed a bottle of Permutation #9… I’ve been on a bit of a sour kick lately 😉

New England Aquarium

Only about a 25 minute walk from the hotel, the New England Aquarium is a must see if you’ve never been. After our late night at the game, it was a relaxing way to spend a rainy afternoon. We spent the extra couple bucks to see one of their on-site IMAX films. They had several show while we were there, including, Galapagos and Great White Sharks. Cost: $35 including IMAX

Other Things To Do

  • Freedom Trail – Historic Boston sites including Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution
  • Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
  • Red Sox Game at Fenway Park
  • Duck Boat Tours
  • Live Music at The House of Blues

Where to Eat: Sapore Ristorante

During most of our stay we dined at Sapore Ristorante inside the hotel.

Breakfast was phenomenal, I enjoyed a lobster and asparagus omelet paired with a much needed Bloody Mary after our night out in Boston.

Breakfast at Sapore Ristorante in Boston

They also serve a gorgeous full breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday for $25 or a smaller continental buffet for $16.

Dinner at Sapore didn’t disappoint. We enjoyed a beautiful presented chicken saltimbocca with wild mushroom glaze and my favorite dish of the weekend was a NY stip steak with cauliflower puree.

Chicken Saltimbocca at Sapore Ristorante, Boston

Sapore had an impressive beer and wine selection, including Boston favorite, Night Shift 87, and Maine Beer Co’s Lunch.

Other Local Good Eats:

Row 34 – Amazing fresh seafood and craft beer tap list. About a 10 minute walk from the hotel
Worden Hall – Fantastic food and prices for city dining and a great tap list.

2 thoughts

  1. Hello, I have just come across your blog. Very nice.
    I needed a place to make a comment on your ‘Live Free and Beer’ title!
    Veronica and I did a short but enjoyable road trip from Boston to Rochester, Vermont where we stayed for a few days before flying out of Burlington.
    The ‘Live Free or Die’ slogan on vehicle plates and elsewhere was a real hoot, compared to our tame Australian slogans like ‘Victoria the Garden State’.
    I haven’t written up much about Vermont or New Hampshire yet. Stay tuned.
    And talking about beer, I was in Boise recently for work. Now that was a great beer experience!

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