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A January 2007 trip to Boston by Sierra

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Quote: Boston is one of the U.S.'s oldest cities - a fascinating combination of history, art, education, and modern-day sensibilities.

Irving House at Harvard

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Irving House at Harvard Photo, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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I have found a B&B in Boston that is going to change me from a day-trip only visitor to a weekend guest: the Irving House at Harvard.As much as I love Boston, I rarely stay there overnight because hotel rates are so high - to find economical rooms, you usually have to go out to the suburbs, which then requires use of a car. My favorite part of Boston is Cambridge, anyway, so I was delighted to come across this guesthouse, close to Harvard University and with easy access to public transportation. Located at 24 Irving Street, this inviting B&B has all t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2007

Irving House at Harvard
24 Irving Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
(617) 547-4600

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Museum of Fine Arts ("MFA") in Boston, founded in 1870, has the second largest museum collection in the Western hemisphere, after the Metropolitan Museum. You can pass a few hours in the MFA, viewing selection collections or one of the touring art shows that come here - or you could easily spend a whole day here, wandering through one fascinating gallery after another. You rarely have to loop back through a gallery unless you choose to. The MFA has many excellent collections, but its Japanese art is particularly noteworthy: it's the largest collection outside of Japan and includes ceramics, origami, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 267-9300

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of the more unusual museums in the U.S. - housed in a Venetian-style palazzo, and located on the Back Bay Fens park, two blocks from the MFA. The building was designed by Willard T. Sears with considerable input from Gardner, and opened in 1903. The modest exterior doesn't prepare you for passing through the dark entry into the glorious Italian palazzo garden in the building's center. (I have no pictures of the courtyard because photography is forbidden inside the museum. See their website for photos.) Gardner was inspired by her childhood visits to Italy. By 16, she was dete...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2007

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 566-1401