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Things to do in Boston

Catch a baseball game at Fenway Park

A cliche it may be, but Boston Red Sox's ground is one of the true homes of baseball. For 86 years it was the scene of endless heartache as the Red Sox endured one of the most famous droughts in sporting history, until they finally broke the 'Curse Of The Bambino' in 2004 and won the World Series. The season runs from April until early October (depending on how far they get) and you can get tickets from the official site (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/).

Cut stuff with lasers at danger! awesome

A 21st-century makerspace (a creative space with tools), danger! awesome ( tel: +1 617 714 5829; www.dangerawesome.com) is aimed at promoting brand new methods of 3D printing and design. They run a variety of hands on, design-focused classes, the most popular of which is Leather Meets Laser, where you will laser design and cut your own bespoke leather clasp.

Have a bite to eat at Quincy Market

 This lively market is the perfect place for the foodie tourist. Choose something to eat from the myriad of options available, everything from local clam chowder to pizza, before finding a spot on the stairs outside to sit and eat while watching the street performers - your very own dinner and a show. 

Have a peek into space at the Observatory

Most Wednesdays throughout the year, Boston University’s Observatory (tel: +1 617 353 2625; www.bu.edu/astronomy) open up their doors and telescopes to the public. The program starts at 1930 during the autumn and winter months, 2030 during the spring and summer, and it’s free.

Paddle down the Charles River

The Charles River bisects Boston, and with Paddle Boston (tel: +1 617 9655110; www.paddleboston.com) you can hire a boat and go down yourself, or get involved with one of their group outings.

Tour the Samuel Adams brewery

Samuel Adams (www.samueladams.com) is as Bostonian as the Red Sox or clam chowder. Tours run six days a week, during which you'll find out the history of the brand, get a look at the whole process from the inside, taste some malts, and of course knock back a coupe of frosties. Entry is free, though there is a suggested $2 donation

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Mandarin Oriental

Located in the cosy Back Bay the Mandarin Oriental combines comfort and style to produce one of Boston's most luxurious and trendy hotels. Rooms resonate with classic oriental styles with a modern flare and boast beautiful views of the Back Bay cityscape. After a long day of touring and shopping enjoy a soak in the oversized Jacuzzi baths or indulge in a massage at the Mandarin Oriental's five-star spa. Perfect for a business retreat or a relaxing holiday the Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.

Harding House

This classic, baby blue Victorian guesthouse has fourteen handsome rooms decked out in all-American style with quilts, patterned rugs and dark hardwood furniture. The period character of the house gives the place a warm, homely atmosphere which is reinforced by the freely available cakes and coffee, Thursday evening wine tastings and the generous home-cooked breakfast, which is included in the price.

Liberty Clipper

Between June and September only, board one of Boston's elegant tall ships for an alternative, budget accommodation option. Moored in the historic waterfront district of Boston, a block from the North End and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, you will be offered a choice of one of six cabins all featuring a skylight, hot/cold water, three shared bathrooms and three shared showers. This is definitely an experience.

Oasis Guest House

This modest 30-room guesthouse is located in one of Boston’s best neighbourhoods and offers simple but comfortable accommodation in a series of attractive brick-fronted buildings. Rooms are simply furnished with queen beds, armchairs, TVs and generic prints. The price includes free internet access, use of the kitchen facilities and a complimentary breakfast.

HI Boston

This cheap and cheerful hostel offers 481 beds in total, and is niftily located in the Theater District/Chinatown area. There is a games room, cafe bar, internet access and laundry facilities. If you're not a member of Hostelling International, you have to pay a daily $3 charge, but this is still one of the cheapest, centrally located accommodation options around.

Hotel Marlowe

Stars, compasses, planets and diamond/harlequin patterns are part of the 'discovery' motif at the funky and fun Hotel Marlowe. Around the faux-marble fireplace of the tufted-velvet walled living room, there are complimentary evening wine hours and Wednesday evening poetry readings. Comfortable crimson and gold guest rooms are accented with velvet, leopard-print carpets, furry blankets and amenities that include modern electronic comfort, Aveda toiletries and leopard-patterned terrycloth robes. Even four-legged guests are regaled with leopard-print collar tags, treats and other pet services. The inviting American-styled brasserie, Bambara, is adjacent to the hotel.

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