Visiting Boston

This is a guide to visiting Boston for the 2018 ASEEES Annual Convention, to be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Please note that this guide is provided for informational purposes only to benefit ASEEES convention attendees, and is not meant as support or endorsement of any of the businesses, institutions, or organizations listed below.

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"The Back Bay is an affluent neighborhood in the heart of Boston and is home to landmarks such as Copley Square, the Prudential Center, and the Boston Public Library. Walk down the famous Newbury Street, stroll Commonwealth Avenue, or spend your evening out at one of the lively bars or restaurants.” (BostonUSA.com)

Newbury St.
Just a five minute walk from the convention hotel, visit "Boston's most enchanting street. Eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining." Visit www.newbury-st.com for a guide to the shops, restaurants, and services along Newbury Street.
Boylston St.
Along with Newbury Street, Boylston St. is a popular shopping area in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Some other notable sites along Boylston St include:
  • Boston Public Library - "On the National Register of Historic Places, the library opened in 1852 as the first free, publicly-supported municipal library in America."
  • Trinity Church - "This National Historic Landmark, one of America's great buildings, was built in 1877 by architect H.H. Richardson."
  • Boston Marathon Finish Line - Along the side of the Boston Public Library is the spot where the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon event, marks its finish.
  • Copley Square - "Anchored by the modern John Hancock building and the stately Trinity Church, this area is known for its upscale restaurants and stores."
Avenue of the Arts
Reach on foot (10+ minute walk from convention hotel), or via MBTA Green Line from Copley Station (6 minute walk from hotel, Boylston St in front of Boston Public Library).

Walk along Huntington Avenue through Boston's "Avenue of the Arts", where you'll find institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston University’s Huntington Theater Company, New England Conservatory of Music, Northeastern University, the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Also of note is the nearby Mary Baker Eddy Library (10 minute walk from convention hotel along Huntington Ave), which houses Boston's famous attraction, the Mapparium. Information on tours is available here.

If you're interested in seeing another nearby historical map exhibit, check out the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Libary.

Prudential Center & Copley Place Mall
The Prudential Tower and accompanying Prudental Center complex house a number of shops, restaurants, and attractions, all located in the same block as the convention hotel. The complex is accessible from the convention hotel via an enclosed walkway.
  • Skywalk Observatory - get a ticket to enter the high-level observatory of Prudential Tower and view Boston and the surrounding area.
  • Shops at Prudential Center - high-end shopping center, includes skywalk to Copley Place mall
The Copley Place Mall is a "large modern mixed-use complex" featuring over 75 stores, including many fine luxury brands. The shopping mall is housed in the same complex as the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Giacomo's (431 Columbus Ave, 5 minute walk); Italian / seafood, wine
View menu here.
Salty Pig (131 Dartmouth St, 6 minute walk); Italian/American (emphasis on charcuterie)
View menu here.
Coda (329 Columbus Ave, 6 minute walk); American, cocktails
View menu here.
Atlantic Fish (761 Boylston St, 4 minute walk); Fish, steak
View menu here.
*Known for "award-winning New England clam chowder, served in a bread bowl.
Flour Bakery & Café (131 Clarendon St, 10 minute walk); coffee, pastries
View menu here.
*Known for sticky buns and cinnamon rolls.
Au Bon Pain (100 Huntington Ave, inside Copley Place); fast-casual café chain, originated in Boston)
View menu here.
Starbucks (110 Huntington Ave, inside Copley Place)
View menu here.
Russian Community of Boston
Czech & Slovak Association (http://www.czskboston.org/)
Non-profit organization based in Boston, whose goal "is to bring Czech and Slovak communities together, find a permanent place where we can meet, help each other, exchange information, organize cultural events including performances with artists from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, etc."
Polish Triangle - Polish immigrant neighborhood of Boston, with community centers, market, and restaurants.
Museum of Russian Icons (http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/)
The museum, located about an hour out side of the city of Boston, in Clinton, MA, houses the largest collection of Russian icons in North America.
Arlekin Players Theatre (http://www.arlekinplayers.com/)
The mission of Arlekin Players Theatre is twofold: 1) to enrich, educate and entertain the audience by adapting classical and contemporary Russian literature in a playful and thought provoking way; 2) to build meaningful connections between Russian and American cultures through shared human experience.

*The Arlekin Players Theatre is accessible via the Needham (purple) subway line direct from Back Bay Station near the convention hotel, to the Needham Heights station directly around the corner from the theater.

Armenian Museum of America (https://www.armenianmuseum.org/)
The museum houses "the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts outside of the Republic of Armenia."

*The museum is accessible from the convention hotel via the 502 bus line from Saint James Ave & Dartmouth St (about 5 minute walk from the hotel) to the Watertown Yard stop.

Fenway Park
“Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinctive feature of this classic baseball park is the 37-foot-tall left field wall, known as the "Green Monster."

Tours of the famous baseball park are available (tickets & information). The park is a 20 minute walk from the convention hotel, or one stop on the Framingham-Worcester line, Back Bay to Yawkey.

Boston Common / Boston Public Garden
"The Boston Common, founded in 1634, is the oldest public park in America. Its fifty acres form a pentagon bounded by Tremont, Park, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston Streets. The Common attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, both residents and visitors.”
“Boston’s Public Garden is the groomed and formal younger cousin to the more casual and boisterous Boston Common. The first public botanical garden in America, its form, plantings, and statuary evoke its Victorian heritage. This green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon.”
North End
“This Italian neighborhood, Boston's oldest, is known for its wonderful restaurants and historic sights. Walk the cobblestone streets to take in the architecture and aromas of delicious food, and visit Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church while you're in the neighborhood.”
For an authentic Italian market experience and meal, look for Salumeria Italian (151 Richmond St).
Museum of Modern Renaissance
The Museum of Modern Renaissance is a former masonic lodge that was transformed by Russian artists Ekatrina Sorokina and Nicholas Shaplyko, into what they refer to as a 'Temple of Art.'

"We decided to make something different from today's art world, something like the Italian Renaissance. Then, art was a song of beauty about the human body, the human soul, human creativity and human ability. It was the resurrection of a spirit that had been forgotten."

You can reach the Museum of Modern Renaissance by taking the Orange line from Back Bay Station to Chinatown, transferring to the Red line and riding from Alewife to Davis station. The entire trip will take about 45 minutes.

 

Boston's public transportation system, organized by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), provides transport primarily by subway, bus, commuter rail, and even ferry.

Information on fares can be found here: https://mbta.com/fares.

CharlieCard / CharlieTicket
The CharlieCard is a reuasable plastic card that can be loaded with cash value or 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes.
The CharlieTicket is a reusable paper ticket that can be loaded with either cash value or 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes.
*CharlieTickets are recommended for tourists and visitors, as CharlieTicket 1-day and 7-day passes grant unlimited travel on MBTA bus, subway, Commuter Rail Zone 1A, and Charlestown Ferry. CharlieCards are only valid on bus and subway.
Fares & Passes (https://mbta.com/fares)
CharlieCard or CharlieTicket 1-day passes are available for $12.00.
CharlieCard or CharlieTicket 7-day passes are available for $21.25.
Full details on bus and subway fares can be found here: https://mbta.com/fares/bus-subway.
Trip Planner (https://mbta.com/trip-planner)
Select your starting point, destination, and planned departure or arrival time to plan your trip with MBTA.

Due to the 2018 ASEEES Annual Convention overlapping with Hanukkah, we are providing information on nearby synagogues:

For more information on visiting Boston, see the links below: