Four Seasons Boston Concierge Tweets His Secrets

Four Seasons Hotel Boston Concierge Evan Testa and a special co-host share the best of their city live on Twitter.

Mar 6, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel Boston Concierge Evan Testa and luxury travel writer Melanie Nayer
Four Seasons Hotel Boston Concierge Evan Testa and luxury travel writer Melanie Nayer share their best Boston travel tips live on Twitter.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Updated March 14, 2013—On March 13, Four Seasons hosted another #bestofcity Twitter chat, this time featuring Four Seasons Hotel Boston Concierge Evan Testa and special guest Melanie Nayer, the voice behind @chic_travel. During the chat, the two—along with other Twitter participants—answered questions about what to do in Boston during St Patrick’s Day, where to find the best shopping and family-friendly activities, and the top place to chow down on the best New England seafood.

Missed the chat? Here’s a recap of Testa’s and Nayer’s recommendations on how to take full advantage of a visit to Boston.

What’s the best way to ring in St Patrick’s Day in Boston?

Evan Testa: Watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Southie on Broadway! It starts at 1:00 pm and attracts one million people, so go early! Afterwards, see Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys play at the House of Blues Boston at 7:00 pm.

Melanie Nayer: Take to the streets! The Boston St Paddy’s Day Parade in Southie is legendary. If you’re not up for a parade, stop in to some of Boston’s best pubs for a traditional Irish dish and Guinness.

What might surprise visitors about Boston?

Testa: Before a landfill project started in 1857, our Back Bay Boston neighbourhood was a 570-acre (222-hectare) body of water. It’s possible to ski and surf in the same day if you’re staying in Boston. The city is also home to 35 colleges and universities, and 150,000-plus students!

Nayer: Did you know the North End was once covered in molasses? Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

What is the best experience for Boston sports fans?

Testa: Courtside seats to a Celtics versus Lakers or Miami Heat game. We love a good sports rivalry. For hockey fans, rink-side seats at TD Garden to see the Bruins take on the Canadiens de Montréal.

Nayer: There is nothing like Fenway Park!

What’s Boston’s best family activity or can’t-miss attraction?

Testa: A Boston Duck Tours ride is fascinating, fun, goofy and a total crowd pleaser. During sports season, Boston family activities should include a Red Sox game. Even non–sports fans embrace the tradition!

Nayer: I recommend the sunset ceremony on the USS Constitution. It is very cool! In warmer months, walking the Freedom Trail is a must! Plan a scavenger hunt near top spots to keep kids engaged.

What is Boston’s most romantic couple’s experience?

Testa: My top three would have to be a Gondola di Venezia tour along the Charles, a horse and carriage ride in Back Bay, and a picnic in Boston’s Public Garden.

Nayer: A picnic in the Boston Public Garden is so romantic. Also, I recommend a sailing trip around the harbour! Many sailing companies will organise Champagne and food on a private sunset cruise. It’s a great way to see the city!

Who serves Boston’s best cocktail?

Testa: You’ll find craft cocktail perfection—and wow—at Drink on Congress Street.

Nayer: Agree, Drink serves some of the most creative cocktails. Let the bartenders surprise you! The Bristol Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Boston also is famous for their cocktails—they make a mean and dirty martini! For a spectacular wine list, head to L’Espalier in Back Bay.

Name Boston’s best “hidden gem” restaurant.

Testa: The wine-pairing menu at Troquet is always exceptional. Also, for late-night eats, there’s no better place than The Franklin Cafe. (You know it’s good when chefs eat there!)

Nayer: Carmen in the North End is one of Boston’s hidden gem restaurants. Reservations are required.

Where can Boston’s best seafood be found?

Testa: Definitely at Neptune Oyster. A gem of a restaurant with Boston’s best oysters. Worth the (long) wait for a table! Near our Back Bay Hotel, you can’t get fresher New England seafood than at Island Creek Oyster Bar.

Nayer: James Hook and Co. for a take-out lobster or a fresh-made lobster roll. Nothing fancy, but it’s great food!

Where is Boston’s best breakfast/brunch spot?

Testa: For casual, hit up The Paramount in Beacon Hill; it’s a guest favourite. We recommend the fresh banana and caramel French toast.

Nayer: For the best brunch in town, check out The Bristol Lounge, Henrietta’s Table and Stephanie’s on Newbury.

Name the best “only in Boston” shop.

Testa: Go to Louis for high-end men’s and women’s clothing. For souvenirs, Yawkey Way Store at Fenway Park is great. Lest we forget where to get yummy local Boston treats: We heart Beacon Hill Chocolates.

Nayer: The souvenir shop in the North End next to Paul Revere’s house has the most unique items! For the best pastries, go to Modern Pastry. Their cannolis and cupcakes will make you melt! Only in Boston. . . .

What are the best Boston Marathon viewing/insider tips?

Testa: Brookline along Beacon Street. Take the T to Cleveland Circle and find a flat area with wide sidewalks for better viewing. Make sure you check out our Boston Marathon Pinterest board that is devoted just to the race. And best of all, come join our Boston Marathon cheering squad at the Hotel as they cheer on our amazing guests as they return.

Nayer: Head over to the finish line after noon and cheer on the people who are just finishing. They’re inspirational!

Fill in the blank: Visitors can’t leave Boston without trying ______.

Testa: 1) Cheering on a local sports team like the Celtics or the Patriots! Part of the “Bahhston” experience. 2) Walk at least a bit of the Freedom Trail. It’s a 2.5-mile (4-kilometre) red-brick pathway that passes 16 historical sites. 3) The Bristol Lounge’s Nantucket Crab Chowder. A local treat that’s “oh so good.” 4) A chocolate chip cannoli at Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry on Hanover Street. 5) The famous lobster rolls at Neptune Oysters or B&G Oysters.

Want more? Check out other great Concierge recommendations from Four Seasons Hotel Boston here.


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