Revered for its intimate atmosphere, stellar dining options, and landmark status, North End’s slanting apartment buildings, humble churches, and narrow alleyways conjure visions of old Europe. Rusted iron fire escapes and striped green awnings hang above North End’s various Italian pastry shops, cafes, and fine-dining restaurants. Stay in the neighborhood and you’ll be playing bocce ball with a man named Frankie faster than you can finish your cannoli—a treasured North End treat.
As a little neighborhood with big history, Beacon Hill overlooks the nation’s first public park and the Massachusetts State House. Many of the city’s high-profile public figures call Beacon Hill home, and rubbing elbows with your congressman in the neighborhood’s boutique grocer checkout line is commonplace. Combine its stately black-shuttered brownstones and old-world cobblestone streets with its contemporary amenities and central location, and it’s easy to understand why Beacon Hill boasts such a prestigious reputation.
Just across the Charles River from the city of Boston, Cambridge commands a cult following all its own. This scholastic city combines working-class perseverance with high-class entertainment and university class schedules. From the quiet residential streets in its western edge to the hip squares and happening courtyards along its numerous college campuses, this constantly evolving area will continue to attract thinkers, dreamers, families, and professionals for semesters to come.
The unceasing activity of the Fenway/Kenmore area infuses its surrounding streets with unbridled energy. Located near numerous universities and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, this neighborhood encourages rigorous intellectual pursuits. But when pencils are down and ball caps are on, Fenway/Kenmore comes alive with cheering fans, Fenway Frank carts, and rowdy crowds as Red Sox Nation gives new meaning to fanaticism. Kenmore’s basement beer bars and upscale restaurants offer respite from the raucous commotion along Fenway’s thoroughfares.