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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Boston's Seaport District

April 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | ()

View of downtown Boston from the Seaport District.

While in town for Monday's marathon, we made our home in the budding Seaport District, an area about a mile south of the Financial District and the rest of downtown Boston. The seaport itself has been there for over 150 years, but only within the past few has it begin to develop residential/commercial lodging and entertainment, when the completion of the Big Dig increased access to the area.

If you're interested in reading more about its growth, Boston Magazine did a extensive recap. Its future potential and plans for further influx are exciting, but what makes it an interesting place to visit at this moment is its transitional state. Even with all the extra hustle and bustle of the marathon weekend, the Seaport District remained a controlled environment.

Many of the hotels, bars, and restaurants are stacked along the waterfront - which can get crowded - but most sections still maintain an industrial feel. Walking through and seeing the combination of old and new is a worthwhile experience, and when you're ready for some entertainment, there are a surprising number of options ranging from the general to the very specific.

· Legal Harborside pays homage to the privately-owned seafood juggernauts original roots as a fish market, and its third story rooftop lounge gets you views of the adjacent city skyline.

· Harpoon Brewery is one of the city's most popular breweries (we loved the IPA) and serves pretzels in a casual setting.

· In the mood for some throwback entertainment? Check out Lucky's Lounge on Sinatra Sundays to hear all the classic favorites and for some 40s-style saxophone.

· To catch a game, Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy has his own place on the water with a bazillion televisions.

· If you're in the market for a neighborhood "sit-and-chat" coffee shop, look no further than Flour Bakery.

If you want to sleep in Seaport, our sis HotelChatter recommends this hotel. You can access downtown, Fenway, and beyond from the Seaport via the T, but you will need to switch lines at least once. If you like to walk, it's a little over a mile to downtown, and generally, a cab will cost you about $10. If you're staying elsewhere, we recommend heading over for a stroll along the harbor (view shown below), a drink, or a meal to check things out on your next visit to Beantown.

[Photos: Will McGough/Seaport District/WP Boston]

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