Mixing Business with Pleasure in Boston

One of America’s oldest cities, Boston imbues visitors and residents alike with its patriotic spirit. With its rich history, the city is a living museum of Americana. Business travelers visiting Boston are lucky to have world-class landmarks in close proximity to the major business district. Modern Beantown is a thriving metropolis with finance, technology and medical industries sharing the limelight with renowned landmarks and relics.

After Work

After your flight, take a reviving walk around the picture-perfect Charles River to catch a glimpse of local life while you enjoy the fresh air and prime city views. In the early evening, head to the recently revitalized Seaport District and spend an hour at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Grab your smartphone and look up what’s happening that night at The Lawn on D, an interactive outdoor space that hosts live performances, storytelling, artistic exhibits, games, food trucks and more.

At the Hyatt Regency Boston, there’s a comfortable room perfectly suited to be your home-away-from-home. It is conveniently located in walking distance to downtown Boston’s commercial center and tourist attractions, with easy access to the "T" and Logan airport. If you are on a business trip to Boston and need to be near downtown crossing, this is the hotel you want to book for a warm welcome along with all of the business amenities that you would ever need.

Unique Dining Options

For dinner with clients, secure a table at Boston’s iconic Legal Seafood restaurant. The Harborside location is the brand’s flagship outpost and the largest restaurant in the city, with a different menu on each of its three floors. If you’re dining solo and craving Italian, check out Pastoral, where a 2,000-pound pizza oven imported from Italy takes center stage, using ashes from Mount Vesuvius to cook its pies.

Dive into historic Boston with lunch at America’s original restaurant, the Union Oyster House, which dates back to 1826. This National Historic Landmark is part of the Freedom Trail and serves oysters and contemporary lobster dishes in their nostalgic dining rooms.

After work, engage in a little retail therapy on Newbury Street, or patronize the quieter boutiques of the South End. Be sure to stop into the artsy Olives & Grace, a gift shop that curates small batch goods from across the country. In between purchases, grab a quick bite at one of the city’s B.GOOD eateries, Boston’s wildly popular, organic/healthy fast-food restaurant.

Make Time for Local Culture

If your business trip has you visiting Boston during the summer or fall, consider tacking on a day of PTO for sightseeing. Rise and shine for an early-morning whale-watching tour to see the migratory humpbacks in all their glory outside Boston Harbor. In winter and spring, live out the lessons of your American history books by visiting the Paul Revere House and touring Boston by foot via the Freedom Trail.

To gain a better understanding of Boston before or after your meeting, consider joining a small tour created by our partner Context Travel. These customizable walking tours are led by local experts who specialize in such topics as art history, archaeology or classical studies. They provide small group tours in over 45 cities around the globe, giving you a quick option to dive into a destination’s culture in just a few hours.

“Business travelers often have a limited timeframe in which to sightsee and are also intellectually curious and want to learn about a destination from local experts,” said Gabe Rizzi, President of Travel Leaders Corporate. “Therefore, this partnership with Context Travel is ideal in that it pairs business travelers with local scholars who are experts in their field and take people ‘under the skin’ of a city to really learn about and understand it.”

For more on the ‘business+leisure’ trend, check out Bleisure Travel: What is it and How Will it Impact Your Travelers (and Your Bottom Line).

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