5 Ways to Experience Fall in Boston
Planning an autumn vacation? Boston will sweep you away into a crisp fall wonderland. Feel the crunch of the fallen leaves beneath your shoes, or wander cozy streets lined with bakeries, cider in hand.
While Salem, Massachusetts is a popular fall destination, Boston offers myriad outdoor activities to truly embrace the spirit of autumn in the city. Consider these five activities during your next visit to Beantown:
WALK AMID THE FALL FOLIAGE
Find serenity while exploring Boston’s outdoor spaces during the fall, where crisp, colorful leaves paint an autumn landscape. If you’re looking for a day of outdoor activity, head to the Emerald Necklace, 1,100 acres of parks that run from the Boston Common to Franklin Park.
From your home base at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse® at Custom House, Boston, you can access the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a 1.5-mile stretch of parks and public spaces. These green spaces occupy the space formerly overrun by a polluted highway system, which was later moved underground.
Your historic accommodations also put you near the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile path that winds through downtown. Along the way, you’ll pass historical locations, including the Boston Common, Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, Boston’s largest colonial burying ground, which dates back to 1659.
EMBARK ON A NORTH END CULINARY EXPLORATION
Take a detour on your Freedom Trail walk into the North End, home to some of the city’s oldest buildings and Boston’s Little Italy. While on the trail, you’ll pass historic sites like the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.
If walking leaves you hungry, stop into one of the eclectic local bakeries for seasonal sweets at Modern Pastry, Bricco Panetteria or Mike’s Pastry. There are also charming Italian restaurants and old-school delis if you’re seeking something heartier.
SPEND A DAY ALONG THE CHARLES RIVER
Stretching 80 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, the Charles River is the ideal spot to spend an autumn afternoon. Though the river offers a space to paddleboard, kayak and canoe in the warmer summer months, the breezy fall months are perfect for a run or bike ride.
Rent a Blue Bike and pedal along the Charles River Bike Path, running 23 miles along the banks of the Charles. Throughout your ride, you’ll pass the Museum of Science and the campuses of Boston University, Harvard and MIT. The path is also popular among runners, who gauge distance by keeping track of the mileage between the route’s bridges.
ENJOY LOCAL CIDER AND APPLES
Cider-sipping and apple-picking are quintessential fall activities. If you’re up for a short drive, you can enjoy homegrown fall favorites at nearby farms. Popular local spots within about a half-hour radius of the city include Boston Hill Farm, Brooksby Farm and Dowse Orchards. Bring your appetite: You’ll find classics like apples and cider, as well as sweet offerings like doughnuts, monkey bread and fudge. Some nearby farms, like the Belkin Family Lookout Farm, even offer craft ciders and beers. You can also find craft beer and ciders at the city’s breweries, like the well-known Sam Adams Boston Brewery.
SEE HISTORIC SPOTS ON A TOUR
While you can wander the city on a self-guided tour, you can also embark on local outdoor activities through Activities powered by PlacePass. On a Boston City View Bicycle Tour, you’ll pedal through historic neighborhoods and iconic destinations, including Fenway Park, North End, Beacon Hill (one of Boston’s most-photographed neighborhoods) and the Charles River Esplanade.
If you prefer to explore on foot, consider seeing the best of Boston on a walking tour, complete with a charismatic guide to share the city’s stories and legends.
And if you’re up for something spooky, wait until nightfall to embark on a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, where you’ll pass the Boston Harbor and a “haunted” hotel.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy the season’s sweetest treats or explore the great outdoors in a stunning urban destination, Boston’s locales are the perfect fall getaway.
HOW TO GET THERE
Marriott Vacation Club® Owners with Vacation Club Points can book a stay in the heart of the action at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston. Spacious one-bedroom suite accommodations offer limited kitchenettes and separate living and sleeping areas, giving you more control over your dining choices and environment. The coveted location, situated in a historic building, provides quick access to popular local markets, landmarks and walking trails.
- Points and Enrolled Owners may use Vacation Club Points to reserve any number of nights at Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston.
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- If you are a Marriott Vacation Club Weeks Owner, you can use your Week(s) to place an exchange request with Interval International® for a stay Marriott Vacation Club Pulse at Custom House, Boston.
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