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4 Historical Sites to Visit Near Devonshire

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admin on October 13, 2015 - 9:00 am in Around Town
One of the huge advantages of living at Devonshire is how conveniently located it is. If you enjoy history, there are plenty of historical sites to visit within walking distance. Here’s a guide:

Faneuil Hall

Once a meeting spot for revolutionaries, Faneuil Hall is now an entertainment haven that enchants locals and tourists alike. With plenty of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, it’s easy to see why it’s such a hub of activity. Spend some time browsing through the shops and kiosks, or take in one of the many street performers that play here on a regular basis. If you would like to shop for fresh, local goods, such as fresh produce, fish, and cheese, head to the Boston Public Market, which is right next to Faneuil Hall at the beginning of Hanover Street.

North End

After spending time at Faneuil Hall and the Boston Public Market, you can end the day with a great meal at one of the North End’s famous Italian restaurants! It has a rich history, with Puritan roots that began well before the American Revolution. Now, it’s one of Boston’s most distinct neighborhoods. It’s only a ten-minute walk from Devonshire, which means that you can enjoy this delicious cuisine whenever you want. Spend some time wandering around looking at menus before you make a decision as to where you want to eat. If you’ve already had dinner, consider stopping into one of its many bakeries for one of their signature pastries and a cappuccino!

Union Oyster House

The Union Oyster House is the oldest operating restaurant in the United States and it’s also listed as a National Historic Landmark. Opened in 1826, the restaurant has accommodated famous diners, such as The Kennedys and Daniel Webster. The menu is focused on seafood, and the highlight is, by far, their raw bar, where you can watch the staff shuck the oysters as they’re being ordered. Be prepared to wait for a seat at the bar, though. It’s very busy, and the restaurant won’t let you loiter. You need to be seated at the bar to order food and drink.

Omni Parker House

Since you live nearby, you won’t need to stay at the Omni Parker House. However, it’s only a five-minute walk from Devonshire so it’s definitely worth a visit. The original hotel on the site, the Parker House Hotel, opened in 1855. The Omni Parker House opened in 1927 on the site of the original hotel and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Aside from walking around the hotel to view the architecture, you can also have a drink in the lounge or eat in the restaurant. It’s had its share of famous patrons, too. This is where John F. Kennedy announced he was running for president in 1946 and plenty of celebrities have stayed at this hotel over the years. These historical Boston sights offer plenty of ways to spend an afternoon. You don’t need to go far to enjoy them, either. It takes less than ten minutes to walk to them from Devonshire!

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