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In the center of Boston's Back Bay stands the Fairmont Copley Plaza, and waiting to greet visitors is Jim Carey, director of concierge. After years with the hotel, Carey recommends the following Boston hot spots for visitors:
1. The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain
Particularly in spring and summer, the Arboretum is a great place to visit. Part of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace, this park is a really a hidden gem, most often frequented by locals. It is uncrowded and serene - the perfect getaway from the bustle of downtown. Look for the Arboretum's Lilac Days in May when the hundreds of Lilac trees from all over the world bloom.
2. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Fenway
In the early 20th century Isabella Steward Gardner was something of a renegade - an art patron and independent thinker Mrs. Gardner built a Venetian Palazzo in Fenway to house her art collection, which since the founding of the museum has been displayed how she originally set it up. Masterpieces abound in each room and the interior courtyard garden is nothing short of stunning. Be sure to check out the small cases throughout the museum for some unique treasures.
3. Bova's, 134 Salem Street, North End - For night owls, this bakery offers Italian pastries, bread, sandwiches and pizza 24-hours per day. It's a great spot for a late night snack and exploring Boston's North End is always a favorite for visitors to the city.