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Boston — By Maria Olia on December 20, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Snow Day In Boston! What to Do and Where to Go

Bostonians stoically tolerate snowy and cold winter weather. And it really is true that less than 6 inches of snowfall is considered  just a “dustin”by native New Englanders.  But if you are not a local and visiting Boston during a major snowstorm, you may need a little guidance.3466482342_ab09df41de

In the case of a  true blizzard or extreme cold weather- as in the mayor declares “a state of emergency”- you really should stay inside until the storm is over.  Especially in winter, your choice of hotel can make or break your trip . Boston is a pedestrian city so a hotel located in  the Back Bay, Beacon Hill or Downtown is a very good choice and will minimize the inconveniences of bad weather.

Once the streets  are cleared and the temperature breaks the single digits – get out there! Full winter battle gear in Boston means dressing sensibly – and that means wearing a hat, mittens, a very warm coat and boots. Intrepid Bostonians think nothing of spending an entire winter’s day exploring a museum.  You really can at the Museum of Fine Arts ( 465 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300, Boston) (Map)is an encyclopedic art museum of more than 400,000 objects of nearly every genre from every corner of the earth. The MFA has several restaurants, a first-rate gift and bookstore, as well as a movie theatre that screens classic and international films . If you are traveling with children, you can easily play all day the Museum of Science ( Science Park, Boston, 617-723-2500)(Map) where there are tons of interactive exhibits, IMAX films,  Planetarium, a food court,  a great educational gift shop and one of the hottest traveling shows to come through Boston in a while: Harry Potter- The Exhibit.

It is not that well-known, but Boston does have a couple of  very good shopping malls- conveniently connected to each other by a glass-covered (and heated!) walkway.  The Prudential Center (800 Boylston St., Boston,  617-236-3100)(Map) has more than 70 stores and several restaurants.  The next door – and more up-scale Copley Place (2 Copley Place, Boston, 617-369-5000)(Map) has dozens more shops.

Steaming hot chocolate is a must on a snowy day . The best hot chocolate in Boston can be found in Cambridge- at L.A. Burdick’s in Harvard Square (52 -D Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-491-4340)(Map) . Incredibly  rich, Burdick’s hot chocolate  is available in white, milk, or dark. Diet be damned!

A hot cup of tea is another winter tonic. The Four Seasons (200 Boylston St., Boston) (Map) serves a wonderful high tea in the Bristol Lounge every day from 3:00 PM-4:15 PM.

Take a  winter’s walk .  The Public Garden(Map) the Commonwealth Avenue Mall (Map), and along the Esplanade (Map) all have pedestrian-only walkways that are among the first places to be cleared by the city.

What if you are stranded at Logan Airport at the start or end of your journey? The Hilton Boston Logan Airport is an option- it is connected by a skybridge directly to the terminal. And if there is a widespread weather delay effecting air travel, know that you will not be totally stranded- the airport will set up cots for passengers.

Image Credit: Greater Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, David Fox Photographer

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  1. Chocolate store in Harvard Square - no meals, just candies, coffee, and
  2. Overlooking the famed Public Garden and Beacon Hill and within easy reach
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