Here at the Inn at St. Botolph, we love to help guests plan their Boston trip itinerary and get inspired for their travels. One of the summer activities we recommend to guests looking for an easy way to experience the city is to plan an outdoor picnic and enjoy it in a scenic area.
There's nothing better than getting to soak in the sunshine in a beautiful spot in the city, enjoy a meal and a little people watching. We think that you can learn a lot about a city just by sitting and watching passers by, even for a short time - so pack up a picnic and head out and explore! There are two stores in particular right in our South End neighborhood that are the perfect to get everything you need for a picnic:
SOUTH END BUTTERY 314 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, 02118 The South End Buttery is a cafe and bakery just minutes away from the Inn. You can order delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods from their cafe menu - but they also have a Takeout Market where you can grab smaller picnic-worthy items like jams and cookies.
FORMAGGIO KITCHEN 268 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, 02118 As you may have guessed it, Formaggio's specialty is cheese! They offer both American and European varities of cheese as well as charcuterie and other artisanal goods. Their knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect picnic selection. Don't forget to buy a few caramels at the register too!
While there are plenty of scenic spots and small parks right here within walking distance in the South End, one of our favorite places for a picnic is on the docks on the Charles River, along the Esplanade. You may want to grab an Uber or a cab to get over to the Esplanade since it's just over a 1 mile walk from the South End. Once you've found your picnic spot, kick back, soak in a summer day and enjoy a delicious picnic of artisanal goods from local businesses right here in the neighborhood.
Have leftovoers from your picnic? No worries! You can store them back in the refrigerator in your in suite kitchenette here at the Inn at St. Botolph and enjoy later!
The Inn @ St. Botolph is one of the hidden gem hotels in Boston
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The Inn @ St. Botolph is a 16 Room Boutique hotel in Boston. Wonderfully situated on the border of the Back Bay and the South End, this hotel is close to the Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center and Copley Square.