Tremont St./South End is a great neighborhood to stay in and explore. I enjoyed walking Tremont Street and the neighborhood, touring galleries and shops and having some great meals with friends. There are many restaurants and some great historic architecture.
Encore B&B: I stayed two nights in the neighborhood at the Encore B&B. I really enjoyed my stay. I loved the neighborhood and all of the great restaurants within walking distance. I had a contemporary room, the Sondheim, and enjoyed the breakfast. The owners have a connection with the theater so each room has a different theater theme. I thought it was a perfect place from which to walk and explore the city. I was sorry to have missed the owners who were out of town, but they were very helpful in the reservation process. Hope to see them on a return trip.
The Butcher Shop: Located in Boston’s South End, at 552 Tremont St., this is a butcher shop, restaurant and wine bar. It was listed in Boston Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2012.
Toro Restaurant: 1704 Washington St. Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston’s South End. They serve traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The decor is casual and fun and there is nice outdoor seating which I enjoyed with a friend. Loved the food. Chef Jamie Bissonnette won Food & Wine Magazine’s 2011 People’s Best New Chef Award.
Flour Bakery and Cafe: 1595 Washington St. This is a well-known bakery and cafe in Boston with three locations. The South End location provided great morning treats to the Encore B&B where I stayed. It is worth the visit! They also offer many cooking classes throughout the year.
SOWA: I enjoyed exploring SOWA which is the cultural/arts district South of Washington St., thus the name. On Sundays, you can explore the SOWA Open Market which has art, crafts, indie design and gourmet food trucks. There is also a Vintage Market and Farmers’Market with over 60 vendors at the same time. There are many old warehouse buildings which contain many art galleries. I explored several located at 450-460 Harrison Ave. In May there is the SOWA Art Walk and there are also First Friday Art Walks. In addition to galleries, there are stores selling home furnishings and accessories, several restaurants and many creative businesses.
While in SOWA, checkout Thayer Street for its galleries, shops and artists studios.
B & G Oysters, at 550 Tremont St., was just named by Food & Wine Magazine as having one of the best lobster rolls in the US.