The Massachusetts capital adds to its charm with a series of events and experiences over Patriots' Day weekend, including the 120th Boston Marathon
Boston may be at the top of many fields throughout the year, but it shines brightest on Patriots' Day, which marks the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775 and is held on the third Monday of April. The Boston Marathon, raced on Patriots' Day since 1897, is synonymous with the holiday as visitors and locals flock to Boylston Street to see runners complete this incredible feat of endurance.
The courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Should you be so lucky to find yourself in Boston at this time, we suggest you kick off Patriots' Day weekend by visiting two of the city's finest museums, located less than a mile from Mandarin Oriental, Boston. At the Museum of Fine Arts, you can see two highly anticipated exhibitions: #Techstyle, which showcases innovation in fashion through items from designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen; and Megacities Asia, which features sprawling pieces displayed throughout the museum and around the city (look out for the life-size Breathing Flower by Choi Jeong Hwa on the museum's front lawn). In addition, the nearby Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hosting a very special exhibition of 20 paintings, in Off the Wall: Gardner and Her Masterpieces, in the new Renzo Piano wing. As the gallery halls are being renovated, this offers the rare chance to view works from artists such as Rembrandt and Botticelli outside of the original museum.
The Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
In a sporting mood? Get tickets for the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at historic Fenway Park at 11.05am on the day of the Boston Marathon. Fenway Park overlooks the last leg of the route and is only a short walk from Mandarin Oriental, Boston and the finish line in Copley Square.
Guests at the hotel also have one of the best viewpoints to watch the marathon, as it is positioned on Boylston Street along the last .20 miles of the course. Cheer on the competitors from outside the property. Otherwise, book a table for lunch at the city's finest French restaurant, L'Espalier, next door. Most of the seats at L'Espalier have a vantage point of the race, so you can keep tabs on the runners while sipping champagne and dining on butter-poached Maine lobster from Chef de Cuisine Matthew Delisle, and cheeses recommended by expert fromager Louis Risoli.
A statue of American Patriot Paul Revere
Across the street from Mandarin Oriental, Boston, local running clothing brand Tracksmith, which is inspired by the culture and heritage of running, is holding a Runner's Lounge and Showroom until 8 May. Here you can purchase Tracksmith's signature pieces and special items commemorating the 120th Boston Marathon, as well as view a gallery of artwork by artist Bobbi Gibb, who in 1996 became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Tracksmith's exhibition chronicles this historic moment from 50 years ago.
The entrance to The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston
Tired from watching the runners slog those last few miles? Finish your day at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Its 120-minute, restorative Marathon Boost treatment, available for the month of April, is perfect for sore legs, feet and joints. It starts with a massage using an oil made from eucalyptus, juniper berry, frankincense and jasmine, before finishing with a de-stress muscle gel comprising warming rosemary, black pepper, lavender and ginger.