The Fenway / Kenmore Square
This area needs no introduction, to most it is simply the home of Fenway Park and their beloved Boston Red Sox. But the historic park, and it’s famous green monster are not all this very unique neighborhood has going for it. Positioned next to the Back Bay and Brookline, and bordered by Kenmore Square and The Fens (an Olmsted designed park), this area is convenient for students and graduate students at several area universities (Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute, Mass College of Art, and Simmons College) as well as employees and faculty from the Longwood Medical Area. The main throughways are Boylston Street, Park Drive and Fenway, with most of the restaurants and retail positioned on Boylston in and around Landmark Center (once the Sears Tower) including some favorite stores like the region’s only CB2, West Elm, Marshalls and CityTarget, a slimmed down version of the original. And if you’re looking for a very hip place to stay, try the reinvented Howard Johnson’s, now called The Verb.
Just southeast of The Fenway is a smaller neighborhood called Symphony. Positioned between Massachusetts Ave, the Christian Science Center, The Fens and Huntington Avenue, Symphony is a quaint student oriented community, home to Northeastern University and Berklee School of Music students, Whole Foods Market and Boston’s iconic Symphony Hall. The Fenway also shares it’s neighborhood designation with Kenmore Square which has undergone a major transformation in the last 10+ years with the opening of The Hotel Commonwealth in 2003, the revitalization of retail and restaurants that followed, and the complete overhaul of the Kenmore Square MBTA Station.
NOT TO BE MISSED: Museum of Fine Arts, Elizabeth Gardner Museum, El Pelon Taqueria, Hojoko, Tasty Burger, Eventide, Sweet Cheeks BBQ, Fools Errand, a craft cocktail at the hidden gem, Hawthorne Bar, Kelleher Rose Garden at The Fens.