“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
Greetings, sports fans and hello, arts aficionados: you've come to the right place. The Red Sox have played Fenway Park since 1912, with mixed results. Loyal fans saw the Sox through a 86-year dry spell to their 2004 victory, commemorated in the Farrelly Brothers' baseball rom-com Fever Pitch. Between games, Sox fans flirt on the Cask n' Flagon patio and at Game On! trivia nights. World-class neighborhood "cultchah" attractions prove there's more to Boston than baseball and beer, at least between World Series. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a splendid Italianate courtyard mansion packed with priceless art treasures—with 13 notable exceptions stolen in a 1990 heist. Until the $50 million worth of Vermeer, Degas, and Rembrant paintings are recovered, empty frames mark their places on the Gardener's gallery walls. The Museum of Fine Art is flaunting a new Art of the Americas wing, with 53 galleries packed with jade Olmec masks, Eames chairs, and Georgia O'Keefe's sexy flowers. If you're not in the mood for Grammy-winning symphony performances, Berklee Performance Center showcases virtuosos from banjo sensation Bela Fleck to punk pioneer Henry Rollins. For serious beats, hit hiphop Mondays at Church or the House of Blues' gay-friendly Epic Saturdays with DJs in drag.