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Photo courtesy of Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Charlestown is a part of Boston that gives visitors the sense that is easy to access by following the Freedom Tail over the bridge upon leaving the North End. When you enter Charlestown it is easy to see how the splendor of this one square mile section of the city creates such a buzz. It's waterfront perch plays a major role in the city's history as it has been home to Old Ironsides (USS Constitution) for years. Walk up the hill and find yourself face to face with the famous Bunker Hill Monument (home of the American Revolution's "Battle of Bunker Hill").
Like many of the inner city neighborhoods of Boston, Charlestown has changed. The influx of young, upwardly mobile professionals have transformed the "Townie" atmosphere into a playground for the well-off. The high price of real estate and the influx of restaurants that line the main streets are proof that Charlestown has changed. However, the ties that bind run deep and families still roam the streets greeting neighbors they've known for years.
See & Do
Charlestown is home to two significant historical sites: the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill monument. These Freedom Trail finds make most "must" lists for Boston residents and visitors alike. Enjoy a stroll through the Navy Yard to check out Old Ironsides then head up the hill to see why Bunker Hill played such a prominent role the our fight for Freedom. This American Revolution landmark sits high above the city's landscape allowing a spectacular view of the water below.
Todd English may have put Charlestown on the "dining map" when he chose to open Olives and Figs in the area, but the Warren Tavern is a true Charlestown treasure. Warren Tavern is the oldest tavern in Massachusetts, (and one of the oldest in all of America), and is rumored to be the favorite watering hole of American Patriots like Paul Revere and George Washington (I've heard that Washington's funeral speech was given here). Aside form the history Warren Tavern serves some great food in a friendly atmosphere. One bite of the Tavern Burger will tell you why local still love this watering hole.
Charlestown is as diverse in bars as it is in demographics. With desirable dive bars and places that play host to an upper society scene, it is easy to see that one bar does not have it all. Sullivan's Pub is the perfect place to test the local waters. Tried and true Townies hang here; this is the place you should order a beer. Looking for something a bit more upscale? Walk over to Olives for a martini that will knock your socks off. Waterfront libations seem more your scene, Tavern on the Water is just the thing.
With so many "big bucks" hotels throughout the city the Constitution Inn is one way to save those dollars to play during the day. A non-profit you merely pay for the room without doling out a dime to Uncle Sam. Located inside the Charlestown Navy Yard this hotel allows easy access to many of the cities main attractions (the USS Constitution is just steps outside the door). 147 spacious rooms are comfortably appointed, all have refrigerators and microwaves and many some with complete kitchenettes and dining areas. Part of Boston's YMCA, this hotel offers an incredible workout facility complete with a heated indoor Olympic-sized pool, sauna, cardiovascular equipment, free weights, yoga, fitness classes, and basketball court.
Not known as a shopping destination, Charlestown's shops are often underrated. A stroll along Charlestown's charming street will show you why. One particular place that is filled with fabulous antiques is The Joy of Old. Showcasing Charlestown memorabilia, vintage furniture, home accessories, handbags, jewelry, work by local artists, fine crafts and even a kid's corner, you can always find something funky at The Joy of Old.