Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Art inspires at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (©Steve Dunwell)

A Perfect Day in Boston: Kate Burton's Itinerary

By Leigh Harrington on 02/13/14

We asked veteran stage and screen actress Kate Burton (see her Q&A), currently of ABC's hit thriller "Scandal," to take us out on the town in Boston for a day, and she indulged us, saying, "There are so many things to do in Boston. It’s never-ending, and it’s never-endingly wonderful." The fascinating, LA-based New Yorker has spent a lot of time in this town and is set to star in "The Seagull" March 7-April 6, her fifth collaboration with Huntington Theatre Company. Burton says a visit to the Back Bay is always on her must-do list—in fact she's excited to live in that neighborhood during her stay. She's also apparently a sports fan, with plans to catch both a Bruins match and a Red Sox game. Who knew?!

10 am: Museum Madness

“It is extraordinary to be able to go to the MFA, and go to the Gardner Museum,” says Burton. “Great things happen when you see a great work of art or go to a great play. You have these moments of knowing why you’re on this planet.”
Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617.267.9300
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston, 617.566.1401

1 pm: Stay Posh in the Back Bay

“I have stayed now in five different areas of Boston, and this time I am staying near Boylston Street, Newbury Street and the Prudential Center. I’m excited to stay there, because I always go there. I love to go to the [Boston Public] Library. This will be fun for me.”
The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, 800.746.7778
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, 617.536.5400

1 pm (in April): Catch a Game at Historic Fenway

She's a member of Red Sox Nation. “We’re planning to end our time by going to see the Sox before we leave. We are all huge Boston fans, across the board.”
Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, Boston

Fenway Park seating sign

2 pm: Popping Around the Hill

“I love to walk around Beacon Hill and by the State House, up and down Charles Street [to visit] all the stores there, like Black Ink,” she says. For lunch she often stops at The Paramount. “It is one of my favorite spots.”
Black Ink, 101 Charles St., Boston, 617.723.3883
The Paramount, 44 Charles St., Boston, 617.720.1152

4 pm: A Dose of Campus Culture

Burton is an Ivy Leaguer, having attended both Brown and Yale. So why not visit Harvard University, its museums and the Yard while you’re here? Burton likes to.
Harvard University, Cambridge, 617.495.1000

7 pm: Skating Dates at the Garden

“I love to go see the Boston Bruins, which I’ve already planned my tickets for,” says Burton of New England’s NHL team. Keep eyes on star players, like Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chára.
TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 800.745.3000

9:30 pm: Dinner in the North End

“There is this huge Irish and Italian element” of Boston, says Burton. “I love to go up to the North End and just walk into any Italian restaurant and sit down and eat a meal. You can’t go wrong.” Agreed. We especially like Neptune Oyster and Lucia Ristorante.
Neptune Oyster, 63 Salem St., Boston, 617.742.3474
Lucia Ristorante, 415 Hanover St., Boston, 617.367.2353

Ristorante Lucia

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