You don’t have to be Harvard-trained cardiologist to live large in Boston—although, having a padded wallet certainly lets you splurge carefree.
Boston offers a number of plushy things to do, despite its thrifty Puritan beginnings.
Likely, you’ll stroll through the Back Bay, one of the city’s well-heeled neighborhoods. It’s an extravagant paradise of designer stores spread across fabled Newbury Street and even glitzier Copley Place. Top national department stores including Saks, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York face off. Before indulging in a multicourse meal at deluxe dining spots (think: Bar Boulud, L’Espalier, Grill 23), take a catnap in your opulent hotel room and then grab a cocktail at the Bar at Taj.
If old money’s your game, Beacon Hill is your destination. Charles Street offers a host of antiques, leather goods, clothing, and niche specialty items (at, say, boutiques devoted to custom stationery or antique period hardware).
Self-made members of the 21st-century aristocracy tend to congregate in the South End, which is largely focused on art and design. On your way to Wink & Nod for a $100 drink, browse European modern home décor at Lekker, California casual enhancements at Hudson and schedule a whole-home makeover with one of many local designers.