On the Town with Boston Lyric Opera's Chelsea Basler

From decadent eggs Benedict to history, music and a riverside run—do it all in one day in Boston.

"This is pretty easy for me because I have so many family and friends come visit from San Diego," says Southern California transplant Chelsea Basler of our proposed task: Create a personalized itinerary of what you'd do if given one day in Boston. The Boston Lyric Opera singer has been living in Boston for 13 years, originally moving here to get her undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory. "Usually, I have them stay at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, because I think that hotel is so fun and historical," she recommends. "Plus, it's in the middle of everything."

11 am: Brunch at The Beehive

Let’s get brunch at The Beehive in the South End. I love that place. They have live jazz all the time. They also have an amazing duck foie gras eggs Benedict. It’s so good. 
541 Tremont St., Boston, 617.423.0069

12:30 pm: Seek Out History

For historical stuff, we could see the State House or walk The Freedom Trail. I’ve done that many times.

2 pm: Run, Run, Run

In the afternoon, I would head down to the Charles River area, because I love to show off the fall colors along the riverbanks. My husband and I run, so a lot of times, if we have runner friends visiting, we all go for a jog there. 
Charles River Esplanade, at Arlington and Beacon streets, Boston

6 pm: Chasing Memories in the North End

The North End has the best food ever. There’s a place called Al Dente, my favorite Italian restaurant there. They have Lucchese food, which is [of the region] where I met my husband, and so it brings back memories. Plus, it’s a tiny little place, and it feels homey.
109 Salem St., Boston, 617.523.0990

8 pm: Symphony Serenade

After dinner, we could go see a show in the Theater District, possibly an opera or a ballet. Or, we could go over to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is the greatest symphony in the country, so why not? 
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 888.266.1200

Read our full interview with Chelsea Basler, here.

Leigh Harrington
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