If you’re in one of the Independent Collection cities this summer, there will be plenty of beloved and sun-soaked attractions to check out. From historic parks to decadent piers, here are our favorite summer hangouts in the US.
Boston Common is the oldest park in the United States, so we’ve had plenty of time to fall in love with it. Visitors and locals alike head here to tan on its grassy hills, play ball games, and watch Shakespeare plays under the stars. Don’t miss the Frog Pond, a wading pool popular with local families (and site of the city’s best ice skating come wintertime). Beacon Hill’s brick townhomes and the gold domed Massachusetts State House line one side of the park, while the Boston Public Gardens (again, the country’s first) forms the southwest edge. The Boston Common is also just a ten-minute walk from our Boxer Boston Hotel.
New York’s elevated train-track-turned-park has become one of the city’s most beloved sites. The 1.45-mile path winds through Chelsea, and offers Hudson River views at its northern end. Guests of both our Duane Street and Nu hotels in NYC like to stop by its stadium-style overhang on 17th Street, which looms over the passing traffic on 10th Avenue. All along the park, native plantings and sculptures line the edges, while local vendors sell prints and photographs to the passersby.
A ten-minute walk from Independent Hotel, Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s best warm-weather hangouts. Head here for waterfront views in between visits to the Liberty Bell and other Philly attractions. This summer, the Landing is hosting the RiverRink SummerFest, an outdoor roller skating rink festival. The skating festival is bringing more activity to the waterfront as well. Chickie’s and Pete’s famous Crabshack, ice cream stands, a mini golf course, and bar service are all nearby for the summer.
Stearns Wharf juts into Santa Barbara Harbor, offering uninhibited views of the Pacific, and a turn-around look at the city and the Santa Ynez Mountains beyond.This favorite summer spot is home to the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, and Conway Family Wines, two local businesses you’ll want to visit.
A mostly-local crowd, delectable seafood, and romantic walks along the Potomac River all make Georgetown Waterfront Park our top pick for a place to spend a summer afternoon in Washington, DC. Stroll along the riverbank or rent a kayak for stellar city views, and make sure to stop by the Washington Harbour Complex. There you’ll find Farmers Fishers Bakers and Nick’s Riverside Grill, two of the city’s most popular restaurants.