How to dazzle your out-of-town guests: Outdoor enthusiasts

By Kara Baskin
July 18, 2010

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Friday Do and Dine Introduce guests to Boston by kayak with a sightseeing tour on the Charles. The Charles River Canoe & Kayak Friday night barbecue paddle tours leave at 6 o’clock from Allston/Brighton and Kendall Square in Cambridge; the guided, scenic paddle lasts approximately two hours, explores man-made and natural landmarks, and caps off with a catered feast courtesy of Somerville’s Redbones Barbecue. Book at least 24 hours in advance.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak, 2401 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, 617-965-5110,

Saturday Do No visit to Boston would be complete without a trip to Fenway Park. Even if game-day tickets prove elusive, you can still glimpse America’s oldest active Major League ballpark. In-season 50-minute tours cost $10 to $12 per person; tours that include field and batting-practice access (when available) cost $20. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, 617-226-6666,

Dine Just around the corner is Basho, a slick new sushi parlor with a spacious patio. A healthy change of pace from hot dogs and beer, Basho offers a cute promotion during Red Sox season: complimentary California rolls (they’re called “Red Sox” rolls) decorated with a red tobiko roe “r” during home and away games.

Basho, 1338 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-262-1338,

Sunday Do Drive to Jenness State Beach, just over the border in Rye, New Hampshire. Take Route 1A. The scenery is majestic: on your right, the craggy Atlantic coastline, on your left, Gatsby-esque oceanfront estates. Parking is relatively cheap and easy – feed a meter for $1.50 per hour instead of paying the hefty flat fee charged at so many other beaches.

Jenness State Beach, Route 1A, Rye, New Hampshire, 603-436-1552,

Dine Petey’s Summertime Seafood has the best lobster rolls in town – sandwiches, really, as they’re served on burger buns. It’s also notoriously crowded, so eat in the midafternoon, when there’s a lull. Try for a spot on the upstairs deck, where the air is as salty as the waitresses.

Petey’s Summertime Seafood, 1323 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, New Hampshire, 603-433-1937, Kara Baskin is a freelance writer in Arlington. Send comments to

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