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BOSTON (clockwise from left) South Market near Faneuil Hall; charming Beacon Hill; patio dining at Russell House mass appeal blend boston's old-world charm with provincetown's beachfront vibe to create a memorable long weekend by jim brosseau Friday S with a sampling of Boston's diverse cultural scene at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Housed in a Venetian-style palace—the former home of the 19th-century arts patron—the Gardner lets you absorb some 2,500 works by Rembrandt, Manet and others as if a house guest. Its recently opened Renzo Piano-designed addition seamlessly takes its place beside the original building and gardens. Time permitting, it's a 10-minute walk to the world-famous Museum of Fine Arts, where the highly anticipated John Singer Sargent Watercolors exhibition starts on October 13. If you're travelling with kids, try a morning in Cambridge at Harvard's family-friendly Museum of Natural History and stroll the legendary campus. For lunch, enjoy a burger and brew with students and professors at Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. tart your day 30 CAA magazine FALL 2013 Set aside a chunk of time for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, on a vast harbour flowing to the Atlantic Ocean. Illuminating the 1960s as much as the president, the museum offers displays of furnishings and TV programs from the era along with Freedom 7, the capsule that carried first American astronaut Alan B. Shepard into space. Late afternoon is a good time for exploring Boston on foot, taking in, say, the townhouses of Beacon Hill, off Boston Common. The adjoining Freedom Trail covers such icons of America's infancy as the Paul Revere House. Dinner hour brings another chance to savour Boston cuisine. Try the quaint and historic (and right on the Freedom Trail) Union Oyster House's mussels and cornbread. For nighttime revelry, take in the university mecca's energy near the South End. The live music is as varied as the patrons' ages at The Beehive.