Welcome to the first installment of BostInno’s new “Mini-Vacation of the Week” series. Each week, we will explore a Boston area neighborhood and create a one-day vacation so you can get away without getting on a plane. Requiring no more effort than buying a Charlie Card, reserving an afternoon and taking out some cash, these staycations will satisfy your cravings for culture, food and fun — and still keep all your vacation days intact. Have undiscovered gems in your neighborhood? Hit me up on Twitter @lisa_decanio.

To kick off the Mini-Vacation of the Week series, we’re going to take it back to our roots – we’re heading to the Innovation District. BostInno used to call the Seaport home, and we spent our time there rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest innovators in our city and taking in the beautiful harbor views. Now that we’ve moved further inland, we still like to head to the Seaport for some leisurely time away from the office. Here’s our perfect day.


Flour Bakery, 12 Farnsworth Street, 617-338-4333

Start with a breakfast sandwich at Flour Bakery. This protein-packed power sandwich includes soft eggs, your choice of ham or bacon, arugula, tomatoes, melted cheese and Dijon mustard on a freshly-baked focaccia roll. The near-perfect combination will give you the energy you need to get through the day, but if that’s not enough, grab one of Chef Joanne Chang’s infamous sticky buns to snack on later.


Fort Point Arts Community, 300 Summer Street M1, 617-423-4299

Browse the art work from the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC). Sure, the ICA is just a step away, but take your mini-vacation as an opportunity to explore local artists. The FPAC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 and run by neighborhood artists and volunteers to promote community art. Explore the gallery, walk through the outdoor public art displays and shop the Made in Fort Point store for unique jewelry, home-furnishings and, of course, artwork.


Blue Dragon, 324 A Street

Once you’ve had all the art you can handle, stop in for a Dragon Bowl at Blue Dragon. Opened in early February, Chef Ming Tsai’s new Asian gastropub serves a delicious scorpion bowl for two, perfect for washing down the restaurant’s five types of banh mi, plus dim sum, French fries and warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Where do you like to eat, play and drink in the Seaport?