The cobblestone past of Boston’s Beacon Hill could practically be a history lesson in American high society.  As one of the city’s oldest and most affluent neighborhoods, it was home to many of America’s first movers and shakers, including writers Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost, artist John Singleton Copley, architect Charles Bulfinch and patriots and statesmen such as John Hancock, William Prescott and Henry Cabot Lodge. For our first luxury travel guide, Previews shows you how to experience the city in signature style.

Stay: Liberty Hotel

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A luxe getaway in Beacon Hill would not be complete without a stay at the Liberty Hotel. Once the storied Charles St. jail, it is now a chic luxury hotel with 400–800 square-foot rooms and suites,  three top-rated restaurants and plenty of historical context to keep you entertained. You’ll even have easy access to award-winning chef Lydia Shire’s acclaimed restaurant and celebrity-favorite, Scampo. (Rooms start at $399, 215 Charles St., www.libertyhotel.com).

Do: Charles Street

it’s virtually impossible to walk past the charming Federal-style rowhouses  or stroll down gas-lit Charles Street with all of its charming antique shops, bookstores, boutiques and restaurants, without being struck with a sense of nostalgia for the luxury of yesteryear.

See: The Nutcracker, Boston Opera House

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For a night of the classics (with a twist), try the Boston Ballet’s  reimagined production of “The Nutcracker.” From Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 2012, the performance may surprise you with all-new costumes and sets by Robert Perdziola and new choreography by Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen.

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Visit the Coldwell Banker Beacon Hill office at 84 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02108.