Boston is one of the most beloved cities in America . . . and my hometown. The history, the education, the medicine, the biotechnology, the financial sector, the cuisine, the love of life, the lobster rolls—Boston has it all. With the occurrences of this past week at the Boston Marathon, let’s celebrate the city that was nicknamed ‘hub of the universe’ by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1858 and the courageousness and resilience of its residents. On these pages, please enjoy a pictorial collection of a few of my favorite Boston destinations.
FIFTEEN BEACON HOTEL
Looking for an upscale intimate boutique hotel? Book yourself into FIFTEEN BEACON, just a stone’s throw from the gold domed State House and close by the Financial District. You won’t be disappointed with the well-appointed rooms at this design chic hotel—or the first floor steakhouse called Mooo.
BEACON HILL HOTEL & BISTRO
While touring Beacon Hill, stop by BEACON HILL HOTEL & BISTRO for lunch or drinks at the bar—or stay in one of the 12 individually decorated rooms. Located on lovely Charles Street with its array of one-of-a-kind boutique shops, and steps away from the Boston Common and Public Garden.
BASHO JAPANESE RESTAURANT
If you are headed to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game, BASHO serves mouth-watering sushi in a minimalist, yet stunning, setting on Boylston Street across the seat from the stadium.
SAM’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT
Since Boston is located on the water, you should take a waterfront hike along the pedestrian access route from the North End to the bustling new Seaport District. Have lunch at SAM’S, located above famed LOUIS CLOTHING STORE. Both the cuisine and view are a knockout. Say hello to owner Esti Parsons (tell her we sent you) and ask for a table on the deck on a warm weather day.
The Public Garden is an oasis of calm with breathtaking gardens that burst with flowers in the spring, greenery during summer, and spectacular foliage colors in autumn. When ready for a break, stroll right over to the TAJ HOTEL—the former setting of the original Ritz Carlton—and have a straight-up martini in the timeless TAJ BAR.
One of the best B&B’s in Boston is CLARENDON SQUARE, located on a quiet street in the South End—favorite walking and dining area to many Bostonian’s. Eight individually designed luxe rooms offer a unique South End atmosphere with all the modern amenities in a handsomely restored brownstone.
THE LENOX HOTEL
Back Bay is the shopping and social heart of Boston. Right in the midst of Back Bay sits THE LENOX HOTEL, oozing with classic Boston charm. Rooms and corridors are spacious; City Table and City Bar offer well crafted cuisine and cocktails; and a tiny Irish Bar is always full of amusing characters. The Lenox was a pioneer in environmental issues and currently has a curb painted green out front where you can recharge your electric car. According to the Boston Globe, the evacuated hotel became command central this past week for hungry federal agents and law enforcement officers investigating the massive crime scene. Kudos to The Lenox for its gracious hospitality to locals, visitors and the world community.
Looking for a special occasion dining experience? MENTON in the Fort Point Channel area is the French Laundry of Boston. Owned and operated by local favorite chef Barbara Lynch, American female chef awarded the coveted Relais and Châteaux stamp of approval for Menton. Exquisite prix fixe menus are handsomely presented with gracious hospitality in a glamorous setting.
Coolidge Corner is loaded with diverse and creative eateries; but the best food in this area can be found at LINEAGE. One of Boston’s most beloved chefs, Jeremy Sewall serves up a seafood dominant menu in a casual atmosphere, showcasing seasonality and dedication to local artisans and growers.
HAI LA MOON
With a sizable Chinese population, a stroll through Boston’s Chinatown is a Sunday morning must. Take in the sights, aromas and energy of this eight-block square collage of Asian markets and bustling streets. For dim sum, head to HAI LA MOON by 11:30 am before the crowds arrive. Sip tea and make your selections from the parade of carts that glide by your table. Start with Har Gau and Shu Mai—then let your senses choose from the wide variety of delicacies, especially the steamed translucent pouches of mouth-watering fillings.
OAK LONG BAR & KITCHEN
In the middle of Copley Square sits the ‘grande dame hotel’ of Boston—The Copley Square Hotel. New to the hotel is the successful transformation of its iconic Oak Bar into a contemporized brasserie called OAK LONG BAR & KITCHEN. Name your martini and it will arrive in crushed ice . . . the way it has arrived for years.
MEYERS & CHANG
In the SOWA area of Boston, Joanne Change reigns as culinary queen of Washington Street. Ms. Change’s first project—FLOUR BAKERY—has lines out the door. Turning to family roots for inspiration, Joanne’s second SOWA location is MEYERS & CHANG, a funky indie diner setting serving Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese specialties.
THE FAIRMONT BATTERY WHARF HOTEL
The ‘Little Italy’ section of Boston is called The North End. Located on the waterfront, narrow winding streets are lined with an endless amount of Italian restaurants, bakeries and cafés. Directly on Boston Harbor in a more intimate setting, THE FAIRMONT BATTERY WHARF HOTEL, which offers a peaceful respite with gracious hospitality. Handsome décor in an over-water setting—you will feel transformed onto a handsome Cunard ship setting.
BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
On the waterfront sits the majestic ‘welcoming arch’ of the famed Rowes Wharf dome and the BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL, a luxury 5-star hotel with stellar service and well-regarded restaurants. During summer months the waterside of the hotel is transformed into a nightly aqua-theater with varied styles of live entertainment with dancing. Be sure to go on full-moon evenings for that magic moment when the moon rises out of Boston Harbor.