There is nothing I welcome more eagerly and excitedly than warm weather. It is just that-warm. As in not cold. I hate the cold. I’m from Georgia, can you blame me? I was sun bathing in February two years ago. But I love my transplant city, and here are just a few things I enjoy most!
Outdoor Farmer’s Markets! Making their return come May! Sure, every city has them these days, but I’m in awe of how many Boston has and how accessible they are! Every neighborhood has one or more, including the downtown areas, and there is at least one market every single day. Talk about convenient! I simply adore delicious, home grown produce as opposed to petri dish tomatoes, and love the community feel of being at the market and talking with all the vendors and neighbors! There’s even a market in Harvard Square walking distance from our hotel. Check out the link for all the dates and times. http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/
Lobstah Rolls! Seriously, who doesn’t love these! Lobster meat, hot dog roll, done. My best kept local’s secret is Belle Isle Seafood. It’s a bit inconvenient to get to, impossible without a car, but it is the best. It’s $20 (same as Legal Seafood) for a pound of meat. Meat, not a one pound lobster, but one pound of meat. That’s like six lobsters, or something. Last time I was eating there, so was Mayor Menino!
New England Aquarium! You’re supposed to go outside when it’s warm, but I can’t think of anything more fitting than marine wildlife and water for a summer outing! And when you’re done admiring the tanks of exotic fishies, or the hands on Shark and Sting Ray Touch Tank, you can always head outside for the Seal Show! It’s also really convenient to get to with public transportation and very kid friendly-duh. I recently got some tickets for the aquarium and cannot wait to use them!
Dining Al Fresco! Ohmygoodness there are so many options! Everybody tries to accommodate outdoor diners in the summer, so take your pick! A couple of the more popular ones are Stephanie’s on Newbury (massively popular, difficult to get a table), Legal Seafood Harborside, Daedalus (roof deck seating!), Cafe Pamplona. Just to name a few!
Sailing! Ok, let me be honest. I get incredibly sea sick and am terrified of water (don’t ask how number 6 below is a favorite of mine.) In the two years I’ve lived here, I’ve had a membership at Community Boating on the Charles River. I’ve gotten on a sailboat there once. And I didn’t even leave the dock. I rigged the boat, got a high five for passing my “rigging” test, and then left. So perhaps I’m more in love with the IDEA of sailing. It seems so elegant and relaxing and exhilarating. Free on the open water. Ok, it sounds more like terrifying, but for those who don’t have a irrational fear of sea monsters (how much do we really know about what lives in the water?), it’s a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! There are tons of places you can set up a charter or rent a boat and lots of places to sail-maybe a trip to the Harbor Islands? Just ask one of us concierges to help you out!
The Beach! Who doesn’t love the New England coast in the summer? It’s perfection! I feel like when I’m at a New England beach, I’m living in a picture. My favorite? Wingaersheek Beach. It’s on Cape Ann, across from the more widely known Good Harbor Beach, which in my opinion doesn’t even compare. Wingaersheek is less populated, and when it is crowded, it is more locals than tourists gathering there, and has a wonderfully clean and pristine coastline and beaching area. The best part? The amazing rock formations that are a BLAST to climb and jump on at high tide. It’s a built in water park, courtesy of, nature. (The pets in the photo are not mine, but the beach is pet friendly only at certain times, such as early in the season or after dusk.)
On Friday I had the day off and wanted to do a Spring-cleaning of my car. The interior needed a professional shampoo and vacuum, so I dropped it off at the CambridgeSide Galleria, and had about FOUR whole hours to kill. Four hours of shopping in the mall did not sound appealing on a gorgeous day, so I worked on my tan on the patio of the Cheesecake Factory and enjoyed one of their enormous salads that the chain is known for. (I may or may not have indulged in a Well-Mannered Dirty Martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives.) After chatting for a bit with the lovely waitress – she and I discovered we have a few friends in common. She was kind enough to let me take an extremely leisurely lunch. I made sure to tip accordingly. Next I perused the three floors of shops in the Galleria Mall. I absolutely felt like I was on vacation.
A friend of mine at the Hotel Marlowe was kind enough to invite me to the Kathy Griffin show for that evening. Newbury Street was a convenient place for us to grab dinner before the show, so we met at Stephanie’s On Newbury. It’s been a favorite of tourists and Bostonians for years now. We were able to score immediate seats on their patio (they don’t take outdoor reservations, and the wait is often 45 minutes or longer). I wanted a meal on the lighter side because the evening would conclude with dancing! So, I had Stephanie’s Classic Chunky Chicken Salad, which was just as good as I remembered it. If you’re in the South End, try their cozier, yet sophisticated sister restaurant, Stephi’s on Tremont.
Kathy Griffin performed at the Wilbur Theatre. She was just as outrageously inappropriate and funny as always. Afterwards, Guilt Nightclub was extremely fun – great music to dance to. What a fun-filled three days!
Posted by Jack, Concierge at Hotel Veritas