BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

I moved to Boston in 1989, and as soon as I recovered from my first experience driving around a rotary and the trauma induced by drivers that turned left in front of my car at a red light, I've been enchanted ever since. In summer and fall the sky is brilliant blue and a long, snowy winter season makes spring especially wonderful. When guests come to visit Beantown, I have them do the absolute must tourist things first: Boston Duck Tour, The Freedom Trail, The Constitution, Faneuil Hall, and the Boston Public Garden Swan Boat adventure. When their legs are worn out, I show them a different side of this historic American city. Cold, warm, or rainy weather? Never fear, Crane Beach holds a special place in my heart. I was married on it and I think I love it best when there is a menacing forecast-it keeps the crowds away and the beach is ours for miles and miles. If you want the seagulls to dart around you, carry peanut butter sandwiches. Yes, the Atlantic may be cold in summer, but my toes have never minded. Just around the corner from Crane's, Russell Orchards tempts drivers by to stop for freshly made cider donuts, pies, gorgeous produce and their very own fruit wine in the barn. In fall, raspberry picking is a worthwhile endeavor. Lazy weekend mornings my guests are surprised--I've been known to make visitors earn their breakfast by paddling down the Concord River to the Minuteman National Park. When we arrive and find the just perfect picnic spot, I open baskets brimming with bread, jam, juice, bacon, fruit, and a coffee cake or fruit tart. By 11 a.m., the kids are swimming in the river and the parents have time to enjoy another cup of coffee and each other. 

When people ask for my recommendation on a place to make a dinner reservation near my stomping ground, I send them where I would go, not where the guidebooks recommend. Boston Chefs are churning out world class meals these days in some of the coolest, architecturally interesting buildings around the city. Our favorite places are mostly small, cramped "charming" restaurants with a limited number of tables. If you book a reservation at B&G Oyster, ask to sit on the patio under the twinkling lights. If you find yourself in Belmont's Sofra--get ready to eat the most delicious Turkish food standing up, or bet yet--get it to go. Cheap eats? Pizzeria Regina in the North End (no other)--you will get your pizza with a Boston accent served on the side (oh what fun!). For breakfast and lunch, head to The Paramount or Figs on Charles Street, stuff yourself and then walk off breakfast through the charming streets of Beacon Hill. A family favorite, the South End's Cinquecento, serves a fennel sausage, basil, cognac cream pasta that last Christmas Eve all seven of us ordered and there wasn't a bite of leftovers (comes with free parking to boot!). For an exquisite, romantic, and once in a lifetime dinner experience, go to O Ya--ask to sit in Michael's section. You will be spoiled and I promise you will never forget the experience. My husband and I have eaten in some of the best restaurants in the world and this tiny place ranks top 10 of our all time best dining experiences.


DON'T MISS

Crane Beach
Russell Orchards
Concord River Kayaking to Minute Man National Park
Edgar Allen Poe Statue

CRANE BEACH

310 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSSELL ORCHARDS
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT

143 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

 

 

 


 

 

CONCORD RIVER KAYAKING TO MINUTE MAN NATIONAL PARK

 


 

 

 


 

 



EDGAR ALLEN POE STATUE

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

STIR COOKING CLASSES -- 102 Waltham Street, Boston, MA 02118

NASTURTIUM DISPLAY AT THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM -- 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

STROLLING CHARLES STREET AT NIGHT


EAT

B & G OYSTER (outside under the twinkling lights) -- 550 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

THE BUTCHER SHOP-- 552 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

TORO -- 1704 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

ISLAND CREEK OYSTER BAR -- 500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

O YA! -- 9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

CINQUECENTO -- 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

BRICCO RISTORANTE -- 241 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113

THE PARAMOUNT (for breakfast) -- 44 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

PARISH CAFE AND BAR (outside lunch) -- 493 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

THE KIRKLAND TAP & TROTTER -- 425 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

REGINA PIZZERIA -- 11 1/2 Thatcher Street, Boston, MA 02113

SOFRA -- 1 Belmont Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

OSTRA -- 1 Charles Street S, Boston, MA 02116

MR. BARTLEY'S BURGER COTTAGE -- 1246 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

THE HUNGRY I -- 71 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

DRINK -- 348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

SPORTELLO -- 348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

WAYPOINT -- 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

SARMA -- 249 Pearl Street, Somerville, MA 02145

UNI -- In Eliot Hotel at 370 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

ALDEN & HARLOW -- 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

SPOKE WINE BAR -- 89 Holland Street, Somerville, MA 02144

PABU -- 3 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110

EATALY -- 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199


READ

PAUL REVERE'S RIDE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

THE RAVEN by Edgar Allen Poe

THE GARDNER HEIST by Ulrich Bose

THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran

ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

GONE, BABY, GONE by Dennis Lehane

RABBIT SERIES by John Updike

DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay


SEE

GOOD WILL HUNTING

MYSTIC RIVER

THE FIGHTER

THE TOWN

SPOTLIGHT

GONE BABY GONE

THE DEPARTED

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

FEVER PITCH

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