serving up Hemingway with a side of ham, Shakespeare with Smoked Salmon Scramble, and dozens of hearty and delicate teas. Try the Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast with Blueberries for a sunrise-worthy surprise.
Trident Bookseller and Café * 338 Newbury Street * (617) 267-8688 * tridentbookscafe.com * Green Line to Hynes Convention Center
My morning at Trident Bookseller, here.
long hall, ready to take your order.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace * Quincy Market * (617) 523-1300 * faneuilhallmarketplace.com * Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket
a selection of crab cakes
made from blue crab, Dungeness crab, and King crab, each served with its own special sauce. If it’s fish and it’s fresh, chances are you will find it here. Don’t miss out on a local favorite -- Upside Down Apple Pie a la Mode.
McCormick & Schmick’s * North Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace * (617) 720-5522 * mccormickandschmicks.com * Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket
Poutine, thick plank fries broiled in veal gravy and cheese -- or sample the Bohemian Platter with a fine selection of nibbles, pates, and tasty bites.
The Beehive * 541 Tremont Street * (617) 423-0069 * beehiveboston.com * Orange Line to Back Bay Station
My Bohemian night in Boston's Back Bay, here.
Union Oyster House * 41 Union Street * (617) 227-2750 * unionoysterhouse.com * Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the Onyx Hotel is suited for any man’s travel. You won’t find an inch of lace here.
The ten story edifice in Boston’s Bullfinch Triangle was built to offer a fun, sophisticated alternative to name brand hotel lodgings that are cut from the same cookie-cutter. Rather than beige walls and the same bedspread you could find in any
American hotel, the Onyx Hotel is decked out in splashes of bright red and bold checkered patterns. Leopard print robes greet each guest on arrival.
The Onyx Hotel is also pet friendly -- offering “walkies” and “snackies” for the four-legged set. A bowl of food is put out for visiting dogs right at the front door, and some of the hotel’s 112 rooms have been specially designated as pet-friendly.
There’s also a breakfast buffet available that includes hot foods like eggs and sausage, a wide array of pastries and fresh fruit, and healthy options such as granola and yogurt.
Onyx Hotel * 155 Portland Street * (617) 557-9955 * onyxhotel.com * Green Line or Orange Line to North Station
My sophisticated stay at the Onyx Hotel, here.
It’s known as the place where the Boston Cream Pie was born and the home of the original Parker House Rolls. But the Omni Parker House is also known for its elegance and refinement in the heart of downtown.
A wide selection of American presidents, from Grant to Clinton, have stayed at this august landmark.
Some of history’s most famous people have worked at the hotel. Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh worked in the bakery in 1911, and Malcolm Little -- who would go on to be known as Malcolm X -- was a busboy in the early 1940s.
The Boston Cream Pie perfected in the Parker House kitchens has been around for well over 100 years. It’s been named the official dessert of the State of Massachusetts.
There are several dining options, including the World Famous Parker House, Parker’s Bar, and The Last Hurrah -- a traditional Boston pub known for its Scotch collection.
Omni Parker House * 60 School Street * (617) 227-8600 * omniparkerhouse.com * Green Line to Park Street
Want a great overview of the city? You can’t beat the Skywalk Observatory. The view from the 50th story of the Prudential Center can’t be beat. See a 360 degree panorama of the Greater Boston Metropolitan area.
Admission to the Observatory is $11 for adults and $9
for seniors. The Skywalk Observatory is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the last tour starting at 9:30 p.m.
Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center * Boston’s Back Bay * 800 Boylston Street * (800) SHOP-PRU * prudentialcenter.com * Green Line to Prudential Center
Prices are incredibly low and walking room is at a premium.
Look down near the entrance to see the refuse of ages past immortalized in brass forever.
Haymarket * Blackstone Street between New Chardon and North Streets * HaymarketBoston.org * Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket
Artists have enhanced every surface, from a gigantic second story study to the
top floor’s Biblical stories en fresco.
Assistants at the front desk will help you with self-guide packets.
There are also touring exhibits on display -- recently, the feature was “Crisis in Little Rock.”
Boston Public Library * 700 Boylston Street * (617) 536-5400 * bpl.org * Green Line to Copley
So many photographs from inside, here.
The reigning world champion Red Sox are a hard ticket to come by. Every game in the 38,000+ seat is a sell-out, and tickets go as soon as they’re made available each spring.
That doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to go. Many tour operators and ticket brokers have tickets available for you to purchase.
The Red Sox have been playing at the oldest of all of the Major League Baseball parks since 1912. It’s home to all those legends you remember -- the Green Monster (don’t pronounce the “r” if you’re in town!), Pesky’s Pole, the fantastic old wooden grandstand seats. It’s given birth to memories, and it’s considered the most difficult of all the parks for MLB pitchers.
For any baseball fan, a pilgrimage to Fenway Park has to be on the schedule. Tours are conducted on the hour every day of the week -- Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and Sunday starting at noon. The last one leaves at 3 p.m. -- or three hours before a game on game day.
Fenway Park * 4 Yawkey Way * (617) 226-6666 * bostonredsox.com * Green Line B, C, or D to Kenmore or D to Fenway
My visit to Fenway Park, here.
St. Patrick’s Day in Boston
America’s very first St. Patrick’s Day celebration was held in Boston in 1737. To this day, there are few places that celebrate the Wearin’ of the Green any better than Beantown.
Thousands of visitors will pour into the Boston area for the holiday. Many will want to celebrate the day in style at one of the many pubs you can find around. Here are a few you’ll want to check out.
There’s live music scheduled for several nights each week, and you never know when a musicians’ session will get started.
Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern * 77 Broad Street * (617) 338-5656 * somerspubs.com * Blue Line or Orange Line to State
McGann’s Irish Pub * 197 Portland Street * (617) 227-4059 * Green Line or Orange Line to North Station
The Green Dragon Tavern * 11 Marshall Street * (617) 367-0055 * celticweb.com * Green Line or Orange Line to Haymarket
Other things to know before you go:
Ride the T. Boston is not a car city, though you'll see lots of cars rolling through it. As people kept reiterating to me my entire time there, it's a walking city, and it's not especially friendly to commuters. Parking fees are high. Tolls are common. And just finding a place to park can be an ordeal in itself.
website is a decent resource -- if you know exactly where you are going and what you are doing.
How to get around? When you book your hotel, find out how close it is to the T (the subway system). Learn where your stop is. The subway is much easier to negotiate than the bus lines, and it's going to get you around most of the area you're going to be touring.
New England has very dry air in the winter, and you're going to need to keep yourself protected. First off -- lip balm. Your lips will chap, dry out, and try to run away from you. Cover them religiously. That same dry air may dehydrate you a bit, so be sure to drink more water.
Take care of your feet. If you are in a walking city, chances are -- oh, I don't know -- you'll walk more. A lot more. We're not talking a few blocks more -- we're talking a few miles more. Lots of miles.
So, what to do? Bring extra shoes and change them out. Keep your feet dry. If it's cold, wear more than one pair of socks. And moisturize your feet with a good lotion -- believe me, this makes a big difference.
Faneuil Hall's Quincy Market is loaded with more types of food vendors than you can shake a pretzel at, and you'll also find kiosks lined up in the solarium wings with lots of smaller items. Consider purchasing local art at boutique galleries, or from local booksellers.
Which do you prefer, convenience or comfort? If you're not a big fan of the wait, the expense, the sheer trouble of dealing with Logan International Airport, check out one of the two regional airports in the area. There are two close by -- Providence, RI and Manchester, NH.
website for more information.
Manchester's airport is easy to access and has one of the easiest TSA run-throughs you'll find. The concourse is well thought out, and you're not going to find too much trouble there.