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Beautiful Boston

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An April 2004 trip to Boston by MissKitty

Boston Skyline Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: What a fabulous time of the year to visit this great city! I was in town for a conference, so I had to squeeze in my sightseeing into short segments. But I managed to see a lot, and do a lot of eating.

Beautiful Boston

Overview

Boston Skyline Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The city was so beautiful, with spring barely beginning. The pear trees were blooming on Boston Common and Copley Square, and tulips were peeking out everywhere. Although we endured some cold, windy weather, one perfect day made it worthwhile. Boston Common was full of people, dogs, flowers, and sunshine, and the famously grumpy Bostonians were all smiling.Quick Tips: Walk around the North End, Chinatown, and other ethnic neighborhoods. The smells, sights, and sounds are endless sources of delight. Visit some elegant hotel bars, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. See one of the greatest museums in the world, The Museum of Fine Arts, and one of the most unique, the Isabella Stewart Gardner ...Read More

Omni Parker House

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Hotel

Omni Parker House Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Omni Parker House is the most gorgeous hotel imaginable. Rich, elegant, cozy, and gracious, you feel special and pampered the moment you walk into the gilded lobby. As the revolving door turns, the scent of the flowers in the lobby wafts into the street. The staff is efficient, friendly, and welcoming, and every amenity is thoughtful and of the best quality. I got a great deal on my room by joining the Omni Select Guest program before making my reservation. Since I was in town on business and wouldn't be spending a lot of time at the hotel, I asked for the most inexpensive room. I was given a tiny room for one, with a shower stall, since there was no r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2004

Omni Parker House
60 School Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 227-8600

Durgin-Park

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Restaurant

Durgin-Park Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Since 1827, Durgin-Park has been serving classic Boston dishes -- baked beans, cornbread, seafood of all varieties, Yankee pot roast, prime rib -- something to make everybody happy. The portions are large, so it's hard to make room for one of the great desserts, which include Boston cream pie, Indian pudding, and strawberry shortcake. I was a lone tourist on a cold day, and was seated at one end of a long communal table. The place was almost empty, since it was mid-afternoon, and most of the people there looked like regulars. I had to try the baked beans, and thought a glass of Merlot would be appropriate. The beans were served with a large slice of cornb...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 30, 2004

Durgin-Park
340 Faneuil Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
+1 617 227 2038

Anthony's Pier 4

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Restaurant

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Anthony's Pier 4 has the reputation of being an outdated tourist trap. I beg to differ. While there is a somewhat old-fashioned nautical theme, the restaurant is bright and cheerful, and the views of Boston Harbor and the city skyline are breathtaking. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food and wine selections are impressive. As would be expected, seafood dominates the menu. There are several whole lobster preparations, all of which looked delicious. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to shellfish, so I didn't get to enjoy the restaurant's specialties. But I was with a party of 10, and everyone raved over the lobster, shrimp, chowder, and steak. I had a b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 30, 2004

Anthony's Pier 4
140 Northern Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
+1 617 482 6262

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Attraction

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is my favorite place in Boston. The museum is the former home of Mrs. Gardner, who was a wealthy Bostonian during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. She and her husband traveled extensively, mingled with the "jet set" of the day, such as Henry James and artists Whistler, Sargent, and Anders Zorn. Mrs. Gardner had a keen eye for art, and a bottomless pocketbook, and this testament to Victorian extravagance is almost mind-numbing. The building appears quite plain on the outside, but the inside is a maze of rooms jam packed with incredible art objects of every variety -- paintings, sculpture, furniture, textiles, cera...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
280 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 566-1401