Boston Journals

Long weekend in Boston

A September 2012 trip to Boston by artslover

XV Beacon Hotel Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: This was a first trip to Boston to learn a bit of history and sample the local cuisine.

O Ya

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Restaurant | "Innovative sushi"

O Ya Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
Since Boston is a port city with access to lots of fresh seafood, we thought we'd give sushi a try while we were visiting. A review of websites suggested o ya as one of the best sushi places in Boston.It is located in the Leather District near the South station for the train, bus and subway. There are a lot of other restaurants and bars in the area which is not far from what seemed like a lot of office towers.The restaurant itself is not large but was filled and kept the many servers busy.Our reservations were at the sushi bar which allows you to watch the sushi chefs prepare your dishes as well as others. There is also a kitchen area where cooked items were prep...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

O Ya
9 East St
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617) 654-9900

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Restaurant | "Best oysters ever"

Island Creek Oyster Bar Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
We stopped here for an early lunch before a Red Sox game because the restaurant is just around the corner from Fenway Park.The restaurant is attached to the Commonwealth Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel. The space is very open and light filled, and very large. We arrived early but as the meal progressed the place became very full.Walking to our table, we spied the oyster bar so had to have a sample. Being near the west coast and getting mostly oysters from there, we tried four east coast oysters. In general, they are larger in size than west coast oysters. The four we tried were all different but two, the Island Creek and the Shoal Coast oysters were the best we had ever had...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 532-5300

Menton Boston

Restaurant | "Superb tasting menu"

Menton Boston Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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This is very high end dining from one of the city's celebrity chefs, Barbara Lynch. The menu is blend of French and Italian which reflects the restaurant’s namesake, a French seaside town near the Italian border. The restaurant's decor is formal yet understated and modern. There was a hush of anticipation in the room as you felt you were in for something special.We opted for the chef’s tasting menu and the wine pairings. It was a real treat. So many of the small bites were incredibly delicious and the wine pairings worked well. The bites are small but still a lot of food. I did not finish every bite to avoid being ridiculously overfull by the end.Each dish is serve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Menton Boston
354 Congress Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
(617) 737-0099

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Attraction | "MFA enhanced by a Context Travel seminar"

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has one of the USA's oldest and most important art museums. The collection spans millennia and the globe, so it is too much to see on one visit. We tried to make the best of it by going with a Context Travel docent, an art history scholar, so we could concentrate on some of the major holdings of the museum, including it's Renaissance and Baroque European collections, the modern galleries, and the American Collection.We were able to admire the recent major renovations and expansion. Our docent gave us some insight into the patronage frequently behind the holdings as well as social and political forces behind many of the artworks. We focused on Weste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 267-9300

XV Beacon Hotel

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Hotel | "Incredible stay at a luxury boutique hotel"

XV Beacon Hotel Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
Quote:
This is an excellent boutique hotel in a very central location in Beacon Hill. The lobby is a modest size and understated in its décor as are the hallways, but the rooms are replete with extras. The marble bathroom rooms provide amenities beyond shampoo, conditioner and soap, such as lip balm, a tv and heated towel rack. The bath sheets are plush as are the bathrobes. The mini bar and snacks are extensive and include wine glasses (very important for me). We were able to have a Nespresso machine upon request.The bed was comfortable and faced a working gas fireplace as well as flat screen tv. Turn down service included turning on the stereo in the room. The room included a comfortable lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 27, 2012

XV Beacon Hotel
15 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 670-1500