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A Couple in Boston

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A January 2002 trip to Boston by barbara

Boston Common Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: I wanted a whirlwind weekend away with my husband. Boston with its romantic ideals, rich history and spectacular seafood seemed a logical choice of destinations, even in January.

A Couple in Boston

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Overview

Boston Common Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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How could I not love Boston? The very birthplace of my nation? "The British are coming! The British are coming!" echoed in my mind's ear as I walked on the Freedom Trail and past the Old North Church. I could feel the drama of days long gone just by knowing Paul Revere's horse had galloped right by the very spot where I was standing. I experienced an electric thrill when I stood beneath the balcony of the Old Statehouse where the Declaration of Independence was first read.I toasted the Sons of Liberty in the Blackstone Section of town for forming a nation of the people, for the people, by the people where any man may find his fortune regardless of his status at birth....Read More

Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston

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Hotel | "Millenium Bostonian Hotel"

Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Millenium Bostonian Hotel, once known as the Regal Bostonian, is located in the oldest section of Boston. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is right across the street! Pubs and restaurants in the Blackstone Block seem as close by as the fine dining that can be found in the hotel's award winning restaurant, Seasons, located on the fourth floor. We could not have asked for a more perfect location to stay as we realized the Freedom Trail practically began on the Millenium''s front doorstep. When we first went inside the hotel we noticed a roaring fire waiting to warm weary winter travelers in the lobby at check-in. I looked at various historical artifacts displayed in glass cases on the walls as my hu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston
Faneuil Hall Marketplace 26 North Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
(617) 523-3600

Green Dragon Tavern

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Restaurant | "The Green Dragon Tavern"

Green Dragon Tavern Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Located in the historic Blackstone section of Boston, this tavern opened in 1657 and was the meeting place for the Sons of Liberty as they discussed political revolution. British officers also frequented the pub and were spied upon by American patriots. Wanting a hot meal while walking along the Freedom Trail, we dropped into this pub to grab a bite to eat. The interior looks a bit like any small sports bar to me, and televisions were tuned into football. There seemed to be a good mix of regular patrons and tourists alike: thick New England and Irish accents were raised in heated discussion of sports and politics. The Sons of Liberty would be proud! As for the menu, there is a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Green Dragon Tavern
11 Marshall St
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
617-367-0055

Marshall House

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Restaurant | "The Marshall House"

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This restaurant was built in 1822, the year Boston became a city. It is a federal style building located in the Blackstone Block right around the corner from the Millenium Bostonian Hotel. The menu includes raw oysters, native scrod (cod), and lobster scampi. The interior is full of red brick and hardwood floors. While there is a pub up front, there is a small dining area in a back room separate from the bar. We paid $8 for a heaping bowl of lightly seasoned mussles served with garlic bread. I had a nice chicken in white wine dish served with vegetables on top of ziti. Our meals were large and reasonably priced. The service was quick and friendly. A family with children was eating at another t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Marshall House
15 Union St
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
+1 617 523 9396

The Purple Shamrock

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Restaurant

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The Purple Shamrock was named after the biography of James Michael Curley, an Irishman once elected governor of Massachusetts as well as four time mayor of Boston. It is a sports bar with tiled floor, big screen TVs, and blue cloths on the tables. Hanging Tiffany lamps made me think of Applebees. Our Boston Rough Guides informed us that this bar has "one of Boston's better straight singles scenes" thus it gets crowded weekend evenings. We, of course, are boring and married, so this was not the prime attraction. We stopped into the Shamrock at a quiet time--lunch--because it was near our hotel. We enjoyed crab cakes to start--more bread and less crabmeat than my grandmother's, but most res...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

The Purple Shamrock
1 Union Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 227-2060

Brush Hill Trolley Tours

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Attraction | "Brush Hill Tours/Beantown Trolleys"

Brush Hill Trolley Tours Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Red Beantown Trolleys takes you on a narrated tour of the city. You may get on and off at any of twenty stops throughout the day of your tour. Historical landmarks are pointed out along the way. This is a wonderful way to explore Boston: especially when the winter winds are howling, and the Freedom Trail looks cold. Since you may hop on and off different trolleys for closer exploration of major sites, you may end up with different guides throughout your tour. All of our guides proved knowledgeable and entertaining, ready and willing to answer questions, and we learned lots of interesting tidbits about Boston history. For instance, one guide pointed out a statue of Union Gen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Brush Hill Trolley Tours
380 Dorchester Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02127
617) 269-7010

Marathon Sports

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Attraction

Marathon Sports Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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There are several Marathon Sports locations in the Boston area. The Boylston Street store can be reached at 617-236-7800. I am an enthuisiastic distance runner, so we had to take a moment to go into the Marathon Sports store near Copley Square, close to where the Boston Marathon finishes. While this shop looks like any other running store, folks in Boston take distance running very seriously. A member of the friendly staff watched me as I walked from one end of the store to the other. He invited me to run on a treadmill against one wall. This was all in an attempt to help me find the running shoe best suited to my gait. He derived in just a few minutes observation that I have b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Marathon Sports
1638 Beacon St
Brookline, Massachusetts 02146
+1 617 735 9373

Old State House

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Attraction | "The Old State House Museum"

Old State House Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Old State House is located on the Freedom Trail. Built in 1713, it was the site of much political activity during the 18th century such as the debate of the detested Stamp Act in 1766. Most notably, it was from the Old State House balcony that Colonel Thomas Crafts first read the Declaration of Independence on July 18, 1776 to cheering Boston residents--including Mrs. Abigail Adams. The "T" subway State Station is now located below the building. On the top floors, there is a museum. While small, the museum presents exhibits on important events such as the Boston Massacre. There is also an interesting exhibit on the history of firefighting in the city that I enjoyed the most. It was very int...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Old State House
206 Washington St
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
16177201713

USS Constitution

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Attraction | "USS Constitution and Museum"

USS Constitution Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The USS Constitution was launched in 1797. It is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Paul Revere supplied its brass bell and many of its copper fittings. It is a beautiful sailboat that any ship lover should take the time to see. Tours of the boat are free. Make sure you don’t have even a pocketknife on your key chain though. One gentleman who was waiting in line for the next tour with us was told to deposit his very small pocket knife back in his car before boarding. Also take the time to stop in the USS Constitution Museum. Admission is free as the museum depends upon donations to continue operating (They suggest a donation of $2 per adult). We enjoyed walking throug...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

USS Constitution
Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard
Boston, Massachusetts 2129
(617) 242-5642

Boston Huntington Theatre

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Attraction | "Huntington Theater Company"

Boston Huntington Theatre Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Huntington Theater has been a professional theater in residence at Boston University since 1982. It is not clustered with many of the other playhouses in the theater district, but it is only a short cab ride or subway ride away from any point in the city. The theater itself, with seating for 890, is quite lovely. The ornate gold gilding that decorates the walls and ceiling around and above the stage compliments the dark blue color of the theater’s interior. While the balcony is high—-we were in the next to the last row from the VERY top--the stage is in plain view to all. We enjoyed a show by George Bernard Shaw, January, 2002, called Heartbreak House. It was a wonderful production...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2002

Boston Huntington Theatre
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
(617) 266-0800

Brattle Book Shop

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Attraction

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My husband and I both love to read. There is something exciting to me about touching the back spines of a thousand adventures yet read--pieces of knowledge yet unturned--as I run my fingers down a row of books in a library or bookstore. It was snowing one afternoon when we stumbled across Brattle Book Shop. It is near the Park Street "T" stop on a side street. At first, we just stepped in to get warm. The bottom floor is full of used books that you might find at any bookswap or fleamarket. As we browsed the titles, however, my husband pulled out a copy of The Scarlet Letter that had been inscribed by a woman to a friend as a Christmas gift in 1897. We started to pay more attention. O...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

Brattle Book Shop
9 West St
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
+1 617 542 0210; +1

New England Aquarium

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Attraction

New England Aquarium Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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It was cold and snowing outside, so my husband and I decided to take a trip to the aquarium. This attraction is best suited for a family traveling with kids, but we both like marine life and wanted to check the place out. There is a large IMAX theater available, which we skipped, but we enjoyed walking through the main building looking at some of the 2,100 species of water creatures who call the aquarium home. If you have ever been to the aquarium in Chattanooga, TN, the lay-out here is similar. You enter the bottom floor and walk around and around an aquarium making your way to the top. The penguins on the bottom floor of the exhibit are fascinating to watch. They move as gracefully as birds in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2002

New England Aquarium
Central Wharf
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 973-5200