A long awaited return to visit Boston, Massachusetts
Our first two evenings were spent at the Lenox Hotel on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. This lovely small hotel, known as “the original boutique hotel” is located in the perfect place to dine and shop as it sits between Copley Plaza (the indoor upscale mall) and fashionable Newbury Street with numerous boutiques and cafés. A sobering reminder of the Boston Marathon Bombings was not far away at nearby Copley Square. (The memorial was removed on June 24th as the city tries to move on from this tragedy.)
The first lunch in town had to include Clam Chowder, so a quick trip to Legal Sea Foods was in order.
Our first evening’s dinner was with good friends and former colleagues in Cambridge where we dined at Catalyst Restaurant. The former executive chef of the now closed Aujourd’hui at the Four Seasons Hotel is the chef/owner of this seasonal, sustainable, and local farm inspired restaurant. WIlliam Kovel’s menu was creative and featured dishes representative of springtime in New England, such as the English Pea Ravioli, Lobster, Cippolini Onions, Lemon, and Mint dish that I ordered. We had an excellent meal and enjoyed visiting with friends we haven’t seen in years.
After a full day exploring town, the second evening was a very happy reunion with my best friend, Eileen. As she said, when we get together, the years seem to melt away and it’s just like we had never been apart. Not having been in Boston for about five years, we had a wonderful time catching up over drinks at the newly remodeled Oak Room at The Fairmont Copley Plaza. The OAK Long Bar & Kitchen is very different from the old space; open and bright with the large bar as the focus of the room. While I missed the old Oak Bar, it was a refreshing change from the former dark and clubby piano bar that I remembered. We followed drinks with dinner at Sorellina, a delightfully elegant Italian restaurant in the Back Bay.