Holiday Fun in Boston

The holiday season is around the corner and staying in the Boston area provides an opportunity to enjoy some of the best holiday events, including tree lighting. The city comes alive during the holiday season and many great events will be found throughout the Boston area. Here are three upcoming tree lighting events to kick off the holiday season.

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza

Boston holiday fun eventsBlink!, a state-of-the-art light & sound extravaganza, is back to transform America’s first open marketplace for a second year! With over 350,000 LED lights used within this ceremony, it’s a spectacle of lights and sound. This extravagant event will transform the open marketplace into a holiday wonderland. The lighting ceremony begins on Saturday, November 23rd and features Mayor Thomas M. Menino. It will continue through January 5th.

With more than 100 of the finest shops and specialty pushcarts, Faneuil Hall Marketplace also provides Boston shopping at its best. Locally-owned treasures, nationally recognized retailers, and more! Don’t miss he world’s first “fleet” of wholly unique pushcarts featuring New England artisans and their fabulous wares.

Copley Square Tree Lighting

On Monday, December 2nd, another tree lighting ceremony will be held at Copley Square in Boston. This event will be held from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and will provide appearances from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, TV host Jenny Johnson, Rudolph and Santa Claus. Entertainment will be provided by Nola Hood and Stephen McNulty.

Along with the tree lighting, you can come out early and enjoy a Story Hour and Candy Cane Tea at the Courtyard Restaurant from 4pm to 5:30pm.

Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony

Boston’s Official Holiday Tree Lighting will happen on Thursday, December 5th from 6pm to 8pm. It will be held at Boston Common, which is located at Tremont and Park Street.

The city will be illuminated with incredible holiday cheer. Along with the lighting of the tree, the event will include a skating show by the Skating Club of Boston. The show will happen at Frog Pond before the lighting.

All three of these tree lighting events are a great way to start the holiday season, and all within walking distance from Hotel 140! Many other events will be held throughout the city in December as we welcome in another great holiday season.

 

Explore Boston in Winter

In Boston, winter is a perfect time to explore the high-end shops of Newbury Street and have lunch at a funky bistro in the South End. Take a cultural tour of the world at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and listen to a concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. To get the blood pumping, head for Boston Common, where you can ice-skate on Frog Pond. At night, see the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or the out-of-this-world Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse.

And of course, the holiday season in Boston Massachusetts is filled with joy and celebration. The shopping can’t be topped and the festivals and celebrations are abundant. The cobblestone pathways and romantic lamplit streets of Beacon Hill will make your nights in Boston memorable. In addition to that, tree lightening during Christmas in Boston are something that you don’t want to miss when traveling to Boston.

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Are you traveling to Boston this winter? We’d like to hear about your travel ideas and your experience in Boston!

Source: Boston USA

Top Boston Events for the Fall

Summer may be slipping away but Fall is Flying into Boston with Family Fun, Festivals, Football, Foliage, Fright and Flavorful delights! Check out the fun activities Hotel 140 has compiled for your for the Fall:

 

halloweenSalem Haunted Happenings

A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, the festival features more than 150 events for all ages. October 1-31. For more information about visiting Salem from Boston, please check out one of our previous blog post.

 

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Boston’s biggest block party can be found on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge. September 28, 12-6pm

Riverfest 2013 at Assembly Row A day of local artists’ crafts, food trucks, live music & a kids’ fun area – ending with a fireworks display over the Mystic River. September 21, 11am-8pm

 

Piano_hotel140“Play Me I’m Yours” Piano Festival 

Located in public spaces throughout Boston and Cambridge, 75 pianos are available for everyone to play and to enjoy. September 27 – October 14

 

 

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Harvard Square, October 13, 2013

Oktoberfest in Harvard Square, an autumnal event featuring:  HONK! Parade Music, Dance, and Street Performers, Vintage Goods, Free Goodies Family Fun, Arts and Craft Vendors and So Much More!!

 

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Fall Open House

Admission to to the Museum is free and includes all special exhibitions and programs, from John Singer Sargent Watercolors to the Benin Kingdom Gallery, featuring art from the ancient African Kingdom of Benin. October 14,10am-4:45pm

 

Whether you’re looking for a family event or something to do as a couple, you can find plenty of Boston activities during the fall.

 

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Exploring the Boston Waterfront

Exploring the Waterfront during your Boston trip provides plenty of fun for visitors. If you’re planning to be in the Boston area, a trip to the waterfront might be the perfect way to spend your day. From kayaking to sailing, come for fun, come for great events. Boston’s Waterfront is the perfect place to eat, splash, shop, and learn in Boston!

Boston Harbor Walk

Boston Harbor walk

The Boston HarborWalk stretches from Winthrop all the way to Milton along Boston Harbor’s nearly fifty miles of waterfront. It links hundreds of museums, restaurants, parks, stores, hotels and more. Give yourself a self guided tour and enjoy the Harborwalk like never before. Downloading the MP3 audio walking tour to your personal MP3 player, start the tour at Christopher Columbus Park, and listen to local characters guide you along the wharves of Boston Harbor. Learn about everything from shipwrecks to lobster rolls -all from the comfort of your own MP3!

 

Classic Harbor Line Boston

Boston Classic Harbor Line

Classic Harbor Line dedicates to providing the luxurious and hospitable sailing experience in Boston, escorting visitors on a breathtaking excursion aboard the most elegant sailing vessel in Boston Harbor: Schooner Adirondack III. Boston’s rich maritime history is best viewed from the water.  While out on the water on Bostons best boat tour, you will be treated to skyline view and Boston Harbor that cannot be captured any other way. This is the best way to go sightseeing in Boston! Sailing on the Adirondack III provides a new perspective on the city of Boston for the first time visitor and the seasoned local alike!

 

Charles River Canoe and Kayak

Charles River Kayaking

Charles River Recreation provides unique outdoor recreational opportunities in the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area. Head downstream and you’ll encounter local colleges (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) and eventually the Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and the unforgettable Boston skyline. This nine-mile stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. Renters can also enjoy one-way trips to or from the Cambridge location in Kendall Square — a unique way to see the city! Learn more about our Boston Location in Allston/Brighton.

 

Charles Riverboat Company

Charles River Boat

Since its creation in 1990, the Charles Riverboat Company has offered guests the chance to experience the sights of Boston from the best vantage point in the city, while highlighting Boston’s rich maritime history. On the Boston side of the river, you’ll see Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and more. You’ll also see Cambridge, MIT, and Harvard And on the north side of the river. Chick here to learn more!

 

Boston Night Activities

With famous jazz clubs in town, such as Beehive (its events are constantly listed on Hotel 140′s event calendar), the House of Blues and Royale, nightlife in Boston provides fun for everybody. Enjoy the dazzle and glamor Boston nightlife has to offer with an abundance of events at night throughout the area.

Beehive

Beehive

 

Located on Tremont Street, Beehive is the hippest spot in the South End for live music, unique beverages, and gourmet pub cuisine! With an eclectic baroque decor and live music almost every night, this place is sure to please crowds of all ages (as long as they’re over 21), ranges, and tastes! Their jazz brunch on Sundays is pretty killer too!

 
 

Top of the Hub

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Want to check out the view of Boston Back Bay from the top and look upon all those tall buildings in our skyline? Top of the Hub is the place to go! Top of the Hub is a restaurant and lounge located at the top of the Prudential tower.  With 360-degree views of the city, this is a classy place to come for a cocktail and live jazz, or a fancy romantic dinner.  This is the perfect venue for a romantic date or a classic business dinner!

 

The Lansdowne Pub

Conveniently located by Gate C of Fenway Park,  the Lansdowne pub is an authentic Irish Pub with its dark paneling and cozy atmosphere. Stop in before a show at the House of Blues and enjoy huge beer selection and live Celtic music. Great place to watch sports also as it has TVs everywhere and has a lot of room.  
 

Middlesex Lounge

As a chic urban lounge, Middlesex provides a great place for a delicious burger paired with one of the finest beers in the area. Enjoy music from local, national and international DJs, along with a trendy PM crowd. Learn more at http://www.middlesexlounge.us/
 
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Rise

The only afterhours dance club found in Boston is Rise. This club provides a safe, intimate environment for the late night crowd to continue the party. With positive energy and perfectly clean club, visitors can enjoy incredible lighting, video systems and music. Learn more at http://www.riseclub.us/

Boston at night is always glamorous and fun! We hope you enjoy the list and if you have a favorite place for Boston Nightlife, let us know.

Boston’s Happy Hour Scene

Boston’s “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) takes place around many corners in Boston South End.  As a hotel located at the heart of Boston Back Bay, Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by numerous great restaurants and bars that add enjoyable “happy hour” scene to the city. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the “happy hour” restaurant list Hotel 140 put together below and enjoy your “happy hours” in Boston:

1.       MASA:

Just 10 minute walk from Hotel 140, MASA is a Southwest Bar and Grill in Boston South End. Featuring award-winning cocktails and margaritas, live music and Salsa dancing, MASA provides half price tapas (half price = 50 cents apiece) on every Thursday night (all night) and every nights from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its bar area.

MASA’s Tapas menu features:

  • CHILI ALMOND STUFFED DATE , Wrapped in Bacon, Ancho Crema
  • PORK SPRING ROLL with BBQ Sauce
  • QUESO FUNDIDO EMPANADA  with Jalapeno, Cilantro

Happy Hour Menu: http://www.masarestaurant.com/boston/menus/masa_menu_tapas.pdf

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2.      28 Degrees

Right next to MASA, 28 Degrees is a Boston restaurant and bar located in the South End.  28 Degrees blends fine dining, cocktails and nightlife in the ultimate lounge setting. It features contemporary design with the offer of oyster happy hours: $1 OYSTERS! (At the bar, 5-8PM each day)

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28 Degress’s happy hour oyster: http://www.28degrees-boston.com/category/menu-items/

3. McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants

While McCormick & Schmick’s has been recognized for its culinary excellence as the “best seafood restaurant” in cities across the country, the restaurants have also become equally famous for its bar food menu. Guests can take in the lively atmosphere of the bar and enjoy a wide assortment of legendary food. Find out more about its award winning happy hour.

Happy Hour Menu: http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/featured-promotion/Happy-Hour.aspx

Their “Legendary Happy Hour” (“Social Hour”) has some of the following deals:

$2.95 hummus and pita chips; garlic fries

$3.95 burger and fries; sweet potato fries; spinach dip and pita chips

$4.95 wings; chicken quesadilla; mussels

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Best of New England — Editors’ Choice

Best of England

Hotel 140 is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.

According to editors at Yankee magazine, “Every one of the 300-plus places we highlight contains an untold back story about someone striving for perfection, having a dream, and having the vision to make a difference, whether it’s a small artisan’s studio or a lobster-in-the-rough shack or a dressed-up steakhouse on a tree-lined Boston street.”

“While it may be hard to create a business, the true challenge is in making it work, being good enough that it endures and brings people back. Those are the qualities we look for and reward when we say ‘Best of New England,’” says Yankee’s editor Mel Allen.

Hotel 140 is so pleased to earn this recognition from Yankee magazine. We strive to execute polished, warm and professional service to our guests all year around. We pride ourselves on being a quiet haven in the midst of the bustling city; a historic fixture with contemporary design. We do our absolute best to accommodate each guest’s personal room preferences. For quality accommodations in Boston, choose Hotel 140.

 

 

A Taste of the Mediterranean in Greater Boston

By Katherine Alex Stevens

The Greater Boston area is justly famous for its hometown specialties (clam chowder or fried clams, anyone?), but did you know that, with a little searching, you can find gyros to rival those from the finest Athenian souvlatzidika, lamb and seafood dishes evocative of the Greek islands, and farm-to-table creations from a Tuscan-born chef? Join us for a Mediterranean odyssey. . . without leaving Massachusetts!

First, the gyros: tucked away in a nondescript part of Government Center, past a shoe repair and up an outdoor escalator, is a gem of a restaurant called Zo Boston. Translated as “I live” in Greek, Zo offers up the aforementioned authentic gyro: your choice of fresh pork or chicken, wrapped up in warm pita bread and topped with tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce. These are not the industrial, filler-laced “gyro” meat patties you may know from elsewhere in the US, but sizzling meats sliced off their spinning spits as you watch.

Boston Greek restaurant

 

The resulting meat is crisp-yet-juicy perfection. Get there early (Zo is open weekdays only from 11 AM – 3 PM) because one gyro will keep you full well until dinnertime. And plan to make a return trip another day, because the generously-sized spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese pie) is a revelation of its own!

 

Looking to complement your casual lunch with an elegant dinner? Head north up the coast to beautiful Ipswich, Mass. and Ithaki restaurant. Named after Odysseus’s home island (what English speakers know as “Ithaca”), Ithaki promises to be “a refuge for homesick Greeks,” and anyone longing for a taste of authentic Greek dishes will feel right at home here. While the weather’s still on the chilly side, tuck into a melt-in-your-mouth lamb shank, braised in tomato sauce, covered in melted mizithra cheese, and nestled on a bed of orzo pasta. Or opt for a more delicate seafood dish, like local Massachusetts haddock or bronzini (Mediterranean seabass) flown in from Greece. A wide range of appetizers, classic comfort dishes (moussaka and pastitsio among them), and some great Greek wines (try the aromatic red Agiorgitiko) round out the menu at this restaurant that is worthy of its Homeric inspiration.   

Greek food in greater Boston

 

For Mediterranean flavors with an Italian perspective, head to cozy and romantic Bistro 5 in West Medford (just 7 miles northwest of Boston). The menu evolves with the seasons, with choices including wild boar, local fish, and farm-fresh vegetables. If your stay in greater Boston happens to coincide with the Christmas season, be sure to try Bistro 5’s prix fixe Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. The 2012 menu featured an exquisite fritto misto (calamari, shrimp, anchovies & olives with heirloom tomato sauce), lobster lasagna, and zeppole (honey-coated fried dough served with eggnog gelato), among other delicious choices. And choosing a wine is half the fun: the enthusiastic bartender will offer you an education along with your Sardinian Vermentino or Campanian Falanghina.

Greater Boston may not have ancient ruins or turquoise waters, but if it’s Greek or Italian flavors you’re after, these three local restaurants deliver in spades. Kali orexi/buon appetito!

 

Things you Find on Fenway Park Tours (Part II)

 by Shallots and Chalets

After taking it all in on top of the Green Monster, you continue the tour by walking along behind the 3rd Baseline Grandstand, were you come across some familiar faces. The picture of Mickey Mouse you see below is actually a statue that was originally erected in Los Angeles for the 2010 MLB All Star Game. The injury that Mickey incurred was actually a result from L.A. Laker fans who were celebrating the NBA Finals Championship win in L.A. at the time. Mikey was actually surprised the whole statue wasn’t destroyed!

We don’t want to ruin all of the surprises about the unique things you’ll discover on this tour – because we think it’s worth doing yourself! The story lines are endless at Fenway and you’ll hear tales of ladders, a secret morse code embedded in the structure of the building and about the 150 year waiting list for work in the scoreboard – among many. We did want to share with you one more story, which, well, is about a red chair. This chair can be found out in right-field and of course comes with a great story!

Located in Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 represents a significant achievement of the late, great Ted Williams. On June 9th, 1946, after having returned from active combat in World War Two, as a pilot in the American Airforce, Ted Williams hit the longest home run ever hit in Fenway Park’s history – 502 ft! The fact that his home run still stands as the longest ever hit in the ballpark is amazing enough. The fact that Ted Williams, prior to stepping up to the plate that day, saw that a man had fallen asleep in that seat and told his teammates to , ‘watch this, I am going to hit that guy sleeping out in right field’ – we are paraphrasing of course, but so the story goes. He stepped up to plate and slugged what would be the longest home run in Fenway Park – and plop – hits the guy right in the head!

 

The tour concludes in a small museum on the ground floor, where guests are given a chance to take a closer look at Cy Young Awards, signed baseballs and bats and learn more of the amazing history of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park. Our favorite part is the fact that you can see one of the teams living legends in person and get a close up look at two of the championship rings!

 

Below you will find a link to an article that wraps up Steve in one sentence – “You know a Boston Red Sox Fenway Park tour is successful when the tour guide has the knowledge of a baseball encyclopedia and the stand-up routine of a Shecky Greene.”

Here is the link to the article – www.visitingnewengland.com/Fenway-Park-Tour.html

For more information about Boston Fenway Park & Red Sox games , please visit http://redsox.com

 

 

Things you Find on Fenway Park Tours – A Monster, a Red Chair and a Curse! (Part I)

 

by Shallots and Chalets

Ok. If you have small children, maybe telling them that there is a monster and a curse in Fenway Park will not be the smart thing to do. Perhaps you should tell them that there are secret messages hidden throughout the ballpark, or that people have been playing baseball here for over 100 years!

Once you get to Fenway Park, head over to Gate D – this is where you will be able to purchase your tickets for the tours. But don’t worry about that now, we’ve given an outline of how to get to Fenway Park at the at the end of the post!

 

We had heard that there are usually lines, as the tours are on a “First-Come-First-Serve” basis, so we decided to head over in the morning the day of our game to escape the crowd. Luckily for us, there were’t a ton of people there and we were able to get on the first tour! After buying your ticket ($16 for Adults, $14 for Seniors, $12 for students, kids and military), you head back up Yawkey Way, across the street from Gate C to where the tour stages and begins – note this is essentially a souvenir shop. If the group is big (40-60 people) they will break you into two groups. Once you’re all set, the tour guide plays a short introductory movie, narrated by David Ortiz. After the movie, you come back out onto Yawkey Way and head into Fenway! The tour starts from Gate A!

Once inside, another staging area gives the tour guides the chance to set the tone. The gist is – a lot of history, a lot of successes, and a whole lotta heartache. After spending about 15 minutes in the ‘bowels’ of Fenway, learning about some of the finer details of the recent salvation of Fenway, as well as the challenges the facility has with conservation and heritage management, they prepare to take you out to see the field! This is a great example of tour management. Everyone wants to see the lushness of the grass, but it’s all about building up the expectations of your guests!

Fenway Park is a truly remarkable destination. What was once a facility that was considered unsustainable for business has since been awarded National Register of Historic Places designation. On April 20th, 2012, Fenway Park celebrated its 100th Anniversary – remember that games are still played here, concerts still occur and even hockey has recently been played on the field – this is an excellent example of a heritage building that has been preserved for future generations and conserved for current ones too! The fact that Fenway Park has sold out every game since May 15th 2003, tells you that this place is just a tad popular!

Once you walk out into the stands, Fenway staff are there to take your picture (which is of course presented for purchase at the end of the tour!). You can see photo below  is the souvenirs that we got from the tour and the game!

 

Sitting under the Grandstand on 3rd Base Line, the tour guide continues to explain the mix history of Fenway Park. The ups of winning many of the first World Series that ever existed, to the downs of waiting nearly 90 years (86 years to be exact – from 1918) until their victory in 2004. During this time, Red Sox fans (and many fans of baseball) felt that the franchise was being cursed for selling the rights to Babe Ruth. It would come to be known as the Curse of the Bambino. History is everywhere in Fenway. Even as one is sitting in the blue, wooden seats of the Grandstand Section, the tour guide gladly reminds you that these are the original seats dating back to 1934 – 78 years ago! These are the only original wooden seating options in Majory League Baseball!

After a thankful 10 minutes sitting out of the sun, we were on our way to the famous Green Monster. Despite the name, The Green Monster was not originally green, nor is it a monstrosity. It was originally white, but after many complaints from batters saying that they had difficulty seeing pitches coming in (the ball would blur into its background) – then they changed it to blue, however, the specific blue they chose was the same blue as their lifelong rival – the New York Yankees. The owner of Red Sox at that time told his staff: I don’t care what color, just get rid of this this disgusting Yankee blue! Finally, it was decided that it would be painted green. If you are ever thinking about painting your house (or interior) this color, all you have to do is purchase the Red Sox! They’ve patented the colour – a unique blend crafted by the people over at Benjamin Moore It is definitely one of the many special features of Fenway that make it so unique.

From here, guests are given a chance to sit and take in the ballpark from the ‘best seats in the house’. In 2008, USATODAY’s readers and staff choose the seats on top of the Green Monster as one of the top 10 seats in all of sports. They only recently added seating to the top of the Green Monster – an addition that took place in 2003.

 

 

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