hotel140 is near popular Boston attractions

New England Aquarium
The animals and exhibits are amazing – don’t miss the penguins or the giant-ocean-tank! The New England Aquarium is fun for everyone. It’s a short ride from Hotel 140. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to State Street. Map it. You can make a whole day of it. Have a bite to eat at Legal Sea Foods, just steps from the aquarium, and take a stroll in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. From this downtown location you’re also very close Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the North End.

Newbury Street
Boston’s high fashion and style are on display. An eclectic mix of independent shops, fashion boutiques, salons, and fabulous dining. From Hotel 140, walk north on Clarendon Street for about a quarter mile to Newbury Street. Map it.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the nation’s premier urban marketplace. It combines wonderful history with almost 100 shops and pushcarts, 18 full service restaurants, 35 food stalls and Boston’s most popular comedy nightclub. Take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Map it.

Freedom Trail
A red-brick walking trail that leads you to many important historic sites. A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burial grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond. Learn more or Download map.

The Shops at Prudential Center & Skywalk Observatory
A short walk from Hotel 140. Features over 75 shops and restaurants including Ann Taylor, The Cheesecake Factory, Lacoste, Legal Sea Foods, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sephora. Famous Boston dining and entertainment including Top of the Hub, Skywalk, Boston Duck Tours, trolley tours and more. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks. Map it.

Charles River Espanade
The Esplanade’s winding pathways – dotted with docks, ballfields and playgrounds – stretch about 5 miles along the banks of the Charles River in Boston. A 20 minute walk from Hotel 140. Head north on Clarendon St., take a right on Beacon St., then a left on Arlington St. Map it.

Boston Duck Tours
From the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more.The fun begins as soon as you board your “DUCK”, a W.W.II style amphibious landing vehicle. From Hotel 140, walk two blocks north on Clarendon St., then left on Boylston St. for three blocks to the Prudential Center. Map it.

Public Garden & Swan Boats
America’s first public botanical garden features beautifully meandering paths, rich and unusual plants, a lagoon with swan boats, monuments and fountains.Walk north on Clarendon St., then right on Commonwealth Ave. Map it.

Boston Common
350 years of Boston history! The common evolved from grazing land to the greenspace and ballfields of today. The Frog Pond provides skating in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. Walk straight through the Public Gardens (above). Map it.

The North End
Explore the winding streets of Downtown Boston’s Little Italy – The North End. See Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house, historic burial grounds, and more. Tons of fantastic restaurants. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Orange Line from Back Bay Station to Haymarket. Walk south on Fitzgerald, then left on Hanover St. Map it.

Beacon Hill
This historic neighborhood is known for its narrow, gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks. Beacon Hill is regarded as one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. Located just north of Boston Common and the Public Gardens. A 20 minute trip from Hotel 140, take the MBTA Greenline from Copley Station to Park St., then walk north across Beacon Street to Joy St. Map it.

Museum of Science
A fantastic museum in Downtown Boston, boasting an IMAX theater, a planetarium, a 3-D Digital cinema, a full motion space travel simulator, and much more. Fun for kids and adults. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station seven stops to Science Park. Map it.

Chinatown
Chinatown – centered on Beach St. in Downtown Boston – is brimming with shops and restaurants. A 15 minute walk from Hotel 140, head east on Stuart Street for about 1 mile. Take a left on Washington St., and you’re there! Map it.

Museum of Fine Arts
One of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with nearly 450,000 works of art. From ancient Egyptian to contemporary. Moved from Copley Square to current location in 1909. From Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts. Map it.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Very close to the MFA. Listen to the music of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, while exploring the three floors of galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, tapestries, furniture, and decorative arts from cultures spanning thirty centuries. Beautiful courtyard garden. rom Hotel 140, take the MBTA Green Line from Copley Station to the Museum of Fine Arts. Head past the MFA onto Fenway. Map it.

The Institute of Contemporary Art
Modern art and stunning architecture. Seaport location offers great views. Map it for directions. There are some great restaurants nearby, including Atlantic Beer Garden on Seaport Blvd, Legal Sea Food’s Test Kitchen on Northern Ave, Sportello at 348 Congress St, and the No Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier.

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

 

 

harvardindex35th Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square

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.

 

-Source: BostonUSA

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’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

tapas

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

happy

 

 

April 18, 2013 by Arthur Levine

 New-York-Yankees-Support-Boston

The gamut of emotions that I’ve experienced since my city was attacked has ranged from shock and horror to outrage and dejection. The brazen act of violence is almost too much to comprehend, the sadness almost too much to bear. But there has been a potent counterbalance to help my fellow Bostonians and me muddle through this tragedy. Seeing the ways that people have responded has been inspiring and uplifting.

From the selfless acts of bravery in the immediate aftermath at the Marathon finish line to the random acts of kindness that have followed in the wake of the event, it’s plain to see that people (and if you’ll allow me a moment of pride, especially the people of Boston) are generally good and kind. The reaction from folks beyond Boston has been heartening as well.

It may sound a bit silly, but the sight of an electronic sign at Yankee Stadium showing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox logos side by side with the words, “New York Stands with Boston,” nearly brought me to tears. Don’t get me wrong. I’ll be, um, exclaiming my displeasure to the Yankees the next time the two teams meet, but for now, the team that we love to boo is simply the team that we love.

And that’s the point. We do stand united with the Yankees and all good and decent people. We’re all patriots. How odd that this terrible event happened on Patriots’ Day. We celebrate the holiday here in the state to commemorate the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson described the Massachusetts battles that began the American Revolution. It was a different kind of blast the world heard a couple of days ago.

Boston skyline

So what can you do in response to this senseless tragedy? Be a patriot. If you want to directly help the people who were injured on Monday, donate to One Fund Boston. If you want to connect with history and learn more about the American Revolution and the early days of our country, visit Boston. If you want to explore incredible museums, enjoy world-class performances, savor sumptuous dining, be pampered by the finest hotels, and otherwise revel in one of the most wonderful cities on the planet, visit Boston. If you want to let those who think they can make us cower know that we will not be intimidated, visit Boston. If you want to stand in solidarity with the good and decent people of our great city, visit Boston.

Find the latest updates, special offers, and other information for visitors and locals. We are open for business, and we’d love to have you join us. The sooner the better, fellow patriots.

 

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.

 

 

Ultimate Halloween Experience – Salem

- submitted by Zoe S., a travel enthusiast

 

Salem is all about Halloween in October!

 

My husband and I got the chance to take a day trip to Salem last weekend. We had been to Salem by ferry last summer and found it a lovely town with lots of museums and cute shops. I didn’t get the chance to explore the town a little bit further during our first visit since we were on a friend’s boat all day long and that’s why I decided to go back for a second visit.

 

Visiting Salem in October gives you a special festive vibe – it’s all about Halloween. Salem has a cute town center full of local owned shops and we were amazed by numerous creative costumes and adorable Halloween decorations of those shops once we arrived.

 

 

* Caution: The streets are packed with people in costumes and traffic is at a standstill in Halloween season.

The homes and buildings in Salem are very historic and extraordinary! Check out the picture of a yard I took in Salem below and you will know what I mean!  The whole Salem downtown is just like this in October – full of scary and fun things to see and explore.

In addition, Salem is located near the water and has a great deal of maritime heritage as well. Friendship, a reconstruction of a 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman built in 1797, is the largest wooden, Coast Guard certified, sailing vessel to be built in New England in more than a century. The new Friendship is part of the National Park Service’s larger exhibit area at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Ranger-led tours and programs are offered year round.

Furthermore, Salem is famous for its museums and in the next blog post, I’m going to introduce some popular Salem museums among Boston travelers, including  Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum &  Peabody-Essex Museum.

 

For more information about how to get to Salem from Boston by train, take commuter rail (Rockport line) to Salem from North Station or visit the website of MBTA Commuter Rail. (Tip: Take ferry to Salem if you love ocean view.)

 

 

 

 

Brunch, anyone?

One of the best parts of being away from home is getting to taste the local flavor, and one of my favorite meals in which to do so is Brunch.  Hotel 140 is so fortunate to be surrounded by a number of spots that have elevated brunch to new levels.  From celebrity chefs (think “Chopped”) to sky high views of the city (think Prudential Tower) we have listed just a few of our favs below.


The Beehive

*Brunch Menu:  http://www.beehiveboston.com/images/menu/BEEHIVE_brunch.pdf

Quintessential South End experience.  Saturday and Sunday live Jazz Brunch housed in an esoteric, exposed brick split level at 547 Tremont Street.  The menu changes often, so what you find online may be different than what you find in person.  But the fare is bold and local.  The chef, Rebecca Newell (who has appeared on “Chopped”) sources local ingredients and elevates their flavors with her experienced, well-traveled and well-trained flair.  Specials on a recent visit included “Bass Cakes” (crab cakes made with Sea Bass) topped with poached eggs and Hollandaise, Truffle Potato Peirogis, Fall-off-the-bone Ribs, and SAGE and Sea Salt Fries (YUM!).  The libations are as distinctive as the friendly and well-dressed staff that serves them.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a RIGHT onto Clarendon and LEFT onto Tremont.  The Beehive Café is on the LEFT at 547 Tremont.  Inside tip:  We DEFINITELY suggest making a reservation well in advance.

 

Salty Pig and Coda

*Website: http://thesaltypig.com & *Website: www.codaboston.com

The Salty Pig was named one of Boston’s “Best New Restaurants” in 2011.  With a fresh concept (cool charcuterie with a sense of humor, crafted beers and bartenders willing to invent concoctions on the spot, music that will bring you back to your college days and FAR SIDE cartoon wallpaper in some parts of the restaurant), we agree!  This is the perfect time of year to sit outside under their bright umbrellas and check out their brunch menu.  Greek yogurts, slow poached eggs with prosciutto cotto, Beer soaked Swiss cheese with sunny side eggs.  Or you can order a traditional “Board” which is a wooden slab on which you can pick as many cured meats and artisan cheeses that you like.  DO NOT MISS: the chicken liver pate, Chianti jelly, and Comte Cheese.  To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Stuart Street, LEFT on Dartmouth Street and follow the wonderful Piggy smell.  Salty Pig is at 130 Dartmouth Street, on the right, directly across the street from the Back Bay Train Station.

Or…continue down Dartmouth Street one block and turn LEFT onto Columbus Avenue.  At 329 Columbus (2nd door down) you will find the cheery red flag of Salty Pig’s sister, CODA.  When the “Pig” is too packed, CODA is a great way to get many of the same flavors and authentic Boston feel.  Similar menu items and bar list, Coda was a pioneer in the area of sourcing from local farms and purveyors.  Do not miss the “Salty Pig Board”, the Mac-n-cheese (elevated with pancetta and peas), or the PEI Mussels with fennel and Pernod.

 

The Prudential- Top of the Hub

*Brunch Menu: http://www.selectrestaurants.com/tophub/pdf/2044-BR.pdf

For the Vegetarians and Vegans, this is the spot. With many options that fit with these lifestyle choices, you can enjoy some of the best tasting foods without worrying about whether it fits with your diet or not. The chefs have also adopted preparation methods for those with food allergies and they really cater to the individual at Prudential. Their menu features many seafood options and they only use the freshest ingredients every day.

 

Abe & Louie’s

*Brunch Menu: http://www.abeandlouies.com/index.cfm?pid=10245

Abe & Louie’s is decorated to give you the inviting atmosphere you are looking for with courtroom style chairs, large Hollywood-style booths and bronze chandeliers. The traditional mahogany detailing and faulted ceilings at a touch of elegance for diners as they enjoy a full brunch menu.  Eggs Benedict Three Ways (filet mignon, crab cake, and lobster) as well as a decadent raw-bar are some features of Brunch at Abe and Louie’s.  Other items include classic brunch fare such as blueberry pancakes, French toast and fresh fruit cocktail.  Located at 793 Boylston Street, outside dining on the patio lets one indulge in the paradigm of Boston people-watching.  To walk here, go LEFT on Stuart St, RIGHT on Dartmouth and LEFT on Boylston, (just past the beautiful Boston Public Library.)  Abe and Louie’s will be approximately 4-5 blocks on the right hand side.

 

Taj Rooftop Champagne Brunch

*Brunch Menu: http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/City-Hotels/Taj-Boston-Boston/Fine-Dining/Sunday-Brunch.html

The Taj Rooftop Brunch combines stellar views with an almost overwhelming amount of food and divine service.  With vistas of Boston Common, Beacon Hill, the Financial District and Back Bay, one is immediately awed by the skyline and greenery.  The food consists of everything from the traditional (fruit, omelets, pancakes, waffles, prime rib) to the decadent.  There are endless raw bar items, sushi, and always a few selections of delicious Indian dishes.  There are selections of filet mignon, seared Ahi tuna, yummy tortellini with pesto and plenty for vegetarian friendly options…and a whole additional table of desserts.  At $69/person, champagne is included and reservations are certainly required.  We personally recommend booking a 1 PM Brunch reservation and plan on a very light dinner.  And I would be willing to say it is a “must-try” while in Boston.  It is simply the perfect venue for planning your Sunday activities in the city while viewing the roof-tops. To walk here from Hotel 140, take a LEFT on Clarendon and a RIGHT on Newbury.  The Taj is on your LEFT, abutting Boston Common.  Elevators to the 17th floor.  It is about a 10-15 minute walk or a 5 minute cab ride.

 

Choosing the right spot near Hotel 140 for your brunch is not always easy, but what a marvelous dilemma to explore. There are many great brunch places in Boston and if you are looking to experience more than just the amazing food, any of the top Boston brunch places above will offer you the full experience.  We would love to hear where you have been and what you have enjoyed below!

 

Cheers,

Hotel 140

 

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