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Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party



Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit: http://www.theverbhotel.com

Revere Hotel Boston Common




Location Situated on the corner of Stuart and Charles Street South, the Revere Hotel Boston Common is a few minutes walk from that historic green space — Boston Common — and is actually in the city’s theatre district. It is also close to Chinatown and the Back Bay’s shopping and dining. Still, both the Common and the Public Garden are a couple of blocks walk away. To the rear of the building are brick-lined streets and row houses, and a taste of old Boston. Also, Jacques, a drag cabaret that’s been a nightlife staple for decades survives the city’s ever-changing modes. Most of downtown Boston is an easy walking distance away, even the now busy Seaport area.

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Lodging The Revere Hotel Boston Common was created from a former Radisson — quite a transformation indeed! Enough of a change to gain the hotel AAA Four Diamond status in 2012, the year it opened. Not only is the hotel in the theater district but it has its own theater — Theatre 1 — tucked to the rear of the forecourt. The property includes 356  guest rooms and suites, a clubby bar called Emerald Lounge, a play on a Wizard of Oz theme adopted by the property.  In the summer, Rooftop@Revere lounge offers drinks and small plates, and amazing views of the city. The rooftop lounge is adjacent to the small dipping pool and adopts a beach atmosphere with cabanas. A buffet breakfast is served in the Atrium, a pleasant conservatory type space with lots of windows giving full street views.

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Revere Hotel, Boston, 2012 Designed by Amy Jakubowski, BBG BBJM, NY

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View of a Room 922 This king bed guest room is spacious with retro mod furniture and a good size desk. Still, working from the giant houndstooth day bed is a comfortable option, too!

There is a narrow balcony which is mostly taken up by the AC unit and doesn’t really offer a good view.

The bathroom is bright with white marble and fittings. The hotel uses local spa Shoah’s products and cuts plastic waste with refillable full size bottles. Two robes are provided, along with an in room coffee maker.


Revere Hotel Boston Common

200 Stuart St. 

Boston, MA 02116



Le Diner en Blanc, Boston style


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Boston, MA — It was quite a sight: 2,000 people gathered in front of the Boston Children’s Museum’s waterfront terrace, eating and drinking, and all dressed top-to-toe in white. This was the Hub’s annual Le Diner en Blanc, part of a worldwide culinary spectacle, launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris. Le Diner en Blanc is a fun, elegant summer event, now held in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.

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The location remains a secret and isn’t announced until 4 p.m. on the day of the dinner. This year’s  location by Fort Point Channel, away from the massive development that has pretty much eradicated views of Boston’s harbor and with lovely views of Boston’s city skyline was perfect.

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Photo credit: Tricia McCormack


Harborview Nantucket, Nantucket MA USA



Location Nantucket sits in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Cod and is accessed by ferry. The quickest is the Hy Line passenger ferry, which departs from Hyannis. Located just two blocks from the town of Nantucket, the Harborview’s position just out of town gives it both seclusion from summer crowds and access to all of Main Street’s shopping and dining — everything, including the delightful Starlite cinema, Whaling Museum, the Boat Basin and Straight Wharf, is only a few minutes walk away. Cars are a bit of a hassle on Nantucket’s tiny roads and streets. Explore the rest of the island by bus, bicycle, or motor scooter and check out the dunes and beaches, as well Sankaty Head Light, which dates to 1850 and is located near the village of Siasconset, which is pronounced Sconset, on the eastern part of the island.


Lodging Harborview Nantucket is the sister hotel to Martha’s Vineyards Harbor View Hotel, and the likeness is easily seen in the architecture’s classic Cape look paired with modern, simple, but elegant interiors. Harborview Nantucket, however, comprises 11 cedar-shingled self-catering vacation cottages, plus a reception, set around a lawn, which leads to a beach. Sounds idyllic? It is. The cottages range from a cozy, romantic studio styled like a fisherman’s shack, to a four-bedroom renovated barn. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, TVs in the lounge and bedrooms. Harborview Nantucket operates like a hotel, but without a restaurant or bar. There’s daily housekeeping; the hotel’s concierge will shop and fill your ‘fridge. Most cottages have decks and outdoor showers, and there is a SunFish sailboat, kayaks, and paddle boards for guest’s use. A set of complimentary local Cisco beers and Nantucket wines await in your cottage’s ‘fridge, and vacation begins… 


View of a Room Fair Wind — This two-bedroom, two-bathroom, thoroughly spacious so-called cottage is set on two levels. The master bed, which has a closet and TV, and an enormous bathroom, is on the top floor. The adjacent landing has a sofa-bed that can be used for extra children or guests.


Downstairs the open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining room includes a dining table and seating for six, and a wonderful big couch to laze on. The kitchen includes everything you need to cook a meal or make snacks (you buy the food), right down to a set of herbs and spices. There is a brick fireplace, but the hearth sits unused for most of the year, of course. The ground level bedroom has its own TV and bathroom. Oh, and there are robes hanging in the closet, just to add to the at-home coziness.


To the rear of the cottage is the utility room, which houses the washer and dryer. Fair Wind is next to the reception and overlooks the lawn, with the beach and sea directly in front of its deck.



24 Washington St, Nantucket, MA 02554



Asha airs wares at H​arborview Nantucket trunk show




Nantucket, MA — Harborview Nantucket hosts an exclusive trunk show featuring the jewelry and accessories line Asha, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this three-day event, Founder and Creative Director Ashley McCormick will be onsite to present her classic-chic designs and offer 15 percent off of merchandise. Cisco Brewers will provide a signature cocktail and light appetizers for the launch, and one lucky winner will receive an overnight stay at Harborview Nantucket and a Nantucket tote bag.

Asha is sold in over 80 boutiques nationwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Trunk Show is open to the public. For more information: Harborview Nantucket


Absolut Oak checks into the Taj Hotel, Boston




Boston, MA — Absolut — you know, the vodka people — took over the Taj Hotel’s rooftop for an event launching Oak, a flavorsome oak barrel rested vodka.


The new concoction was shaken and stirred into cocktails and even combined with fruity syrups for snow cones. Or as Absolut put it, Snoakones…




Photo credit: Absolut/Chris Anderson

Take a tour of The Verb Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts



Boston, Massachusetts — Is this the most rock and roll hotel ever? Could just be. The Verb Hotel echoes Boston’s Fenway neighborhood’s not too distant past, back when this part of Boylston Street was all about music. Rehearsal spaces and recording studios once sat where condos now tower above the Verb. Fact: Keith Richards recorded at the legendary Woolly Mammoth studio across the street! And Tony Bennett is among many artist who once stayed at the Verb’s predecessor, the Fenway Motor Inn.


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Take a tour of Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth’s new Fenway Suite

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 6: The Boston Red Sox face the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6, 2015. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox face the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6, 2015. (Photo credit: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Boston, MA — Just in time for the 2016 baseball season, the Hotel Commonwealth’s Fenway Suite debuts with a wealth of memorabilia, both culled both Fenway Park, just around the corner, and collected from auctions.

Fenway King w. Seating V2


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Fenway Suite Balcony V2


Signed baseballs in Fenway Suite




Boston’s Liberty Hotel renovates to the tune of $11 million




Boston, MA — The already remarkable Liberty Hotel, set in the city’s former Charles Street Jail, just became more dashing. An $11 million refurbishment of the guest rooms has elevated this Starwood Luxury Collection member to another level of comfort — and fun: the design riffs on the jailhouse theme, and include safes as bedside tables in each room. Guess what? That’s where you’ll find the real safe!


Take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common’s Presidential Suite



Boston, MA — Just in time for Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, the Ritz-Carlton gave Hotel Junkie a tour of its reimagined Presidential Suite. Firstly, there is the amazing view, complete with a new coat of snow (above). Then there is a chandelier made of mock bi-focals, recalling the suite’s muse: Benjamin Franklin. (True, Franklin was never a president.)


Many such fittings are bespoke, including a reading chair and daybed, which is placed for maximum views by the window.






And get the TV over the tub — every home should have one!

For more information: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Take the Presidential Appeal package at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston

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Boston, MA — Valid through November 30, the Ritz-Carlton Boston’s Presidential Appeal package includes accommodations for two in the luxurious Presidential Suite, access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Level lounge for two, an in-suite dining experience for two prepared by the hotel’s chef, and a 24 Karat Gold Signature Facial for two at The Spa at Equinox Sports Club, adjacent to the hotel. Also, includes a $1,000 shopping spree through the designer boutiques on Newbury Street and curated tours of Boston for two including:
    • A private tour of Fenway Park, home of the world champion Boston Red Sox who were cheered on by fans like U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy and FDR
    • A tour of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate
    • Private sedan transportation from hotel for both tours
    • A copy of John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators.
    • Airport transfers

The package starts at $15,000 for a two night stay (taxes not included). For more info: click here.

Pres Suite Ritz-Carlton Living Room


Enjoy the Norman Rockwell Experience with the Red Lion Inn



Stockbridge, MA — What with all the artifacts, the Red Lion Inn is a veritable art gallery and museum in its own right. Take advantage of the Stockbridge icon’s Norman Rockwell Experience and enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and two passes to the treasured Norman Rockwell Museum.


Rates begin at $235 on weekdays and $305 on weekends, per night, inclusive of taxes and meal gratuities. Offer runs through May 26, based on availability. For more information, click here.



Just Steps away from The Envoy Hotel… The Barking Crab




Boston, Mass. — Just steps away from The Envoy Hotel, the Barking Crab has graced the Boston Harbor for more than two decades. Who knew this casual seafood restaurant and local bar hang would be one day be surrounded by high end hotels, corporate HQs, and swanky restaurants. As Boston’s harbor is developed further, with new buildings blocking the water views that were wide-open even ten years ago, the Barking Crab is a last bastion of the salty old harbor, where fish catches was once the focus.


Fresh fish is the name of the game at the Barking Crab: dishes are reasonably priced, simply put together, and cooked with care. Local oysters are always a must-have and the old pot bellied stove turns them into a winter treat.


The perennial New England favorite, the lobster roll, served with fries, is another popular Barking Crab dish. And, unlike many places in the harbor these days, it is served with a water view.


The Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Website: barkingcrab.com


Celebrated Boston Chefs present Baby it’s Cold Outside charity event at The Envoy Hotel


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Boston, Mass. — Executive Chef David Verdo of Outlook Kitchen & Bar at The Envoy Hotel and Chef/Owner Rachel Klein of RFK Kitchen unite fora pop-up dining event, Baby it’s Cold Outside, February 2, Proceeds go directly to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, a downtown Boston facility dedicated to ending homelessness for veterans.

A local DJ will spin and spirits and wines by the glass from top sponsors Perrier-Jouët, United, Papa Pilar Rum, and Tito’s will flow.

The event is 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets are $48.47 including tax & gratuity and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

See in 2016 at Boston’s Envoy Hotel



Boston, Massachusetts — This New Year’s Eve, The Envoy Hotel offers the best seats in the house — twice over. Start the final evening of 2015 in Outlook Kitchen and Bar, enjoying a three-course chef’s tasting menu from Executive Chef David Verdo. Follow it by a festive Champagne toast at the top floor Lookout Rooftop Bar while watching the fireworks burst over the city.

Highlights from the New Year’s Eve Chef’s Tasting menu include:

  • Butter Poached Lobsterwith caviar, Moët & Chandon Granita
  • Sunchoke Soupwith morels, candied hazelnuts & melted leeks
  • Pineland Farms Filetwith oxtail ragout, chanterelle mushrooms, enoki, black truffle & pomme puree
  • Peppermint Patty Gateau with chocolate cake, peppermint cream, dark chocolate glaze & pomegranate seeds

Complete the New Year’s Eve experience with an overnight package including overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, dinner for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar featuring the chef’s tasting menu, Perrier Jouet Champagne toast at Lookout Rooftop Bar, New Year’s Day brunch for two at Outlook Kitchen and Bar. The package also includes overnight, valet parking and a late check-out at 2 p.m. Pricing starts at $629.

For more information: The Envoy Hotel


Photo credit: Eric Levin/The Envoy Hotel/Hotel Junkie

The Envoys Exactly Like Nothing Else Package Means Seats at the Chef’s Table



Boston, Massachusetts — The recently opened boutique hotel, The Envoy Hotel, introduces a special package for foodies. The Exactly Like Nothing Else Package unites guests with Executive Chef David Verdo, who oversees the hotel’s Outlook Kitchen and Bar.


The package includes:
A visit to the new Boston Public Market with Chef Verdo to source and select ingredients to be featured in the evening’s meal.
Participate in a one-hour teaching and demo session with Chef Verdo.
Dinner reservations for two at the Chef’s Table to enjoy a four-course signature menu with wine pairings.
Take home recipe cards for the dishes prepared

Oh and you even get to have your photo taken with Chef Verdo!

The package is valid through September 15, 2016. For pricing, contact: The Envoy Hotel

Happy Birthday Catie and Carly Copley



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Boston, Mass. — It might be one of Boston’s most refined and luxurious hotels, but it is also one of the city’s most dog friendly. And, every year in December hotel doggie guests and neighborhood hounds head in to say Happy Birthday to the hotel’s beloved black labs, Catie and Carly. At 14 years old, Catie is in retirement now, but she lit up at being back in the Copley Plaza, where she once graced the lobby as a young lady. Carly, who was adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, now lies in Catie’s bed, keeping up the tradition. The birthday event benefited the ARL via bags of toys and useful pet items brought in by guests. Oh, and the birthday cake made by Boston’s Polka Dog bakery was a huge hit!

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Queen Vic, Provincetown, Massachusetts, USA



Location The Queen Vic is located in the heart of Provincetown, right on Commercial Street, this seaside town’s main drag. Yes, there’s a pun there, because Provincetown is known for its LGBT oriented lifestyle. It’s also well-known as an artist colony and writer’s favored retreat: the writer and author Normal Mailer is buried here. During the seaside season, it’s a colorful display of tourists: there’s cabaret to enjoy, there’s the Provincetown Theater — the town is also home to the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and the Provincetown International Film Festival. It is not only Cape Cod’s most colorful town, arts and lifestyle wise, but it is its most remote, set at the tip of the Outer Cape. Provincetown claims ownership of the dawn of Colonial America and marks the landing the Pilgrims there before heading to what would become Plymouth in 1620 with the Pilgrim Monument. There is also a frieze bearing the names of those early economic migrants, who wrote and signed the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown. These days, Boston is just a ferry ride away; Cape Air operates to Provincetown’s small airport; and the rest of Cape Cod — including Barnstable Airport — lies down Route 6. During the busy season, P’town, as it’s known, is bustling and Commercial Street awash with visitors. Though the town quietens during the winter and some businesses close till April, the town becomes slow and sleepy, and Provincetown’s wondrous remoteness and stillness is revealed.


Lodging The Queen Vic Guest House is a beautiful, converted Victorian house that bears her 175 years well. The name plays on the inn’s former name, the Prince Albert, named for Queen Victoria’s consort, but adds a gender ambiguous twist and a dose of camp — something P’town does with aplomb. The large house, spread over three floors, was refreshed in 2015 by new owners and convivial hosts, Stan and Josh. As much as the house has an airy seaside feel due to lots of white wainscoting and seafaring knickknacks, it is also warmed by huddles of Victoriana and other unique tchotchkes.


The lobby is a delight — check out the cabinet filled with antiques and ephemera — and has a small bar for grabbing a drink — the sign outside does say bed and beverage after all — and heading bed wards, or to the parlor where a round table dominates and encourages chit-chat.


In the morning, a continental buffet breakfast is set up, and there’s coffee and tea available 24/7 there, too. Welcome treats like cookies and fruit are left out. Pets are also welcomed with a treat. Out back, there is a hot tub. Perhaps the most unusual aspect of this charming old guest house is that the hot tub area is clothing optional. But this is Provincetown, both a salty seaside town, a LGBT stronghold, and an artist colony with a tradition of live and let live, and flaunt and let flaunt!


View of a Room: 16 Room 16 is located on the second floor at the end of the hallway, which likely accounts for the lack of noise from other guests. (The amount of noise being relative to how busy the guest house is, of course.) It feels quite private anyway. This small suite includes a bedroom and sitting room and ‘twixt the two is a roomy bathroom with shower and a refrigerator.

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There are windows throughout, allowing P’town’s famed wonderful light to pour in. White wainscoting lines the walls and the furnishings are classic and eclectic in style, echoing the rest of the house’s mix of modern and Victorian ad hoc chic.


The queen bed dominates the bedroom, which also has a small closet and TV, and a wonderful Queen Anne style drawing-room chair. An ironing board and hair dryer are provided alongside toiletries. The sitting room has a comfy modern couch and dark wood dresser, and another small TV — it’s a great spot for working or lounging, and with two windows, despite its small size, it doesn’t feel cramped.


Info 166 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 USA




Sage Inn & Lounge’s annual Holly Folly Food Boutique returns


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Provincetown, Massachusetts — On Cape Cod this weekend, the Sage Inn & Lounge’s activities include the annual Holly Folly Food Boutique, Saturday, which will include 15 New England vendors. The hotel’s lounge is also introduce its new winter menu of food and cocktails, and the Calamari Sisters’ Feast of the Seven Fishes  — not food, cabaret! — is running all weekend. For more info: Sage Inn & Lounge



The Boxer, Boston, Massachusetts, USA



Location The Boxer is situated in Boston’s lesser known, but revitalized West End neighborhood. The area was pretty much obliterated in the late 1950s when homes were razed to make way for Boston’s oft-maligned Government Center, which sits on the land formerly occupied by Boston’s infamous burlesque and bar laden Scollay Square. The Brutalist style design of the self-explanatory Government Center, which lies right in front of The Boxer, took decades to become appreciated, but, while few would call this behemoth pretty, it is a fascinating piece of architecture. The “urban renewal” ripped the guts out of the neighborhood for decades, but just when the West End looked like fading into history, it saw revival in the 21st century and is now home to a growing population again. The West End Museum has preserved much of the area’s history. There are several bars nearby the hotel and the massive sports and entertainment complex, commonly referred to as The Garden, is within walking distance. The Garden is home to the Boston Celtics and the Bruins, and was once known for its professional boxing matches — hence, the hotel’s name. Boston’s restaurant packed “Little Italy,” the North End, and the wonderful cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill are both adjacent to the West End. Faneuil Hall is just a short walk via North Station.


Lodging  The Boxer inhabits one of the West End’s most distinguished buildings: the city’s triangular Flatiron Building. Originally constructed in 1904, The Boxer may be named for pugilistic pursuits at the nearby Garden, but it tips its hat to a whimsical canine theme of boxer dogs. It is a true boutique property: small, individual, and although it is part of the Independent Collection group, there really are no hints of it being a chain. The lobby’s windows over Merrimac Street and the rear of Government Center, an acquired taste when it comes to views. Past the comfy couches in the lobby lies The Finch bar and restaurant, which has a casual menu and an eclectic bourbon program. The Boxer sits within what is known as the Bullfinch Triangle—named for Boston native, architect Charles Bullfinch. There is a fitness center in the hotel’s basement, plus the hotel is partnered with Boston Sports Club. The hotel has bicycles for guests’ use.


View of a Room 902 Because of The Boxer’s natural triangular shape, this room is wonderfully angular. Windows give views all the way to the Hancock Tower and even the the State House’s gold dome. Look down and there is the drab colored, but still interesting Government Center’s manicured concrete. The king bed has a gray fabric upholstered bedhead. A well-stocked mini bar tray holding drinks, nuts, and candies, is placed dangerously close to the bed. making resisting that Toblerone while you’re watching TV all the harder.


A natural wood and metal work desk, upholstered bench seat, and a metal framed hall stand that doubles as a closet complete the furnishings.


The bathroom has a marble tiled shower and L’Occitaine toiletries — the latter a signature Independent Collection amenity. (Nothing local? Or American?) Two robes — why do so many hotels only offer one, even if two guests check in? — are thoughtfully provided. The room’s rich gray base color is accented by a pink line drawing of a girl on a bicycle leading a boxer dog. There is also a a painting of a boxer with pinned ears, a terrible, cruel practice, adorning the wall. The drawing depicts a boxer with natural ears though! Still, despite that food for thought, the overall design of the room is tasteful and calm.



The Boxer Boston

107 Merrimac Street

Boston, MA 02114

Telephone: 617. 624.0202

Website: theboxerboston.com


Avery Bar’s Hot Cocoa Bar warms up Boston for the holidays


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Boston, Massachusetts — Every Saturday through December, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common‘s Avery Bar offers its Hot Cocoa Bar. Create your own hot cocoa with your choice of toppings, such as homemade orange blossom marshmallows, candy canes, mini gingerbread men, cinnamon sticks, toasted coconut flakes, Oreo cookies, chocolate shavings, heath crunch pieces, whipped cream and dulce de leche — and pair with Pastry Chef Kerry Meister’s special holiday sweets. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, and 26. $36 adults, $28 children. Reservations recommended: 617-574-7184. 10 Avery St., Boston. Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

The Envoy Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA




Location In 21st century Boston, massive scale development in the city’s Seaport District has brought towering buildings to what is now known as the South Boston Waterfront. Slowly, instead of wide open views of the harbor, a new urban skyline has been created, and every square inch of what was once railway sidings, and then as rail declined, parking lots, has become offices, homes, and bars and restaurants. The Envoy Hotel is situated just off Seaport Boulevard, steps from the Financial District, which lies just over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge, traversing Fort Point Chanel. It is also right by the designated Harbor Walk, which leads to either South Boston or the North End, depending on whether you go left or right from the hotel. Since development picked up, the city dubbed the area the Innovation District and se about luring start-ups and tech companies, where once there had been artists and open space. Nearby, are the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum, and the Tea Party Museum, the latter honoring one of Colonial Boston’s most notorious acts: the dumping of tea into the harbor in protest against taxation and British rule.


The Hotel The Envoy is a small, boutique proper, and part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. No two Autograph Hotels are alike, and the Envoy’s design honors location and contemporary mores. Reclaimed wood and shots of yellow — the Envoy’s signature color — warm a mostly white color scheme. The lobby’s ornate chandelier is a sculpture of reclaimed materials, including sunny yellow phone cords, and like many of the art pieces and fixtures, represents ocean life. There is lots of comfy seating in the lobby, whose floor-to-ceiling windows add a TV eye on the passing world.The hotel has 136 guest rooms, including two suites and 19 rooms with double queen beds. WiFi is free throughout the property. There is a fitness center on the second floor. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers valet parking.


View of a Room 406: Just off the fourth floor elevators, this room overlooks Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge, and also the Barking Crab and James Hook Lobster Company, two casual, venerable Boston seafood spots. The king size bed takes central place in the room, and a desk and chair, and a rendition of a sea chest flank the bed’s top and bottom. Handy electrical outlets with charging points are located in the bed head.


The ladder shelving holds locally made organic snacks and water, all for purchase. The TV stand is custom-made from an old bicycle frame. The bathroom is a glass walled cube, accented with marigold yellow. The glass wall and sliding door are etched with copies of  old maps of the harbor and coastal area.


The room is minimally furnished, yet includes much that you need: robes, slippers, and a bathroom stocked with Fresh toiletries and such niceties as cotton pads, cotton buds, and even nail polish remover. It is well-designed and unfussy.


Restaurants and Bars The Envoy boasts The Lookout Bar on its rooftop, which looks out, ahem, to the Financial District and gives amazing views of the glittering city at night. On the ground floor, just off the lobby, the Outlook Kitchen and Bar is an open-plan restaurant focussed on dishes using locally produced ingredients. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.The glass walls gives views over the channel and in clement weather its patio on the barely-trafficked dead end street is a nice, quieter spot in an ever-busy area.



70 Sleeper Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210


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Aha! moment at the Envoy Hotel



Boston, Massachusetts — The brand spanking new Envoy Hotel doesn’t stint on room amenities. But you might have to hunt out some stuff, like the safe and ironing board. Both are neatly hidden: the former in the bathroom drawer and the second in the closet cupboard! It’s all part of the hotel’s clever Mod, minimal design.



Envoy Hotel offers view of old Boston harbor life



Boston, Massachusetts — This is the sun soaked view from The Envoy Hotel, looking over Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The legendary channel, once home to one of Boston’s best known rock clubs (named The Channel, and a salty place by all accounts), and the rusted old bridge (currently closed due to the massive development in the area), are a corner of old Boston before the century’s massive construction along Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Seaport District.


There was even a fisherman moored by the bridge, behind the venerable bar and diner, the Barking Crab, tending his gear before heading out into the harbor.


Boston Harbor Hotel’s bar features liquid Bond homage

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Boston, Massachusetts — Tucked away in Boston Harbor Hotel, the Rowes Wharf Barpays homage to the new Bond film, Spectre, with a James Bond-inspired cocktail menu. General Manager Kerem Benyamini is a Bond buff and designed nine cocktails inspired by James Bond’s personal favorites, popular drinks featured in the books and films, and cocktails reflective of different film’s time period.

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The James Bond cocktail menu will be available at Rowes Wharf Bar from November 1-15 for $15 each. Here’s what Kerem came up with:

 Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is the “true” Bond Martini. The cocktail was the first mentioned (and the one that he claims to have invented) in Casino Royal

Vodka Martini

Besides Champagne, the Vodka Martini is the drink most often consumed by Bond (over 20 times)

Scotch & Soda

The mixed drink Bond is mentioned drinking most often in the books (a total of 21 times)

Vodka Tonic

In 1958, Fleming allowed Bond four Gin & Tonics in Dr. No and by 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service the tone had switched to four Vodka Tonics in the novel.


This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale but it wasn’t until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels the Americano is the more appropriate drink

Old Fashioned

Between Diamonds Are ForeverLive and Let Die and Thunderball, Bond’s Old-fashioned count builds up to four, often with a meal or before that occasional sleep of his – and it’s almost always a double.


2002’s Die Another Day – and is a possible reflection of the popularity of the cocktail at the time.


It is not only his favorite to share with Tiffany in the Diamonds are Forever novel, but in Thunderball, it is paired with coffee at the Nassau Casino bar.

Black Velvet

In Diamonds are Forever, Bond and Bill Tanner stop by the famous Scott’s in London for “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.

Rowes Wharf Bar is located inside the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel at 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  617.439.7000. www.bhh.com


Last minute dash to Cape Cod, then chill with the Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s yoga retreat


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North Falmouth, Mass. –– Looking for some last minute you-time? On Oct. 16, yoga enthusiasts – pros and newbies alike – are invited to the quintessential Sea Crest Beach Hotel for a two day Yoga Moves Retreat led by Mary Ellen Goodsir, the founder and owner of Yoga Moves.

The retreat includes four yoga classes (the first will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16), two nights accommodations, daily breakfast, and dinner. The retreat is priced at $595 per person based on double occupancy and $795 for a single room. Rates include overnight accommodations, yoga classes, resort fees, taxes and gratuities. Guests will have plenty of free time between yoga classes to explore the Cape. The town of Falmouth is bustling with quaint shops, museums and restaurants, and ferries to and from Martha’s Vineyard are just minutes away.

Mary Ellen Goodsir has been a certified yoga instructor for 14 years and teaches Bikram, The Barkan Method and PranaVayu styles. She teaches with a style that speaks to the individual student – finding awareness, fitness and calm through the sequencing of poses and the flow of breath. With her extensive teaching experience, Mary Ellen focuses on alignment to create a safe and open environment for students of all abilities. Using humor and insight, her classes are a haven where all students can learn to thrive and balance mind, body and soul.

For more information: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Photo credit: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s Stay with the Kennedys package celebrates two Kennedys


Boston, Massachusetts — The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s “Stay with the Kennedys” package, giving access to the life and legacies of both John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his younger brother, Ted. Both served their country and community as President of the United States and Senator, respectively.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a standard guest room at either the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown OR the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
  • Two adult admission tickets to the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate
  • Two adult admission tickets to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The package is available through July 31, 2016, but guests must book one week in advance. For rates and to book:

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown

Save up to 40% with Nantucket Island Resorts’ Summer for Less offer


image001Nantucket, MA — It might be the height of summer, but there are deals to be had on the exclusive island of Nantucket. Nantucket Island Resorts’ “Summer for Less” offer means nightly rates start at $295 on select dates this season at all its properties.

Jared Coffin House from $295 A former Whaling Captain’s mansion, the landmark is located in the heart of Town and steps away from Nantucket’s top restaurants, shops and museums.


The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin from $475No yacht? No problem. Enjoy all the benefits of staying on Nantucket’s Boat Basin. Furry first mates are welcome at the pet-friendly Woof Cottages.


The Wauwinet from $595 | For romance and relaxation, escape to the northeast end of the island and enjoy the The Wauwinet’s two private beaches.

White Elephant from $625 Sip Brant Point Grill’s famous Lobster Bloody Mary, throwback freshly shucked oysters, and take in the sparkling harbor view from Nantucket’s most iconic hotel.

White Elephant Village Residences & Inn from $1295| Steps from Town, the multi-bedroom accommodations are ideal for families. Little ones will love Children’s Beach located across the street, while the hotel’s complimentary bikes are perfect to explore nearby beaches, like Steps Beach and Jetties Beach.

For more information about travel dates and rates, visit, https://www.nantucketislandresorts.com/hotel-deals or call 800 475 2637.

Veuve Clicquot Summer Brunch Series at The Nantucket


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Nantucket, Massachusetts — Summer treats come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re lucky it comes with bubbles. The Nantucket’s bubbles and brunch series at the Breeze Bar & Café adds a splash of Veuve Clicquot. Launching July 26, the bubbly brunch is available August 9 and August 26, too.

Executive Chef Josh Schoen’s New England seasonal menu includes oysters with rose vinegar and ginger, Maine lobster bisque, smoked salmon salad and a signature Nantucket omelet, all to be paired with chilled Veuve Clicquot brut.

A la carte brunch for two plus a 750ml bottle of the signature Veuve Clicquot Brut starts at $100. To book, call the Breeze Bar & Café: 508.228.4730, thenantuckethotel.com.


Photo credit: The Nantucket