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Boston Weekend

Boston

Fifteen Beacon

So, even though my son went to college just north of Boston (Salem)…we never stayed in Boston while visiting him! He graduated last year and remained in Boston. And so for the first time we stayed in Boston proper! LOVED IT!

Frank and I are serious walkers. No matter where we vacation or adventure to, Frank and I always explore by foot. And Boston is a great city to explore by foot. Only just over 4 miles wide, we can walk the whole city! And we just about did!

We decided to stay at the Fifteen Beacon Hotel because of its’ location. GOOD CHOICE! It is in the Beacon Hill area, right by the Beacon Commons park. One of the coolest things about Boston is that there is a 3 level parking garage UNDER the park! Very strange to imagine while walking through the park. Little huts, which house elevators to the underground are found throughout the park. Interesting.

Fifteen Beacon Hotel

The hotel itself is small, intimate, and has a very “British feel”. We stayed in Room 905. No view to speak of. In fact, no view! But the room itself was very nice. Fireplace, Plasma TVs, sleek phones (not to mention the bathroom and bedside extensions). King four poster bed – very comfy. Desk – great desk top amenities. From the heavy silver “sitcky pad” holder to the leather desk top write. Very classy through and through. I must say they had the most amazing bedside table! It had glass inserts on the top bordered by leather trim. The front of the drawers are glass. Beautiful piece of furniture. The whole room was filled with little specialty items. Alot of time spent wandering the room and perusing the unique, cute, interesting extras.

The bathroom was also very British. Very well appointed. Almost as if a Butler set tit up. And the shower! All white marble, very nice. But the amazing thing was the Rain shower head. I felt as if I was standing under Niagra Falls! SO MUCH WATER!!! It was such a wonderful sensation. I had never been in a shower like that.

I felt as though we were staying in The Brown Hotel in London, and when we walked out of the hotel, it would BE the other side of the Atlantic. Fifteen Beacon did a wonderful job! BEACON STREET HOTEL

Service

Having never stayed in Boston before, we approached the Concierge. “Mitchell Cox”. Now tell me, does THAT NAME sound British or what!?! He was a gracious, informative and helpful Concierge. One of the best we have encountered. His attitude was one of “intent to make us happy”. A very warm, fuzzy feeling of confidence.

He set us up for dinner at Lucca in the North End. It was really a short walk, but the Hotel does provide black car service anywhere in Boston (again, very British). When we arrived, the wind whipped up as we got out of the car and it seemed to snow! The cherry trees, which were in full bloom, shed their tiny blossoms in the wind. It was a magical moment. The boys were waiting for us. It was a perfect experience! Lucca could rival the best in NYC. Service, atmosphere and food were all superb. I would highly recommend. LUCCA WEBSITE

Take a ride. Go to Boston. It will not disappoint!


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The Borgata, Atlantic City


Beautiful day for a drive. Top down, cruising the Garden State Parkway. First real feel of summer. An hour down the Parkway, an alley of concrete with towering trees on either side. Summer is almost here and I am loving it!
Frank has business (MailCom…a convention for Mail, Messenger business) and once again, I am tagging along! Love to “tag”!
We decided to stay at the Borgata for the simple reason of sticking with the familiar. Although, on such a nice day, it would be advantageous to be at a resort ON the boardwalk, but who knew it was going to be so nice out! Immediately after checking in,we changed into gym clothes and headed towards the beach. We just took a cab to the boardwalk and strolled for an hour. Problem solved!
We were a bit surprised at the “quietness “of the resort. Check-in is usually a nightmare at the Borgata. This time was a breeze! Usually, patrons are told “Your room will be ready in 12 hours!!! but not today! Not only was our room ready, but we had our choice of Floors, Bed size…every room was ready! Not a good sign for the Resorts of Atlantic City! Good for us though!
We should have seen it coming. When we called yesterday to make spa reservations..there WAS availability! That was the first sign. Usually it is impossible (unless you are good friends with the OWNER of the Borgata, or gamble millions of dollars every year) to get a spa reservation. We had our choice of day, time. SO we got pampered a bit!

Room # 922. Very consistent. We have stayed here a few times and the rooms are always clean, well decorated, great views and comfy beds. I must say, the best feature of the room is the shower in the large, well appointed bathroom. Great shower! The only improvement could be a few more shower heads, but I am not complaining. Every hotel Chain should take a design lesson from The Borgatas’ bathrooms!
Dinner was great. Wolfgang Pucks is an innovative restaurant. Although the menu is a bit limited, they manage to create a wide variety to chose from. Okay, so when the waiter informed us that they were out of the Rabbit Loin, I was not upset! We had a great dinner, nice bottle of wine.
After dinner, we decided to check out Harrahs. After a 10 minute walk through the casino…we hopped a cab back to The Borgata. That is enough said.
That is why we keep coming back to the Borgata…It is a nice place!
Restaurant recommendation:

If you are looking for Great Italian Food in a warm atmosphere (reminds me of sitting in a field of Sunflowers) try Girasole. One block from the ocean (Across from the Tropicana Resort and Casino). Very dependable! Very delicious!

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