I recently spent a weekend in Boston to celebrate the marriage of an old friend. I began my weekend by checking into the historic and beauitful Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. After an extensive renovation and restoration, the hotel is truly gorgeous. It was originally built in 1912, and guests feel as if they are stepping back into a bygone era of elegance and splendor as soon as they enter its doors.
I opted for a Fairmont Gold level room, which is located on the fourth floor of the hotel. “Fairmont Gold” is the equivalent of a club level room at other properties, but Fairmont goes above and beyond to deliver value for the modest additional cost. My husband and I were immediately directed to the private check-in desk on the Fairmont Gold floor and received a warm and personalized welcome from the staff. We had arrived just in time for afternoon hors d’ouevres in the private lounge. I couldn’t believe how many different treats were offered!
In addition to a fully stocked honor bar, Fairmont Gold guests can take advantage of complimentary coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks and bottled water throughout the day. Breakfast was complimentary as well…and it did not disappoint! Everything from eggs to smoked salmon to fresh fruit was offered, along with fresh pastries, meats, cheeses, etc. After lingering over my delicious breakfast, I made my way to one of the available computers to catch up on emails, all complimentary as part of my Fairmont Gold room rate.
The next morning, I toured the Boston Public Library, one of the most interesting buildings in the city from an architectural standpoint. It was located directly across the street from my hotel, which made my visit there particularly convenient. I took in a fascinating photography exhibit before heading out to explore more of the city via the Freedom Trail. Marked with special red bricks, the trail covers sixteen different sites which are most important to the American Revolution. I opted to explore the Trail on my own, but costumed and audio guides are available for those who are interested.
One of my favorite stops was The Boston Common, our country’s oldest park. After a visit to Faneuil Hall, a structure which has served as an open forum meeting hall and marketplace for over 250 years, my husband, friends and I made our way to The Salty Dog for lunch. It offered lots of local, fresh seafood along with some of the city’s traditional dishes such as Boston Creme Pie. My lobster sandwich was divine! In the afternoon, the men headed back to the Oak Room at the Fairmont Copley Plaza for a drink, while the ladies visited Newbury Street for shopping. Newbury Street offers block after block of small boutiques and restaurants - it is a shoppers haven!
The next day, I took a tour of the USS Constitution, more fondly known as “Old Ironsides.” She’s the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, and the tour was fascinating. The ship dates back to 1797 and played a critical role in many battles fought to preserve our country’s freedom. Also located at the Charlestown Navy Yard was a very educational USS Constitution Museum. I stayed there quite awhile, reacquainting myself with much of our country’s history I’d forgotten since my school age years. Both the museum and the USS Constitution herself are must-see spots for anyone visiting Boston. While in the area, we also ventured to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. It is a trek straight up of 294 steps but worth the effort given the expansive view of the city which rewards those who make it to the top.
The remainder of the weekend was spent enjoying wedding festivities, and I left Boston Sunday morning with wonderful memories of a vibrant and historic city offering a little bit of something for everyone.