Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Hint #2: The place where this room is, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hint #3: More than 2.5 million tourists from around the world visit this place every year
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
There are not too many options in this department, so if you want to stay right in town, you have to act fast because rooms do book-up quickly.Hudson House River Inn (where we stayed): This Inn is located right on the water, so its a little bit more of a walk (I really do mean little) to where the action is on Main Street. But, if you are a person who doesn't like B&B's, then this is where you should stay. Your breakfast is included in the morning, and it's served in their restaurant. You must order their Blueberry pancakes...they are delicious! They are light and fluffy inside, with a nice crispy crust around the edges. The rooms are a bit small, but they all have bathrooms. I would honestly have to say that the rooms in this place are in need of a makeover...some of the carpets are stained, and the bathrooms aren't the greatest, and I did think to myself, "boy the potential for what this place could be is incredible." That being said, that would probably also raise the prices to be more comparable to what you would expect to pay for a place in the Hamptons. It was good enough, and would I stay here again? Yes. The rates here start at $179 a night.
Pig Hill Inn (where I want to stay next time) A charming B&B that features nine cozy bedrooms, some with fireplaces, stoves, and whirlpool tubs. Breakfast is served in their Victorian glass conservatory, and their is a boutique in the lobby that sells great jewelry and handbags. Rooms start at $170 a night.The Kittleman House (only open from May 1st-October 31st) Another charming B&B right on Main Street. The place has a lot of history- in 1850, The Kittleman House was a small hotel catering to Cold Spring's foundry workers and their friends. Rates start at $175 for a weekend night. Where to Eat:
Cold Spring Pizza and Deli- Great Sicilian and Regular PieLe Bouchon- Classic French Brasserie cuisine. The Chef/Owner is Pascal Graff, formerly of Les Halles in New York City (Tony Bourdain's restaurant)
Silver Spoon Restaurant- Casual spot that's good for lunch or dinner
Foundry Cafe- They are supposed to have really good soups (like their navy bean with andouille sausage), good sandwiches, and yummy breakfast food.
Hudson House Inn- Inside of the Hudson House Inn is a great restaurant. If you go for dinner, make sure to try their popovers with strawberry-honey butter and dry-aged steaks.Cathryn's Tuscan Grill- Supposedly one of the greatest restaurants in this town!
Cupoccino Cafe- Cute little spot for a cappuccino and a pastry, they also have homemade ice cream. Cold Spring Depot- This is a former train station that's a popular spot especially in the summer months.
McGuire's On Main- Irish pub that's supposed to serve a great, juicy ten-ounce burger
Riverview- Good brick-oven pizzas, and the pasta is made in house. Generally the menu is sort of eclectic with lots of fish dishes and Asian flavors. They are supposed to have a great creme brulee for dessert!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Rates start at around $339 a night. Buen Viaje!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Boston Common- sits at the center of the city
Downtown Crossing- main downtown commercial district
Beacon Hill- cobblestone, lamp-lit streets that are just north of the Common
North End- northwest of downtown...it is Boston's answer to Little Italy.
Chinatown- just south of the Common...can easily rival Chinatown in New York or San Francisco
Back Bay- easy-to-navigate street grid, upscale shops and restaurants, and old-money brownstones. The area begins at the west end of the Public Garden
The Esplanade- along the river, is a lovely spot for a walk
South End- south of Back Bay. This is where you should first go to stretch your post-trip legs by walking around and checking out the striking brownstones. Boston's South End has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as having the largest Victorian brick-row-house district in the U.S.
When to Go: Late Spring and Fall are the most pleasant times to visit. The winters are cold, and the summers are often humid. The best months to go are May, June, September and October.
Where to Stay:
Nine Zero Hotel- A Kimpton Hotel (pet friendly), and also a beautiful boutique hotel located in downtown. It was also recently named as one of Travel & Leisure's "Best 500 Hotels in the World." Rates start at $199 a night, but they do offer better discounts if you are a AAA member.
XV Beacon- Located in Beacon Hill, this boutique hotel is rich on detail and beautifully styled. $$$$ when it comes to price, but well worth it for the incredible service you get!Bulfinch Hotel- A stylish-yet-affordable hotel in a desirable Boston neighborhood.
Where to Eat:
Flour Bakery- (12 Farnsworth St. Boston, MA (617) 338-4333) One of the best bakeries ever! Go for delicious pastries and yummy lunch sandwiches too. There are two locations in Boston.Sonsie- (327 Newbury St Boston, MA 02115(617) 351-2500) Great pizza, clam chowder, paninos and pasta...all around great spot!Cheers Boston- (84 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108-3421(617) 854-7667)Yes, from the t.v. show! A bit cheezy, but it is the spot "where everybody knows your name," so if you've never been, I suggest you check it out. I love their boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings!B&G Oysters, Ltd.- (550 Tremont Street Boston , Massachusetts 02118 Tel: (617) 423-0550) This is the place to go for excellent lobster rolls and bivalves.
Fun Boston Food Facts:
State Muffin- The schoolchildren of Massachusetts petitioned for the CORN MUFFIN, a staple of New England cooking, and the Legislature made it official in 1986.
State Dessert- The BOSTON CREAM PIE, created in the 19th century, was chosen as the official state dessert on December 12, 1996. A civics class from Norton High School sponsored the bill. The pie beat out other candidates, including the toll house cookie and Indian pudding.
State Cookie- The CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE was designated the official cookie of the Commonwealth on July 9, 1997. A third grade class from Somerset proposed the bill to honor the cookie invented in 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman.
What to Do:
Boston Common and Public Garden- Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. This is a great place to have a picnic lunch. Nearby cute sandwich shops are Finagle-a-Bagel (129 Tremont St.; 617-426-3300) and Chacarero (426 Washington St.; 617-542-0392)- try one of their Chilean sandwiches of chicken or beef with Muenster cheese, string beans, tomato, avocado spread, and hot sauce.
Charles Street- Get lost along the cobble-stone streets and wander into all of the antique shops.
Newbury Street- About an eight-block or one mile span where you will find clothing boutiques and high end stores, art galleries, spas and restaurants.
South End- This is a great area if you are in the market for home goods. The main streets where the stores are: Tremont, Shawmut and Washington.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
If you are in the market for home goods, make sure to head to the Wine Country Home store. This is the place to find anything that's related to wine for your home like beautiful wine glasses, a wine rack, fancy bottle corks, or wine openers. There's also other great home goods like place mats, furniture, pretty paintings and some antiques. If you have an outdoor space (like a patio or backyard) where you live, then you will probably love some of their planters and Adirondack chairs...don't worry, they do ship!
The style of what you will find at the Tin Roof Boutique is very California...easy to wear clothing with lots of basic wardrobe-building pieces, but also lots of fun, colorful and different pieces and tons of fun accessories to complete the look. This store reminded me a lot of one of my all time favorite stores- Anthropologie. I very easily could have done a lot of financial damage in this store...I wanted everything I saw!
Los Olivos is a charming and historic town, so even if shopping is not your thing, make sure to go if you are in this neck of the woods, because there's also wine tasting shops, art galleries, and great restaurants. Los Olivos has now become one of my most favorite spots that I have jet setted to!