Catching Up with the New Boston

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We finished up the trip to Nova Scotia via Boston. Although we have many friends and memories of the time we lived here, this time we had only a day and a half to catch up with the city. Our initial exposure to the city, from driving into and a brief walk through downtown and [Read more …]

A One Day Boston-to-Portland Detour

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  Joyce had two and a half days of meetings in Waltham, before our trip to Maine. I flew in the night of her second day, arriving in time for dinner at Boston’s Trade Restaurant, drinks with Joyce and few other colleagues at Waltham’s Naked Fish restaurant, and a night’s sleep. The next morning, before [Read more …]

Boston Restaurant Update--2013

We flew into Boston for meetings and a short trip to Maine, and then drove back to Boston for a flight to Chicago. Although we were unfortunately unable to spend time in the city, we did manage to make it to two restaurants; one in Boston and one in Cambridge.   Trade I had time [Read more …]

1720 House Bed & Breakfast in Martha’s Vineyard

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When we travel, we try to stay in interesting inns and bed and breakfasts when possible. I admit that lately I have defaulted to hotels in many cities. But when we want to really explore an area like a native, we seek out small inns and bed and breakfasts (B&Bs). Why? In our younger years, [Read more …]

The Primary Towns of Martha’s Vineyard

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Although we typically stay in Edgartown, this trip, we did something different: we stayed in Vineyard Haven’s 1720 House inn, which became our base of operations for this visit. Vineyard Haven Vineyard Haven is a cute town, with a scenic harbor. While Main Street is filled with interesting shops [Read more …]

Return to Martha's Vineyard: East Island Towns

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Although we have never really frequented The Vineyard, we have been the at least half a dozen times and we still love the character of the towns (especially Edgartown and Oak Bluffs) and the opportunity to bike scenic, lightly travelled, rural roads and bike paths. Unfortunately, now that we lie on the West Coast, our [Read more …]

Our Continuing Boston Culinary Odyssey

We lived in Boston for more than 20 years. Although we moved to San Francisco about ten years ago, we return frequently and closely follow restaurant openings. This has been no easy task. Boston’s restaurant scene has been exploding for the last twenty years (although the last few years have, understandably, seen more [Read more …]

Two Unexplored (at least by us) Boston Gems

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We lived in Boston for more than twenty years before moving to San Francisco a decade ago. We thought we had at least seen pretty much everything Boston had to offer. So imagine our surprise when a San Francisco friend told us of a 125 -year old museum of which we had. And then imagine [Read more …]

The Art of Boston’s Fenway: Museums, Victory Gardens and Yet More Chihuly

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Although our July 4th weekend Boston trip was intended primarily to visit friends and reacquaint ourselves with a “real” Fourth of July celebration, we also took the time, as in all our trips to the city, to reacquaint ourselves with some of the areas we most enjoyed. High on our list was the Fenway. Although [Read more …]

Boston: Recapturing our Old City, Exploring the New One

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Although we get back to Boston at least once or twice a year, it is never the same city that we saw the previous trip, much less the same city we left eight years ago. Our Town Don’t get me wrong. Some of our favorite old memories remain intact. Our Back Bay neighborhood, the Public [Read more …]