Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Trot, trot to Boston...

(Does anyone else know that nursery rhyme reference in the title or is that just a Massachusetts thing? I have always wondered that!)

I never told you about the fab day in Boston I had with my fam a few weeks ago!

My mom, sis, bro, sis in law, two nieces, and nephew (daddio and the bro in law had to work, boo) went into Boston for a fun filled day of Christmas cheer on the day after Thanksgiving. It was *SO* much fun that I think we will need to make it a yearly tradition.

Our first stop was ice skating on the Boston Common Frog Pond. I think ice skating is SO much fun. I wish I could do it all the time because it is such a good workout and you don't even feel like you are working out (my fave kind!). It was perfect!

boyfriend with a random little friend? haha

Next on the agenda we were heading to a cute little restaurant called 75 Chestnut where you can buy gingerbread houses and decorate them with millions of kinds of candy that you have an endless supply of while you also eat lunch (and/or drink mimosas for us adults!) Doesn't that sound so fun?! The restaurant is so cute. It is in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston which is known for its small, gas lantern lit streets, and brick sidewalks. It is is also one of the most desirable and expensive neighborhoods in Boston. A three story townhouse can sell for about 7 million! It's really fun just to walk around there and sight see!

Here are my nieces checking out a door that we really liked on the way to the restaurant:

and a gas lit street:

We finally arrived at the restaurant and were all very excited.... until we were told that our reservation was for Sunday. It was Saturday and they were completely booked up. I was EXTREMELY mad because I made the reservation and I KNOW they told me it was on Saturday. We were very disappointed, and so were the three very sad kids. They offered us free appetizers with lunch, but we wanted to make gingerbread houses. Free appetizers weren't really gonna cut it. All of us basically handled it well, but mistakes like that just can't be made. The hostess called around to see what she could do, but couldn't really find anything to make it up to us. Then she called out the executive chef. I think he was a sucker for the three sad little faces because then HE made some calls and suddenly they could fit us right in. We just had to wait about 20 minutes. We were ecstatic. I don't like to be a stickler, but I also don't think you should just let people make mistakes like that! We were really nice though, and kindness pays off I guess!

The restaurant is in a mansion and the executive chef asked us if we wanted a tour of it while we waited! Of course we did! He gave us a private tour and it was gorgeous! I didn't get many pictures, but I did get this one of a dizzying spiral staircase!

Finally, we got to go to the restaurant to make the houses! The food was delicious, the drinks were delicious, and the gingerbread house were too pretty to eat! We actually even ended up with the best seat in the house!

oh but before we got to the restaurant, which was kind of next door to the mansion, the chef put my niece to work carrying over some extra candy!
outside the restaurant

i like how my niece is sneaking some bites while she works!

love the Christmas cheer!

sissy enjoying a very large bloody mary!

We had a great time. It just goes to show you that a little customer service and kindness goes a long way! I think his name was Marcus. I don't remember his last name but his hospitality and graciousness are extremely commendable and clearly we had an AWESOME time!! The world needs more people like that! He turned what could have been a bad day into a great one.

Now I can't wait to go next year.... but maybe I'll have to call for the reservation in September?!


  1. Looks like you had fun! :) I've never been to Boston, but I hear it's beautiful & that I would love it.... which is why I'm afraid to go! LOL

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