So I saw the mayors of NYC and Boston put a little twist on this year’s Super Bowl bet.
It’s a two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton. A seafood frenzy. The requisite visit to all things Adams: a peek at the diaries of John Adams that inspired the HBO series, and a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery.
And a picture taken with Mayor-What’s-His-Name.
Not too shabby, if you like that sort of thing. To me, it’s as bland as canned chowda.
As you know, I go for the quirky. I’d never turn down a free room at the Ritz-Carlton, but you can stay in a Ritz-Carlton anywhere. I generally don’t stay in hotels, period, unless there’s something special about them.
There’s one in Beantown that fits that bill. A “jail” where I was tempted to stay in solitary on a long fall weekend.
Before it became a cool place to stay or have a drink, The Liberty Hotel was the Charles Street Jail, in business for more than a century. It was home to the likes of Sacco and Vanzetti and Malcolm X.
It’s now a trendy hotel, incorporating the old catwalks …
… some original jail cells and the old inmate exercise yard. And a sense of humor. One restaurant is called CLINK, and the Alibi bar is the former drunk tank.
And we loved the hotel’s version of a “Do Not Disturb” sign that declared: “Solitary.”
The hotel food is somewhat innovative and certainly better than prison grub. We had a dinner there, but found even better within walking distance.
In the area are:
Beacon Hill. Great place to people- and dog-watch while sipping a coffee.
Little Italy … one of the biggest in the U.S. Even more caffeine and good eats.
The Union Oyster House, which was a bit touristy, but the food was good. It claims to be America’s oldest restaurant.
JFK frequented the place so much, his favorite booth is a shrine.
We burned off those calories by tracing the history of the American Revolution along Boston’s Freedom Trail.
… And the place where the original Tea Party got its start.
Baseball fans that we are, we hopped on the ridiculously easy Boston Metro to Fenway Park, just to take a look.
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