People often grumble about attending out-of-town weddings, but when it's a wedding in Boston it's hard to complain. I don't go to Boston nearly enough, but whenever I go I always appreciate what a pretty city it is. Unlike my wedding weekend trip to Philly where I took in the greatest historic hits, I didn't have time to do any real sightseeing on this quick weekend getaway. So I was quite lucky that the wedding took place at a major historic site: The Boston Public Library.
Located right on Copley Square, the original library building was built by the renown New York architecture firm of Mead, McKim, and White from 1888-1892. The library is just gorgeous, with lots of marble, statues and murals (photos are right and left). The delicious wedding dinner was served in Bates Hall (pictured above), which has an incredible vaulted ceiling. If you're around Copley Square, tear yourself away from the shopping and spend a few minutes looking around the library.
We stayed around the corner from the library at the Lenox Hotel, a historic boutique hotel. They allow pets and I'm allergic (took me a few days to fully recover from the Westminster Dog Show) so I requested a pet-free room, which put me on the hypo-allergenic 11th floor. There was even an air purifier in the room, which I thought was a nice touch.
Although we didn't do much sightseeing on this jaunt, we did do plenty of eating and drinking. On Friday, my husband and I had dinner at Atlantic Fish, which was right across the street from The Lenox. My lobster ravioli was incredible and my husband loved his classic lobster. Then we went one block further to the M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental, where we joined some other wedding guests at the bar. It was a cool modern space with a surprisingly warm vibe.
On Saturday, we went to Figs for lunch with some friends who live in Boston. Figs is celebrity chef Todd English's pizza place. We have an Olives in NYC, but alas no Figs. The pizza at Figs is large, rectangular and thin-crust — we had half with figs, gorgonzola and prosciutto and half with pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce. I'm aware those flavors don't really go, but we didn't want to miss out on either of them. That night, our dinner was at the wedding, of course.
On Sunday, we met more friends for brunch at Aquitaine, a bistro in the trendy South End with delicious French toast. They showed us around the area, and then it was time to head to Back Bay Station to board the Acela. The Acela is fancier (and in theory faster, but there often seem to be delays) than the regular Amtrak, but since we had waited so long to book our tickets (my fault!) the price was the same as the regular train. So we finished off a great weekend with a comfortable, albeit long (nearly four hours!) train ride.