March Madness

Here we are, just a bit more than a week into March, and we’ve seen just about every kind of weather there is to see, with the exception of hail.  March roared in with 9 inches of snow falling on our little island, much to my excitement as I was finally able to get out on snowshoes and cross-country skis after this mostly mild and snow-free winter. Then came the rains and washed it all away! And today it is sunny–almost shirtsleeve weather–with blue skies and puffy white clouds sailing by.  That’s New England weather for you.

I just returned from several days in Boston (yesterday it was in the ’60s there), one of my favorite cities anywhere. No matter how many times I hike the Freedom Trail or visit the fabulous museums, I’m struck by the history and the amazing art and intellectual ambiance.  And of course the food is fabulous.  The most memorable meal of this trip was at Toscano on Charles Street where I over-indulged in terrific Italian food. It’s an easy walk from Downtown Crossing, once the premier shopping area in Boston, which is due for a major overhaul soon. Downtown Crossing already has a mega-Macy’s store, and other department stores are scheduled to move in. I lived in Boston in the days when Filene’s and Jordan Marsh ruled the area, so I’m happy to see it perking up again.  For anyone wanting to stay in downtown Boston, I’m happy to recommend the Omni Parker House. This very old  but beautifully maintained and modernized hotel has every amenity, reasonable prices, and is truly in the heart of the city.  It’s steps from most of the major historic sites and the Freedom Trail passes right by the front door.  Even if you’re just in Boston for the day, pop into the lobby and check out the elegant dark oak paneling and the brass elevator doors. Very chic! More later on this great place to stay and other things to see and do in Boston (and, of course, in Maine in the spring!).

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