Here’s a little information for all those eager for the start of baseball season in New England. As you may know, this month Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary, making it the oldest professional baseball park in the country. It’s a beautiful old park that you should visit if you travel to Boston this year. Tours of the park are available if you can’t snag game tickets. Here are some useful links: For anniversary events, go to fenwaypark100.com; for general information about the Sox, go to boston.redsox.mlb.com; and for help with planning a Boston trip, go to bostonusa.com.
Did you know that the first game at Fenway on April 20 a century ago pitted Boston against the NY Highlanders — who became the NY Yankees a year later? Boston won 7-6, kicking off an intense rivalry that exists to this day.
As promised, here are some of my favorite Boston hotels. I can highly recommend each one of them.
Fairmont Copley Plaza: fairmont.com/copleyplaza. Gorgeous historic hotel in the heart of Copley Square. Warm and friendly staff.
Hotel Commonwealth: hotelcommonwealth.com. Located in Kenmore Square within walking distance of Fenway Park, this great, modern hotel fills up fast when the Sox are in town, so book early.
Omni Parker House: omnihotels. com. An old favorite with sports luminaries because it is discreet and quiet, so you just might catch a favorite player having dinner here. Steps from Boston Common and the Freedom Trail and home of the famous Boston Cream Pie (they even serve it at breakfast) and Parker House Roll.
Old Dame Boston is kicking off her winter boots right now, and it’s a great time to visit. And remember, another great city, Portland, Maine, is an easy drive away or you can hop on the Downeaster Train at North Station for a lovely trip through New Hampshire to Portland. Check out VisitMaine.com for information on all that Maine has to offer.