Blog :: 12-2019

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Boston

Photo: Lookout Rooftop Bar 

As the temperature creeps even colder and the snow starts falling, many Bostonians may find themselves singing along to an old Christmas tune. But though the weather outside may be frightful, there’s certainly not “no place to go” when the city has so many incredible bars and hot spots you have to experience! 

The Boston Hot Chocolate Experience

If you pay a visit to the MET Back Bay during these chilly winter months, you’ll find that a pleasant surprise awaits. Restauranteur Kathy Sidell has brought back a popular seasonal menu item – flights of hot cocoa! For $14, you can sample four delicious and unique flavors (available with or without booze): a standard mug with marshmallow and whipped cream, nutmeg-spiced cocoa with coconut flakes, a pumpkin dulce variety with salted caramel and a churro for dipping, and a classic peppermint hot chocolate. 

When? 

November 29-February 13

Where? 

The MET Back Bay

279 Dartmouth St., Boston

The Lodge at Publico  

If this winter weather is making you dream of snow-topped mountains and cozy ski lodges, Publico is here to bring your dreams to life. The restaurant’s holiday-themed lodge is back for the third year, and it’s bringing with it all the cozy atmosphere you’d expect to find in Aspen. Head out to the atrium (don’t worry, the roof is closed) to visit a gorgeous, pine-filled winter wonderland, and make sure you enjoy all the tasty loge-inspired snacks and shots! 

When? 

Opens December 1st, 5 p.m. to close on Fridays and 2 p.m. to close on weekends

Where? 

Publico

11 Dorchester St., South Boston

Veuve Clicquot Ski Chalet  

Looking for a ski-lodge vibe without the shots? The W Boston hotel just the place for you. The Veuve Cliquot Ski Chalet is an elegant twist on the pop-up ski lodge, complete with a selection of wines from French Champagne house Veuve Clicquot. The Gallery restaurant has been completely transformed with plush pillows, cozy blankets, an elegant Christmas tree, and of course, a ski lift photo booth for taking the perfect selfie. Unwind and enjoy a glass of wine along with gourmet dishes from executive chef Elyssa DuBois.

When? 

Tuesday-Saturday, December 10 until March 7, 5-10 p.m. (plus weekend brunch hours)

Where? 

The Gallery at the W Boston

100 Stuart St., Boston

Lookout Rooftop Igloos

Sometimes, the most amazing part of winter is simply watching the snowfall – while you’re warm and cozy, of course! And for the fourth year, the Envoy Hotel is making it easier than ever for you to catch a glimpse of Boston under snowfall with its Lookout Rooftop Igloos. These LED-lit igloos (and the new 1,800-square foot enclosure nearby) offer space for up to 10 people, along with a selection of delicious small bites from executive chef Tatiana Rosana. Enjoy a fun night out with friends, and take in some of the best views of the city!  Make an igloo reservation here. 

When? 

November 7-TBD April, Tuesday-Saturday nights

Where? 

The Envoy Hotel

70 Sleeper St., Seaport, Boston

 

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    Raffles Breaks Ground in Back Bay

    Since 1887, Raffles Hotels and Resorts has been a global leader in the luxury hotel industry. All of their properties, from the stunning Raffles Hotel in Singapore to Hotel Europejski in Warsaw, provide guests with the very best in glamour, adventure, and warm hospitality.  So, when it came time for the company to venture into the North American market, they wanted to find a neighborhood just as storied and iconic as they – and they found it in Boston’s Back Bay.

    September 26, 2019, marked the official groundbreaking of Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel and residences, a mixed-use property that will stand at 40 Trinity Place, Boston, MA by 2021. This project marks the first North American property for Raffles, as well as their first collaboration with Trinity Stuart LLC (itself a partnership between Boston hoteliers Gary and Jeffrey Saunders of Saunders Hotel Group and developer Jordan Warshaw of The Noannet Group, together with their equity partner Cain International). 

    The 33-story, $400 million+ property is expected to carry all the trademark glamour of its Raffles hotel kinfolk. The hotel boasts 147 guest rooms and six high-end food and beverage venues for guests to enjoy. The hotel will also offer a wealth of services and amenities, including a 20-meter indoor pool, a rooftop garden, a two-story sky lobby with a stunning view of Copley Square, and of course Raffles’ famous butler service. These exceptional features – as well as the hotel’s prime location near tourist hotspots like Fenway Park – should make Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel a must-visit spot for the city’s most affluent visitors.

    However, this Raffles property will not simply serve as a new Back Bay hotel; it will one day be home to luxury-seeking tourists and cosmopolitan Bostonians alike. In addition to its hotel rooms, the property will offer 146 branded residences (seven of which will be affordable housing units), from pied-a-terre suites and penthouses to one- to three-bedroom homes. Raffles residents will also have access to all of the resort’s amenities, as well as exclusive membership in the company’s loyalty program.

    In addition to the prestige and elegance, the new hotel is expected to bring to Back Bay, Raffles’ latest development will provide the community with over $22 million in public benefits through street improvements, their affordable housing units, and a $13 million contribution towards affordable housing opportunities in Boston. These efforts – as well as the company’s long history of excellence in hospitality – make it clear that Raffles Boston Back Bay hotel will be a wonderful addition to this historic community.

     

    One Dalton Developer: Carpenter & Company Inc.

    What do you get when detail-oriented architecture, design, and craftsmanship meet? The Four Seasons Private Residences at One Dalton. Real estate developer Carpenter & Company Inchas pulled out all the stops for this luxury residence in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay neighborhood.  Standing 61 stories and 700 feet high, the eye-catching structure is the city’s tallest residential building. The 211-room Four Seasons Hotel occupies the first 23 floors while the upper floors house 180 ultra-high-end condominiums.

    It’s not just height that sets One Dalton apart, however. The all-glass tower is shaped like an equilateral triangle, a design envisioned by distinguished architect Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Floor-to-ceiling windows offer broad views of the Back Bay skyline, the Fenway, the Charles River, the South End — and beyond to the Blue Hills. Residents can expect all of the top-end amenities of an ultra-luxury building, including on-site valet parking, two lounges, a health club and spa, and an owner’s only restaurant club on floor 50. The private lobby provides a doorman and concierge services. There are also two restaurants in the building, including Zuma — a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant beloved by Boston locals and tourists alike. In addition, residents will find the Back Bay area offers a plethora of dining and entertainment opportunities. 

    This $750 million project marks yet another landmark achievement for Carpenter & Company Inc., which has an illustrious history dating back to 1898. The real estate developer — also involved in ownership, management, and brokerage — has established a noteworthy portfolio of innovative projects including hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, and more. Previous projects range from The St. Regis Hotel and Residences in San Francisco to the Four Seasons Private Residences in New Orleans. With the Four Seasons Private Residences at One Dalton in Boston, Carpenter & Company Inc. will expand its portfolio to encompass yet another stunning structure. 

    If you want to call Boston's tallest residential building your home, contact us to find out more about One Dalton and schedule a private appointment to take a look in person.

    Photo by: One Dalton

     

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      Nantucket Brings The Nautilus restaurant to Boston

      The Boston Seaport District is known for some of the best seafood restaurants in the city – for good reason. With direct access to the harbor, the local eateries in this area can get their goods fresh directly from the source. In the spring of 2020, this trendy neighborhood will welcome The Nautilus restaurant from Nantucket, which will be housed in the stylish Pier 4 Seaport luxury condo building. 

      Nautilus Pier 4 promises to be more than just another seafood restaurant. It will bring a one-of-a-kind taste of Nantucket to Boston. The restaurant is known for flavor-packed plates that incorporate Asian and Latin American influences into traditional New England dishes. Favorites include Berkshire pork belly buns with herb salad and coffee mayo, tempura-fried East Coast oyster tacos, and a homemade udon noodle soup. Since chef Liam Mackey opened the first location in 2014, the restaurant has become synonymous with innovative, quality cuisine.

      The Nautilus will join several other attractive eating and dining options in the Pier 4 building. Cisco Brewers, a Nantucket brewery and distillery, was located in Seaport this past summer and will re-open with a picturesque ice-skating rink in place of their beer garden. Another highlight in the Pier 4 building is Woods Hill, the new farm-to-table waterfront restaurant from Kristin Canty, a farm owner, and restauranteur. 

      The Pier 4 luxury construction condo site is the ideal place to enjoy foods and drinks of all kinds. It boasts one acre of green space with water on three sides, access to Harbor Walk, and is just steps from the Institute of Contemporary Art. By combining public spaces and private residences, real estate development firm, Tishman Speyer has curated a true neighborhood feeling in the bustling Seaport District. With The Nautilus arriving in the spring of 2020, the Pier 4 neighborhood will welcome yet another valuable addition to the community.