‘Tis the Boston Season

Eat, drink, and be merry on a holiday getaway to the big city.

There is something about the holidays that brings out the child in all of us, making us wish for that seasonal sparkle. Cape Cod is full of seasonal events galore—but there is something special about a festive getaway in Boston.

Last year, we savored Boston’s holiday season—taking in the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, dining at a few restaurants, and getting pampered during several nights stay at the Colonnade Hotel.

Conveniently located at 120 Huntington Avenue, we loved our room at The Colonnade, a sophisticated European-style hotel that has all the amenities needed for a getaway. The beds here are float-on soft, the décor handsome, the staff attentive—and the cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant Brasserie Jo is four-star excellent.

Lodging and cuisine at The Colonnade

The first night we had a memorable dinner at Brasserie Jo, starting with Le Grand Jo, a melange of seafood delights. Followed by excellent salad choices and main courses to die for (the Coq au Vin here is terrific!), Brasserie Jo is a must-stop for first-rate Boston cuisine.

The next day, we got a helping of holiday cheer at the Nutcracker, held at the Boston Opera House with stunning choreography, talented students of Boston Ballet School, and memorable musical favorites. This year is the final season of Boston Ballet’s current Nutcracker. These magnificent sets and costumes will be retired after 20 years on stage. If you can, take in this Boston holiday treasure one last time.

Nutcracker Tea at Kingston Station At Kingston Station at 25 Kingston Street—steps from the Boston Opera House—those enjoying The Nutcracker this season can enjoy a special Nutcracker Tea. Kids and grown-ups can indulge in homemade ice creams like peppermint stick, gingerbread, eggnog, and hot chocolate along with a do-it-yourself sundae bar. On our getaway weekend we enjoyed a delicious brunch at Kingston Station on Sunday: eggs benedict on a fresh croissant, and ultra-light and tasty blueberry pancakes.

After a day spent exploring the Museum of Fine Arts’ superb new American galleries, we decided to take the T to Cambridge for dinner at The Russell House Tavern on JFK Street.

We settled into the comfortable lounge area around Russell House’s handsome pub-style bar and ordered some hand-crafted cocktails and steaming hot Tavern Pizzas. Russell House also has an excellent entrée menu with classic New England dishes.

Russell House Tavern cocktails

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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