Dinner at the Island Creek Oyster Bar Speaking of New England, for a first-rate taste of the seafood our coastal world is famous for be sure to dine at Island Creek Oyster Bar. This is a hip spot at 500 Commonwealth Avenue—we loved the décor, all oyster-colored cool grays, beige tones, and blues with walls decorated with millions of netted shells. The oysters here are salt-spray fresh, culled from several sources from Cuttyhunk to Maine. If you love simply superb seafood, don’t miss the ICOB.

We enjoyed a terrific night’s sleep at The Colonnade (find out about the hotel’s creative Frosty Friday’s package—if it’s 20 degrees outside at 5 p.m., guests pay $20 for a Friday night stay with a reduced rate for Saturday night!) and woke up ready for a day of last-minute shopping on Newbury Street.

Hungry after our shopping, we headed over to Anna’s Taqueria at 242 Cambridge Street, where we dove into some superb hot burritos prepared right in front of us with fresh tasty ingredients. There’s a reason Anna’s is popular with diners of all ages in six Boston-area locations.

Having savored fine cuisine with origins from several countries, we decided to finish our getaway with flair with a dinner at LaLa Rokh on Beacon Hill. Well-known in Boston for creative Persian cuisine, a dinner at Lala Rokh is a pleasure for all the senses. We braved a frigid winter night on Beacon Hill, and were warmed by the sight of LaLa Rokh’s bright windows. We settled into a cozy table and were quickly taken on a culinary tour through Persian cuisine. Soon we were savoring delicious dishes for the first time in our lives—Ash, a nourishing soup, tender beef in Chelo Kabobs, fine lamb in Bogha Pollo—dining at Lala Rokh is like taking a journey to a new and fascinating world.

Dining at LaLa Rokh and lunch at Anna's Taqueira

The next morning, rested and full of holiday cheer, we headed back over the bridge. Give yourself a gift this season—make a quick holiday trip to Boston!

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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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