The Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau pulled out all the stops in hosting our small group. There was a very large mini bus with blacked out windows waiting for us at Boston Back Bay Station. The very smartly dressed driver helped us load our luggage into the back as we took our seats to the Four Seasons Hotel on Boylston Street.
Arriving at the Four Seasons we were greeted by the General Manager, Sales Manager and Stacey from the CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau) who stood smartly in a line to shake each of our hands. The lobby was splendid with marble floors and counters. We each had our own rooms and made our way along wide and airy corridors. The hotel has recently had all it’s rooms renovated and looks spectacular. All our rooms were overlooking the Public Gardens of Boston, the oldest botanical gardens in America.
It was a brief stop before heading to the metro with our ‘Charlie’ Cards which had been pre-loaded for us. See what I mean? Pulling out all the stops! Stacey was worried that time was tight because of the late arriving Amtrak so took us to the stop at Government Center and the short walk down past the concrete monstrosity of City Hall to Quincy Market.
We were issued vouchers to use in one of the many eateries in this vibrant and historic part of Boston. I had New England Clam Chowder in bread basket and an lemonade. It was amazing. We didn’t even have seats so perched on a wall by the side of the market.
The rush was to get over to the Long Bay area to start a two and a half hour bike tour of Boston. Everyone was issued crash hats and the bicycles measured so that each one was at the right height for us all. I of course had to have a small frame bike and even then my toes hardly touched the ground. There were four tour leaders and traffic was held up by two of them at each junction where the group was strung out. What a wonderful way to see the city. There were about 8 stops on the 10 mile (phew) route and lots of explanation and information was announced by different members of the team. Here is a link to some of the photos that were taken of us on the tour Urban AdvenTours.
Here are some of my images from the City View Tour run by Urban AdvenTours and a link to their website. I highly recommend it and it is safe and well thought out. Urban AdvenTours Boston
There was a brief stop for a visit to a pop up beer garden and then back to the Four Seasons to freshen up for dinner at the hotel. My goodness there was so much food on the table. Back in the rooms there was a beautiful little touch with a plate of selected chocolates and a marzipan pillow with sweet dreams written in chocolate. No room to try I am afraid.