There are precious few times in life when you can say that you took the vacation of a lifetime with your children. Fewer still when your lives are so utterly compromised with school, work and the daily monotony of life that even family meals are scarce. During a very brief and rare break from dental school, my husband was able to drive our family from New York City for a 4-day vacation in the beautiful city of Boston. One of the very best weekends to spend in Boston-a city rich with our country’s history-is precisely the weekend we stayed: Independence Day. This is a city I could live in.
We arrived at the Four Seasons Boston after a grueling 8-hour journey from Manhattan. Our kids happen to get extremely car sick and continued to do so throughout all eight hours-with no help from holiday traffic. When we walked into the lobby of the hotel, weary and relieved to finally have met our destination, the woman at the front desk immediately wheeled out a Radio Flyer wagon filled to the brim with stuffed animals. Jack and Zoe were invited to choose one for their very own: a gesture that not only warmly welcomed them into the new place, but one that made them completely forget about being sick for hours on end. Smiles abound, we were personally escorted to our double suite overlooking the Boston Commons. The room where we would be staying for three days and nights took our breath away. A crib had been set up in anticipation of our youngest’s arrival, while a full spread of fresh fruit was laid out for us along with a cookie decorating tray for the children. Sitting on the entrance table were seven envelopes: Our itinerary for each day and evening that we would be staying at the Four Seasons Boston, to be opened in order.
This was just a taste of the journey that the hotel had in store for us. That evening we were invited to The Bristol Lounge, a luxurious and fantastic restaurant located on the first floor of the hotel. The children were given more stuffed animals, crayons and an activity book that kept them busy throughout the meal. We were impressed from beginning to end in culinary amazement, including the kid’s meals that boasted steamed vegetables and the best macaroni and cheese. Just before our dessert arrived, Jack and Zoe were invited by the chef to explore the kitchen. They came back to our table positively beaming in their own little chef’s hats.
We made it back to our room in time for the famed Four Seasons Boston’s Ice Cream Man’s scheduled visit. I couldn’t quite describe the kid’s delight if I tried, so suffice it to say they had the giggles for a solid hour after he left.
We went to sleep that night tucked snugly and happily into the fabulously comfortable beds, with bellies and hearts full of precious memories from even the first few hours on vacation.
The next morning, an incredible spread of food came for our breakfast: French toast, corned beef hash and eggs benedict paired with orange juice and a strong, excellent pot of coffee. We set out that day on a Boston Duck Tour to the Museum of Science, and quite possibly learned more in one afternoon than an entire course in American History. We ate dinner in the city’s popular Faneuil Hall of Quincy Market, danced to live music and treated ourselves to home made ice cream.
Day three in Boston started with yet another fantastic breakfast in our room, along with a mini duck hunt. The children’s book “Make Way For Ducklings” had been placed in our room for last night’s bedtime story in anticipation of our visit to the Boston Public Garden, where the story takes place. The kids were instructed to find two of Mrs. Mallards missing ducklings-which sent them into a tailspin of delight and frantic searching. Two little duckling Beanie Babies were retrieved and spent the rest of the day with us exploring the park and napped with the kids in the stroller while we checked out the Boston Chowder Festival.
We returned to the hotel that afternoon and took a dip in their huge swimming pool. There were plenty of other children there, plus an attendant keeping an eye on everyone (a huge plus for traveling families). Upon our return to the hotel room, we found yet again a gorgeous cookie decorating spread, only this time with the Fourth of July theme-it being the eve of the holiday. We decorated cookies, put the children to bed and I soaked for a good 45 minutes in the tub in absolute peace. This might be the first time that my husband and I have spent three consecutive days stress and worry free in our entire marriage. There are no words for that kind of serenity, joy, and perspective.
Our last day at the Four Seasons began with another beautiful breakfast in our room. Chef Vosika’s Lemon Ricotta Pancakes have won their way into my memory and tummy-I cannot wait to go back for more. The kids opened their final gifts from the hotel: a bag full of Red Sox gear to help us celebrate their first experience at Fenway Park. We layered ourselves in red, white and blue and headed in a taxi to the big game, something I wasn’t leaving Boston without introducing my children to.
The days and nights that we spent at the Four Seasons Boston were some of the very best moments we have had as a family. The staff was beyond kind and accommodating, and our children were not only accepted into their luxury hotel, but they were welcomed with open arms.
To this day, both of my kids-who are 4 and 3 respectively-have asked to go back to the “Boston hotel” on a near weekly basis. Truth be told, all four of us cannot wait to go back to create more beautiful family memories.
I was not compensated for this post. Our accommodations at the Four Seasons Boston were covered in exchange for this review.