This past week we had the pleasure of taking a small vacation in a place we knew very well, the lovely and historic – Boston, MA. This small, familiar city is also the place we call home. I rent a small apartment with my boyfriend, just east of the city. No matter where you live, the daily monotony of life leads you into a routine. We have our usual haunts, and sometimes we forget that this wonderful city is always changing. So, when Kimpton hotels offered to have us stay for a few nights across the river, we were overjoyed to re-explore our favorite city.
How to make your hometown feel like a vacation
Take a pause
Whether it’s taking off a random Wednesday, or just making the most of your weekend, break away from your routine. Take a ‘pause’ to split away from your usual haunts and go outside your comfort zone.
Hit the Refresh Button
Don’t think what haven’t I done in a while? Think what have i never done. Look up yelp reviews and TravelAdvisor listings like you would in any new city. This way, you are more likely to find new restaurants or charming little streets you might not have heard of.
Treat it like a stay-vacation
No matter how long your refresh is, whether it’s two hours or two days, treat it like vacation. I often see my “day off” as a time to catch up on chores while getting some fun stuff done. However, when you treat your time like a vacation, there’s less rushing and I find myself escaping from the nagging feeling of my to-do list.
Where we stayed
The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel is located right across the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. It’s an easy T ride from Science Park and right off the Esplanade ( a wonderful walking trial) if you bike in the summer. The staff was warm and welcoming, we even were greeted by one of the owners dogs, – because the Kimpton Marlowe is dog friendly!- We quickly and easily parked the car, I mean you can’t argue with that in Boston.
When we got to our room, the staff knew I wasn’t able to bring Buckley, my golden retriever, on our adventure. The room was littered with pictures of him and such a warm note denoting his absence. (he’s alive and well folks don’t worry- he’s just a country doggo and lives in NH with my mum).
The Kimpton treated us with a delightful breakfast in bed. I mean I can’t remember the last time we did that! The breakfast view from our hotel room? Killer.
We also dined at the Kimpton Marlowe’s very own restaurant for dinner, Bambara. Our dinner was a fusion of flavor, the chef here focuses on ‘hyperlocal and seasonal’ ingredients. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine was just amazing. The bright and citrus salmon crudo was one of our favorites. Also, they have gorgeous and delicious bar options; per my vibrant server’s suggestion I tried the Gin Buck. The atmosphere was upscale, but welcoming, with nautical charm sprinkled throughout. We will definitely be back!
Where is your hometown?
*Our stay was sponsored by Kimpton Hotels. However, all opinions are my own *0