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      Blog :: 01-2012

      Celebrate The Super Bowl In Boston

      It's big, fast, exciting and very American! Sunday February 5th marks the 46th annual Super Bowl. So what does this day mean for a typical American and how can you participate in Boston?

      For most Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is as big as the fourth of July. One of the biggest sport celebrations of the year if not THE biggest.   On that day sport fans can expect good eats, plenty of beer, funny commercials and grand super bowl style half time show.

      All the big sponsors line up for the most expensive ads of the year.  This year NBC ad space is about 3.5 million which sold out around Thanks Giving. These 30 second ads are usually super clever delivering the biggest bang for corporations buck.

      This year our beloved Pats have once again made their way to the Superbowl. A very anticipated rematch against the the NY Giants will take place in Indianapolis.  The Giants bested the patriots back in 2008 when Eli Manning shocked the sports community with a  17 14 win. So New England sport fans will either stake out their favorite bars or plan a super bowl party of their own to root for the good guys in blue. Oh and for internationals... it's football is not futbol.

      NFL Schedule Link

      Bars to catch the game:

       Game On: With over 90 HDTV's, huge projector screens and 2 floors of screaming sports fans, Game On is a great place to post up and watch the game for hours, you can even reserve a VIP table to get one of the best tables in the house. Usually a live DJ does various contests and giveaways during games. 82 Lansdowne St.; 617-351-7001

      The Greatest Bar: Home to the largest HDTV in the city, The Greatest Bar's set clocks in at a massive 14ft. The Greatest Bar has three floors that are all dedicated to watching sporting events, so there is not a bad seat in the house. 262 Friend St.; 617-367-0544

      Champions: Located in the second floor of the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Champions is a great spot for a more upscale Super Bowl viewing destination. Come here if you don't want to get covered in beer when someone scores a touchdown. The dining area is located below a gigantic 24 foot projection screen that is able to be seen from anywhere in the bar. 110 Huntington Ave.; 617-927-5304

      Lord Hobo: If food is your main concern on Super Bowl, head over to Lord Hobo where you can dine on eclectic American fare like truffled French fries and barbequed sweetbreads while watching the game. Not to mention the 70 craft beers you can choose from (40 of which are on draft), and strategically placed TVs at every corner of the bar so you won't miss a play. 92 Hampshire St., Cambridge; 617-250-8454

       

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      Experience Newbury Street

      Located in Boston's back bay, Newbury Street is the ultimate Boston tourist shopping destination.  The street is filled with rich history, high end shops, quaint gift shops, galleries, restaurants and salons. So find an ATM and pack those wallets full of green.  You'll need them.

      The area at one point was nothing more than part of Boston harbor. An underwater gold mind ready to be discovered.  Boston construction of the area was started in the mid 1800's.  Many of Boston's highlands as well as neighboring areas where dug out to fill what is today the back bay area. The area was filled to Claredon St by 1860, Exeter St by 1870 and completed in 1882. European design elements for the area included grid patterns, wide boulevards and parkways.

      Originally the residential area was very prestigious and exclusive. A very desirable place to live because of the modern design, heating and plumbing. The area was said to eclipse the Beacon Hill scene at the time of inception.

      Today the area is said to be the "Rodeo Drive of the East".  It serves as Bostons hot spot of style and fashion. It mirrors exclusive districts in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Offering shoppers a very unique experience with beautiful brown stone architecture which house shops on basements as well as first and second floors. You can also find a fair share of street vendors. The more expensive boutiques line the Boston Public Garden end while you'll find the less expensive on the Mass Ave end.

       

      Here are a list of shops and dining locations listed on Newbury Street:

       

      American Apparel Bobbles and Lace Rescue Scoop NYC The Blues Jean Bar H & M Forever 21 Shop 344

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Marc Jacobs AllSaints Spitafields Zara Chanel Boutique Urban Outfitters In the Pink LF Boston Johnny Cupcakes Anthroplogie Dress Burberry Limited Lipstick Stel's pinkyotto Polo Ralph Lauren Second Time Around Serenalla Brooks Brothers Britt Ryan Giorgio Armani Boutique Madewell Newbury 211 Juicy Couture Banana Republic Diesel Boston Petit Bateau Jack Wills Hempest True Religion Brand Jeans Guess Soodee BCBG Max Azria French Connection LIT Boutique Calypso Christiane Celle Rugby Ralph Lauren Intermix United Colors of Benetton Cotelac Ceri Puma bebe Reiss Second Time Around Life is Good DKNY Akris Boutique Valentino Max Mara Ann Taylor Ben Sherman Lucky Brand Jeans Riccardi Betsy Johnson Barbour Diane Von Furstenberg Patagonia Betsy Jenney of Boston Loro Piana Nanette Lepore Cyntha Rowley Ted Baker London Alan Bilzerian Daniela Corte Fashion Ibex Outdoor Clothing Levi's Newbury Timberland

       

      Dining  /Cafe's / Desserts

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Itadaki Japanese Restaurant Umai Sushi, Stephanie's On Newbury Joe's American Bar & Grill Sonsie Restaurant Ciao Bella, Bottega Fiorentina 29 Newbury Restaurant & bar Papa Razzi Trattoria, La Voile L'Aroma Cafe Tapeo Restaurant & Tapas Bar Charley's Eating & Drinking Saloon Nespresso Boutique Cafeteria Boston Steve's Greek & American Cuisine Restaurant Piattini Wine Cafe Capital Grille Snappy Sushi Scoozi Gourmet Pizzeria & Sandwich Bar Wired Puppy Sweet Bostone Pizza Thai Basil Restaurant Pinkberry O & Co. La Voile, 261 Newbury St.Kashmir Indian Resaurant Emack & Bolio's Ice Cream Daisy Buchanan's Mumbai Chopstix Espresso Royale Cafe The Upper Crust Pizza Trident Boossellers & Cafe Starbucks DeLuca's Market Boloco Inspired Burritos b. good The Jewel of Newbury Ben & Jerry's berry line JP Licks Ice Cream Cafe Sabatino and Co. Tasti D-Lite Boston Cherry Mart Smoothie King

       

      Art's & Entertainment

      Shop 344, 344 Newbury St.

      Arden Gallery Galeria d'Orsay Barabara Krakow Gallery Childs Gallery Beth Urdang Gallery Axelle Fine Arts Alpha Gallery Inc. DTR Modern Galleries Lanoue Fine Art CoSo Artist's Gallery Newbury Fine Arts- Gallery Royka's Fine Art Antiques Gallery Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc Guidos Frame Studio Art Gallery Pucker Gallery Gallery NAGA Martin Lawrence Gallery Miller Block Gallery Lorand Gallery The Guild of Boston Artists International Poster Gallery Robert Klein Gallery Galleria Florentina Irish Gallery L'Attitude Gallery Sculpture Garden Victoria Mnuroe Fine Art St. George Gallery SAC Gallery Martha Richardson Fine Art Quidley & Company Acme Fine Art & Design

      Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall

      Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall is a must see tourist attraction for any international visitor.  Located near the waterfront and Government Center, the hall was built in 1742 as a meeting place as well as a market place.  Samuel Adams as well as others patriots once used the hall to give speeches for independence from the British.

      Faneiul Hall was built between the years 1740- 1742 by artist John Smibert.  It was supposed to model an English style market place.  The name given was due to it being funded by wealthy merchant Peter Faneuil.  In 1960 it was designated as a national landmark and restored in 1992.

      Today the market place is livelier than ever.  In conjunction with Quincy Market, the area is filled with vendors inside and out, you should never leave empty handed.  Many local artisans come to sell their crafts and gadgets.  Street performers and cartoon artists also make for good entertainment while you shop.

      Inside the main corridor of Quincy Market you'll find cuisine from all parts of the world.  Anything from brick oven pizza to sausages and don't forget the delicious Italian gelato for dessert.  There's always something to satisfy your hunger and quench your pallet.  The area is truly a delight for all ages.

       

       

      Boston Latin School

      Boston Latin School is an exam school found April 23, 1635.  Admission to a public exam school is based on ISEE scores as well as English and Math scores from 5th and 6th grade school years.  Boston Latin is both the first and oldest public school in the United States.

      The school was know for educating the Boston elite which results in the school claiming many prominent Bostonians in their list of alumni. It has produced four Harvard University presidents, four Massachusetts governors and five signers of the deceleration of Independence. Boston Latin averages about 25 students a year to Harvard.

      The School is modeled after Boston Grammer School in Lincolnshire, UK.  The curriculum follows that of an 18th century school movement which teaches the classics.  Latin is also taught throughout the four years. This is thought to add greatly to the well rounded education which makes Boston Latin one of the top schools in the country.

       

      New England Skiing and Snowboarding

      It's time to wax the skis! If you love hitting the slopes, Boston is just a stones throw away from the cold winter fun.  New England skiing is not the French Alps but does house some of the narliest trails on the planet.  New England skiing offers a beauty that many international skiers enjoy.

      Massachusetts alone is home to 13 ski resorts.  Of the 13 you will find the larger mountain resorts on the western side of Massachusetts along the Berkshire mountain range.  On average the Berkshire resorts house between 45 to 35 trails at elevations around 1000'.

      If you want to stay close, at half the travel distance you will find great medium size mountain skiing at Wachusett Mtn.  The central Mass resort contains 4 lifts, 2 carpet lifts, 20 trails and one high end snowboard park. Wachusett is about 50 minutes from Boston and the place to go if you don't want to spend money on lodging.

      If you're looking to for a big ski weekend gettaway, the choices in New England are limitless.  Of all the New England States, Vermont packs the biggest punch. Vermont alone has 18 resorts to pick from. Resorts hover around 50 to 100 trails per mountain.  Monster resorts such as Killington, Okemo and Sugarbush tip the scales offering over 100 trails to choose from.  Sugarbush offers 111, Okemo 117 and Killington a mind blowing 200 trials.  More than enough trails for a weekend getaway.

       

      Here's some links that contain ski resorts, hotels, elevation and trail count information.

      Ski Massachusetts Ski Vermont Ski Maine Ski New Hampshire Ski Connecticut Ski Rhode Island

       

       

      Award Winning Living at FP3

      Now that FP3 is close to being SOLD OUT, this award-winning residential development located in the Fort Point area of Boston has set a "new standard in loft-style living".  The lofts are refreshing and modern in style and within blocks of Boston's vibrant waterfront.

      The building spans 8 floors with 92 residences, and includes three dinning and cocktail destinations by Barbara Lynch at street level.  A remarkable range of living spaces for all tastes. Remaining homes include two and three-bedrooms, duplexes and amazing penthouses with clear and uninterrupted views of the harbor and city skyline. Whatever your style or taste - from modern and contemporary to urban and sleek - you'll find what you're looking for in FP3.

      FP3 was designed with your needs, style and perspectives in mind. With current prices ranging from $719,000 - $1.85 million for homes still available for purchase, FP3 represents a solid, valuable investment in a neighborhood that is fast becoming the "hottest" place to live in Boston. Some of the amenities include but not limited to the following.

      Dining: Anthony's Pier 4, The Barking Crab, The Blue Waves Bar and Lounge, Drink, Channel Cafe, Eastern Pier II, Flour Bakery and Cafe, Franklin Cafe, Les Zygomates, Menton's, Morton's Steak House, No Name Restaurant, Radius, Rumba, Salvatore's and more.

      Cultural: Boston Childrens' Museum, Boston Fire Museum, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, Mobuis, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center,  Sowa Open Market, World Trade Center

      Shopping: Artemide Office & Showroom/ Neenas, The Boston Public Market, Chimera Designer Lighting, Downtown Crossing, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Foodies Market, Fort Point Arts Community Gallery

      FP3 has something for everyone. The lofts at FP3 consist of 72 luxury residences within three masonry buildings, including two fully renovated historic structures and one of entirely new construction. Each loft offers impeccable design, premium fixtures and appliances, and a warm color palette that echoes and celebrates the character of these distinctive spaces. FP3's 16 stunning terrace condos feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open their interior spaces to the surrounding city. The two upper floors of FP3's rooftop addition provide the setting for four luxurious duplex penthouses offering large, private terraces, dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and phenomenal views towards Fort Point, downtown Boston, or the Boston Harbor. Give us a call at Boston International Real Estate to arrange a showing to buy or rent at FP3.