Although it may be cold, Boston during the Christmas season is one of the best times of year to visit. During my trip to my hometown I stayed at the Nine Zero Kimpton Hotel, which overlooks the Boston Common. The view of the Prudential Center and John Hancock tower overlooking the Christmas lights in the Common is beautiful. You can even see the Charles River and Cambridge in the distance! Seeing Boston all lit up with Christmas lights really brought some holiday cheer into my life!
This is hotel nestled in the BEST and busiest location in Boston. The boutique hotel has an old-timey charm, just like the city of Boston itself. One of my favorite things about this hotel is the eclectic artwork. The French Bulldog painting that was in my room reminded me of my college mascot, Rhett the Boston Terrier of Boston University. The interior design of this boutique hotel is very charming, and the attention is in the details such as textures and colors.
This post has been sponsored by American Greetings. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It is crazy to think that 9 months of this year was spent during a deployment. Ever since Scott got back from Iraq, we have been attached at the hip! While he was gone we missed many holidays, birthdays, and weddings. That’s the nature of the military – your spouse being away during quality family time. There are thousands of soldiers who are currently deployed and will not be able to be home during this holiday season. Since I know what it’s like having a deployed soldier, I also have an idea of what goodies to send during a deployment. I’m sure any deployed soldier would agree with me; pretty much anything beats the same old food they serve up at the dining hall.
The Biltmore Estate is a mega-mansion, and the United State’s largest private residence. Does the name Vernderbilt ring a bell? Well George Vanderbilt, and his wife Edith, were the masterminds behind this iconic piece of American architecture. Known for its opulent design and incredible landscaping, the Estate later developed into a winery and has multiple inns on its property. It is now a modern vacationland to visit and live like a Venderbilt.
There are 250 rooms in this French Chateux style abode. Modernly, this house is known for it’s beautiful Christmas displays and its extensive gardens. These gardens and decorations will surely get you in the Christmas spirit! I was so impressed by the details and the abundance of it all. We drank some rich, hot chocolate that kept us warm as we walked around the festive grounds. The visit easily took an entire day and we had so much fun exploring the estate, doing a wine tasting, and eating dinner at their Bistro restaurant. Here is a break down of all the fun things we did while visiting the Biltmore Estate: