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Trip Report STW'S Trip to Boston and New Hampshire: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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John and I were lucky enough to take a little winter wonderland vacation (the timing of the Northeast snowstorm was perfect). So, we (over)packed the car and took a jaunt up to Boston (for a quick visit to see our son) for one night, and then we headed up to New Hampshire for three nights. It was our first trip to New Hampshire - it won't be our last :D

THE GOOD...

The Boston Holiday Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (what a treat)! What a festive evening - everyone dresses up for this event. Of course, I wore all black with a glittery scarf. Our seats were located in Row T, but I had an isle seat so it wasn't too difficult for me to see. However, I could see my husband's constant tilting of the head, although he denied any displeasure, he may have been lying (just a bit).

At each table there was an order card for drinks and such. We ordered sparkling water (see "The Ugly" for the reason) and fresh fruit and crudites as our appetizer. Afterwards, I commented to John that everything seemed very reasonable in price. I also remarked how odd it was that each food item only cost $5.00 a piece. He looked at me in a strange wasy, as the caption above his head shouted, "Woman, what's wrong with you?" Then he laughed and said, "Dear, those are dollar signs. Where are your glasses?" :O) All I can say is thank goodness they plastered the words to the sing-a-long up on big screens, or I would have been in BIG trouble, lol. Vanity. It will, no doubt, be my downfall 8-|

Just a note about seating: While we had a terrific time sitting on the main floor at our table, the next time we probably would purchase tickets for the balcony. We like tiered seating. I'm a very visual person and get great enjoyment watching the musicians and singers perform (we are the parents of a musician - always get to concerts early for good seats!)

Stephanie's: After the concert, we met up with our son and his girlfriend for dinner. We had a 10:00 p.m. reservation and the restaurant was packed! We love this place :D - It has never let us down. My husband had the diver scallops served on a corn chowder and I had the macaroni and cheese (a variety of sharp and mild cheeses). The GF had ravioli stuffed with goat cheese and our DS had a chef salad.

THE BAD...

Parking near Symphony Hall. Not a lot of parking in this area, particularly if you wanted to avoid the nasty, slushy, icy sidewalks. The lot by Northeastern was an option and we were headed that way on our second pass through the area, when lo and behold, my husband got lucky with street parking! He would get lucky two more times that evening ;) (Parking on the corner near Stephanie’s and a spot outside the GF’s brownstone. What is it with free parking that gets a man excited?) :-d

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