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 — 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 four-day vacation in Boston. One of the very best weekends to spend in Boston — a city rich with our country’s history — is precisely the one we picked: Independence Day.
We arrived at Four Seasons Hotel Boston after a grueling journey from Manhattan. Our kids happen to get extremely car sick, and continued to do so throughout all eight hours — with no help from the holiday traffic. When we walked into the lobby, weary and relieved, the woman at the front desk immediately wheeled out a Radio Flyer wagon filled to the brim with stuffed animals.
Jack, four, and Zoe, two, were invited to choose one for their very own: a gesture that not only warmly welcomed them, but one that made them completely forget about the trip. Smiles all around, we were personally escorted to our double suite overlooking the Boston Public Garden.
The room where we would be staying for three days and nights took our breath away. A crib had been set up, while a full spread of fresh fruit was laid out for us along with a cookie decorating tray for the children.
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, including the kids’ meals that boasted steamed vegetables and the best macaroni and cheese. Just before our dessert arrived, the chef invited Jack and Zoe to explore the kitchen. They came back to our table positively beaming in their own little chef’s hats.
One of the features that we truly loved, and took advantage of, was the huge swimming pool. There were plenty of other children at the hotel, plus an attendant keeping an eye on everyone (a huge plus for traveling families). The fresh, clean towels were abundant, and even a menu was available for poolside dining.
That night after we put the children to bed, I soaked for a good 45 minutes in the tub in absolute peace. This might have been the first time my husband and I had 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 time at Four Seasons Boston gave us 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 this luxury hotel, but welcomed with open arms. To this day, both of my kids have asked to go back to the “Boston hotel” on a near weekly basis. Truth be told, all four of us cannot wait for the next cherished getaway.
Jessica blogs at Momma’s Gone City.
Along with her baby, two young children and husband, Jessica @mommasgonecity recently moved from the Bay Area, California to Manhattan, New York. She started her blog, Momma’s Gone City, to keep in touch with her family and to chronicle her transition into city life. She talks about parenthood, life as a wife of a dental school student and the trials and excitement that come along with living in New York City.
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