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Other packages grant free admission for family to the Children's Museum. All packages allow use of Seaport's Health Club.
My favorite Seaport Hotel package is "Wedding of Jacqueline Beuvier to John F. Kennedy Package" that is presented in conjunction with John F. Kennedy Library in Boston; 2003 celebrates 50th anniversary of their wedding (they were actually married only 10 years), so package probably won't be repeated. You should visit library/museum for exhibit, where you will see Jackie's wedding dress, her emerald and diamond engagement ring, and color footage of reception.
The Seaport also offers "Weekend Fitness Escapes", "Romance Packages", a "Commuter's Rest Package" and a "Grandparents Getaway Package", but I am certain sales staff is creating even other packages for your pleasure.
I am always interested in anything nautical, so appeal of "Spirit of Boston Cruise Package" piqued my interest. You dine and dance night on luxurious private yacht Spirit of Boston, cruising inner Boston Harbor. Maybe you will get a chance to toss tea overboard. Then you stay overnight at Seaport Hotel with full buffet breakfast in morning.
I was checking my email in "off lobby" kiosk's solo computer when I learned of Seaport Hotel's separate 24-hour business center with high speed internet access. Then I found out each room is complete with a dataport, and hotel has gone wireless.
Well, hi WiFi. No need for 24-hour Concierge, except I still like personal touch when arranging sailing trips because concierge knows skippers personally.
The Seaport offers a few transportation options for guests interested in visiting other areas of Boston. The South Station shuttle, which runs Monday ó Friday, providing convenient access to MBTA's red line subway and from there, they can connect to green and orange lines. Additionally, Seaport Hotel operates a shuttle on Saturdays going to South Station and Faneuil Hall. The Concierge can make arrangements for other private ground transportation, including service by BostonCoach. The water shuttle, operated in partnership with MBTA, leaves from World Trade Center and stops at U.S. Courthouse (providing access to Children's Museum and Tea Party Ship), and Lovejoy Wharf (access to North End and other historical monuments).
I felt it was time to check out old historic waterfront that has seen centuries of use. Everyone at hotel is knowledgeable of their neighborhood. The bellman directed me to East Wharf area to find out his favorite local "No Name Restaurant". After a dark walk down a cobblestoned quay stretching length of long rows of brick warehouses, I found second story fishery packed with locals crowding in before FleetBoston arena concert beating in nightscape background. I found a stool quickly at bar and ordered famous clam chowder from "Pop" who has been serving drinks here since revolt.
After FleetBoston concert I relaxed in Seaport's lobby lounge bar near 4-Diamond, 110-seat, non-smoking, Aura Restaurant. The Aura is a signature cuisine winner in Boston, allowing kids under 12 free dining with adults with "Vacation By The Sea Package".
Aura Executive Chef John Merrill grew up on Long Island, New York, and has been a fish cutter since his teens. After degrees at Culinary Institute of America in Hartford, Connecticut, he served as Rounds Cook, Sous Chef and Banquet Chef for many prestigious resorts on East Coast, including Reach Resort in Key West, Florida, and Boston Harbor Hotel, where he was Garde Manage Chef. Since Seaport's 1998 opening Chef Merrill has been creating many award winning culinary presentations with elegant dining overlooking harbor lights.
He selects specialty New England farmers and purveyors for fresh homegrown ingredients that are blended splendidly into wonderful textures and flavors. You may have caught him on "Ready, Set, Cook" on Food Network, or at Boston Wine Expo, which Seaport Hotel sponsors. For Aura restaurant reservations call
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