Niagara Falls For Love – The Sheraton On The Falls Resort

Written by Kriss Hammond

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Lieutenant Colonel George Washington was known to frequentrepparttar many taverns that sprung up on School Street; two colonial-era buildings still stand—King's Chapel, a rough-hewn granite church completed in 1754, andrepparttar 138578 Old Corner Bookstore building, constructed in 1718 as an apothecary.

With remodeled 551 rooms and 21 suites, The Omni Parker House enters its third century.

The concept of a "hotel" is a fairly recent one. In colonial Boston, travelers found rest and refreshment not in hotels or motels, but at local taverns and inns. Women were rarely onrepparttar 138579 road, so colonial males usually frequentedrepparttar 138580 roadside taverns. They often even shared beds after quaffing pints of colonial beer. I guess after too many pints they beganrepparttar 138581 foment for freedom andrepparttar 138582 rise of a radical cause—Independence.

The earlier hotels were known as "houses." As more travelers arrived in Boston by coach or ship, lodging and dining houses bore patriotic names like American House, The Shawmut,repparttar 138583 Adams, and The Revere House. The resident houses were genteel and sometimes luxurious, and some began to even accommodated ladies!

Inrepparttar 138584 midst of this period of expansion and change, a 20-year-old farm boy named Harvey D. Parker arrived in Boston Harbor on a packet from Maine. The year was 1825, and with less than one dollar in his satchel, he was in immediate need of employment. His first job was as a caretaker for a horse and cow, which gave him eight dollars a month. Then as a coachman for a wealthy Watertown woman, he was set up on his career path.

Whenever Parker trottedrepparttar 138585 horse-drawn coach into Boston, his noon meal was at a dark, cellar café on Court Square, owned by John E. Hunt. By 1832,repparttar 138586 ambitious Parker bough Hunt's café for $432, and renamed it Parker's Restaurant. A combination of excellent food and service won over a regular clientele of businessmen, lawyers, and newspapermen. By 1854 he embarked on a grander enterprise.

His plan was to build a new, first class hotel and restaurant atrepparttar 138587 School Street base of Beacon Hill, just downrepparttar 138588 road fromrepparttar 138589 domed Massachusetts State House. Parker purchasedrepparttar 138590 former Mico Mansion and razedrepparttar 138591 decrepit boarding house. In its place, Parker built an ornate, five story, Italianate-style stone and brick hotel, faced with gleaming white marble. The first and second floors featured arched windows, while marble steps led fromrepparttar 138592 sidewalk torepparttar 138593 marble foyer within. Once inside, thick carpets and fashionable horsehair divans completed an air of elegance. Aboverepparttar 138594 front door, an engraved sign read simply, "Parker's." Even visiting British author Charles Dickens marveled atrepparttar 138595 splendor of Boston's finest new hotel. To read this entire feature FREE with photos cut and paste this link:

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Mr Jefferson’s Land – Keswick Hall Resort

Written by Carol Sorgen

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Having arrived at Keswick late inrepparttar afternoon, I took a short stroll aroundrepparttar 138577 grounds, and then enjoyed tea — complete with scones, clotted cream, preserves, and pastries — inrepparttar 138578 music room adjacent torepparttar 138579 library. After a rest in my room, it was, of course, time for dinner (you wouldn’t think I would have needed dinner afterrepparttar 138580 tea, but isn’t that what vacation is for?). We stayed onrepparttar 138581 estate that evening, dining inrepparttar 138582 hotel’s sophisticated restaurant, Fossett’s. The striking table settings, coolly elegant flower arrangements, and floor-to-ceiling windows are only part of Fossett’s appeal. The food was also delicious. I hadrepparttar 138583 rack of lamb, one of my favorites, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The next morning we headed off for a tour of Monticello. Onlyrepparttar 138584 first floor ofrepparttar 138585 presidential home is open torepparttar 138586 public, butrepparttar 138587 well-informed docents can answer virtually any question you may have aboutrepparttar 138588 house, President Jefferson, or his family. It had been some years since I’d visited Monticello and I found I was as captivated as I had beenrepparttar 138589 first time to think ofrepparttar 138590 intellect, talent, and unbounded curiosity just one person could possess.

Jefferson began clearingrepparttar 138591 land for Monticello and levelingrepparttar 138592 mountaintop in 1768, when he was just 25 years old. The building ofrepparttar 138593 house began in 1769. For more than 40 years, Jefferson was constantly involved withrepparttar 138594 construction and enlargement ofrepparttar 138595 home. He sketchedrepparttar 138596 drawings forrepparttar 138597 first house himself, based on what he had learned from architecture books published in England.

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