Posted February 25, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Boutiques and antique shops, cobblestone streets, large brownstones, and a range of upscale dining options attract visitors and locals to Boston's sweetheart neighborhood, Beacon Hill, and its darling, Charles Street. The area has been the focal point for many guidebooks, and is the place to experience part of Boston's historical side. Today, you can stay in a renovated prison, drink wines from around the world, and satisfy your breakfast craving all on the hill.
The Liberty Hotel: Located in the old city prison, the Liberty Hotel has unlocked the historical building's potential as a four-star accommodation. Many of the original structure's unique traits were preserved, such as its round "ocular" windows, the central rotunda, and the vestiges of jail cells in its restaurant, Clink. Guests will feel like they've been given a Governor's pardon staying here, with a 24-hour concierge, evening turndown service, valet, and glorious views of the Charles River. Rooms start at $295 per night.
Bin 26 Enoteca When it comes to wines, Bin 26 knows its vintages from its vintners. The close-quartered and friendly restaurant on Charles Street believes wine shouldn't be feared, urging visitors to sit back and enjoy a glass of red or white. Carrying more than 60 wines by-the-glass and 200 bottles, Bin 26 also features a food menu offering appetizers and entrees for pairing, including cheeses, charcuteries, and pastas. Entrees start at $15 for risotto with butternut squash, fried sage, and toasted pumpkin seeds, and $5 for wines by the glass.
The Paramount Serving hungry patrons since 1937, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant may be small in space but is big on taste. Brunch is a particularly popular time to go, and you may have to wait in line since you're only allowed to sit after you've placed your order cafeteria-style at the counter. However, if time is money, then it's definitely worth the wait to eat here. Egg sandwiches start at $1.95 and omelets cap off at $6.95. Along with the typical breakfast fare, you can also choose from blueberry, banana, or apple-cinnamon pancakes, as well as Texas-style French toast. The restaurant serves food all day, and the evening menu is served tableside.
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