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Luxury Boston Hotel at the Fairmont Copley Plaza

Front Entrance of Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza

Front Entrance of Boston’s Fairmont Copley Plaza

In 2012, the Fairmont Copley Plaza will celebrate its centennial with the completion of a $20 million dollar renovation with a complete schedule of activities and events, including hotel history tours that will lead up to the anniversary on August 19, 2012.

From the moment the guest steps out of their car or taxi in front of the hotel, the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston staff begins to deliver superior service. One may even be greeted by Catie Copley the “Canine Ambassador” of The Fairmont. It’s a level of service that will last throughout the guest’s entire stay, no matter what the setting.

Boston Historic Hotel

The building, which opened the same year Fenway Park was built, is a 383-room symbol of Boston’s history located within walking distance of Boston Common, the Freedom Trailand Beacon Hill. Right across the street from the hotel one can find the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church and Hancock Tower.

Nearly every 20th Century American President stayed at the hotel. As part of the building’s renovation, the Fairmont has added eight themed suites which focus on Boston’s unique history and culture. The rooms are classic with modern conveniences meant to give a residential feel to the stay.

Fairmont Gold

While the service at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is excellent, visitors have the option of choosing the Fairmont Gold service, which takes the service to an even higher level. Guests have their own reception area on the fourth floor along with access to the lounge, which offers breakfast in the morning, appetizers and cocktails in the early evening, as well as coffee, tea, sodas and an honor bar throughout the day.

Fairmont Gold guests have a concierge at their disposal to provide personal service for them during their stay. If a guest mentions they have tickets to the Red Sox game, the next day they might find an information card in their room giving them information about how to get there, game start time, expected weather and the starting pitchers. The staff at the Fairmont anticipates needs and helps guest enjoy their stay.

New Dining Experience

As part of the hotel’s renovation, the hotel is developing a new restaurant set to debut in the summer of 2012. Local flavors and cuisine are sure to have a place on the menu, as they always have at Copley Plaza, but there will also be a lifestyle menu catering to healthy eating and special diets.

Catie Copley, Canine Ambassador

Perhaps the most famous member of the Fairmont Copley Plaza staff is Catie Copley, the hotel’s official canine ambassador. Catie, a black Labrador, has her own spot in the hotel lobby where guests can stop by to pet and feed her and hopefully feel more at home at the hotel. She also has a small dog house outside one of the doors where guests can greet her. Guests can even schedule an appointment to take Catie for a walk.

Catie has her own business cards and e-mail address and has even published her own children’s book. Copies of the book, complete with Catie’s footprint signature, can be purchased in the hotel’s gift shop.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston

138 St. James Avenue  Boston, Massachusetts  02116

(617) 267-5300

There are many reasons to visit Boston – great food, history and catching a Red Sox game. While there, there are many reasons to enjoy a stay at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Massachusetts: The Place to Fall Into Outdoor Adventure

Fall in Boston, Cr-boston.com

Fall in Boston, Cr-boston.com

Experience the Great Outdoors With a Variety of Exhilarating Activities

Escape the indoors as you experience an assortment of unique autumn adventures in Massachusetts. Experience firsthand how the shores of the Cape change after Labor Day. Enjoy the fading green summer background and the beautiful autumn colors as you cycle along the back roads and bike paths in many Massachusetts communities from the Cape and Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket to the Berkshires. For those looking for more adrenaline pumping activities, let the rolling waves challenge you as you kayak in the beautiful Essex River Basin or raft the white water rapids in Western MA. See fall foliage from a bird’s eye view as you take a glider flight with Cape Cod Soaring or a Hot Air Balloon over the stunning mountaintops of Western Massachusetts. Push your boundaries and enjoy the Commonwealth’s natural elegance as you fall into outdoor adventure.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) provides adventurous families with all of the resources needed to create the perfect fall getaway. A dedicated microsite to autumn, massvacation.com/fallfoliage, gives you driving routes, up-to-date leaf peeping information, lodging specials and all of the information you need to enjoy autumn in the Commonwealth.

“Fall is the perfect time to spend exploring and experiencing Massachusetts,” said Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism. “With all of the fairs, festivals and foliage, there is something for everyone.”

The following is just a sampling of activities across the state:
Greater Boston

Boston Harbor National Park- 34 islands accessible from Boston Harbor comprise this National Park Area. Camp, kayak, picnic, swim, bird watch or explore historic trails and forts. Panoramic views of the harbor and Boston. Camping available on four islands.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak – With five locations in the Greater Boston Area, they offer canoes and stable recreational kayaks, plus faster sea kayaks and a variety of other boat types! Explore all their canoe and kayak rental locations and you’ll find a wide range of paddling experiences and environments.

North of Boston & Greater Merrimack Valley:

Essex River Basin Adventures – Explore nature and discover wildlife paddling around the Essex River Basin. Paddle to Crane Beach to watch the moon rise and enjoy smores, hot chocolate and coffee. Start your morning with a sunrise paddle or take a leisure ride on a family friendly tour.

South of Boston

Capt. Tim Brady & Sons Charters & Tours – This Plymouth Company offers Whale Watching Tours, sports fishing charters, deep sea fishing charters and specialty cruises.

Cape and Islands

Cape Cod Soaring , Marston Mills– Simply take a glider ride or learn to fly on your own.

Central Mass

Columbus Day “Hike and Bike” Weekend, Noble View – Take it easy with a scenic foliage hike in the Berkshire foothills, or take on a challenge with the Great River Ride. We’ll stay at Noble View, with its cozy fireplace heated cabins and state-of-the art bath house. Three nights, three simple breakfasts, three dinners, $95/person.

Jumptown Skydiving, Orange – Skydiving club and drop zone at Orange Airport, birthplace of commercial U.S. skydiving. Jumps and classes for experienced skydivers and novices, as well as exciting competitions and exhibitions. State-of-the-art hangar, plus club and team rooms. Coaching, rigging, and packers available. Spectators welcome in a shaded viewing area.

Western Mass

Worthington Ballooning – A balloon flight in New England is an experience few people ever know. It can be an aerial nature walk where, floating silently above the trees, you may see wildlife in their natural habitat. It can also be the most peaceful, relaxing experience you will ever know, following the contour of the land or dipping down for a close up view of a small lake, pond or stream. Established in 1991, Worthington Ballooning specializes in customized flights high above the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Article provided by Massachusetts tourism bureau.

Boston Tourism Guide

 Boston Tourism Guide ,cr-time.com

Boston Tourism Guide ,credit -time.com

A tourism guide that focuses on Boston’s historic landmarks, unique neighborhoods and interesting cultural sites.

The Hub. The Cradle of Liberty. The Athens of America. Beantown. Whatever you know Boston as, it remains one of America’s most unique and historic cities. From colonial landmarks to soaring skyscrapers to the most hallowed baseball stadium in American history, Boston has it all. Visiting this city, whether for business, on vacation or just for a day trip, can be an exhilarating experience. It is important, however, to orient yourself to Boston’s unique layout and atmosphere to successfully navigate it. This guide is intended to help visitors get to know the city and its wealth of landmarks and attractions better.

Getting to know Boston

Unlike many major U.S. cities like New York and Philadelphia, Boston lacks a street grid plan. Therefore, keep in mind that its streets and highways often go off haphazardly. But don’t worry; getting lost in Boston is half the fun. The good news is that Boston is fairly small and compact so visitors can often just walk from one neighborhood or landmark to another. In fact, Boston is often called “The Walking City” for this reason. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, better known as the MBTA or simply “the T” also offers bus, light rail, subway and ferry service in Boston.

In terms of weather and climate, the city has both hot summers and cold winters, so dress accordingly. New England weather is known for being erratic and unpredictable. Boston also is fairly expensive, so be prepared to pay a premium for food, souvenirs and other amenities. Out-of-towners should brace themselves for the infamous “Boston accent” which takes a minute to get used to but is easy to comprehend. Finally, Bostonians are both a diverse lot and extremely proud of their heritage and culture. Civic pride runs deep, especially in sports. In other words, don’t wear a Yankee cap around Fenway Park unless you want to be cussed out and heckled!

Downtown: the hub of “The Hub”

We’ll start our overview of the city in Downtown Boston. The district contains many landmarks and important neighborhoods, including Boston’s central business district and city hall. The bustling Financial District contains many of the city’s skyscrapers and historic buildings, including the Customs House Tower and the Boston Federal Reserve. Nearby, visitors can check out the New England Aquarium and take a harbor cruise on one of Boston’s famous duck boats. Government Center holds Boston’s imposing City Hall and City Hall Plaza which often holds concerts and shows of every sort.

Chinatown offers authentic Chinese cuisine and trinkets while the Theater District is home to many theaters that show Broadway and off-Broadway productions.

Shoppers will be in heaven at Downtown Crossing, Boston’s upscale shopping district. When you’re ready to take a break, head over to Boston Common and Public Garden, the city’s flagship park, to relax and enjoy the serene setting.

Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market offer many great souvenir shops and restaurants. Be forewarned, it’s a major tourist area so don’t expect any bargains or anything truly authentic.

Just north of the Financial District is the famed North End, the city’s Little Italy (just don’t ever call it “Little Italy!”). Here, you can find a plethora of authentic Italian bakeries, cafes and restaurants as well as historic landmarks like the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church.

Last but certainly not least, try to take advantage of Boston’s compact size and take a walking tour of the city. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walking tour that begins in Boston Common and follows the city’s best known and most renowned landmarks, such as Fanueil Hall, the Paul Revere House, the old State House, the Old North Church and the USS Constitution. Also worth checking out is Boston by Foot, a guided walking tour that focuses on Boston’s architecture, history and unique neighborhoods.

Charlestown and Allston/Brighton

There’s plenty to see outside of Downtown Boston as well. Charlestown is a historic neighborhood just north of the city proper, home to the iconic Bunker Hill Monument, the historic Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

Allston and Brighton are home to a large student and recent graduate population. Stop by to check out the nightlife or grab a bite to eat in one of the many ethnic restaurants in the area.

Beacon Hill and Back Bay

Beacon Hill, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States, is known for its gas lit street lanterns and historic brick townhouses. The Massachusetts State Capitol building is located here and is a must see for architecture buffs. No trip to Beacon Hill is complete without seeing the famous Cheers Beacon Hill pub, formerly the Bull and Finch pub, that inspired the hit television show “Cheers.”

Nearby, the Back Bay is another upscale neighborhood with several tourist draws. High class shops, boutiques and restaurants abound, especially on Newbury Street. Check out the beautiful Trinity Church and the many sites around Copley Square such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Public Library. Finally, to catch the best possible view of Boston, head up to the observation deck of the Prudential Tower to see a breathtaking vista of the city.


Sports fans should stop by Fenway-Kenmore to pay tribute to Fenway Park, the oldest baseball stadium in the country. Fenway-Kenmore also boasts many cool shops, restaurants and souvenirs stands, especially on Yawkey Way.

Visit Boston!

Well, that about wraps up the main tourist draws in Boston. Of course, don’t just limit yourself to these well known neighborhoods and landmarks. Why not stop by an Irish pub in South Boston, see the beautiful brownstone architecture of the South End or visit the Samuel Adams Brewery in Jamaica Plain? The beauty of Boston is that the city has so much to offer in a compact, walkable space. So what are you waiting for? Take a trip to Boston, one of America’s most unique and vibrant cities!