Leap into Spring with these Great Events around Boston

Here at Hampshire House, we couldn’t be more proud to be from Boston. Our Beacon Hill neighborhood is full of rich history, stunning views and beautiful architecture, and we love exploring every part of the city. If you’re already planning for a fun-filled springtime in Boston, be sure to add these great upcoming events to your calendar.

  • The Boston Marathon. This incredibly popular race takes place each year on a 26-mile course between Hopkinton and Boston. It usually sees around 36,000 runners from all around the world, as well as thousands of spectators cheering them on along the route. This year’s Boston Marathon takes place on Monday, April 17.

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  • Patriot’s Day. This patriotic holiday is celebrated every year on the third Monday in April to commemorate the battles in Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and present-day Arlington. These battles were some of the first in the Revolutionary War and today, Boston celebrates with re-enactments, parades, and other free events throughout the city.
  • The Boston Red Sox. This year’s Red Sox home opener is scheduled for April 3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. There is also always a home game in Boston on the day of the Boston Marathon, so after you check out the race, you can also cheer for the home team at Fenway Park.

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  • See a show. If you’re a fan of the theater, you won’t want to miss one of Boston’s many performing arts events. See the Blue Man group at the Charles Playhouse any time in April, see Rogers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Boston Opera House from April 11 through April 23 or check out Rent at the Shubert Theater between April 11 and April 23.
  • Old Town Trolley Tours. If you want to learn more about the history of Boston, a trolley tour is always a fun way to spend a spring afternoon. Old Town Trolley Tours provide an informative, hop-on, hop-off tour of the city’s historic district.

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  • The Boston Public Garden. On a warm day, these lush gardens are perfect for an afternoon stroll amidst the flowers. The garden is in full bloom during the marathon, so it’s the perfect place for residents or visitors to enjoy.

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Hampshire House Easter Brunch – April 16, 2017

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Easter is just around the corner, and if you’re looking to make this year’s celebration a bit more special, you won’t want to miss Easter brunch at Hampshire House. This annual event gives families a truly elegant, memorable way to spend Easter together without the stress of hosting or cooking. If you just want to spend time with the ones you love and celebrate the true meaning of Easter, let Hampshire House do the work for you at our one-of-a-kind Easter brunch celebration.

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At the Hampshire House Easter brunch, you and your loved ones will enjoy three gourmet courses featuring the very best in Boston seafood and upscale new American options. The plated meal includes an appetizer, your choice of main dishes and a decadent dessert to top off the afternoon. Appetizers include options such as a Sunday Lobster Bisque, plates of fresh fruit or a Gulf Shrimp Martini with fresh tomato-olive relish, while main dishes include everything from brunch favorites like Eggs Benedict to grilled tenderloin medallions, herb-crusted salmon and a New England lobster omelet. Guests can pair their meal with a refreshing mimosa or a house special Bloody Mary for an extra charge.

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With its turn-of-the-century architecture, Italian marble details and crystal chandeliers, Hampshire House is truly one of the most special places in the Boston area. The view overlooking the Boston Public Garden and Beacon Hill address only adds to the already incredible experience that comes with visiting this historic attraction. It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family together for an Easter celebration that you won’t soon forget.

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This year’s Easter brunch will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hampshire House’s dining room. To make a reservation, visit Hampshire House’s OpenTable page through the Hampshire House website.

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How Wedding Food as Evolved Over the Years

Throughout history, the food served at weddings has been an object of both adoration and scrutiny. At times decadent and traditional, at others enrapturing and experimental, and sometimes underwhelming and uninspired, wedding food is often a reflection of a particular era or wedding party. Now more than ever, wedding couples are doing away with tried-and-true wedding menus in favor of dishes with meaning or unique flair. (For many, this means shortening guest lists in order to accommodate a more expensive oeuvre.) Read on to check out our study of traditional and contemporary wedding dishes.

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The Standards

For years, many weddings went with a standard menu form: vegetable, meat, starch, and dessert plus drinks. The age-old filet of beef with twice baked potatoes would fill the meat and starch categories respectively, while green beans or other cooked greens might serve as the veggie. For drinks, wine and/or champagne. For dessert, the classic: wedding cake. This standard menu may sound uninspired for some of the more adventurous among us, but today there are several modern takes on these classics that add new energy and delicious touches to the tried-and-true wedding menu form.

Today’s Take on The Wedding Menu

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As an alternative to reinventing traditional favorites, many of today’s wedding menus do away with tradition altogether. Couples across the country and the world are opting for new menu items with personal significance or experimental flair. Destination weddings may come complete with authentic entrees, while themed weddings will often stay true to theme throughout the menu. On the drink side of things, contemporary favorites such as craft beer and custom cocktails have become popular in recent. For dessert, many couples still serve cake, but others opt for more experimental options such as donuts, macaroons, or even flambé.

No matter what your menu preference might be, our professionals at the Hampshire House have an expansive list of gourmet wedding food options for both the experimental and traditional wedding menu. Contact our Boston, MA wedding planning team today to learn more!

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