Around Us – Alden Castle


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum evokes the atmosphere of a 15th-century Venetian palace. You won’t believe you are in Boston. It is the most intimate and unique venue from which to view paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, and rare books. Save time to enjoy the constantly changing blooms of the enchanting interior Courtyard and to have tea in the cafe. Magical any season, but most especially in winter time. Interesting to note, in 1990 two thieves dressed as Boston police officers gained entrance to the museum and executed the largest art heist in modern history. You might enjoy learning more about it in the “Stolen” documentary.

Fenway Red Sox Baseball Game Even if you’re not an avid baseball fan, there’s something special about seeing a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, where Babe Ruth made his major league debut and the legendary Ted Williams set records. The historic stadium is the oldest and most celebrated ballpark in the U.S. and an anchor to Boston’s past. Red Sox Box Office seats generally sell out early in the season, but you can usually find tickets through reputable  brokers such as Ticket Network and Awesome Seating. Fenway is known for its 37-foot high, 231-foot long left-field wall nicknamed the Green Monster. The seats atop the four-story wall are a popular choice for fans hoping to catch a home run ball. For seats along the first base line, the best are in Field Box sections 21-32 and the Loge Box Sections 108-124, rows DD and higher. Bring your glove!

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Jamaica Plain is a warm and friendly neighborhood commonly referred to as “JP”. Start your day with a morning jog around picturesque Jamaica Pond. Then, take a stroll down Centre Street for brunch at one of JP’s many independent restaurants. Try a house-made brioche breakfast sandwich at Ula Café, biscuits and gravy at Centre Street Café, or beef bocadillo at Tres Gatos. You can’t go wrong no matter where you go! Still have time to explore? Wander through some of JP’s boutiques and vintage shops before heading over to the Arnold Arboretum, famous for its annual Lilac Sunday, held each May.

Bully Boy Distillers Boston now has three craft whiskey distilleries. Our favorite is Bully Boy Distillers located in the Roxbury neighborhood. Co-founders and brothers Will and Dave Willis have a passion for spirits and have been handcrafting whiskey, vodka, gin, and rum since 2010. A behind-the-scene tour let’s you in on the magic: From 600-liter copper pots where mash and fermentation take place to distillation and bottling. Tour reservations can be made on their website and walk-ins are welcome upon availability.

Tatte For us, it is tough to go to Alden Castle without a stop at Tatte Bakery on Beacon Street. This is Orit Tzur’s very first location and we have been loyal customers ever since. Her nut boxes helped her earn a celebrity status, but we always get the halva roses too. Wonderful spot for savory meals, with a bit of Israeli flair – Tatte’s zaatar mix is incredible!


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