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Tis the Season…For some fun holiday events in Boston

Pretty lights in Faneuil Hall, Boston

Pretty lights in Faneuil Hall, Boston

With snow starting to pile up, lights twinkling throughout the city, and temperatures dropping, the holidays are on everyone’s minds. From tree lightings, to concerts, to parties with family and friends, to work events, to sports games, the list of activities in and around the city at this time of year are endless.

Here are a select few food and wine events that sounded fun to me. Enjoy!

  • Boston Center for Adult Education Classes on Winter’s Best Brews: This season the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is offering Bostonians a chance to boost their beer knowledge with an all-new “Winter Brews” Series. This three class series led by the Belmont’s Craft Beer Cellar staff and Ben Bouton of Urban Grape’s Urban Hops Program gives participants a chance to sample some of the best winter beverages.  The third and final class in the series is this upcoming Monday: What’s A Craft Beer? Intrigued by IPA? Curious about Kolsch? Join Urban Grape’s resident beer expert Ben Bouton for a class on craft beer basics! Ben will explain the differences between mass and craft production, and divulge the details of several popular beer varieties. The best part? You’ll learn by tasting! Monday, December 16th, 2013; 6:30PM to 8:00PM, $45/$38 Members, Materials $15
  • The Beehive’s Very Merry Performance: Can you hear it? The holiday season is in full swing and The Beehive is hosting a Christmas concert featuring local Christmas repertoire specialist Bailey Cunningham and team on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. From 8:00PM to 12:00AM guests can enjoy the beautiful sounds of their favorite holiday melodies while enjoying delicious food and drink throughout the evening.In the kitchen, chef Marc Orfaly will serve delicious dishes from The Beehive’s dinner menu such as braised pork osso buco with sweet & sour cabbage and German potato salad ($24), exotic mushroom lasagne with spinach & pomodoro sauce ($22), duck au poivre with kimchee fried rice & apricot chutney ($27) and seafood fra diavolo with lobster, shrimp, whitefish, artichoke and linguine ($29). The Beehive’s bar team will also be serving their highly acclaimed cocktails such as the seasonal cranberry winter mojito made with gosling’s black rum, drunken cranberries, fresh mint and lime ($12.50), and the arroyo made with silver tequila, illegal mezcal joven, agave nectar, black balsam currant and lime juice ($13) all evening long! For dinner reservations or for more information please call 617.423.0069 or visit www.beehiveboston.comNo cover charge, cash bar, reservations recommended.
  • MET Back Bay’s Boston Hot Chocolate Experience: It’s time to add another must-try item to the Boston sweets scene. Met Back Bay, located at 279 Dartmouth Street in Boston, MA, has launched the “Boston Hot Chocolate Experience” featuring Taza Chocolate just in time for the holiday season! Presented in a flight of four miniature glasses for $14.00, they offer four distinct flavors for chocolate lovers including: Classic Hot Chocolate  – featuring Taza Vanilla Chocolate, whipped cream and mini toasted marshmallows, Mexican Hot Chocolate – with Taza Cinnamon Chocolate, whipped cream, a cinnamon stick and grated Taza Guajillo Chili Chocolate, Salted Almond Hot Chocolate  – with Taza Salted Almond Chocolate, whipped cream and an almond biscotti and finally, Peppermint Hot Chocolate – featuring Taza Cacao Puro Chocolate, peppermint, whipped cream & candy cane.  Each flavor can be upgraded to an “adult version” with additions like, Bailey’s White Chocolate, XO Patron, Amaretto and White Crème de Menthe.
  • Beat Hôtel’s Holiday Lunch to Last Minute Harvard Square Shoppers On Christmas Eve: Stressing about last minute Christmas errands? Take the edge off on Christmas Eve and join Beat Hôtel on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM for a special holiday lunch in charming, bustling Harvard Square. Perfect for both last minute shoppers grabbing a quick bite as well as those looking for an extended celebration with friends and co-workers alike, guests can take a break and relax withdelicious lunch fare, unique, high-quality wine & traditional glögg, and a live holiday performance before heading off to their evening festivities. Executive chef Rebecca Newell will be serving Beat Hôtel’s newly launched lunch menu including a variety of sandwiches, a selection of mains including the wedge salad with grilled skirt steak and blue cheese vinaigrette ($19), quiche with spinach, cauliflower, leeks, frites and salad ($14) as well  as Beat’s signature earth bowl.Rushing around and in need of a quick booze re-boot? Swing by one of Beat’s two bars and relax with a glass of glögg, a traditional and festive blend of dry red wine, dark rum, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seedpods, whole cloves, dark raisins and almonds ($5 per glass), or a glass (or two!) of one of Beat Hôtel’s small-crafted, high-quality wines on tap. For lunch reservations call Beat Hôtel at 617-499-0001. For full menu visit

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Goodbye for now…I’ll try to stay drama-free until after 1.2.14…..Adios. #silverliningsmarketing

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10 Reasons to splurge on the Killington Grand Resort

Blurry picture taken from my phone of the view of the mountain from the hotel

All the snow we’ve gotten here in Boston today has been making me think about snowboarding, and my recent trip to Vermont. The weekend before Christmas, we went up to Killington for a few nights. Like last year, I purchased the K55 lift tickets in October to save around $30 each. At that time, Boston hadn’t gotten any snow yet, so it was nice to be up in a winter wonderland. It snowed at least a little bit everyday that we were there.

Like last year, we stayed in the Killington Grand Resort because we had really been happy with the hotel. It’s a little pricey, but I still think that the perks are worth it. It also helped that we were there for a weekend early in the season. The price must have gone up another $100 or so per night by now.

I’m all about saving money when I travel. But even I think it’s nice to splurge every once and a while. Why?

1. The Killington Grand is right at the base of the mountain. You can’t get any closer. It’s literally a one minute walk over the bridge to get to one of the lifts.

2. Free breakfast. And it’s not just muffins and coffee either. I mean a free buffet with eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, french toast, pastries, bagels, and more. What’s better way to start a strenuous day of skiing than a good breakfast? It’s the best time to indulge because you have the next 6 hours on the mountain to burn it off!

3. The pool! The pool is probably my favorite part. I love being able to swim outside in a warm heated pool, while watching it snow, and then jump into the hot tub next to it. The pool’s even better because it starts inside and continues into the outside. Definitely the perfect way to relax your muscles after a hard day on the mountain.

4. Comfortable rooms. You know if you’re paying extra to stay at a resort at the base of a mountain, you’ll end up with comfortable rooms and beds. You won’t be stuck with some cardboard mattress that you might get at the nearest motel.

5. The soft robes that come in the comfortable rooms.

6. Starbucks drinks and mini Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups in the gift shop. You know I have to feed my addictions even while I’m away.

7. The elegant Christmas trees and decorations that they have up during the holidays, as well as the multiple fire places. It really makes you feel like you could be living in a Christmas song.

8. The sauna. Another great way to relax after skiing.

9. Free wifi. Most hotels have this, but during this particular trip the wifi really helped me out. I had something I had to get done for work the night that we got up there, and was able to complete it quickly and easily.

10. Regular resort amenities. Not that I used them, but it was nice to know that the hotel had a gym, a spa, a restaurant, etc. Just in case.

Stay tuned for what you can’t miss and what to skip during your stay in Killington, Vermont!

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