Tequila! Do you have a co-worker or boss, friend or family member, for that matter, that you just CAN NOT stand anymore? Nothing takes the pain of annoyance and boredom away quiet like tequila. I like Patron Silver on the rocks with a few limes. No sugar, no agave bullshit, just the hard stuff. Repeat as necessary.


“For I dipped into the future, far as human eye could see, Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be”


Fall is the most beautiful time to visit New England and I am planning to escape to Boston for a weekend in October.  My favorite place to stay is this amazing European-style boutique hotel located in Back Bay, The Eliot Hotel. I first stayed here on my first visit back after I moved from Boston to Savannah, GA in 2004.  I have never been disappointed.  It is literally so quiet and luxuriously comfortable that I often find myself dreaming of going and napping there for an entire week! 


This glamorous  spot is close to all of the shopping and eateries that Back Bay has to offer, including Newbury Street.  It is also a short distance down Massachusetts Avenue to Cambridge.


All of the rooms are suites; elegantly decorated with beautiful linens, tailored furniture and marble bathrooms. 

 Clio and Uni are located in The Eliot.  Both have been named among the “Best Restaurants in America” by Zagat. 

James Beard Award winner, Chef Ken Oringer, has given his talents and expertise to make Clio one of the top French restaurants in Boston.  The food is truly delicious and the atmosphere is Parisian romantic. 

Uni is considered to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in Boston as well, voted “Best Sashimi Bar” by Boston Magazine.

all images courtesy of The Eliot Hotel, Boston


EXTRA TIDBIT:  While staying at The Eliot, I like to visit Pemberton Farms in Cambridge to stock my room with treats.  Located at 2225 Massachusetts Avenue, this is a wonderful little farmer’s market and gourmet food store that I discovered while living in Boston.  They have the most wonderful produce (especially fall apples!), homemade pies and cookies, artisan cheese, deli items, meat and fresh New England fish.  It is truly a great family-owned market so stop in when you are in Boston!

The Morning Walk, 1785

Mr. William Hallett and his Wife, Elizabeth, nee Stephen 

by Thomas Gainsborough


This famous painting of my ancestors is part of the permanent collection in The National Gallery in London.