Lexington, Massachusetts: From Luxury to History
The short cab ride from Boston Logan International Airport was a wonderful preview of what was in store for me during my visit to Lexington, Massachusetts. Lexington has deep roots with my home country of France, beginning with General Lafayette’s visit in 1824 and continuing today with its active connections with Antony, Lexington’s sister city in France. The landscape was filled with beautiful green scenery and many people on bikes. I couldn’t wait to get out and explore myself!
Wonderful Hospitality at the Inn at Hastings Park
I arrived at the Inn at Hastings Park and was very happy to discover a beautiful hotel with first-class hospitality, which is one of only five Relais & Chateaux properties in the New England area. The design of the hotel is exquisite, reflecting a contemporary twist on the traditional style. The room was so appealing I almost immediately took a nap, but decided to enjoy a light lunch in the hotel lobby. I had a delicious beet and mixed green salad, and of course, I had to try the clam chowder. Delicious!
Discovering the Birthplace of American Liberty
After lunch, my first stop was at the Minute Man National Historical Park. The greens are lovely, and the rangers are friendly and eager to share the history of the park and the battles that took place there during the American Revolutionary War.
Then we took a ride on the beautiful Liberty Ride trolley tour toward the Lexington Battle Green. The trolley itself is an attraction, with a guide on board pointing out historical details along the way. The Lexington Battle Green is such a unique place. They call it the birthplace of American Liberty and you can really feel the history here. This is the location of the first shots leading to the war for independence from Great Britain, and the revolutionary spirit is still alive and well today.
Quaint Boutiques and Specialty Stores
To cool off, we enjoyed an iced coffee at Ride Studio Café, a quaint local bike store, and then visited a stunning local boutique called Petra, which was filled with amazing fashions that appealed to my French tastes. There were so many boutiques around filled with fun and unique souvenirs.
Before heading back to the hotel, we stopped at a grocery store called MA France Gourmet, where I met the owners who are originally from the region of Bordeaux. I found so many of my favourite French products that I crave, so I bought some snacks to bring back home!
Revolutionary Service and Hospitality
We had worked up quite an appetite, so we went to the restaurant we’d heard so many good things about, Artistry on the Green. I ordered seared sea scallops that were so tender and delicious, and perfectly paired with the gnocchi Parisienne that came with them. The service at the Artistry on the Green is top-notch and we enjoyed the last bit of our chardonnay while lingering in the relaxing den area. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful visit.