What I Love About Boston’s Back Bay

Part 2

This is the second in a blog series “What I Love About ….” covering unique residences, shops, restaurants, and experiences found in the upscale neighborhoods of Boston.

There’s so much to share about the unique and exquisite Back Bay neighborhood I had to break it down into three parts:

Part 1 covered Back Bay’s vibrant residential life
Part 2 – in this blog, I will describe some “off the beaten path” spots I’m fond of
Part 3 will feature some of my favorite residences and their unique histories

Part 2: “Off the Beaten Path” Restaurants and Shops

Bar Lola in Back Bay BarLola is a hidden gem underneath a grand building on Commonwealth Ave. Very few public establishments are in this residential area of Back Bay. Besides delicious Spanish tapas and the best Sangria, it also features Flamenco dancing on the weekends. Sitting outside on a summer evening is simply delightful.
Oak Bar in Back Bay Recently renovated, OAK Long Bar + Kitchen is in the classic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. The new menu offers renditions of old New England classics like Maine lobster and George’s Bank sole. Many ingredients are sourced from the Copley Square Farmers’ Market across from the hotel. In blending period detail and modern elegance, my favorite feature here is beveled glass mirrors that become HDTVs.
Open from mid-May to mid-November on Tuesdays and Fridays, Copley Square Farmers’ Market is worth a visit. Fresh produce is for sale by local farmers throughout New England. Bakeries offer unique breads and desserts. Seasonal fare, such as apple cider and donuts, is also available.

Set in the courtyard of the magnificent Trinity Church, enjoy your grub on a bench and people-watch, amidst fountains and plantings.

Simon Pearce3 Simon Pearce1 Experience a little bit of Vermont on Newbury Street at Simon Pearce. The eponymous showcase of works by the renowned hand-blown glassmaker is stunning.  Find the perfect gift or home décor item in the collection.

Visit The Mill at Quechee VT for glassblowing demonstrations and an award-winning restaurant overlooking the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge.

Casa Romero transports you to Mexico by its ambience, menu and service. Enter the restaurant from the “side” entrance off Gloucester Street (or as locals would say, “the alley”).

Casa Romero2 Casa Romero1 This unusual locale has been a well-kept secret in Boston for 45 years. The welcoming owners host school field trips for an immersion in Hispanic language and culture.

This is the 2nd in a series of “What I Love About…“For more on Boston’s Back Bay, read Part 1 and stay tuned for Part 3.