Boston’s Back Bay is home to great landmarks which give us a glimpse into the colorful personalities who left their mark on the city’s art, architecture and society. I never tire of spending an afternoon walking through Copley Square, up Huntington Avenue and across The Fenway. This area was all new when Frederick Law Olmsted reclaimed the swampy Fens at the turn of the twentieth century.
I often start my morning at one of my favorite Boston landmarks, The Boston Public Library. This impressive Charles McKim-designed building is home to the richly colored mural paintings of The Quest of the Holy Grail by Edwin Abbey, and the third floor John Singer Sargent murals – Triumph of Religion. Be sure you ascend the palatial grand staircase to see these great treasures. This will help burn off a few more calories before teatime!
The first floor Courtyard Restaurant is housed in a handsome barrel-vaulted room lit by brilliant palladium windows. Afternoon tea unfolds here Wednesday through Friday from 2:00 until 4:00 pm. This literary tea is composed of just the right amount of favorites teatime sandwiches.