The College Club of Boston
Boasting centuries of American history amidst the urban landscapes of a thriving modern metropolis, Boston is a mecca for tourists year-round. But never is it more magnificent than at Christmastime, when many of the city’s most storied landmarks are adorned with towering firs, glittering lights, vibrantly hued poinsettias, and all manner of Yuletide finery. The season commences with live music, pyrotechnic displays, and ice-skating at the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony in the 50-acre Boston Common. Take a much-needed respite from holiday shopping, and drop by one of the myriad restaurants at the ornately appointed Fairmont Copley Plaza, an iconic symbol of elegance since its gala opening in 1912. Built in 1804, the gracious four-story townhouse of the wealthy Dr. Arthur Nichols family has been restored and preserved as the Nichols House Museum and features an exquisite collection of American and European antiques, Flemish tapestries, sculpture, and Asian works of art. The Bertram Inn, a charming bed-and-breakfast in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts, offers guests an opportunity to step back in time to the early twentieth century, with its grand sweeping staircase, oak paneling, and cozy hearthside gathering spots. Since 1890, The College Club of Boston has thrived as a dynamic organization devoted to the promotion of culture, education, and philanthropy. Today, this quaint Victorian brownstone houses an eleven-room bed-and-breakfast, as well as lavishly furnished meeting rooms. Reminiscent of a fifteenth-century Venetian palace, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum showcases an impressive collection of priceless works. A foremost female patron of the arts, Gardner was a longtime champion of the artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James.
To view more of the City on a Hill, see “Boston Dressed for the Holidays,” on page 23 of the November/December 2013 issue of Victoria magazine.