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One dinner away from Boston

betta Feb 19, 2010 09:50 AM


I need to plan a celebratory dinner for my DC. We live in Somerville and I'm looking for a destination for a one-night away from Boston with an excellent dinner. Our go-to plan for this sort of thing is Portland, ME and having dinner at Fore Street, but does anyone have any other suggestions? We love Montreal, but it is too far for one night & I teach at the Culinary Institute of America, so am in the Hudson valley during the week. We also spent a dreadful two nights in the Berkshires (the B&B was horrible, dinner was fine).

Any suggestions? Where would you drive to spend one night away for a fabulous dinner?

Thanks very much!

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    MParente RE: betta Feb 19, 2010 10:04 AM

    Two things immediately came to mind, but they might be a little further than you were hoping.
    1. Block Island and Hotel Mannisis- beautiful inn and very good food. Not sure when you were planning on taking your trip because this place is seasonal and doesn't open until May 1- but could be a very fun adventure.

    2. The Kitchen Table in Richmond, VT- about a 3 hour drive from Sommerville- this place uses local ingredients and is doing some of the most sophisticated food in VT right now. You could stay at a bed and breakfast in Richmond or Stowe.

    Street and Company in Portland was really amazing when I was up there around Christmas. Amazing seafood dishes.

    1. Joanie RE: betta Feb 19, 2010 10:19 AM

      There's a lot of stuff in this thread from a couple years ago:


      Black Trumpet in Portsmouth is great, Pesce Blue is good. Tons of things in Providence, some decent casual stuff in Northampton, etc. Take a look at the New England board.

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        SeaSide Tomato RE: Joanie Feb 19, 2010 11:37 AM

        I definitely second Portsmouth. Great town for one night away-you will get there quickly and there's lots to do.

        When we went, we missed dinner out and grabbed something at the venue we went to for music, so cannot recommend a special occ. dinner spot. But on another visit we realy liked the brew pub 9I had a great venison special).

        Definitely hit the Friendly Toast for brekkie-worth every minute of the wait.

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        owen_meany RE: betta Feb 19, 2010 10:26 AM

        My husband and I had a terrific meal at Anneke Jans in Kittery ME this summer. We are definitely planning an off season trip in the next few months.


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          Northshoregirl RE: betta Feb 19, 2010 11:59 AM

          How about the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport? I was there a long time ago (8 or 9 years), but it was great. One of the most luxurious rooms of any B&B I've been to and very upscale dining. Or maybe stay at White Barn and drive down to Arrows in Ogunquit for dinner.

          1. trufflehound RE: betta Feb 20, 2010 04:43 AM

            The Rabbit Hill Inn. It's been a few years but i thought it was wonderful all around.

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              southie_chick RE: trufflehound Feb 20, 2010 07:53 AM

              You could head up to Ogunquit & stay at the Anchorage By The Sea, which is right on the Marginal overlooking the ocean. You could book one of the fireplaced rooms but unfortunately, they have the worst views of the ocean (but who's gonna be looking at the ocean when you have a fireplace). ; ) I usually stay poolside on the 2nd floor which has a nice view of the ocean but no fireplace. I've stayed at the Lightship building across the street from the main property which had a fireplace & that was nice too. ..... & we didn't miss the ocean view since you can just walk across the street & see it.
              Don't know what's open "downtown", but you can take a stroll along the Marginal. You can have dinner at MC Perkins Cove (which opened 1st week in February). It has a great view & good atmosphere (& is owned by Mark & Clark of Arrows).
              If you go up after April 14th, I'd go to dinner at On The Marsh in Kennebunk (which is about 20 - 30 minutes away). Enjoy!

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                southie_chick RE: southie_chick Feb 20, 2010 08:02 AM

                Also, you could go th Burdick's in Walpole, Nh but unfortunately, I have no idea where you would stay. They do have a chocolate school on their website, which shows differnt places to stay in the area so you could check that out. The food there is wonderful, but there doesn't seem like much else is around there to do. Seeing you teach at the C.I.A., you may want to do a farm tour of the area, which woud be interesting.
                Website For Chocolate School:
                Website For Walpole Restaurant:

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              jajjguy RE: betta Feb 20, 2010 08:06 AM

              If you are winos, the Stone Hedge Inn in Tyngsboro has a great list and is a very luxurious away-from-the-city experience. The food was good but not exceptional.

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                porcospino RE: betta Feb 21, 2010 06:50 AM

                Go to Providence and eat at La Laiterie/Farmstead in Wayland Square. Have brunch the next morning at Nick's on Broadway. A fabulous weekend away, and you could even take the train there!

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                  gyppielou RE: betta Feb 21, 2010 02:54 PM

                  so many better places to enjoy than Fore Street. The food scene in Portland is so much more than that.

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