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Cozy wintery type nook.....

umami76 Oct 25, 2011 05:15 PM

My husband's parents are coming in from Scotland after Thanksgiving so I was looking for a nice cozy nook outside of the city to take them....thinking fireplace/comfort food/etc.....any price range....

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    Swankalicious RE: umami76 Oct 25, 2011 05:21 PM

    UpStairs on the Square and TW Food, both in Cambridge, come to mind.
    For something very classically New England -- although admittedly not the world's best food -- try the Wayside Inn in Sudbury.

    1. viperlush RE: umami76 Oct 25, 2011 05:59 PM

      I haven't been there yet, but when I think cozy wintery nook I picture Bondir in Cambridge. If you do a search you will find some positive reviews from those who has been there.

      279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        hckybg RE: viperlush Oct 25, 2011 06:38 PM

        Absolutely, that was the first thing that popped into my mind. The food is excellent and varies with the season, so I expect the menus are increasingly filled with sage and butter these days. And even if the fireplace isn't lit, it is always full of candles and they are very happy for you to sit in the fireplace "nook" and enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Great place.

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          greenzebra RE: viperlush Oct 26, 2011 07:15 PM

          Third Bondir - exactly the atmosphere you are describing, and great food.

          279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            okra RE: greenzebra Oct 27, 2011 06:37 AM

            Adds Bondir to the pile of places those of us in town M-F, 9-5 will never be able to try... sigh...

            279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          nightsky RE: umami76 Oct 25, 2011 06:13 PM

          Buttery in the South End has a great nook-like space with fireplace downstairs ... only it's in the city.

          Just outside is the Fireplace in Brookline, featuring both a fireplace and comfort food.

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            Duster17 RE: umami76 Oct 26, 2011 05:47 AM

            Maybe Stone's Public House in Ashland? Cozy, historic with a fireplace.

            Stone's Public House
            179 Main St, Ashland, MA 01721

            1. Bob Dobalina RE: umami76 Oct 26, 2011 06:30 AM

              How far outside the city? You might want to post on the New England boards - thinking there might be such places on the north shore, so. nh, so. maine -

              The thing that came to mind was a childhood memory of a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cape Arundel Inn in Kennebunkport, ME, which overlooks Walker Point (a.k.a. the Bush compound), and I felt very cozy with the fog rolling in, sipping for the first time on a lobster bisque with sherry....

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                scotty27 RE: umami76 Oct 26, 2011 07:04 AM

                Outside the city, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport or Fore Street in Portland. Cozy-shmozy, book rooms.

                1. hiddenboston RE: umami76 Oct 26, 2011 07:59 AM

                  How about Townsend's in Hyde Park? It's a slightly upscale Irish restaurant/bar with a fireplace, lots of nooks and crannies, and one of the friendliest bartenders you will find (he has some great stories to tell).

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                    Bivalve RE: umami76 Oct 26, 2011 05:46 PM

                    Second for Fore Street in Portland. The Spiced Pear or Castle Hill Inn in Newport are also options. Stonecroft Inn in Mystic comes complete with fireplace and last time I was there the food was really good (although I haven't been there in awhile).

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