Saturday, October 1, 2011

Marcy's Travel Blog- Omni Parker House-A Blend Of Elegance And History!

   You have heard me sing the praises of the wonderful staff at the Parker House Inn. The Inn also has a fascinating history, dating back to 1855, it is the oldest of Boston's elegant inns and the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States.

Parker House at dusk,
   During the Golden Age of Literature, writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Longfellow regularly met for conversations. It was here that Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and David Ortiz wined, dined, and unwound. It was here too, where generations of local and national politicians- including Ulysses S. Grant, James Michael Curley, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Colin Powell, William Jefferson Clinton, and Deval Patrick- assembled for private meetings, press conferences, and power breakfasts.
   With its close proximity to Boston's theatre District, the Omni Parker House was a home away from home for the famous, such as Charlottw Cushman, Sarah Bernhardt, Edwin Booth, and John Wilkes. During the twentieth century, the list expanded to include Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, James Dean, and William (Hopalong Cassidy) Boyd, Adam (Batman) West, Steevie Nicks, Kelsey Grammer, Ann Margret, Rachael Ray, and Ben Affleck!
Interior of the "Last Hurrah" lounge in the Parker House
   Lets not forget the equally impressive contributions made by the Parker House kitchens to America's culinary culture! Three items in particular are the famous Boston cream pie, the Parker House Rolls, and their famous Scrod!

   In summary, the Omni Parker House is not only a vibrant living land-mark, but also a twenty-first century destination of choice. Indeed, the Parker House is still rightly called the Grand Dame of Boston Hotels!
Elegant Entrance


Anonymous said...

Fantastic trip. Thank you Marcy! Omni Parker House??? -- What can I say but major kudos to EVERYONE there.

theshaun said...

Thanks for blogging about the Parker House. I've stayed near there a few times, and always make it a point to, at least, dine there. Nobody does clam chowder like them. Parker house rolls.....need I say more?? It's still an elegant hotel, and let's not forget to visit the legendary grave yard across the street. Astounding how many luminaries are interred there.