Boston Adventure Day

Sometimes the best way to spend a bank holiday is wandering around aimlessly and catching up with good friends. That is exactly how I spent this past Monday afternoon.

With the Boston Food Bloggers launch party Monday evening, a few friends (and favorite Boston bloggers) and I decided to make a day of it, starting with lunch at Sel de la Terre at Boston’s Long Wharf. I ended up a little late for lunch and arrived just in time for dessert. Alicia, Daisy, and Megan had already ordered the dessert sampler, which offered a beautiful bite of each of the desserts on the menu.

dessert sampler Sel de la Terre

We were also given complimentary cookies as we were getting ready to leave. These chocolate swirl cookies from Sel de la Terre’s own bakery were soft, chocolatey, and delicious.


Once we finished up at Sel de la Terre, we headed to the Boston Harbor Hotel for some tea or perhaps a cocktail. I love the Boston Harbor Hotel with its gorgeous views, beautiful décor, and swanky but comfy lounge. They are running the Boston Wine Festival right now, and they offer an incredible lineup. I want to attend one of the dinners!

The Boston Harbor Hotel is also where I got ready for my wedding and spent our wedding night. Though the bar was closed, I stopped for a second to relive some really happy memories Smile

Boston Harbor Hotel

It was back to the drawing board to find our next destination. We wanted something that was cozy and close as the high was 18 degrees that day. RumBa at the Intercontinental Hotel seemed like the perfect location.

Boston Bloggers

RumBa was empty, and we made a beeline for a table for four right next to a roaring fire.

RumBa at the Intercontinental Hotel

RumBa at the Intercontinental Hotel

The warmth of the fire was most welcome, and the leather seats were tres comfortable. I loved each and every detail in RumBa, especially the vintage Louis Vuitton trunk that was our table.

Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunk Rumba at the Intercontinental

RumBa has a massive selection of rums from around the world, along with a fun cocktail list and some great wines by the glass.

RumBa Rum Selection

Before we ordered, there were, of course, the obligatory menu photos. I love being out with other bloggers!

Intercontinental Hotel Boston

Ever the bubbly lover, I easily decided on Marquis de la Tour Brut. With lots of tiny bubbles and flavors of green apple and biscuit, sipping this by the fire felt truly luxurious. It was incredibly relaxing!

Marquis de la Tour RumBa Bar Menu

We stayed at RumBa for quite awhile, enjoying the fire and chatting. Before we left, I caught this image of a ghostly Daisy. She must have been walking super fast! Smile

Intercontinental Boston RumBa

It was a little too early to head to the blogger bash, so after a short cab ride to the South End, we wandered again in search of warmth. I caught a couple of photos along the way. It was close to 5:00, and the light was just beautiful. As much as winter gets to me, the evening light is just beautiful.

South End Boston Boston in winter

Union Bar & Grille was just opening up, and since I had such a great dinner experience there over the summer, we decided to have a drink while we waited for the blogger event, just a few doors down, to get started.

Union Bar & Grille Boston

We found four seats at the empty bar and proceeded to make friends with the friendly bartender, Justin. The cocktail menu was full of tempting offerings, but I decided on the Honeysuckle, a mix of Irish whiskey, honey reserve bourbon, orange juice, and sparkling apple cider. It was delish!

Union Bar & Grille Boston

Justin was kind enough to take a photo of us, then commandeered my camera to take a few shots of his own.

Union Boston Beer

Union DOES have some great beers on draught.

Union Bar Boston

Union Boston Cocktail

He has a pretty good eye, don’t ya think?

Our adventure day may have lacked the outside time that we planned on due to the frigid temperatures, but it was a ton of fun, and I can not wait to do it again! My recent employment highs and lows have made life a little stressful; an entire day outing with friends was the perfect antidote!

How would you spend your perfect day off?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    It looks like you ladies had a fun day! I’m sorry I missed you at lunch but I was happy to catch up with you guys at Union and the Gallows!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      We will have to have another adventure day when it is warmer!


    2. Daisy’s avatar

      my earmuffs are out.of.control. Justin took some lovely shots of the bar with your camera!


    3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      That looks like a fun day! I’m glad getting out with friends lifted your spirits. The honeysuckle sounds yummy. I’ll have to get myself to Union soon.


    4. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

      All great places! Haven’t been to RumBa in a while. Gonna have to get back there… and Union, of course.


    5. jaime’s avatar

      nice to sit by the fire :) have you been to sushiteq there? really good/fun.


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Yes! I went to a bachelorette party this summer, and we had dinner at sushiteq, outside on the water. It was amazing.


      2. Enrico’s avatar

        oak aged caskel?!?!?!? I will be going here just for that. How do you find out about these places? They are such great finds on this site.


      3. Julie’s avatar

        That looks like such a fun time!! =)


      4. Elizabeth’s avatar

        I need to get those cookies. Are they on the menu at SDLT or just given out?


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          Good question! I would imagine they probably offer them somewhere on the menu or in the little shop up front. They were good!


        2. ashleigh’s avatar

          Looks like the perfect afternoon with friends! That cocktail at union sounds so good!


        3. Megan’s avatar

          This was such a fabulous day! I forgot you got some outdoor shots. It is a shame we didn’t get to hang outside much… but I see a warmer adventure day in our future! I’m glad our Monday Funday helped lift your spirits… I have a feeling the coming Sunday and Monday activities will also help!


        4. alicia’s avatar

          that was a FABULOUS day off. top notch.

          I’m glad you’re happier as a result! if you ever need a respite from the city, you’re always welcome in CT too! xoxoxo Even if I’m workin – I’ll pick you up at the bus and you can use my car while I’m at work :).


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