Recently, I won a lovely and completely unexpected raffle prize: a free night at the Charles, a posh hotel in the heart of Harvard Square.
The raffle, which took place at a work lunch, included lots of fun prizes – movie tickets, gift cards to various restaurants. Since three of my colleagues had already won, I figured I was out. But the last name they called was mine. This weekend, the hubs and I used the voucher for a 24-hour staycation, which was, in a word, delightful.
After checking into our hotel room (elegant and comfortable, with a view of the courtyard), we wandered Harvard Square, popping in and out of shops and bookshops. It was chilly, but the sun was shining, and we happened upon a drumline performance – so fun.
The Square is my workaday neighborhood, of course, but I love to stroll it any time, and the hubs doesn’t get over here too often. So it was fun to walk around together, and to enjoy sunset in the Yard.
Our voucher included dinner for two at Henrietta’s Table, the hotel restaurant. I have no pictures of the food, but it was delectable. Spiced pumpkin bisque, a yummy breadbasket, then melt-in-your-mouth ribeye steaks and mashed potatoes. We were happily stuffed by the end.
After dinner, we took another brief walk through the Square (though the wind had kicked up), then came back for a quiet evening in the room.
The next morning included tea and croissants from the hotel’s coffee kiosk, before we checked out and went for brunch at Alden & Harlow. I was a little sad that we couldn’t stay longer – but it was lovely to get away, even for a night, and to be together. January was a tough month, but this was a beautiful way to end it.
Do you ever take a staycation in your own city?