I'd go to the Larz Anderson Skating Rink in Brookline, just a little bit outside of Boston. My father was a really wonderful skater, so he would always take us skating.
Dinner is always important for Bree. Where could she go if she wanted to reveal her latest misadventures over great food, a bottle of wine, and atmospheric surroundings?
Chez Henri is a fantastic French/Cuban bistro in Cambridge that is always on the "Best of Boston" lists. The Butcher Shop, located in the South End, is a wine bar and shop with great food. Very hip. Teatro is a beautiful room that overlooks Boston Common and has great food. The Eastern Standard is really hip right now - it has a fun atmosphere and delicious food that's reasonably priced. It's very hot and is located in Kenmore Square. The Blue Room in Cambridge is great. Grotto is on the far side of Beacon Hill on Bowdoin Street. It's an out-of-the-way romantic spot in the basement of a town house. The Beacon Hill Bistro is a good neighborhood spot in the Beacon Hill Hotel. Casa Romero - if you want Mexican - is on Gloucester; it's a hidden, romantic spot. L'Espalier, in an 1880 town house on Gloucester Street in Back Bay, is the ultimate special-occasion restaurant. Gordon and Fiona Hamersley own Hamersley's Bistro, and they prepare a New England-inspired cuisine that's so great. Anthony's Pier 4 is the old famous one, right on the water, overlooking Boston Harbor. And Clio is chic, expensive, and French, in the Eliot Hotel.
Where would you send us at night?
For the Boston music scene, you need to follow the Charles River to Cambridge, where you'll find local and national acts playing every night. Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center in Harvard Square is a legendary folk-singer-songwriter venue where people like Joan Baez, Tom Rush, and Shawn Colvin have played. Toad, up Massachusetts Avenue in Porter Square, is a small bar with great music every night for free. And the Lizard Lounge is this cool, red-drenched, downstairs lounge where you never know what will happen. Great bar and food too. The original Cheers bar is there. I have eaten there. I wouldn't say it's historic or anything - just more for fun. The Orpheum Theater is very dear to me because my younger sister was a musician and opened there for Shawn Colvin many years ago. I have very fond memories of that place. It's a beautiful theater, built in 1926 as a silent movie theater. It's dripping with history, and they have fantastic musicians and shows.
One Illuminating Night in Boston
I was in high school when the drama teacher took our class to see A Chorus Line at the Shubert Theatre. I don't think I had been to Boston to see a play. I'm sure I had seen one in my local town, but not in the big city. I was blown away, and I wept uncontrollably for hours because I wanted too much to be an actress, and it just struck my heart so deeply. As a young girl wanting very much to go to New York and be an actress, here I was at a show about people wanting to be actors. So all the music and all the songs and everything are about that desire and about the business. To my young mind and heart - it just spoke to me. It's coming out in revival, so I'm tempted to go see it again. Oh, I was pretty much crying from the time the curtain went up. It was just an exciting experience. Obviously, I still have the bug. My drama teacher was very important in my life, and I was very grateful that she had taken us to see it. It's, you know, one of those fantastic memories.