How to Sweeten Your Boston Trip at the Oldest Hotel in the United States
Do you have a sweet tooth? I sure as heck do. In fact I proclaim my adoration for cupcakes to the world in my bio, and my love of dessert does not stop there. I do have favourites like anyone (sorry Pecan Pie, you didn’t make my top 10…) and get incredibly excited when I discover the origin of them. While in Boston upon the incredible Historic Tours of American guided trolley, we were educated on some culinary origins in the city. And one in particular that sparked my fancy was of course the indulgent and rich Boston Cream Pie created at the oldest hotel in the USA – Omni Parker House, the third installment in our Virtual Trolley Tour series.
First A Little About The Hotel
The Omni Parker House Hotel is the oldest hotel in all of the United States. Already this title brings much clout, yet this landmark has so much more than a lengthy history to be proud of.
This prestigious upscale hotel, founded in 1855, brings visitors near and far to enjoy an unmatched experience within its walls. This Heritage site brings elegance, decor, and sophistication to visitors, impressing even the fussiest of guests in the heart of Boston.
Sanctuary for the Famous
Not only is the Omni Parker House Hotel the oldest hotel in the United States, but it is also a favourite for the rich and influential. Silver screen favourites, political figures, and other notables flock to the Omni for a touch of elegance while in Boston. Some of the incredible talents ever lived spanning various industries have walked through the doors of this incredible Historic hotel.
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Author of the Scarlett Letter and The House of Seven Gables (his portrait can also be found on the second floor!)
Longfellow – American Poet known for such works as The Song of Hiawatha and Paul Revere’s Ride
Emerson – American Lecturer and Poet
Thoreau – American Essayist
Babe Ruth – Baseball slugger
Ted Williams – Baseball superstar
David “Poppy” Ortiz – Recently Retired Red Sox all-star
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President John F. Kennedy & Jackie Onassis
President Ulysses S. Grant
James Michael Curley – Democrat Politician
John Wilkes Booth – Assassin of Abraham Lincoln
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
And most famous of all: The Fill My Passport Team! (I jest.)
Where the Famous Began…
Not only have the rich and famous enjoyed a luxurious stay or two here at the oldest hotel in the USA, but they have also put in some hours behind the scenes making other guests’ experiences just as fabulous.
Like, did you know that Malcolm X worked here in the kitchen? So did Ho Chi Minh and world renowned chef Emeril Lagasse! It’s these fun tidbits of nostalgic history that bring many guests near and far through the lobby to learn more about this venue that gave many their starting point to success.
The Sweet Boston Cream Pie
So let’s get to the sweet spot of this post. You guessed it. The iconic Boston Cream Pie. I love travelling to the original sites of creation whether it be a culinary dish, a classic book (check out Beatrix Potter’s House where we bought Peter Rabbit for example), an historical event, etc. So of course when we learned that the Omni Park House Hotel’s talented pastry chefs created the famous Boston Cream Pie dessert, I just had to stop in and try it.
This classic cake brings together the light texture of vanilla genoise sponge and the thick richness of the pure chocolate completed with classic feathering. The blanched almonds on the outside give it that contrasting crunch that elite pastries are known for and deserve. It was pure heaven on a plate. Sheer luxury with every bite. It was so incredible that I deem it one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. (Can you imagine if they made a Boston Cream Cupcake)!?
Tasting the original recipe from the founding site truly gave perspective on the replicated versions enjoyed elsewhere. They were in no way comparable to the original in my mind. And, Boston certainly took note of the unduplicateable nature of this dessert by crowning it as the official dessert of Massachusetts!
So Where Exactly is this Swanky Hotel?
You will have no problem finding this incredible hotel thanks to our friends at Historic Tours of America as they bring it to your attention within their top-notch tour. It is right on the historical Freedom Trail (details of this incredible experience coming soon to the blog!) and not too far from the amazingly trendy Liquid Art House Gallery Restaurant.
If you are unable to stay here and enjoy some top-notch hospitality, at least go for a treat with a cuppa tea and original Boston Cream Pie served in their dining room. As you savour this delicious pastry, marvel at the ornate decor and historic rooms filled with glamour, charm, and compelling stories to tell. If you are the nostalgic type, be sure to request the booth in the back left corner for your meal. You can relive history as JFK proposed to Jackie in that very spot!
So, in conclusion, while in Boston, if you are a foodie who enjoys sinking your fork into culinary history, be sure to pay the Omni Parker House Hotel a visit. Set foot in the oldest hotel and indulge in the decadently famous Boston Cream Pie. It will definitely sweeten your holiday in all the right ways.
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