New England dining
Inn, Concord, Mass.
Splendid history and dining
at Concord's Colonial Inn
by Eric H.
It was an impossibly sunny July day
under the historical Concord skies when we had met each other's
destiny. Joan and I first set eyes on each other at a bench in
front of the charming Colonial Inn. We then took a stroll to
nearby Old North Bridge,
held hands, and never let go. Today, we are married and consider
every day like that first date. We will never forget the Colonial
Inn as the place where we met.
The Colonial Inn is indeed a special
place, filled with history--this was Henry David Thoreau's house
before he became an earlier day Gilligan and lived isolated at
Walden Pond (perhaps the first time in history a Thoreau-Gilligan
analogy has been mentioned. Gilligan, however, was less misanthropic).
Antiques, period furniture, beamed ceilings, outdoor dining opportunities
on a truly relaxing front porch and great wood work mark the
feeling of another generation.
Yes, the Colonial Inn could get by
on its looks alone, but the food lives up to the billing. The
pork tenderloin is not to be missed, as well as the sea bass.
Salads are well beyond boring iceberg, and the deserts are truly
wonderful, especially the cheesecake and chocolate cakes.
The Colonial Inn has a Sunday brunch,
which is truly inspiring with quantity to match innovative quality
dishes. Try it, especially during Autumn as a precursor to a
Sunday foliage drive.
One strong suit about the Colonial
Inn is the service. While the food is certainly fresh, the wait
staff isn't. Politeness, attentiveness and professionalism come
to mind when thinking of this competent crew.
Finish the day strolling through the
colorful and historic Concord streets, or perhaps walk a few
miles to Walden Pond and you've had a perfect day. Take it from
us, for we will always remember the Colonial Inn. Perhaps you
will, too, with a wondrous story of your own.
The Colonial Inn
48 Monument Square,
Concord, Mass. (978)369-2373
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