Image of Exterior of Hotel Commonwealth on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.  Featuring exotic cars lining sidewalk including several Ferraris

June 2007.

-- Tips for Business Travelers from
Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams.

Boston: The Center of So Much to See!


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Newport, RI: Boston is clearly a great jumping off point for visiting its environs. Be sure to make time to visit Newport! It's an easy trip into history where you'll find bicycles for rent to add a unique dimension to your sightseeing pleasure! Buy a combination admissions ticket to maximize the economy of visiting the mansions on Bellevue Avenue, once used only in July and August by the Vanderbilt's and other wealthy families for their summer entertaining. You'll find the fresh sea breezes refreshing as you shop on the waterfront at the boutique stores and enjoy walks along the waterfront. And you can count on great seafood in nautically themed restaurants to complete this picture. Check out The Viking Hotel, another member of Historic Hotels of America and, for dinner, try the White Horse Tavern, founded in 1673, where you'll enjoy dinner by candlelight beside a wood burning fireplace in this cozy and romantic historic restaurant and inn.

The West and North West of Ireland: Boston's new service from Logan Airport to Ireland West Knock, the international airport located on Ireland's west coast between Galway and Donegal, on the Scottish low-cost airline, Globespan, makes a “side trip” to Ireland a hop and a jump! Just be sure to have your valid passport with you! It's barely a 5 hour flight! You can be golfing in Ireland faster than you can get to California! Arrange for a car to be waiting for you at Ireland West Knock with Dooley Car Rental, the only independent car rental company in Ireland. You can reserve online at or call their US office at (800) 331-9301. While this is an international airport equipped for landing the most modern jets, you'll find this traveler-friendly airport small, convenient, uncrowded and perfectly located for exploring Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, and Leitrim and being the jumping off point for the rest of your explorations in Ireland. And within 10 miles of Ireland West Knock Airport, you'll find the Knock Shrine, the second most important Shrine after Lourdes, France. The Shrine at Knock and the exhibits associated with it are worth the visit and will get your visit to Ireland off to a great start almost the moment you've landed at Ireland West Knock! When you head to Donegal, be sure to visit Donegal Castle and consider the Sandhouse Hotel located on a gorgeous stretch of sandy white beach on the Atlantic Ocean just minutes away in the little town of Rossnawlagh. Consider taking surfing lessons, beginners welcomed, at the Fin McCool Surf School, owned and operated by Neal Britton and his family of Irish Surfing Champions. And when you head south of Ireland West Knock Airport, stop in Galway for your shopping and sightseeing. Just 2 miles away, in Bushy Park, you'll find Glenlo Abbey, an historic abbey converted into a welcoming hotel under the care and management of the Bourke family who will embrace you with a warm Irish welcome and make you feel part of the family. You can golf right there on the property, dine in their classically beautiful dining room, enjoy a gourmet dinner in the retired Orient Express or Royal Mail train cars permanently stationed behind Glenlo Abbey,, for a unique gourmet dining experience. The film, “Murder on the Orient Express” was filmed in one of the cars and Winston Churchill's remains were carried to Blenheim Castle for burial in another car. If you can't stay there overnight, be sure to stop in for a meal or a drink to soak up the atmosphere! Be sure you take a drive to Kylemore Abbey to keep in the spirit of your abbey experience. Take an evening flight from Boston, nap on the plane, and you'll be landing as the sun is rising! With the convenience of being in the north western part of Ireland, you can afford to hop a flight for a long weekend when you're in Boston on business and truly feel part of the jet set without breaking the piggy bank!

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Stephanie Abrams

-- Stephanie Abrams, recognized as a leading radio travel expert and as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Travel,” is host of the weekly Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams, heard coast-to-coast on the Business Talk Radio Network, and appears weekly on radio's nationally syndicated, “Traveling Feet!” While in Boston, you can hear Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams” on Sundays from 7pm to 9pm on WXBR AM 1460, WBIX AM 1060, WBNW AM 1120, WPLM AM 1390 and “Traveling Feet” on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm on WCRN AM 830, WBNW and WPLM. Abrams is Executive Producer of the TV travel series, “JetSet411.” Abrams is the Ambassador to North America for Saxony Tourism and has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Friend of Saint Patrick Award from the Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Visit Abrams' award-winning website for archived radio shows, extensive photo gallery and travel information.
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