Clam chowder -- creamy and thick at the Taj Hotel in Boston. The soup was good, but the hotel has really become threadbare since the time when it was a Ritz. Don't think I'll go back.
The Colonial Inn in Concord is a charming contrast. It has the quintessencial look of historic America and the building, which stretches back for centuries, is bright, well-kept, and cozy. It's a short walk from there to bookstores, the small and elegant Concord Museum with it's 1795 Revere lantern and Emerson's study. To quote the museum's literature:
For a small town, Concord has a big history. From the "shot heard round the world" to the writers of the American literary renaissance, things have happened here, words have been spoken here and books have been written here which changed the face of a nation.This is the town of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women,
Walden Pond, and of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays.
And, back to the Colonial Inn, it's a town for superlative crab cakes and sweet corn bread.