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Winter in Boston just got warmer and more inviting with the launch of activities at two waterfront hotels. Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf recently added a skating rink under the rotunda, and the Fairmont Battery Wharf opened its outdoor terrace to create what it calls a "cozy winter escape" along the harbor with Adirondack chairs, couches for lounging, fire pits and heat lamps.

At Rowes Wharf, the hotel's Sea Grille and Meritage restaurants offer warm treats and beverages to skaters who venture in, seven days a week. At Battery Wharf, light fare is cooked over the Aragosta fire pits where menu items include gourmet S'Mores (marshmallows, graham crackers, and choice of peanut butter cups, chocolate or sliced banana. On the savory side, there's Gruyere fondue with air dried salumi, cherry peppers and crusty Ciabatta bread.

Or settle back with a blanket and sip warmer uppers such as fire pit rum cobblers - Pyrat Rum, apple and honey puree, and black walnut bitters, the whiskey warmer with Rye 1 Whiskey steeped with apple spiced tea, or spiked hot chocolate with Bellagio chocolate and choice of Kahlua, Godiva or Bailey's, topped with Grand Marnier whipped cream.

The area is open nightly - 5 p.m. to 10:30 and reservations are required.

Meanwhile, this is the time of year when the South End's Gaslight unveils its winter menu and this year's is well worth waiting for - check out dishes from Chef Michael Zentner including the daily Plat du Jours like Wednesday's Moulard Duck Breast, Thursday's Braised Lamb Shank, and Friday's Sea Scallops for example - creative preparations you'll drool over!

Don't stop having fun once the holidays end - January brings Mohegan Sun WineFest January 25-26th in Uncasville, CT and now, through January 1, you can get $15 off the Grand Sunday Tasting with the discount code, HOLIDAY.
And don't miss the Friday, Jan. 24th special Long Trail Craft Beer and Food Pairing with cookbook author John Holl from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Uncas Ballroom where you will learn about the revolution in craft beer. Vermont's Long Trail and author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook John Holl explore pairings that include a Grafton Village Cheese welcome, tasting of three recipes from his book, and Long Trail's award-winning brews. Personally signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.



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