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Northshore March 2019

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NORTHSHOREMAG.COM 44 MARCH 2019 e next morning, I am up early to visit Malahide Castle and Gardens, located about 30 minutes north of the city center. e castle dates back to 1175, making it one of the oldest castles in Ireland, and was home to the same family—the Talbots—for 800 years. e English family has an impressive legacy in Malahide, as family members were statesmen, churchmen, and scholars throughout the centuries. A tour gives a fascinating glimpse into what life was like in an affluent, powerful British family. In 1975 the family sold the estate to the Irish State, and it is now open for tours. After a day of sightseeing, I go back to the Shelbourne to meet the writers' group at the hotel's 1824 Bar. e space, decorated by internationally renowned designer Guy Oliver, features stately oak paneling, bookshelves brimming with Irish authors, comfy green velvet sofas, a mix of antique and contemporary artwork, and a 19th-century Kilkenny limestone fireplace. A mural depicts a fanciful Irish landscape with famous figures who have stayed at the hotel, including Hollywood's Golden Age film stars Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and Maureen O'Hara. F A C E S + P L A C E S e cocktails are divine and the conversation engaging and lively. After cocktails, we venture out to e GreenHouse restaurant. Forget everything you have ever heard about Irish cuisine—this is a gastronomic treat typically reserved for the world's elite. If you are a foodie, you will not want to miss this dining experience. At this Michelin-starred restaurant, chef Mickael Viljanen serves inventive contemporary cuisine using regional produce. is night we dine on seared scallops with black truffle and seared foie gras with pickled and brurnt apple. Hereford beef with black garlic is grilled to perfection. e presentation is as divine as the flavors of the dishes. A nightcap is called for, as our group is disbanding the next morning. We head to the Shelbourne's Horseshoe Bar, with its leather banquettes and walls painted a deep red. I opt for my father's favorite Irish whiskey, a 12-year-old Bushmills, and we toast our Irish hosts for welcoming us to this luxurious institution in the city of Dublin. I've decided that the Shelbourne will be my home away from home when I visit the motherland again someday. THE SHELBOURNE DUBLIN, A RENAISSANCE HOTEL + This five-star luxury hotel is the perfect place to make your home base while you are visiting this world- class city. shelbourne-dublin-a-renaissance-hotel THE SADDLE ROOM + Located in the Shelbourne Dublin, the restaurant has been reinvented as a steak house and uses ingredients from local farms. restaurant-dublin THE GREENHOUSE + A Michelin star–rated dining experience not to be missed if you are a true foodie. VINTAGE COCKTAIL CLUB + With the atmosphere of a 1930s speakeasy, this low-lit lounge is the place to go for creative cocktails. 1824 BAR + With the feeling of sitting in a cozy manor house library, this Shelbourne bar takes sophistication and tipples to new heights. GRAFTON STREET + A traditional High Street just steps away from the Shelbourne offering upscale shopping. NATIONAL GALLERY + Collections and works by the most important artists through the centuries. TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN/ BOOK OF KELLS + A ninth-century illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels. MALAHIDE CASTLE AND GARDENS + Malahide Castle dates back to the 12th century and offers a glimpse into the life of the Talbot Family, who lived in the castle for more than 800 years. MUSEUM OF LITERATURE The museum celebrates Ireland's internationally renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present. Open summer 2019. WHERE TO STAY WHERE TO DINE & DRINK WHERE TO SHOP WHAT TO SEE PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF SHELBOURNE DUBLIN Clockwise from top, The Georgian exterior of the Shelbourne Dublin, afternoon tea, the terrace 1824 Bar, and a luxurious one-bedroom suite. Aer Lingus flies direct to Dublin International Airport from Terminal C at Boston Logan Airport. Coming back home, you go through customs in Ireland—a luxury that allows you to avoid the long lines when you return to Boston.

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