Harvard-Yale Games (and Some Extra Time in the Bean)

Porter and I made our seasonal pilgrimage to New Haven on Thursday for a quick night at the Study Hotel (which is a huge testament to the power of the Yale Alumni and parents who roll into town a couple times a year). We hit all our normal haunts - BAR for the otherworldly pizza and home brewed watermelon ale (my absolute favorite), Caseus for grilled cheese, the Yale Center for British Art (which has just put its collection online!) to gaze at our favorite paintings (George Stubbs!) and the Peabody Museum of Natural History to look at dinosaurs and dioramas. (They have old model trains throughout the New Haven train station. Westward Ho! So great).

They claim to have made America's first hamburger sandwich at Louis' Lunch. It's small, it's classic, it's perfect to try once. The burgers are good, but come on slices of white bread, which, after consuming brioche and even egg buns, just kinda suck. (This is mean and will get me in trouble, I'm sure).

The Gant store has moved in to a perfect corner spot, just a door away from J.Press (next to the somewhat scary British tween import, Jack Wills). Given that summer school students don't have the same spending power as the ones during the year (apparently), the whole town is on sale. So, I picked up a cute burgundy and gold striped college sweater. They have a nice cabinet of old Yalie duds, including this stocking cap, at the front.

I went insane with Instagram at the Yale Center for British Art. How perfect is all this?

Impressive painting. More impressive frame!

A cuddly fella at the Peabody.

And then I headed up to Boston to meet up with The Standard Edition. Saw this on the way from the train...

...and this amazing sun room on Commonwealth Ave.

...and then spotted the Masons' beavers.

The Boston Public Library was an amazing treat, too. Green spines!

Double helix stairwells!

Some pretty decent ceilings!

The best court yard this side of Europe!

Majestic lions!

And a few details up above.

On Sunday, we popped over to Harvard.

Thayer Hall, my home for 6 weeks in the summer of 1995.

The Winthrop House dining hall (we snuck in).

The Lowell House courtyard.

The Lowell House crest!


  1. qian says:

    it is really amazing! i like it so much ! thank you for your sharing!@digital camera camcorder

  2. David says:

    Well done Hovey! I spent an afternoon at Castle Howard earlier this summer with the intention of enjoying their Stubbs. The idiot attendant kept bothering me with the far inferior canaletto of which he was inordinately and inexplicably proud

  3. Kate says:

    What a lovely get-away! Such ivy charm...
    x, {with fingers crossed}

  4. Karena says:

    Hollister I can see that you and Porter had a great time.

    Love the art of course, and the architecture!!

    Art by Karena

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  5. I am suddenly craving a Hollister Hovey tour of America's finest tobacconists.

    My only regret is that it wouldn't come in Smell-O-Vision.


  6. CK says:

    Oh honey, do you really think the courtyard at BPL is better than the one at Isabella Stewart Gardner? I just don't know.

  7. Glad you enjoyed your trip to New Haven. I given anything for a Louis' double cheeseburger - white bread and all! The Anchor! Nice photos you have - and they reminded me of the many days that I walked those streets. Thanx.