InterContinental Boston’s Rooftop Apiary
We recently paid a visit to the InterContinental Boston, a four-diamond hotel on Boston’s historic waterfront, which has introduced the city’s first hotel rooftop apiary. Since early summer, the hotel’s colony has grown to more than 40,000 bees, hard at work pollinating the flora of an approximate 4 mile radius of the hotel, which includes Boston’s 21 acre green space, the Rose Kennedy Greenway. While the hotel won’t harvest honey this year, giving the colony a chance to build a reserve and survive its first winter, it expects to harvest as much as 40 lbs of honey season after season.
For now, the hotel’s Provence-inspired brasserie, Miel Brasserie Provençale, is serving honey harvested from other local apiaries. The restaurant offers guests a chance to glimpse the honey bees in action, with a live camera feed from the rooftop apiary shown on a flat screen TV.
“Bees are an important element in the sustainability of nature and we are proud to do our part in helping to nurture the local environment,” explains Didier Montarou, Executive Chef at InterContinental Boston. “Not to mention, we are excited for our first crop of urban Boston wildflower honey and anticipating it to be a good floral mix of flavors.”
Here’s hoping more hotels and businesses follow suit! Mmmmm….urban wildflower honey!
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