Archive for April, 2013

Exploring Boston’s Hidden Ballparks

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Monday, 29 Apr 2013

Now, if you’re a Red Sox fanatic—and after trucking around town to see a statue and plaque, you should be by now (see our previous post about the Huntington Avenue Grounds)—you can continue your tour of the Olde Towne Teams’ former haunts on another college campus: Boston University.

Until 1953, Boston enjoyed two baseball clubs: the National League Braves (formerly the Boston Red Stockings, the oldest continually-playing team in American sports), before the team moved to Atlanta via Milwaukee, and the American League Red Sox (formerly the Boston Americans; confused yet?)

bravesuseOn the site of what is now BU’s Nickerson playing field stood the Braves Field, a stone’s throw from Fenway. Built in 1915, it held its ground for 37 years—hosting three World Series and an All Star Game—before being demolished to make way for university dorms and Astroturf.  But it wasn’t entirely demolished, and that’s where things get interesting.

Baseball fans should see what’s left of Braves Field because, well, the jewel-box-park style of concourse under the right-field pavilion’s bleachers looks just as it did back in the day (unlike Fenway’s concourse, which has been more recently updated), and because Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Leon Cadore and Braves pitcher Joe Oeschger battled it out for a pair of complete-game performances… that lasted for a still-record 26 innings! In other words: you’re in the presence of past greatness.

Everyone else—looking at you, moms and dads taking your kids on college visits—should see it because you’re going to want to tell your friends that you saw something other than the back of a student tour guide’s head. Regular tourists and rabid baseball fans alike, take note; for a quintessentially Boston experience, the Beacon Inn can help.

Enjoy the Boston Calling Music Festival

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Monday, 15 Apr 2013

Not often does Boston have the pleasure of hosting music festivals full of critically acclaimed musicians. But on May 25 and 26, City Hall Plaza will attract thousands of fans with the Boston Calling Music Festival!

Artists like fun., The National, Marina and the Diamonds, The Shins, Dirty Projectors, and many more will come together for a two-day event that is fun for the whole family! You can choose between one-day passes, weekend passes, VIP one-day passes, or VIP weekend passes!

Be sure to bring sunscreen or an umbrella, because the show will go on rain or shine. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes, as there will be limited seating, And remember to leave all food and beverages at home! Some of Boston’s most popular food trucks will be on hand to serve delicious food all day! If you’re over 21, beer and wine will also be served in the beer garden and VIP areas.

If you’re coming from out of down for the festival and are looking for a place to stay during the festival, the Beacon Inn is just a short train ride from City Hall Plaza! At the Inn, you are far enough from all the craziness at the festival yet still close enough to get to the show early. You’ll want to make sure you get a good spot to see the performers in action!

Be sure to catch one of the Boston’s greatest events and spend your nights afterward at our bed and breakfast! Our rooms are perfect for unwinding after a long day of dancing!

Book Your Room for May Graduations

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Saturday, 13 Apr 2013

We’re almost halfway through April which means that May graduation dates are just around the corner! Our Boston bed and breakfast locations are located close to several area schools, including Boston College, Boston University, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, and more. Our historic brownstones offer a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of graduation season, yet our proximity to local attractions and public transportation make us a convenient hub for your Boston visit.

This is always a very popular time of year for Boston hotels so we recommend booking your rooms early! Some of the busier graduation weekends are currently closed to online bookings but we do still have rooms available! You can call us directly at 617-566-0088 or 888-575-0088 for up-to-date availability and rates. Let the Beacon Inn be your home away from home this graduation season.

Visit Boston’s Historic Ballparks

Written by staff
Friday, 12 Apr 2013

On rare occasion, The Beacon Inn bed and breakfast hosts the most American type of guest: those road-tripping across country to visit every National and American league baseball park. In that spirit—and the spirit of this, the first month of the baseball season—we’re duty-bound to remind our other, more relaxed guests that Fenway Park is open for business. You are welcome to worship there during your stay, and we have it on good information that Boston’s holy leaders give dispensation for mistaking this green jewel for a Temple.

Yawkey Way, the street on which Fenway is parked, is tree-lined and especially pretty at sunset, on game day, when it’s closed to automotive traffic and opens up to allow fans to stroll among souvenir hawkers, baseball cap vendors, and street food purveyors. If marinating in the history of the area brings about a Red Sox conversion experience to a stark-raving Sox fan, the baseball-deranged staff at the front desk can help!

The bed and breakfast staff can recommend a number of other Boston baseball sites that recall the sport’s early glory days. Head over to Huntington Avenue, home of Northeastern’s campus, to see the site of the Huntington Avenue American Base Ball Grounds.

WorldSeries1903-640While the site itself is unimpressive today (it’s Northeastern’s indoor athletic arena), there is a plaque and statue on an adjacent street named World Series Way. Both the plaque and statue were erected in 1993, the former to memorialize the park’s hosting the first World Series in 1903 and the latter to commemorate Cy Young pitching the first perfect game of the modern era one year later in 1904.

That should be plenty of baseball touring for one afternoon, and imagining Cy Young pitching a no-hitter will work up an appetite. If that’s the case, Chicken Lou’s is a short walk from World Series Way, and despite it’s small size (it’s a 10’ by 20’ shack), it serves up delicious sandwiches with names like the Cholesterol (bacon, egg & cheese), TKO (chicken, swiss, bacon & honey mustard), and Naughty Nuggets (fried chicken nuggets). Just like The Babe used to eat.

Need a Hotel for the Boston Marathon?

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Thursday, 11 Apr 2013

Are you stuck looking for a last-minute hotel for the 2013 Boston Marathon? Then look no further! The staff at the Beacon Inn has you covered. We have a limited number of rooms available at both our 1087 and 1750 Boston bed and breakfast hotels for travelers looking for a place to stay during the Marathon. It’s just a few days away so book now before our last few rooms fill up! Our hotels are located close to public transportation and are just off the Marathon route. With two locations on Beacon Street at approximately the 23- and 24-mile markers, we are one of the best choices for hotels close to the Boston Marathon. You can cheer the runners on from the sidelines without even leaving our front porch! Check our availability online or call us directly at 617-566-0088 for more information.

Come Explore Boston’s Food Truck Scene

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Monday, 8 Apr 2013

In the food truck business, Boston restaurateurs would have to put hundreds of trucks into operation to rival the number of trucks operated by chefs in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon—both food truck meccas boasting 600 trucks (or “carts”) apiece. If new food trucks continue to rumble into business at the current rate of 28 per year, it won’t be long before Boston, like Portland, can support a food truck tourism industry. This month marks the beginning of food-truck-hunting open season; it’s time to wash off your handkerchief for 7 months of glorious mouth-wiping, and mouth-watering, gastronomic goodness.

It’s possible to sample all of Boston’s 78 truck-rateaurs—and make no mistake, some of this street food puts sit-down gourmet dining to shame in quality and price—in as little as two weeks. Here at the Beacon Inn, we realize (some of us, reluctantly) that most of our bed and breakfast guests want to do more than nosh-nom-nom their way around Brookline and Boston, so we’ve developed a list of our favorite trucks and keep a schedule of their destinations at our front desk. This list is updated from time-to-time, and we’ll occasionally post these updates, as reviews, on our blog.

In no particular order, the Beacon Inn’s top-three food truck favorites:

The Chicken and Rice Guys: lamb gyro plate
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Mighty Rib Melt
The Dining Car: Honey Truffle Goat Cheese Sandwich

Visit Boston for the Boston Marathon!

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Friday, 5 Apr 2013

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Spring has finally come to Boston which can only mean that it’s time for the Boston Marathon! An annual event since 1897, the Marathon attracts runners from all over the world, and we’ve had the opportunity to host many of these athletes over the years at our Boston bed and breakfast. Beginning in Hopkinton, the course travels over 26 miles of Greater Boston, passing through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, before reaching the finish line in Copley Square.

The 2013 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, known as Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. Though the holiday was initially created to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War, it has become known colloquially as “Marathon Monday” due to the fact that the Marathon is run on this day each year. With the coming of spring in beautiful Boston and Brookline, this is the perfect time to visit our city.

Our two hotels in Brookline are located right on the Marathon route on Beacon Street at approximately the 23- and 24-mile markers, giving you some of the best front row seats to the action! Whether you’re here as a runner or just to cheer from the sidelines, the Beacon Inn is the perfect place to stay when visiting Boston for the Marathon. Time is running out so call us at 617-566-0088 to book your room today!