Archive for May, 2013

Visit America’s Oldest Car Collection

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Friday, 31 May 2013

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline claims to house America’s oldest car collection and if you’re an auto enthusiast this is one of the Boston area’s best attractions! It may fly beneath the rader of most casual tourists, but if you’re looking to take a break from all the baseball and Revolutionary War history for a totally different experience, then you shouldn’t miss this museum.

Located on the former 64-acre estate (now a public park) of the wealthy Anderson family, the museum is housed in the former carriage house, constructed in 1888 and opened as a museum in 1949. The building was inspired by the architecture of the Chateau de Chaumont-Sur-Loire in France and has a well-deserved designation on the National Register of Historical Places.

The collection itself boasts several automotive treasures, including the unusual 1905 Electromobile, the flamboyant 1912 Renault Victoria Phaeton, and the luxurious 1926 Lincoln Seven. While the museum is not easily accessible via public transportation, it’s a short drive from either of our Boston bed and breakfast locations and our front desk staff would be more than happy to provide you with directions.

Thousands Gather for Boston Strong Benefit Concert

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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Thousands of music fans will gather at the TD Garden tonight for the Boston Strong benefit concert. Organized as a fundraiser for One Fund Boston, a charity organization set up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the star-studded event will host a variety of performers and musical acts.

The diverse range of artists featured at tonight’s event include Aerosmith, the Dropkick Murphys, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Extreme, the J. Geils Band, New Kids on The Block, James Taylor, Godsmack, Carole King, and comedians Dane Cook and Stephen Wright. Many of these stars launched their careers performing in and around Boston. Though the Dropkick Murphys were not originally slated to perform, local automotive dealer magnate Ernie Boch Jr. offered to fly them in on his own private jet to ensure they’d be in attendance for the event.

Tickets sold out within five minutes earlier this month, but you can always watch the livestream of the concert, which starts at 7pm. Even if you won’t be attending, you should consider making a donation to One Fund, as they could certainly use your support. And if you’re thinking of “shipping up to Boston” anytime soon, consider a stay at our Boston bed and breakfast for a taste of old Boston charm.

Visit JFK’s Birthplace

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

John F. Kennedy is one of the greatest and most tragic figures in American political history but did you know this former president was born on this day in history right here in Brookline? JFK was born around three o’clock in the afternoon in his family’s modest home at 83 Beals Street in Brookline on May 29, 1917. This house still stands today as a National Historic Site offering guided tours and public events.

Located on a leafy side street near Brookline’s beautiful Coolidge Corner (and just a short walk from either of our two conveniently located hotels), the John F. Kennedy house was restored by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1967 based upon her recollections of its original appearance. The modest exterior of the home belies the striking restoration work within that gives us a clear picture of the former president’s childhood in the early 20th century.

This site is one of Brookline’s great historic treasures and it’s certainly worth stopping in to see while visiting the local restaurants and shops in Coolidge Corner. Come and see what Brookline (and Boston) has to offer!

Boston Calling Music Festival Returns in September

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The first Boston Calling Music Festival may have come and gone this past weekend, but festival organizers have already announced plans to return in September with another festival headlined by Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit. Like this past event, the fall concert will bring several national touring artists (and a few local favorites) to City Hall Plaza for two days on September 7 and 8.

If the success of this past weekend is any indication (the festival brought in nearly 20,000 attendees), this upcoming festival should be another big hit for the organizers. Other artists scheduled to appear include Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, and Bat for Lashes. This diverse genre-spanning lineup promises to bring a wide variety of music fans to Boston for the weekend.

Early bird festival and VIP passes go on sale this Friday and those of you coming from out of town for the concert are going to want a place to crash for the weekend.  We’re located just a short T ride from downtown, so if you’re looking for a cozy place for a reasonable price, book your room for the weekend at our Boston bed and breakfast. Call us at 617-566-0088 for rates and availability or book your room online today.

Plan Your July 4th Weekend in Boston

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Each year the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular gets better and better. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Hatchshell on the Charles River Esplanade. Though they haven’t yet released full details about the performance, anyone who has ever been to the Boston fireworks can tell you that it truly one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the nation! Our fireworks always bring a crowd so it’s best to plan ahead if you’re looking to attend.

And what better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than in one of the birthplaces of the American Revolution? Our two Boston bed and breakfast hotels are located just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston to guarantee you a good night’s rest but conveniently close to public transportation so you’ve never too far from the action. Start planning your Fourth of July getaway by calling us at 617-566-0088 or 888-575-0088 today!

Book Your Room for MIT Graduation

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Most of the graduation dates for the big Boston schools have come and gone but MIT doesn’t hold their commencement until Friday, June 7. If you’re still looking to book a room, then the Beacon Inn can help! We still have a few rooms available during MIT’s graduation weekend so give us a call at 617-566-0088 or 888-575-0088 for rates.

Our two Boston bed and breakfast hotels are located just a hop, skip, and a jump across the river from MIT’s campus in Cambridge. Make us your home away from home when you’re in town for commencement.

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

It’s (almost) Memorial Day weekend here in Boston and while the weather forecast doesn’t look too promising, we certainly aren’t letting that keep us down. For starters, we’ve got the first ever Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25 and 26 featuring fun., The National, The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, and more. We may be looking at a few showers this weekend but the event promises to go on rain or shine, so grab your tickets and head on down to City Hall Plaza!

On a somewhat more somber note, visitors to our city may notice that the Boston Common has been partially transformed from today through Sunday with the Military Heroes Garden of Flags, an annual tradition in which more than 20,000 flags are planted in the Common to honor all our fallen heroes since World War I. It’s a poignant way to start your journey on the Freedom Trail, which is one of the best ways to see the sights of Boston.

Baseball fans, take note, the Red Sox are home today through Tuesday, playing a four-game series against the Indians and two games against the Phillies. There’s nothing that says springtime in Boston more than a day at Fenway Park.

And finally the Museum of Fine Arts is holding their free Memorial Day Community Weekend, promising three days of special exhibitions, art making, gallery tours, family activities, and a community art project. Admission to the museum will be completely free of charge for all visitors from May 25 to 27.

Whatever your reason for visiting our city this weekend, make our Boston bed and breakfast your home away from home.