Archive for July, 2013

Book Your Room for Moving Day!

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Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013

September 1 is just a month away which means scores of college students will be coming back to Boston, many of whom will be making the big step of moving into their first apartments as they move off-campus for the first time. It’s a big day in Boston, with moving vans lining the streets of popular student neighborhoods such as Allston and Brighton, and many parents will be in town to help their kids make the move.

If you’re one of the proud parents helping your kids set up their new digs, you’ll probably want a place to sleep for the night after a long day of moving. Our two Boston bed and breakfast locations are conveniently located near several local area colleges and a short drive, walk, or T ride away from many popular student neighborhoods throughout Boston and Brookline. Book your room today!

Boston Comic Con is Coming!

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Monday, 29 Jul 2013

bostonBoston Comic Con 2013 is coming to the World Seaport Trade Center this weekend on August 3 and 4. In the world of comic fandom, this is A BIG DEAL. Used to be (at least, in the 1980’s—as far back as this Beacon Inn host can recall), if you spent your free time reading comics, you probably also spent school time avoiding getting stuffed into a locker. These days, comic characters are a big part of pop culture.

Beginning in the late 1980s with the release of Tim Burton’s Batman, and snowballing in the early aughts with Hellboy, X-Men, Spiderman, and a number of other Marvel and DC Comics-adapted films, comics went mainstream. Today, if you haven’t seen the Batman movies, you risk being an outcast, but without superpowers.

Boston Comic Con brings hope to Brookline and Boston residents of learning the ins-and-outs of comic cool. If you saw a Batman movie but don’t know what a Hellboy is, this convention is for you, as Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be there to discuss his work, including work on The Hobbit. Surely, you’ve heard of The Hobbit?

Book a room to stay with us at the Beacon Inn in Brookline for Comic Con 2013, and our front desk hosts will throw in directions to all of the best comic shops in Boston for free. Don’t be the last kid (or adult) on your block to find out what it means to be retconned!

Rain Delayed Sox Will Face Rays Again on Monday

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Friday, 26 Jul 2013

315980433_2564451865001_redsoxwideThe final game of this week’s Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays series was rained out yesterday giving the Sox a chance to regroup before Monday’s scheduled makeup game. Although the Sox currently lead the standings in the AL East, the Rays are only one game behind. After two losses to the Rays’ excellent pitching staff this week, the Red Sox Nation is hoping for a comeback next week. The Rays plan on pitching either Roberto Hernandez or David Price in the makeup game. Price, who recently returned from 47 days on the disability list, pitched Wednesday’s game that resulted in a 5-1 win for the Rays. If you missed last night’s game due to the rain delay, come out on Monday and stay in one of our Brookline hotels for a chance to see the Sox face the Rays for the rescheduled final game of the series.

Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square

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Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013

krauss_big_web__1371743654_0578This weekend the Boston Globe and WGBH bring the free Summer Arts Weekend to Copley Square in downtown Boston. The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday and presents a diverse array of musicians from New Orleans’ jazz greats Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to bluegrass-country singer-songwriter Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. Each day focuses on a different musical theme. Friday presents a lineup of blues, bluegrass, and jazz, Saturday focuses on international musicians, and Sunday represents the classical music tradition. In addition to the main stage events, a second stage will feature an spectrum of local artists and organizations from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance to Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band. So if you’re visiting the Beacon Inn this weekend, take the T to Copley Square to enjoy these great free weekend concerts!

The Swan Boats of Boston

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Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013

boston-public-garden-and-swan-boats-juergen-rothSince 1877, the Swan Boats have been an iconic feature of the Public Garden in Boston. The boats were designed by Robert Paget after seeing Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, in which a heroic knight rides a swan across a lake to rescue a damsel in distress. This romantic notion is echoed in the dramatic design of the boats themselves, featuring a large white swan. Paget himself died only a year after the initial launch of the boats, but the business was carried on by his wife, Julia, and youngest son, John, who in turn turned the business over to his son Paul in 1969.

Although the boats have been replaced over the years, the design has changed very little, and the current fleet features one boat built in 1918 by John Paget himself. The pedal-powered boats can be seen on the pond in the Public Garden seven days a week from April through September and are a welcome sign of warm weather to Bostonians beleaguered by the long cold winter. During your visit to our Boston bed and breakfast this summer, we recommend you bring the family down to the Public Garden and take a peaceful ride on one of these beautiful and historic Swan Boats!

Local Eats: Temptations Cafe

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Friday, 5 Jul 2013

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a relaxing sit-down lunch, Temptations Café is a great choice. Temptations is a family-owned sandwich shop with multiple locations, two of which are within a short walk from our 1087 Beacon St location. They have a fairly large selection including paninis, wraps and cold sandwiches along with delicious daily specials, and their Coolidge Corner location sells breakfast sandwiches that are to die for.

The staff are always super friendly and accommodating, making you feel like a regular even if it’s your first time visiting. In addition, they are willing to turn any of their loose leaf teas into iced tea, which is a rare treat and the perfect thirst-quencher on a hot day. Visit them at 1038 and 1350 Beacon St. and see for yourself. And if you’re looking for a nice outdoor spot to enjoy your lunch, Amory Park is just a short walk down the street with picnic tables in view of the Hall’s Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Happy 4th of July!

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Thursday, 4 Jul 2013

State House, Boston, fireworks

Happy 4th of July from the Beacon Inn! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Whether you’re watching the Boston fireworks tonight from the Charles River Esplanade or dodging the heat wave in one of our air conditioned guest rooms, there’s no better place to be this holiday weekend than the Cradle of Liberty.

American flag, USA, 4th of July

Boston Harborfest Celebrates 4th of July

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Monday, 1 Jul 2013

footguards_drumsIt’s almost Independence Day which means that Boston’s annual Harborfest celebration. This week’s festivities run from July 2nd through July 7th offering reenactments, concerts, historical tours, and more, culminating in Chowderfest on the final day. Harborfest, now in its 32nd year, attracts visitors from all over the region. Chowderfest brings the area’s best chowder from Boston and beyond to City Hall Plaza for a tasting and competition. Other events during the six-day celebration include early 19th century gun drills aboard the USS Constitution, sunset sails aboard the Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star, guided walking tours of historic boston, and much more.

Of course, our 4th of July celebrations in Boston wouldn’t be complete without fireworks, which you can watch on the Esplanade with the Boston Pops Orchestra! This is truly one of the greatest fireworks displays in the nation as befitting the Cradle of Liberty. Come explore Boston’s colonial history during your stay with us at our Boston bed and breakfast.