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Holiday Season in Boston!

Written by staff
Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014

It’s that time of year! It’s December, and the holidays are here! There are plenty of festive events and activities happening in Boston this time of the year. The 73rd annual Boston Common Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place this Thursday, December 4th, at the Boston Commons. In addition to the tree lighting, there is outdoor ice skating at the Frog Pond.

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This time of year is a great time to visit Boston; historic Newbury Street is beautifully decorated for the season. It’s the perfect time of year to go shopping, buy gifts for loved ones, and enjoy a warm meal.

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The Boston Ballet is also performing The Nutcracker, a classic holiday production. Shows run throughout the entire month of December, at the Boston Opera House.

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Come stay with us at The Beacon Inn during your holiday trip to Boston! We are located right on the green line, which can bring you directly to any of these great holiday events in the city. Give us a call, or book online on our website today!

Let’s Go Shopping at Faneuil Hall

Written by admin
Friday, 28 Jun 2013

While you’re vacationing in Boston, you’ll probably be thinking of the folks back home to get souvenirs for. If you’re wondering what the best location is for finding the ideal gift for coworkers and loved ones alike, look no further than the Faneuil Hall marketplace located in the heart of downtown Boston.

Not only does Faneuil Hall provide a great selection of outdoor vendors with gadgets and apparel to get your coworkers and friends, but there are tons of other activities that can keep you entertained while you explore a piece of Boston’s history.

Just a five-minute walk from the Government Center T stop, this outdoor shopping center provides a wide variety of restaurants and shops. If you’re looking for a summer wardrobe, stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle will keep you up with the hottest trends.

Come lunch time, even the pickiest eaters will have no problem finding the perfect dining spot at Faneuil Hall. Inside the historic Quincy Market building you’ll find dozens of restaurants made to satisfy any craving.

Our hotel is just a short T-ride away from this historical landmark that’s both fun and educational for the entire family. Make your reservation now and soon you’ll be able to explore one of Boston’s most popular sites!

Boston Children’s Museum Celebrates 100 Years

Written by admin
Thursday, 20 Jun 2013

Boston Children's MuseumFor visitors to our city, the Boston Children’s Museum has always been a favorite family destination. And while the museum might be for kids, there’s no question that they’re all grown up as the venerable institution celebrates its 100th year! The museum first opened on August 1, 1913 at the Pinebank Mansion in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Although they moved into a larger space a few blocks away in the 1930s, the museum would remain in JP for several decades.

In 1979, out of a desire for more space and greater accessibility for residents of downtown Boston, the museum moved to an empty wool warehouse on the Fort Point Channel where it has remained ever since. After a $47-million project to renovate and expand the space in 2006 and 2007, the museum became the city’s first green museum.

As part of their centennial celebration, the Children’s Museum has posted a fantastic pictorial history detailing their growth and expansion over the past 100 years. If you’re visiting our Boston bed and breakfast with kids, you absolutely must visit the Children’s Museum! The museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Fridays from 10am to 9pm and admission for adults and children costs $14.

Happy Father’s Day!

Written by admin
Sunday, 16 Jun 2013

Here at the Beacon Inn we’d like to wish all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day! If you’re staying with us in Boston this weekend, we have a few suggestions for things to do:

Visit the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum:Just a short drive from Boston, the deCordova Sculpture Park offers a great outdoor art experience. If you’re looking to get a little fresh air and see some great modern sculpture, this is a unique museum that we highly recommend. Dads get free admission from 10am to 5pm!

Grab a Father’s Day Brunch: Zaftigs Delicatessen is one of our favorite brunch destinations in Boston for both savory and sweet options, but you can definitely expect a wait, especially for a Sunday brunch on Father’s Day. If you don’t mind standing in line for a little while, the food is well worth the wait! (We recommend the potato pancakes and the banana-stuffed French toast.) It’s a pleasant walk from either of our Beacon Street locations. If you’re looking for something a little different and don’t mind a little more of a walk, we recommend Deep Ellum for a slightly more upscale brunch (duck confit hash!) or the Allston Diner for a hipster take on Southern comfort food (chicken and waffles!), both in the neighboring community of Allston.

Take a Tour of Fenway Park: Between 11am and 2pm, stop by Fenway Park for their annual Father’s Day “Walk in the Park.” This free event gives families a close-up look at one of America’s most historic ballparks. Take a walk around the warning track, sit inside the visitor and home dugouts, and get autographs from Red Sox alumni!

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Written by admin
Tuesday, 4 Jun 2013

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, located at 280 The Fenway in Boston, is not only home to paintings and sculptures, but also a breathtaking outdoor courtyard and garden. As you explore the collections of rare books and manuscripts and decadent furniture, you will begin to get a sense of Isabella’s vision ­­­– an installation that inspires an emotional, intimate response from every viewer.

Isabella Stewart Gardner, a philanthropist and art collector, established the museum in 1903 in the style of a 15th-century Venetian palace. The lighting and display of the work gives the museum the atmosphere of a private home, giving visitors the full experience of Gardner’s curatorial vision.

On March 18, 1990, art thieves stole $500 million worth of artwork from the collection in an infamous heist. Over two decades later, the crime remains unsolved, but the museum still boasts an impressive range of works encompassing a diverse array of European, Asian, and American art. We love the museum so much we even named one of our guest rooms at our Boston bed and breakfast after Mrs. Gardner!

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $5 for college students with a valid ID, and free for visitors the age of 18. And if your name happens to be “Isabella,” that guarantees you free admission for life!

Hall’s Pond Sanctuary

Written by admin
Monday, 3 Jun 2013

The greater Boston area is home to many fantastic public parks and green spaces and the town of Brookline is no exception. If you’re looking for a brief respite from the city, the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary (located practically across the street from the Beacon Inn at 1087 Beacon Street) is worth a visit.

Hall’s Pond is one of two natural ponds remaining in Brookline and the grounds include a boardwalk wetland trail and a small formal garden. Although located just steps from a busy section of Beacon Street, you might spot a variety of birds including great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, kingfishers, and red-winged blackbirds during your visit.

While the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary might be a tiny park compared to the sprawling Boston Common and Public Gardens, this natural preserve in the heart of Brookline offers a welcome change of pace to local residents and tourists alike. If you’re staying at our 1087 bed and breakfast location, we recommend taking a stroll across the street to see what Hall’s Pond has to offer.

Take a Walk in the Park

Written by admin
Saturday, 1 Jun 2013

Before 20-theater cineplex pilgrimages, motorboat outings, and gas grill BBQs, one of the most popular summer pastimes was… wait for it… walking in the park! As incredible as it may seem in the distraction-abundant, air-conditioned urban playground of Boston, not even 100 years ago, a favorite pastime entailed only fresh air, good conversation, natural views, and walking. Lots of walking.

Taking a walk is a favorite activity of our front desk staff, and it can be sweet relief for long-distance travelers. As it happens, nearly the whole town of Brookline is a walkers’ paradise, full of gorgeous old homes along winding streets. Boston is much the same, and since between the two there are so many places to enjoy a long and scenic walk, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite parks easily accessible from our two Boston bed and breakfast locations—one obvious and the others less so:

Jamaica Way: According to Wikipedia, Jamaica Way “is a four-lane, undivided parkway in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston near the border of Brookline. The Jamaicaway was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted as part of Emerald Necklace. Many of the houses which line the Jamaicaway are large and of architectural interest. The oldest houses were created by elite Bostonians for year-round or seasonal use.”

Emerson Park: Emerson Park is a small, leafy, and secluded park amid a wealthy Brookline neighborhood. It’s a great spot to sit on a bench and read a book while getting some sun. Not to mention the best egg salad sandwich in Boston can be found up the street at Cutty’s. On summer evenings, the park hosts a concert series including pop, folk, oldies, bluegrass, country and rock.  It’s a great place to chill out after a day touring downtown and you can bring your kids.

Corey Hill Outlook Park: Once a park frequented by patients recovering from stays at the hospital atop the hill (now condos), the Corey Hill outlook is a quiet spot to have a picnic while enjoying views of Cambridge and Harvard’s church steeples. Or, if you’re feeling restless, there’s a kids’ playground across the street and hundreds of steps leading up the hill, to the park, that are great for jogging.

Visit America’s Oldest Car Collection

Written by admin
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.

Visit JFK’s Birthplace

Written by admin
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!

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

Written by admin
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.