This 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!
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Since 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!
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 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.
It’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.
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!
If you’re looking for a slightly different experience in Boston this summer, one of our greatest hidden treasures is only a short ferry ride from downtown Boston. When you visit the Boston Harbor Islands, you can explore a Civil War-era fort, enjoy nature trails, get some sun on the beach, and more! There are several islands accessible either by bridge from the mainland or by ferry. Here are three of our favorites:
Spectacle Island: This island offers a series of nature trails and a beautiful sandy beach. Swimming in New England waters can sometimes be a bracing experience, but here you’ll find some of the warmest water in New England, reaching the high 60s in the middle of summer. Spectacle Island also features the highest point in the harbor, offering gorgeous panoramic views of the city skyline.
Georges Island: Fort Warren, a historic Civil War-era fort, dominates most of this island. You can explore on your own or take a ranger-guided tour of the stunning granite architecture of the fort. Watch out for the island’s ghost, the the Lady in Black! Also, as a primary destination for the harbor ferries, Georges Island is the perfect place to stop to catch the smaller boats between islands.
Peddocks Island: The largest island in Boston Harbor also sits close to the mainland. Featuring several historic buildings, nature trails, and an unsupervised beach, this is one of the most diverse islands and gives you a taste of everything Boston Harbor has to offer.
There are several other islands in the Harbor accessible via ferry and water shuttle and we encourage our guests to visit! Although they are a popular destination in the summer, there are still many locals who have never taken the ferry trip to the islands. When you visit our Boston bed and breakfast, consider exploring one of the best hidden treasures our city has to offer with a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands!
Democrat Ed Markey defeated Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez yesterday in a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. Markey, endorsed by several prominent Democrats including Kerry himself, won the seat with 55% of the Massachusetts popular vote. Born and raised in Malden, the new Senator had represented the 7th district of Massachusetts from 1976 until earlier this year when he shifted gears to focus on his Senate race. During his tenure in the House, he served as Chairman of the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee and a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Natural Resources. Markey has been described as a “low-profile” politician with a strong focus on energy and the environment. While he may not be a political star like former Massachusetts’ senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry among others, we trust and hope that Markey will represent the best interests of Massachusetts as he takes his seat in the Senate.
If you’ve ever spent a summer in New England, you’ve probably eaten at least once at a clam or lobster shack. These no-frills, often family-owned restaurants specialize in fried and steamed seafood and little else. New England, and especially Massachusetts’ Cape Ann region, is home to countless of these destinations, each one usually claiming to be the best around. Boston.com recently held a Shack Showdown, inviting readers to vote in a tournament-style bracket for the best clam or lobster shack in New England. After five rounds of voting, the Clam Box in Ipswich emerged victorious over Woodman’s of Essex.
Both restaurants have fierce local defenders (I’m partial to Woodman’s myself) but you’re guaranteed a great meal at either location. And it’s certainly worth the 45-60 minute drive from Boston to check out the gorgeous Cape Ann region. It may not be as well-known as our other famous Cape, but you can’t miss visiting the North Shore if you’re looking for a classic New England experience. If you’re visiting either of our Boston bed and breakfast locations in the city, there are many ways you can visit the towns of the North Shore and we’ll be happy to give you directions!
Mission Cantina, a new Mexican restaurant, opened earlier this month across from the Beacon Inn at 1087 in the space formerly inhabited by the Beacon Street Tavern. This new restaurant offers house made tortilla chips, several varieties of tacos, burritos, etc., and around 40 different types of tequila. We’re always excited about a new restaurant in the neighborhood! This one comes to us via our neighbors out in Western Massachusetts, where the original Mission Cantina was a big hit in Amherst.
The décor takes the predictable Mexican themes in a charmingly eclectic direction with influences ranging from Día de los Muertos skeletons to Mayan temples. And if billiards is your game, the bar features a dark purple pool table. If you’re staying with us at 1087 Beacon Street outpost of our Boston bed and breakfast and you’ve got a hankering for margaritas and tacos, then head on across the street and try the new Mission Cantina!