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Who is Whitey Bulger?

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Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013

Boston’s notorious gangster Whitey Bulger is currently sitting trial at the U.S. District Court here in Boston. You’ve probably seen his name in the headlines, but if you’re not familiar with his case, you might be wondering, “Who is this Whitey Bulger guy anyway?” He may not be Boston’s favorite son, but he’s an important part of local history and current events, so it’s worth getting a primer on Bulger if you’re interested in our city.

Bulger, born James Joseph Bulger Jr. in 1923, was a notorious South Boston crime boss and head of the Winter Hill Gang. Bulger was a lifelong criminal, serving time in a juvenile reformatory as a teen and then spending nine years in the federal penitentiary for armed robbery and hijacking shortly following his honorable discharge from the Army. It wasn’t until he was released from prison in 1965 that  he really began his rise to power in Boston’s criminal underworld.

During the Killeen-Mullen crime war in the early 1970s, Bulger proved himself indispensable to the Mullen family and earned a high-ranking position in the Southie underworld following the families’ truce in 1972. Throughout the 70s and 80s, Bulger grew and consolidated his power, all while serving as a secret informant to the FBI, earning his own criminal activities a certain degree of protection from the federal authorities.

Eventually the DEA, Massachusetts State Police, and Boston Police Department were able to crack down on Bulger’s illegal gambling operations, forcing the crime boss to flee the city and become a fugitive in 1994. After spending sixteen years at large and twelve years on the FBI Most Wanted list, Bulger was finally captured on June 22, 2011.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Announced for July 4

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Monday, 17 Jun 2013

esplanade-boston-fireworks-This details of year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular lineup have finally been announced. The festivities will feature New England performers including Grammy-winner Susan Tedeschi, singer/songwriter Howie Day, national recording artist Ayla Brown, and multi-instumentalist and vocalist Ellis Hall. These guests will share the stage with Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. And, of course, the celebration will culminate with one of the greatest fireworks displays in the nation over the Charles River!

While the event will be televised, there’s no substitute for the real thing. The free concert is held in the Hatch Shell on the beautiful Charles River Esplanade. Visitors and locals alike camp out all day for a prime spot in the park. It’s a fantastic event and the fireworks are a must-see if you’re thinking about visiting Boston for the 4th. Come stay with us in one of our two Boston bed and breakfast locations for a Fourth of July you won’t forget!

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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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!

Let’s Go Bruins!

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Saturday, 15 Jun 2013

Boston BruinsGame 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday was a tense match between two great teams (though we admit to being more than a little biased toward one of them, no offense to our guests from Chicago…). After more than 110 minutes, one of the longest games in the history of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks finally edged out a victory over our Bruins in triple overtime. While we admit to feeling a little disappointed with the defeat, we’ve got our fingers crossed that the Bruins are going to tie it up in Game 2. As we prepare for tonight’s game, let’s lead a local cheer for our home team! If you’re staying with us in Boston, you can catch the game on the HDTV in your room, or check out one of the several local bars where you’ll almost certainly find the game on at least one screen.

Games 3 and 4 of the Finals will be held at the TD Garden on June 17 and 19, so book your room now so you won’t miss the excitement! Even at our quiet Boston bed and breakfast, you’ll be able to feel the excitement in the air. We’re only a short T ride away from the Garden and our discounted rates mean a trip to Boston for the game won’t break the bank. Give us a call at 617-566-0088 because rooms are booking fast! Let’s Go Bruins!

Saluting the Stars and Stripes

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Friday, 14 Jun 2013

flag day paradeToday we celebrate Flag Day. Though not officially recognized as a national holiday, Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. One of the oldest Flag Day celebrations in the nation is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. And there are few better places to salute Old Glory than right here in Massachusetts, where you can still see the remnants of America’s colonial history and the American Revolution. If you’re planning a Massachusetts vacation this summer, consider staying in one of our 19th century Boston brownstones at the Beacon Inn! 

Gamers Explore Boston in New PS3 Game

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Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

bmUploads_2013-02-03_1300_outskirts-overlookNaughty Dog’s newest game for the Playstation 3 will give gamers a glimpse of a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic Boston. The Last of Us, which will be released on June 14, follows two human survivors across America, with much of the early action occurring in Boston and New England. Sure, it’s not the most positive or wholesome portrayal of the region, but getting to tour the virtual wreckage of the Mass Pike and Boston’s mass transit system does offer a certain thrill. This is the second game in two years to prominently feature Boston as a locale. Last year’s Assassin’s Creed III gave players the chance to explore colonial Boston and much of the surrounding area. Leaping from building to building in the historic North End or climbing the steeple of the Old South Church is an experience that we don’t recommend trying outside the safety of your gaming console.

Of course, with summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to put down the game controllers and explore the real Boston. It’s not hard to see why Boston is a major tourist destination for both real and virtual travelers. From relics of the Revolutionary War to modern art at the ICA, our city has a lot to offer! Video games are great, but there’s still no substitute for the real place. Let us be your tour guides during your stay and we’ll show you a real Boston experience! After a stay at our Brookline bed and breakfast, you won’t want to leave. But don’t worry, you can visit us again on your Playstation when you get home.

Local Eats: Cutty’s

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Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013

Boston Magazine has named Cutty’s the best sandwich shop in Boston for the past two years and one taste of any sandwich on this menu will be enough to make you a believer. They call themselves the “home of the skillfully crafted sandwich” and it’s easy to see when when you look at the care that goes into the construction of each of their creations. Owners Rachel and Charles Kelsey were both trained at the Culinary Institute of America and worked for America’s Test Kitchen before opening Cutty’s, ensuring that each menu item has been prepared to the highest standards.

One of their best specialty sandwiches is the “Roast Beef 1000,” their take on the traditional roast beef sandwich popular throughout the greater Boston area. Their version features mouth-watering slow-roasted beef, crispy shallots, Thousand Island dressing, and sharp cheddar on a brioche bun. This perfectly balanced sandwich is miles apart from the sloppy (though often delicious) creations found up and down the North Shore. And most of the restaurants ingredients are locally sourced, which should appeal to foodies making the pilgrimage to this destination.

All of their sandwiches are excellent (trust us: we’ve tried them all), but if you need further recommendations, we heartily endorse the Saturday-only special “pork fennel,” featuring slow-roasted pork, pickled fennel, and roasted garlic on a sesame seed roll. If this has you jonesing for a sandwich fix, Cutty’s is located at 284 Washington Street in Brookline, just a little over a mile from either of our Brookline hotels making it easily accessible via train, car, or foot.

A Guide to Enjoying the Stanley Cup Finals

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Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013

Beginning tomorrow night, the Bruins will begin a best-of-seven series against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago.  On June 17, they’ll head home to Boston’s TD Garden for a Game 3 face-off. Game 4 will be in Boston, and, if the series isn’t over by June 24, the series returns to Boston again—hopefully to be put to bed by the Bruins.

You’ve seen us post these game dates before, and if you follow our blog, you know that we’re excited for this series. Of course, we hope you’ll stay with us at the Beacon Inn to see the Bruins win the Cup (knock on wood), but even if you just plan to spend part of game night in downtown Boston, we’ve got a few tips to stay safe and share in the excitement.

Tip #1 or How to Avoid Hip-Checks: Should the Bruins win, the area around TD Garden will be nuts. The police will set up barricades and circle the jubilant crowds on horseback to contain the outpouring of enthusiasm (some of it quite drunk). If you’re not 6’7” and with a posse—and even then, you should be careful—this is not a place we recommend for celebration. Try the Kinsale or Red Hat, a short walk through Government Center and closer to the quiet residential neighborhood of Beacon Hill.

Tip #2 or We Don’t Throw Octopus: In New Jersey, fans celebrate hockey wins by throwing dead octopuses on the ice. As the bedrock of American civilization, we don’t do that here. But we do enjoy eating salty seafood with a side of salty attitude, and late-spring hockey presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy both. Head over to The Salty Dog in Faneuil Hall for lobstah, steamahs, and othah fried fishes while you watch the game at their outdoor bar. Before it ends, see Tip #1.

Tip #3 or Have a Good Time: No matter what happens, win or lose, remember: Boston is known for being a hard city. If the Bruins lose, don’t cry. Relish the memories of the time you spent cheering alongside an entire city (and plan a trip to the Beacon Inn for this time next year). This city is the closest America gets to the royal stiff upper lip, so if you must indulge disappointment, limit yourself to complaining. On the bright side, complaining is a tradition this city can be proud of. Just ask the British.

Bruins Advance to Stanley Cup Final

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Monday, 10 Jun 2013

bruinsOur beloved Bruins swept the Penguins in last week’s series earning them a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, their second championship fight in three years.  Here’s hoping they can replicate their 2011 victory against the Canucks when they face the Chicago Blackhawks next week. The tight defense and aggressive offensive line of this season’s Bruins are forces to be reckoned with. But perhaps our greatest asset as a team (and a city) is our incredible strength when we come together. There are some terrific standout players on the Bruins but it is as a cohesive unit that they show their true colors.

While the first two games of the series are on the Blackhawks’ turf, the Bruins return home to the TD Garden for Game 3 and 4 of the series. They’re going to be nail-biters so be sure you don’t miss out on the action. Boston is a die hard sports town and you won’t want to miss the celebrations if we (fingers crossed…) sweep Chicago next Tuesday. Book a room today at our Boston bed and breakfast at for the matches on June 17 or 19 before they’re all sold out! Our rates are always discounted for one of the best hotel deals in town!

If you’re in the Brookline area looking for a place with great food and an outstanding beer selection, it’s in your best interest to go to the Publick House. Conveniently located at 1648 Beacon Street in Washington Square in Brookline, close to both of our bed and breakfast locations, this is not your typical Boston bar. Serious beer drinkers will be pleased with the selection.

The menu proudly proclaims “No Shots, No Pitchers” and avoids the typical Coors/Miller/Bud trifecta in favor of a more eclectic mix of American and international microbrews, with a heavy emphasis on Belgian beers. With 36 selections on draught and 100+ by the bottle, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices!

The Publick House menu offers a wide variety reasonably priced home-style comfort food and appetizers, including an assortment of burgers and sandwiches, beef stew, meatloaf, and fish and chips. Food and Wine Magazine declared their famous mac and cheese “Best in the US” and we heartily recommend trying it..

You might want to head down there early on the weekends! Because the Publick House has such an extensive beer selection and untouchable menu, it attracts an eclectic demographic of locals and out-of-towners. While you wait for your table, you can just take a few steps over to the bar and decide which beer you want to try as that may take a while! If you’re indecisive while choosing what to have at the Publick House, the friendly staff are knowledgeable in the beer selection and ready to offer their insight.

Their hours of operation run from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am, a great time to enjoy your dinner and unwind! Our 1750 location is conveniently located just a block away from the Publick House, so book a room with us and you can safely walk home after your night out.