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Boston Bruins Stand One Game Away from Stanley Cup Final

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Friday, 7 Jun 2013

After defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime Wednesday night, tonight’s game may be the last playoff round before the Bruins make their way to the Stanley Cup Final. Despite an admirable performance by the Penguins, the Bruins are poised to make a 4-0 sweep of the series tonight at home. Thousands of Bruins fans (and some Pittsburgh supporters too) will flock to the TD Garden to see if our home team will advance to the Championship for the second time in three years.

If we do advance to the Final tonight, you can be sure there will be plenty of rejoicing in Boston, even as Tropical Storm Andrea brings heavy winds and rain to the area starting this evening. Boston is a sports town and there’s no weather that will keep us from cheering on our team as we head on to face either Chicago or Los Angeles in the championship. Let’s go Bruins!

Of course, if the Bruins lose, there are games tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday if needed. If you’re in town for a match, our Boston bed and breakfast hotels are located close to public transportation so the Garden is just a short T ride away.

A Tale of Three Delis (and a Bagel Shop)

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Friday, 7 Jun 2013

There are many reasons the staff of the Beacon Inn consider ourselves lucky to work in Brookline, but one of our favorite things about Brookline is the food. Since Brookline is home to a thriving Jewish community, delicatessens rank highly on our list of best eats of Brookline. Here are a few you should seek out during your next visit:

Rubin’s Restaurant and Catering strikes many as on-the pricey-side of the sandwich business, but kosher is expensive, and Rubin’s is the only all-kosher deli in Boston. If you’ve never had a kosher pastrami sandwich, this is the place to begin your kosher-pastrami odyssey.

Michael Sobelman, the former proprietor of Michael’s Deli, called himself The Corned Beef King. Although he recently handed the business over to a new owner, the quality has remained a constant. We can say for sure his brisket sandwich on dark rye with horseradish sauce is king of Boston deli.

Zaftig’s is a short walk from JFK’s birthplace, and is the place to go for challah french toast, coated in butter, drenched in Vermont maple syrup, and crowned with whipped cream and berries. Their line-out-the-door brunch might not be especially Jewish—well, the challah—but it can play queen to Michael’s Corned Beef King.

Not be outdone by Zaftig’s extensive breakfast menu, Rosenfeld Bagels—located in Newton Centre, a short drive from our 1750 Beacon Street location—sells the best bagels in Boston, if not the world. Try an everything bagel with lox and chive cream cheese, but be warned: you may never want a to buy a bagel from anyone else, again, ever.

Celebrate Local Massachusetts Artists

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Thursday, 6 Jun 2013

If you find yourself in Brookline this weekend, be sure to stop by the Devotion School in Coolidge Corner for the 35th annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. From 10am to 6pm on Saturday, June 8, the festival will host over 75 artists from Massachusetts working in disciplines ranging from ceramics and jewelry to painting and photography and everything else in between. A quick perusal of the participating artists demonstrates the wide variety of artistic talent on display this weekend (we’re particularly fond of the abstract, sculptural jewelry crafted by Somerville artist Dev Bennett).

While the MFA and ICA are always open for business (alongside the many other wonderful art museums throughout Boston), this is a great opportunity to see some unique local talent on display. Stop by the festival for a taste of what Massachusetts has to offer. And if you’re more in the mood for a literal “taste” of Massachusetts, Brookline will also be celebrating the sixth annual Brookline Food Festival adjacent to to the CCAF, with all proceeds benefitting the Brookline Food Pantry. With the good weather finally here, there’s a lot to experience just steps from the doors of our cozy Brookline hotel.

Local Eats: Busy Bee Diner

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Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013

Though we offer a complimentary continental breakfast here at the Beacon Inn, guests staying at our 1087 Beacon location looking for heartier fare or a mid-day meal are usually directed across the street to the Busy Bee Diner. This charming neighborhood institution opened in 1967 and looks like it hasn’t aged a day since. Offering typical American diner fare from omelets and pancakes to hamburgers and BLTs, the Busy Bee has long been a favorite of our guests (and staff too) for offering great food at low prices.

While we have our share of excellent restaurants in the city catering to the foodie crowd, the Busy Bee is worth a look if you want good, cheap food, or if you’re an international guest looking for the quintessential American diner experience. If you’re looking for “a snack or a meal,” as the neon sign in the restaurant”s window advertises,  stop by the Busy Bee at 1046 Beacon Street. Be forewarned that it’s cash only, but we like to think that just adds to the old fashioned charm (plus there’s an ATM conveniently located next door).

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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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

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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

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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

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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!