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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.

Mission Cantina Opens on Beacon Street

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Friday, 21 Jun 2013

mc-2013-06-04-at-3.50.41-PMMission 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!

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.

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.

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).

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.