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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!

Step Back in Time at the Coolidge Corner Theatre

Written by staff
Friday, 8 Mar 2013

Coolidge Corner Theatre marquee in Brookline, MA

If you’ve seen movies like “The Artist” or “Hugo,” you’ve fallen in love with what it must have been like to go to the movies in the 1930s. With lines down the street, friends and family would gather together and watch films as a grand event. The ambiance of the theaters back then were much different than they are today with red curtains draped over the screen and a marquee outside.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre captures what it must have been like to go to the movies when they were first introduced! With an old-fashioned sign hanging overhead and the marquee displaying films now showing, you really get to view movies as if you’ve gone back in time.

Coolidge Corner Theatre interior in Brookline, MA

The building was originally built as a church in 1906 before it was redesigned in 1933 as an Art Deco movie palace. It was the first ever movie theater constructed in the area and it remains today as one of Brookline’s biggest attractions. Showing movies that you wouldn’t typically find in a big blockbuster cinema, you can unwind and enjoy the movies in their truest form.

They serve a wide selection of candy and beverages and they even have a humble selection of beers and wines for those of you over 21! Come stay with us at our Brookline bed and breakfast and spend an evening at the Coolidge watching movies like you’ve stepped back in time!

History of Beacon Street

Written by staff
Tuesday, 22 Jan 2013

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Brookline’s historic Beacon Street was constructed in 1850 as a country road west of Kenmore Square offering a simpler commute for businessmen living in Brookline, a quiet suburb just outside of the city of Boston. For the first forty years, it remained a narrow boulevard designed exclusively as a means of travel.

The area gained popularity among Brookline residents, creating a high demand for more apartment buildings and shops. As more Bostonians fled the bustling city for a calmer atmosphere, landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner John C. Olmsted were commissioned to widen Beacon Street in 1886 into a more modern thoroughfare, including a popular mass transit line known today as the Green Line “C” Branch.

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Mass transit in Brookline, originally intended for commuters, has become an essential part of Brookline’s commercial and residential success. Locals and tourists alike can explore the array of shops and restaurants in the area and discover Brookline’s unique charm with its classic architecture and collection of outdoor parks. Ranked the second safest community in Massachusetts, Brookline offers a warm environment for the entire family!

Given the effortless access to Boston’s transit system, Boston becomes a 15-minute “T” ride away along the “C” Branch running the length of Beacon Street. With just a short ride on the “T”, you can experience all of Boston’s attractions and return to the quiet, safe community of Brookline. The Beacon Inn is conveniently located close to public transportation with the “T” running literally right outside our front doors. With two locations in historic Victorian brownstones on Beacon Street in Brookline, the Beacon Inn is the perfect destination for your Massachusetts vacation!