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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.

New England’s Best Clam Shack

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Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013

Clam Box, Ipswich, clam shack, BostonIf 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 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!

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!

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.

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.

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).

Enjoy the Boston Calling Music Festival

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Monday, 15 Apr 2013

Not often does Boston have the pleasure of hosting music festivals full of critically acclaimed musicians. But on May 25 and 26, City Hall Plaza will attract thousands of fans with the Boston Calling Music Festival!

Artists like fun., The National, Marina and the Diamonds, The Shins, Dirty Projectors, and many more will come together for a two-day event that is fun for the whole family! You can choose between one-day passes, weekend passes, VIP one-day passes, or VIP weekend passes!

Be sure to bring sunscreen or an umbrella, because the show will go on rain or shine. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes, as there will be limited seating, And remember to leave all food and beverages at home! Some of Boston’s most popular food trucks will be on hand to serve delicious food all day! If you’re over 21, beer and wine will also be served in the beer garden and VIP areas.

If you’re coming from out of down for the festival and are looking for a place to stay during the festival, the Beacon Inn is just a short train ride from City Hall Plaza! At the Inn, you are far enough from all the craziness at the festival yet still close enough to get to the show early. You’ll want to make sure you get a good spot to see the performers in action!

Be sure to catch one of the Boston’s greatest events and spend your nights afterward at our bed and breakfast! Our rooms are perfect for unwinding after a long day of dancing!