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Happy 4th of July!

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Thursday, 4 Jul 2013

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Happy 4th of July from the Beacon Inn! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Whether you’re watching the Boston fireworks tonight from the Charles River Esplanade or dodging the heat wave in one of our air conditioned guest rooms, there’s no better place to be this holiday weekend than the Cradle of Liberty.

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Boston Harborfest Celebrates 4th of July

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Monday, 1 Jul 2013

footguards_drumsIt’s almost Independence Day which means that Boston’s annual Harborfest celebration. This week’s festivities run from July 2nd through July 7th offering reenactments, concerts, historical tours, and more, culminating in Chowderfest on the final day. Harborfest, now in its 32nd year, attracts visitors from all over the region. Chowderfest brings the area’s best chowder from Boston and beyond to City Hall Plaza for a tasting and competition. Other events during the six-day celebration include early 19th century gun drills aboard the USS Constitution, sunset sails aboard the Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star, guided walking tours of historic boston, and much more.

Of course, our 4th of July celebrations in Boston wouldn’t be complete without fireworks, which you can watch on the Esplanade with the Boston Pops Orchestra! This is truly one of the greatest fireworks displays in the nation as befitting the Cradle of Liberty. Come explore Boston’s colonial history during your stay with us at our Boston bed and breakfast.

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!

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! 

Plan Your July 4th Weekend in Boston

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Monday, 27 May 2013

Each year the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular gets better and better. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet as the event celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Hatchshell on the Charles River Esplanade. Though they haven’t yet released full details about the performance, anyone who has ever been to the Boston fireworks can tell you that it truly one of the best Independence Day celebrations in the nation! Our fireworks always bring a crowd so it’s best to plan ahead if you’re looking to attend.

And what better place to celebrate our nation’s independence than in one of the birthplaces of the American Revolution? Our two Boston bed and breakfast hotels are located just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boston to guarantee you a good night’s rest but conveniently close to public transportation so you’ve never too far from the action. Start planning your Fourth of July getaway by calling us at 617-566-0088 or 888-575-0088 today!

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

It’s (almost) Memorial Day weekend here in Boston and while the weather forecast doesn’t look too promising, we certainly aren’t letting that keep us down. For starters, we’ve got the first ever Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25 and 26 featuring fun., The National, The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, and more. We may be looking at a few showers this weekend but the event promises to go on rain or shine, so grab your tickets and head on down to City Hall Plaza!

On a somewhat more somber note, visitors to our city may notice that the Boston Common has been partially transformed from today through Sunday with the Military Heroes Garden of Flags, an annual tradition in which more than 20,000 flags are planted in the Common to honor all our fallen heroes since World War I. It’s a poignant way to start your journey on the Freedom Trail, which is one of the best ways to see the sights of Boston.

Baseball fans, take note, the Red Sox are home today through Tuesday, playing a four-game series against the Indians and two games against the Phillies. There’s nothing that says springtime in Boston more than a day at Fenway Park.

And finally the Museum of Fine Arts is holding their free Memorial Day Community Weekend, promising three days of special exhibitions, art making, gallery tours, family activities, and a community art project. Admission to the museum will be completely free of charge for all visitors from May 25 to 27.

Whatever your reason for visiting our city this weekend, make our Boston bed and breakfast your home away from home.

Groundhog Day

Written by staff
Monday, 4 Feb 2013

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On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil emerged out of his burrow and saw no shadow. This proves to be a beacon of hope for the red-nosed, shivering people of Boston as it means spring is just around the corner.

This is the first time Phil hasn’t seen his shadow since 2011, one of the coldest winters in recent memory. But when we got wind of his prediction we quickly began walking through the mini mountain snow banks with our heads held high. We knew that it would soon only be a memory and we could hang up those North Face jackets.

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Though this winter has been mild, everyone misses how beautiful springtime in Boston can be. With the flowers in bloom, the bitter wind turns into a light breeze. It is the perfect time of year to relax in all of the beautiful parks in Brookline or to embark on some sightseeing adventures in downtown Boston.

When you come to the Beacon Inn, you’re just minutes away from experiencing all of the life and beauty that comes when spring rolls around. And with Punxsutawney Phil predicting that it’s even closer to our grasp, why not catch a glimpse early?