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Let’s Go Bruins!

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Saturday, 15 Jun 2013

Boston BruinsGame 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday was a tense match between two great teams (though we admit to being more than a little biased toward one of them, no offense to our guests from Chicago…). After more than 110 minutes, one of the longest games in the history of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blackhawks finally edged out a victory over our Bruins in triple overtime. While we admit to feeling a little disappointed with the defeat, we’ve got our fingers crossed that the Bruins are going to tie it up in Game 2. As we prepare for tonight’s game, let’s lead a local cheer for our home team! If you’re staying with us in Boston, you can catch the game on the HDTV in your room, or check out one of the several local bars where you’ll almost certainly find the game on at least one screen.

Games 3 and 4 of the Finals will be held at the TD Garden on June 17 and 19, so book your room now so you won’t miss the excitement! Even at our quiet Boston bed and breakfast, you’ll be able to feel the excitement in the air. We’re only a short T ride away from the Garden and our discounted rates mean a trip to Boston for the game won’t break the bank. Give us a call at 617-566-0088 because rooms are booking fast! Let’s Go Bruins!

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.

Bruins Advance to Stanley Cup Final

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Monday, 10 Jun 2013

bruinsOur beloved Bruins swept the Penguins in last week’s series earning them a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, their second championship fight in three years.  Here’s hoping they can replicate their 2011 victory against the Canucks when they face the Chicago Blackhawks next week. The tight defense and aggressive offensive line of this season’s Bruins are forces to be reckoned with. But perhaps our greatest asset as a team (and a city) is our incredible strength when we come together. There are some terrific standout players on the Bruins but it is as a cohesive unit that they show their true colors.

While the first two games of the series are on the Blackhawks’ turf, the Bruins return home to the TD Garden for Game 3 and 4 of the series. They’re going to be nail-biters so be sure you don’t miss out on the action. Boston is a die hard sports town and you won’t want to miss the celebrations if we (fingers crossed…) sweep Chicago next Tuesday. Book a room today at our Boston bed and breakfast at for the matches on June 17 or 19 before they’re all sold out! Our rates are always discounted for one of the best hotel deals in town!

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.

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.

Exploring Boston’s Hidden Ballparks

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Monday, 29 Apr 2013

Now, if you’re a Red Sox fanatic—and after trucking around town to see a statue and plaque, you should be by now (see our previous post about the Huntington Avenue Grounds)—you can continue your tour of the Olde Towne Teams’ former haunts on another college campus: Boston University.

Until 1953, Boston enjoyed two baseball clubs: the National League Braves (formerly the Boston Red Stockings, the oldest continually-playing team in American sports), before the team moved to Atlanta via Milwaukee, and the American League Red Sox (formerly the Boston Americans; confused yet?)

bravesuseOn the site of what is now BU’s Nickerson playing field stood the Braves Field, a stone’s throw from Fenway. Built in 1915, it held its ground for 37 years—hosting three World Series and an All Star Game—before being demolished to make way for university dorms and Astroturf.  But it wasn’t entirely demolished, and that’s where things get interesting.

Baseball fans should see what’s left of Braves Field because, well, the jewel-box-park style of concourse under the right-field pavilion’s bleachers looks just as it did back in the day (unlike Fenway’s concourse, which has been more recently updated), and because Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Leon Cadore and Braves pitcher Joe Oeschger battled it out for a pair of complete-game performances… that lasted for a still-record 26 innings! In other words: you’re in the presence of past greatness.

Everyone else—looking at you, moms and dads taking your kids on college visits—should see it because you’re going to want to tell your friends that you saw something other than the back of a student tour guide’s head. Regular tourists and rabid baseball fans alike, take note; for a quintessentially Boston experience, the Beacon Inn can help.

Visit Boston’s Historic Ballparks

Written by staff
Friday, 12 Apr 2013

On rare occasion, The Beacon Inn bed and breakfast hosts the most American type of guest: those road-tripping across country to visit every National and American league baseball park. In that spirit—and the spirit of this, the first month of the baseball season—we’re duty-bound to remind our other, more relaxed guests that Fenway Park is open for business. You are welcome to worship there during your stay, and we have it on good information that Boston’s holy leaders give dispensation for mistaking this green jewel for a Temple.

Yawkey Way, the street on which Fenway is parked, is tree-lined and especially pretty at sunset, on game day, when it’s closed to automotive traffic and opens up to allow fans to stroll among souvenir hawkers, baseball cap vendors, and street food purveyors. If marinating in the history of the area brings about a Red Sox conversion experience to a stark-raving Sox fan, the baseball-deranged staff at the front desk can help!

The bed and breakfast staff can recommend a number of other Boston baseball sites that recall the sport’s early glory days. Head over to Huntington Avenue, home of Northeastern’s campus, to see the site of the Huntington Avenue American Base Ball Grounds.

WorldSeries1903-640While the site itself is unimpressive today (it’s Northeastern’s indoor athletic arena), there is a plaque and statue on an adjacent street named World Series Way. Both the plaque and statue were erected in 1993, the former to memorialize the park’s hosting the first World Series in 1903 and the latter to commemorate Cy Young pitching the first perfect game of the modern era one year later in 1904.

That should be plenty of baseball touring for one afternoon, and imagining Cy Young pitching a no-hitter will work up an appetite. If that’s the case, Chicken Lou’s is a short walk from World Series Way, and despite it’s small size (it’s a 10’ by 20’ shack), it serves up delicious sandwiches with names like the Cholesterol (bacon, egg & cheese), TKO (chicken, swiss, bacon & honey mustard), and Naughty Nuggets (fried chicken nuggets). Just like The Babe used to eat.

Need a Hotel for the Boston Marathon?

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Thursday, 11 Apr 2013

Are you stuck looking for a last-minute hotel for the 2013 Boston Marathon? Then look no further! The staff at the Beacon Inn has you covered. We have a limited number of rooms available at both our 1087 and 1750 Boston bed and breakfast hotels for travelers looking for a place to stay during the Marathon. It’s just a few days away so book now before our last few rooms fill up! Our hotels are located close to public transportation and are just off the Marathon route. With two locations on Beacon Street at approximately the 23- and 24-mile markers, we are one of the best choices for hotels close to the Boston Marathon. You can cheer the runners on from the sidelines without even leaving our front porch! Check our availability online or call us directly at 617-566-0088 for more information.