The summer may be starting to wind down but here in Boston you wouldn’t know it! With the Red Sox currently leading the AL East by three games and the beautiful August weather, there’s no better time to visit Boston. Here at our Boston bed and breakfast, we have great deals running through the rest of the month! Call us at 617-566-0088 or book online for discounted rates! Our low room rates include free wireless internet (now even faster!), a light continental breakfast, and complementary coffee and tea available throughout the day. Don’t miss out on these great prices. Our historic brownstones will be your home away from home during your Boston vacation!
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This weekend pop music heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Jay Z bring their Legends of the Summer tour to Fenway Park for two nights. Tickets for this star-powered tour range from $64.50 to $255 and there are still a handful of seats left (mostly at the upper pricing tier much to the frustration of cash-strapped fans). The artists recently collaborated this year with Jay Z featured on Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and JT lending his voice to Hov’s single “Holy Grail” from his latest album. Of course, the real Legends of the Summer this year are the Red Sox, who currently lead the AL East by two games, despite last night’s upset in Kansas City. Whether you’re coming to Fenway for a concert or a ballgame, our Brookline hotel is located just a 10-15 minute walk from the park. We have limited rooms available for Justin and Jay Z this weekend and all the remaining Red Sox home games, so book your room today to be steps from the action in a historic Boston bed and breakfast!
September 1 is just a month away which means scores of college students will be coming back to Boston, many of whom will be making the big step of moving into their first apartments as they move off-campus for the first time. It’s a big day in Boston, with moving vans lining the streets of popular student neighborhoods such as Allston and Brighton, and many parents will be in town to help their kids make the move.
If you’re one of the proud parents helping your kids set up their new digs, you’ll probably want a place to sleep for the night after a long day of moving. Our two Boston bed and breakfast locations are conveniently located near several local area colleges and a short drive, walk, or T ride away from many popular student neighborhoods throughout Boston and Brookline. Book your room today!
This weekend the Boston Globe and WGBH bring the free Summer Arts Weekend to Copley Square in downtown Boston. The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday and presents a diverse array of musicians from New Orleans’ jazz greats Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to bluegrass-country singer-songwriter Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. Each day focuses on a different musical theme. Friday presents a lineup of blues, bluegrass, and jazz, Saturday focuses on international musicians, and Sunday represents the classical music tradition. In addition to the main stage events, a second stage will feature an spectrum of local artists and organizations from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance to Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band. So if you’re visiting the Beacon Inn this weekend, take the T to Copley Square to enjoy these great free weekend concerts!
Since 1877, the Swan Boats have been an iconic feature of the Public Garden in Boston. The boats were designed by Robert Paget after seeing Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, in which a heroic knight rides a swan across a lake to rescue a damsel in distress. This romantic notion is echoed in the dramatic design of the boats themselves, featuring a large white swan. Paget himself died only a year after the initial launch of the boats, but the business was carried on by his wife, Julia, and youngest son, John, who in turn turned the business over to his son Paul in 1969.
Although the boats have been replaced over the years, the design has changed very little, and the current fleet features one boat built in 1918 by John Paget himself. The pedal-powered boats can be seen on the pond in the Public Garden seven days a week from April through September and are a welcome sign of warm weather to Bostonians beleaguered by the long cold winter. During your visit to our Boston bed and breakfast this summer, we recommend you bring the family down to the Public Garden and take a peaceful ride on one of these beautiful and historic Swan Boats!
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.
If you’re looking for a slightly different experience in Boston this summer, one of our greatest hidden treasures is only a short ferry ride from downtown Boston. When you visit the Boston Harbor Islands, you can explore a Civil War-era fort, enjoy nature trails, get some sun on the beach, and more! There are several islands accessible either by bridge from the mainland or by ferry. Here are three of our favorites:
Spectacle Island: This island offers a series of nature trails and a beautiful sandy beach. Swimming in New England waters can sometimes be a bracing experience, but here you’ll find some of the warmest water in New England, reaching the high 60s in the middle of summer. Spectacle Island also features the highest point in the harbor, offering gorgeous panoramic views of the city skyline.
Georges Island: Fort Warren, a historic Civil War-era fort, dominates most of this island. You can explore on your own or take a ranger-guided tour of the stunning granite architecture of the fort. Watch out for the island’s ghost, the the Lady in Black! Also, as a primary destination for the harbor ferries, Georges Island is the perfect place to stop to catch the smaller boats between islands.
Peddocks Island: The largest island in Boston Harbor also sits close to the mainland. Featuring several historic buildings, nature trails, and an unsupervised beach, this is one of the most diverse islands and gives you a taste of everything Boston Harbor has to offer.
There are several other islands in the Harbor accessible via ferry and water shuttle and we encourage our guests to visit! Although they are a popular destination in the summer, there are still many locals who have never taken the ferry trip to the islands. When you visit our Boston bed and breakfast, consider exploring one of the best hidden treasures our city has to offer with a trip to the Boston Harbor Islands!
If 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!