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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It’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.
While you’re vacationing in Boston, you’ll probably be thinking of the folks back home to get souvenirs for. If you’re wondering what the best location is for finding the ideal gift for coworkers and loved ones alike, look no further than the Faneuil Hall marketplace located in the heart of downtown Boston.
Not only does Faneuil Hall provide a great selection of outdoor vendors with gadgets and apparel to get your coworkers and friends, but there are tons of other activities that can keep you entertained while you explore a piece of Boston’s history.
Just a five-minute walk from the Government Center T stop, this outdoor shopping center provides a wide variety of restaurants and shops. If you’re looking for a summer wardrobe, stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Urban Outfitters, and American Eagle will keep you up with the hottest trends.
Come lunch time, even the pickiest eaters will have no problem finding the perfect dining spot at Faneuil Hall. Inside the historic Quincy Market building you’ll find dozens of restaurants made to satisfy any craving.
Our hotel is just a short T-ride away from this historical landmark that’s both fun and educational for the entire family. Make your reservation now and soon you’ll be able to explore one of Boston’s most popular sites!
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!
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.
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!
We’re almost halfway through April which means that May graduation dates are just around the corner! Our Boston bed and breakfast locations are located close to several area schools, including Boston College, Boston University, Simmons College, Emmanuel College, and more. Our historic brownstones offer a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of graduation season, yet our proximity to local attractions and public transportation make us a convenient hub for your Boston visit.
This is always a very popular time of year for Boston hotels so we recommend booking your rooms early! Some of the busier graduation weekends are currently closed to online bookings but we do still have rooms available! You can call us directly at 617-566-0088 or 888-575-0088 for up-to-date availability and rates. Let the Beacon Inn be your home away from home this graduation season.
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.
While 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.
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.
In the food truck business, Boston restaurateurs would have to put hundreds of trucks into operation to rival the number of trucks operated by chefs in Austin, Texas and Portland, Oregon—both food truck meccas boasting 600 trucks (or “carts”) apiece. If new food trucks continue to rumble into business at the current rate of 28 per year, it won’t be long before Boston, like Portland, can support a food truck tourism industry. This month marks the beginning of food-truck-hunting open season; it’s time to wash off your handkerchief for 7 months of glorious mouth-wiping, and mouth-watering, gastronomic goodness.
It’s possible to sample all of Boston’s 78 truck-rateaurs—and make no mistake, some of this street food puts sit-down gourmet dining to shame in quality and price—in as little as two weeks. Here at the Beacon Inn, we realize (some of us, reluctantly) that most of our bed and breakfast guests want to do more than nosh-nom-nom their way around Brookline and Boston, so we’ve developed a list of our favorite trucks and keep a schedule of their destinations at our front desk. This list is updated from time-to-time, and we’ll occasionally post these updates, as reviews, on our blog.
In no particular order, the Beacon Inn’s top-three food truck favorites: