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Come Explore Boston’s Food Truck Scene

Written by admin
Monday, 8 Apr 2013

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:

The Chicken and Rice Guys: lamb gyro plate
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese: Mighty Rib Melt
The Dining Car: Honey Truffle Goat Cheese Sandwich

Visit Boston for the Boston Marathon!

Written by admin
Friday, 5 Apr 2013

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Spring has finally come to Boston which can only mean that it’s time for the Boston Marathon! An annual event since 1897, the Marathon attracts runners from all over the world, and we’ve had the opportunity to host many of these athletes over the years at our Boston bed and breakfast. Beginning in Hopkinton, the course travels over 26 miles of Greater Boston, passing through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline, before reaching the finish line in Copley Square.

The 2013 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, known as Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts. Though the holiday was initially created to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War, it has become known colloquially as “Marathon Monday” due to the fact that the Marathon is run on this day each year. With the coming of spring in beautiful Boston and Brookline, this is the perfect time to visit our city.

Our two hotels in Brookline are located right on the Marathon route on Beacon Street at approximately the 23- and 24-mile markers, giving you some of the best front row seats to the action! Whether you’re here as a runner or just to cheer from the sidelines, the Beacon Inn is the perfect place to stay when visiting Boston for the Marathon. Time is running out so call us at 617-566-0088 to book your room today!

Boston Duck Tours

Written by staff
Thursday, 7 Feb 2013

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As a student in downtown Boston, the Boston Duck Tour might give you a bit of a fright. Those boats on wheels are massive and you hope to the heavens that the driver can see you as you cross the street. Then there’s the flashing lights that come from the cameras in the passenger seats and you wonder if any unflattering pictures of you will surface on the Internet.

But all of the silly fears aside, the Boston Duck Tour is an innovative way to explore the city of Boston that’s fun for the entire family.

The big boats on wheels are actually World War II amphibious landing vehicles that take you through Newbury Street, the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and Quincy Market. And when you’ve spotted all of Boston’s most famous sites, the Duck Tour takes you on the Charles River, where you can catch a view of the city unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

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As you head out of class, your fear of the Duck can wither away because the ConDUCKtors are highly trained operators of the vehicles and they hignly encourage waving and quacking at pedestrians.

So if you’re looking for something to do when you’re in Boston, the Duck Tours are a fun adventure and a perfect way to see the city! A stay at the Beacon Inn is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. We are just minutes away from all the local attractions Boston has to offer, but just far enough that you won’t have to listen to all the quacking!

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?