Friday, December 17, 2010

Boston Wine and Cheese favorite!

Here is a great idea while on your visit to Boston's South End. A local favorite is the Formaggio Kitchen. We simply cannot go more than a day or two before popping in to see what fresh and yummy treats they have. Everything is special, from the cheese to the wines to the friendly staff. They have a South End location at 268 Shamut Ave... just a quick walk from our bed and breakfast. Edible souveniers make great gifts & the Formaggio has great sandwiches & bakery items as well! Consider picking up lunch here & eating it in a nearby park!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top 10 Christmas Destinations According to CNN Boston Bed & Breakfast

Hong Kong, Belarus, Salzburg, Sydney, London, New York City, Nuremburg, Iceland, Puerto Rico and... Boston? What do these 10 disparate destinations have in common? They score high on Christmas cheer & yuletide greetings according to a recent CNN report Top 10 Christmas Destinations.

A few of these destinations score big for the sunny & very unChristmas like weather. Others made the list for their ancient Christmas markets. Boston made the list for?

Anyone who has been to Boston during the festive season, knows the Christmas charm is overflowing. Being the epicenter of New England, Boston represents the New England Christmas traditions well. It is common to have a white Christmas here, so snow duster brick & cobblestone streets are welcomed sight during the season. The quaint residential neighborhoods in downtown Boston are decorated with live evergreen, wreaths & adornments. The glimpse of holiday lights in the neighborhood windows is an added touch of holiday spirit. It is the perfect time for travel to Boston.

In Boston you can trade in the typical holiday turkey for a fresh local lobster dinner. With a list of activities to keep you busy, there are no shortage of things to do in Boston. It is a fantastic choice for the holidays. Enjoy Boston Ballet's Nutcracker, Ice Skating on the Frog Pond & Christmas shopping on Newbury Street. Do not miss the scene of candlelit carols at Trinity Church in Copley Square.  If you love things festive & bright consider staying at bed and breakfast where you will instantly soak up the holiday charm. Clarendon Square Inn definitely will dazzle you with a display of glitter regalia & twinkling lights. Our signature holiday tradition, is our city sized cranberry bog in our front pond. Nothing better represents Christmas in New England or holiday traditions like a stay at Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast. By this time of year, most people have already planned their Christmas holiday, but consider a relaxing escape during the month of December. A night or two in Boston is the perfect time to soak up the festive Christmas charm while relaxing and enjoying this time of year.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Top 5 Christmas Holiday Gift Ideas Tips from Boston Bed and Breakfast

Keep these 5 tips in mind when shopping for the perfect gift.

For shoppers with a modernista on their list than stop by Lekker for fabulous finds for the home & kitchen. Lekker specializes in a sleek aesthetic, but that does not mean you will have trouble using anything from their inventory. Bars sets, stemware and decanters make fantastic gifts anytime of year, but are reportedly apropos for the season. Highlighting our first tip - give a gift that is fun & useful for the busy season ahead. Items for the bar are certainly useful & come in handy during the coming weeks of extra entertaining. Plus items like these are not too practical to leave the recipient underwhelmed.

Food is always a great gift for the right person that is. It is comforting. If there is a foodie on your list & your budget is being consumed rapidly consider restaurant gift cards & a corresponding cookbook. Pair a gift certificate to Flour or The Butcher Shop with copies of Barbara Lynch's Stir & Joanne Chang's Flour cook book. If you sneak a peek you may find a few recipes to try at your next holiday gathering. Also, because the chef authors are local snagging a signed copy is certainly achievable. This little detail can add a great personal touch.
Give an experience. This idea is just beginning to catch on but it makes total sense. Many studies suggest those that people who spend their money or experiences verse material goods are happier. Imagine. An international trip may not be budget friendly at this time of year, but let's weigh the options. Plan a luxurious but affordable Boston staycation for a predetermined time in the middle of the winter. The perfect way to do this is to book a midweek escape at Clarendon Square. Midweek is the best time to redeem gifts like this because prices are generally a little less expensive & you have the benefit of doing something unexpected. If you do a staycation on the weekend you may just fall into the normal routine. By breaking the routine you will be able to enjoy your experience. A couple nights of hot tubing on our roof and a few dinners in the South End will have you experiencing the fabulous life. Who would not love that!  If your budget is a little friendly than most consider a last minute trip for after Christmas. Travelzoo.com offers a variety of last minute deals, getaways and escapes.


The obvious route usually (always) pays off... If your budget can handle it and you really want a show stopper go with this holiday season's most talked about requested gift. The iPad. We love this phenomenon. With so many uses you may need to buy two, and keep one for yourself. Everything from email, web browsing, iBooks, facebook, games, apps, movies and more.

Pampering should never be over looked when considered a special gift. Remember not everyone is comfortable with massages, and people that do treat themselves to the ritual facial may not want to try a new aesthetician. While massages and facials are great gift ideas, they do not always work out according to plan. Consider give luxurious products for the face & body. We love the line at Fresh. A company founded here in the South End, Fresh uses natural ingredients to promote the namesake of its brand. With hundreds of great products to enjoy it may be hard to pick so consider buying a selection. Use these products to create a beauty stocking or present a beautifully wrapped gift basket with a group of products. However you make it happen, be sure to include Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Sugar Lip Polish & Brown Sugar Body Polish -- three of Fresh's most fabulous products.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Boston Holiday Shopping has Boston Bed & Breakfast in the Christmas Spirit

Clarendon Square Inn thinks it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (other winter holidays included!) No we are not talking about the fact that we nearly have all of our holiday decorations sprinkled around our downtown back bay hotel. We are talking about the all the shopping bags & parcels we are seeing indicating that the holidays are much closer than we realize. If you were like many who avoided the annual holiday chaos known as Black Friday, Boston's South End has a treat for you.

On December 8th 2010 from 4 -8pm, several of the South End's finest shops are offering 20% off of fabulous gifts for friends, family, loved ones & even yourself. The list of participating shops & restaurants stretches from our Joanne Chang favorite, Myers + Chang to the never disappointing Metropolis. View the complete list of South End Shops & Restaurants participating in Holiday night out.
Coming from out of town to do a little shopping? Make your night a total experience. A little shopping for your friends & family means some much deserved rest & relaxation. Stay at our beautiful Boston bed and breakfast and have a nice to recover. Give yourself the gift on a peaceful, comfortable night sleep in a luxurious beds. A night with us will have you ready to tackle your holiday to do list. We are conveniently located in the South End a short walk from all the shops you will be hitting. An added bonus is our close proximity to Newbury Street, Copley Place & the Prudential Center. After shopping, take advantage on one of the special menus on the southenders list. And if you have it in you, at the end of the night, find your way to the tip top of the our house. You may not find an overweight man in red velvet with white fur tirm trying to slide down our chimney, but how about one better.  A roof top hot tub with a view that stretches acorss the South End with a beautiful view of the Back Bay & Downtown Skylines. Forget the holiday lights because Boston's skyline will dazzle you. If you do not believe us, we have the photos to prove it!
 
Do not put off the holiday shopping for much longer. The big day will be here before you know it! If you do not take us up on the offer for a last minute getaway at our boutique hotel boston than no worries. We will be here all season, so there is plenty of time to sneak in a pre holiday escape or perhaps a post holiday recovery. Whatever your reason may be remember to keep the holiday cheer shining all year long.