Monday, October 24, 2011

4 Things to do for Halloween in Salem in 1 Day

If while in Boston the historian in you is itching for more, venture to Salem, the perfect addition to a New England vacation. While in the early 1620's it was named Naumkeag, or "Fishing Place" by Native Americans, in 1629 renamed Salem for Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace... Irony. With 375 years of history under its belt, Salem welcomes millions of visitors year round and hundreds of thousands in the month of October. Salem is home to many of the United States' firsts and oldest: Oldest mansion, first millionaires, oldest continually operated museum just to name a few; and it is also the home of the Best month long Halloween celebration, the famous Haunted Happenings. As you can see there are plenty of things to do in Salem and Boston.

Salem owes a lot of its history to its location. Just north of Boston, Salem can be accessed by car, bus, boat or train year round. It is most common for the guests of this Boston Bed and Breakfast to venture by ferry (1hr ride) or commuter rail train (30 minutes) from the MBTA.

If you are one of the lucky few who will get to visit Salem in October, you are in for a treat.

1. Expect some of the best Fall Foliage in New England. Its perfect balance of land sea produce some of the most vibrant yellows, red and oranges that will make for beautiful pictures.

2. Although Salem is home to hundreds of events year round, during the month of October alone you will have more than 100 chances to experience the city's Haunted Happenings. And it is that Salem goes all out for Halloween in what is quite possibly the best example of the "Learn from the past" school. Carnival, tours, cruises, parades, nighttime museum trips... Possibly the most fun and interactive learning experience of one of the most notorious historic events in the history of the United States, The Salem Witch Trials.

3. Discover the fun history of Salem. Visit the Salem Willows Park and Arcade and step right back in time. Taste the history of ice cream at the home of the first ice cream cone in America and take a round-round-ride on a working Carousel built in 1866.

4. Visit the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England, The House of the Seven Gables, made immortal by writer Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the same name. It is said that Hawthorne drew inspiration for his novel over his visits to his cousin Susanna. Many claim the House is one of the most Haunted houses in New England.

Back in Boston, find a little inspiration and feel free to make a little history of your own in our historic Victorian town home. Constructed in 1867 and carefully renovated in 1998, Boston bed and breakfast has integrated past and present in its design, to provide and intimate, warm and comfortable experience to all of our guests.

Monday, October 17, 2011

2 Broadway Shows to Catch in Boston Before the End of the Year

This is the time of the year when we start realizing that winter is on its way and the year is almost over... As if it never happened before! Regardless of how sneaky the new year is being, fall is an excellent time to go to the theater. If your travel plans don't allow for a trip to the Great White Way, you are in luck! because Broadway is coming to you while you are in Boston.

The historically controversial "South Pacific"  makes its way to Boston later this month daunting its songs about love and marriages that have vexed so many in the past. A truly timeless piece based on troubled loved stories in the World War II era that is sure to remind us all how far we have come in the last 50 years. It will be playing at the Boston Opera House for only 6 days from September 27th to October 2nd. Get your tickets!

 In December  The Shubert Theater at the Citi Performing Arts Center will present the world renouned "La Cage" (La Cage Aux Folles).  The characters once made famous on the big screen by Robin Williams and Nathan Lane are played by

George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber this time around on the Boston Stage. It doesn't get old watching Georges and Albin's struggle to stay true to themselves in this relevant and very fabulous tale. Get your tickets!

Boston is such a walkable city that the Theatres are so accessible especially from our location in the South End. You could take a taxi and be there in five minutes, from our Boston Bed and Breakfast or stroll the autumn streets of Boston and enjoy some of the fresh fall weather and sights. A good thing to know is many restaurants have an early bird or theatre menu which is perfect for our guests seeing a show. Simply plan to do a dinner at 5:30 or 6PM at the latest. Many of the restaurants are located between our bed and breakfast and the theatres, providing a convenient stop on your way to some entertainment. If you prefer late night dining, then have a snack before the show and check out Market by Jean-Georges after the theatre. This restaurant is located in the theatre district and is one of our favorites with or without the addition of a show.

See you there and check back soon for more things to do in Boston!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Four Great Spots to watch The Head of the Charles - Things to do in Boston

The Head of the Charles River Regatta is celebrating its 47th anniversary this October (10/23 and 10/24). It currently stands as the World's largest event of its kind and, the 2 day long event during the weekend brings into Boston more than 8,000 athletes and an audience of over 300,000 people, making it a very Busy time for our Boston bed and breakfast.

If you are coming to town to cheer on your favorite team or if your traveling plans put you in Boston during this weekend, here are our favorite spots to catch the races.
Boston University Bridge - The Boston University bridge is just at the start of the course and the athletes are still fresh off the start line. Here they need a dose of cheers that will last them until finish line almost 3 miles away.

Weeks Foot Bridge - The weeks foot bridge is the mid point of this race and its right next to Reunion Village. Reunion Village is a happening spot where athletes and spectators can be comfortable close to concessions and entertainment.

Skywalk Observatory at the Top of the Hub in Prudential Center is another great spot to catch the race. If your Head of the Charles experience doesn't call for dealing with the elements, the observatory allows you to enjoy the race at a safe and comfortable distance. While up there, you can grab a great meal and/or cocktails with a great view at Top of the Hub.

If you wish to have more interaction with the regatta, Skullers Jazz Club is our last great sport to catch the races. Skullers has front row seats to the regatta with great food and drinks, and the element of Jazz.

Although you cannot see the Head of the Charles from our Boston bed and Breakfast. The roof at Clarendon Square does feature some amazing views of the South End  and Back Bay & Downtown Skylines. Our rooftop of our Boston boutique hotel is open year round and has a lovely hot tub which guests enjoy throughout the day and night. For more information about our bed and breakfast or Boston, please visit the other articles in this blog, or the other pages of our website. If you are missing the chance to visit for Head of the Charles, consider a visit in late October or even Novemeber. The crowds will have settled a bit but the weather can still be lovely.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Dining Spots in the South End of Boston

From the people who brought you both Parish Cafe locations, Poe's Kitchen at The Rattlesnake and Bukowski Tavern, comes ready for the next season Poe's Chester Square Pub to the South End. Chester Sqaure is only a short walk away from this Boston Bed and Breakfast and it is near the intersection of Massachusets Avenue and Tremont Street. It looks like restaurant row just got a little longer and a lot more international since Chef Brian Poe's menu will feature bar food from all over the world. The address for this upcoming restaurant and bar in the South End will be: Poe's Chester Square Pub, 782 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, 02118.

An established South End Favorite, the South End Buttery, is opening another cafe this fall and it will also be located in the South End. In addition to cafe items, the new location will feature a high end foods market. The new location will be at 37 Clarendon Street in the South End, but the preparation of food will take place just down the street at the original Buttery. The estimated opening date is around November.