Monday, December 24, 2012

Where To Go Ice Skating in Boston

Guests at Boston Bed and Breakfast are immersed in classic Boston traditions like cobblestone sidewalks, gorgeous brownstone buildings and fabulous places to sip a warming hot coffee or hot chocolate. During the winter months, are historic city is transformed into a winter wonderland with fabulous activities abound. From our downtown Boston location  anything is possible. Another favorite of our favorite things to do in New England is ice-skating.

Whether you are taking the family to the Frog Pond or your sweetheart across the river to Cambridge, everyone can enjoy himself indoors and out. Probably one of the most iconic skating locals is the Frog Pond in the Boston Commons. The Frog Pond offers public skating, private lessons and ice show spectaculars on special nights such as First Night on December 31. Admission is $5 per adult and free for children under the age of 13. Skate rentals and sharpening are also available for $9 and $8 respectively. Another magical outdoor skating rink is Community Ice Skating Rink in Kendall Square Cambridge just off of 3rd Street. This Rink is exceptional. The landscape surrounding the rink provides a fabulous setting for enjoying winter in the city. The Community Rink in Kendall also offers affordable admission and rental rates, $5 for Adults, plus $8 for skate rental. Love ice skating in Boston? Consider the season pass for $80. This rink has all the services like lockers, concessions and lessons you need. For those of you who are not as fond of winter weather, there are plenty of indoor options as well. The Steriti Memorial Rink in the North End offers free public skating during the winter until March. While admission is complementary, skate rentals are $5. This is one of the best options for indoor ice skating in Boston. The rink has huge windows overlooking the Warf and creates the illusion of skating outdoors, while still staying cozy warm inside. And of course, the fabulous restaurants and cafes of the North End are all at your fingertips!

These and many other ice skating locations are great opportunities to experience Boston winter at its best. Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located close to public transportation for easy travels across the river & across town.If you find the winter weather a little too cold, you will find our warm home and atmosphere to help take the winter chill off -- and if not, try a soak in the roof top hot tub!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Boston Bed and Breakfast Celebrates Boston Ballet & Nutcracker

Guests at our Boston bed and breakfast can feel the holiday spirit throughout downtown Boston. From admiring the holiday decor or taking a winter stroll through the South End, there are plenty of things to do in Boston for Christmas. 
If holiday shopping and or  holiday decorations in the Boston Common have not put you in the jolly mood, it might just be time to go out and see Boston’s number one holiday tradition: the Boston Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker will be showing at the Boston Opera house until December 30th with evening shows on most days – for a full schedule and ticket, visit The Boston Ballet Nutcracker Schedule.e Boston ballet  studio is only a short walk from our bed and breakfast. They hold their performances at the Boston opera house in downtown Boston.
If you are lucky enough to be in Boston between now and December 30th, seeing the Nutcracker should definitely be on your list of things to do. This year, which marks the Boston Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, is the first time in 17 years that the Boston Ballet has revamped the show by designing and creating new costumes and choreography. The new costumes and choreography come from choreographer and artistic director Mikko Nissinen and award-winning designer Robert Perdziola.
Although the new choreography, which even includes some new characters, is stunning, the costumes alone are worth the trip to the Boston Opera House. While the previous costumes were set in 1835, the new ones are set in 1820, which means they are slimmer and the colors are lighter. These new costumes are also more bedazzled. In total the costumes contain 200,000 Swarovski crystals – more than 3,600 of them can be attributed to the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy costumes.
If however, you are in the mood for a more low-key, modern, or scandalous version of The Nutcracker, Boston has plenty of those to offer as well. As stated by Boston Globe correspondent, Jeffrey Gantz, the productions of the Nutcracker are, “like America itself, a study in diversity” and the multiple productions in Boston alone are no exception. For a list of other Nutcracker productions, visit the Boston Globe’s critic’s picks at: and shake up the tradition with a Boston Nutcracker Alternative.
However you decide to celebrate the holidays you will find a warm and welcoming spirit at our boutique hotel. Our location is convenient for last minute shoppers or those hoping to escape the stresses of family at the top of Boston's best boutique hotel while enjoying our roof top hot tub. Wishing you a happy holiday!