Saturday, April 21, 2012

Exploring Boston's Waterfront This Spring From Our Hotel

Boston may be major city in New England, but you will not feel overwhelmed when you're walking around. Make no mistake, our city is perfect to explore by foot from our centrally located downtown boutique hotel.  In just 20 minutes, you can stroll from our "central park" the Boston Common  down to the waterfront and pass major historical attractions, shops and food purveyors along the way. Once you get to the water, a new adventure awaits. Here you will find a collection of lively restaurants, exclusive shopping & an appreciation for the arts & architecture. This burgeoning Boston neighborhood already offers so many things to do, imagine what will arrive here in years to come.

There is truly something to see for everyone along the HarborwalkIn some areas, the Harborwalk may be a series of observation points where the public has the opportunity to view at the exciting operations of a working industrial port.  Whether visiting with penguins at the New England Aquarium, strolling among the wisteria in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, or taking a dip in the Mirabella Pool, the Downtown & North End portion of the Harborwalk is certain to delight with it's vibrant mix of cultural and recreational resources.  The Boston Children's Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art can be found in the Fort Point Channel section of the Harborwalk, abound with energy and a vibrant mix of uses, including artists' studios and the bustle of South Station. Its eclectic architecture ranges from historic, brick warehouses to the towering Federal Reserve Building.

Dining on Boston's waterfront can also be an incredible experience of true New England leisure. There are so many options to choose from, and undoubtedly something to satisfy every type of cuisine.  A couple of our favorite options are:

Strega Waterfront: The North End's most infamous Italian eatery - known for it's flashy decor, celebrity clientele, and outspoken host - opened a second restaurant in the Seaport District in 2010.  Offering a modern twist on classic Italian dishes, this dazzling hot spot is certainly worth visiting.

Sam's Boston: This upscale bistro on Fan Pier offers a fun environment with live music every Friday night, and their menu has a little bit of everything, focusing on fresh, local ingredients. A fabulous pick for lunch or dinner. If you have a vice for luxury shopping, then go for lunch and shop the collection at Louis Boston, our city's most exclusive department store, which happens to house Sam's in the same building.

Happy-hour visitors might also enjoy catching a beer and a Red Sox game on the "Monster Wall" (Imagine 32 HD 46" plasma screens) at Jerry Remy's Sports Bar. Perhaps sipping an ice cold margarita at Temazcal Tequila Cantina watching the cruise ships set sail by the newly revitalized Harborside docks at the Boston Cruiseport sounds like a relaxing evening treat.  The staff at Clarendon Square is happy to make recommendations and arrangements to ensure that your time spent in Boston exploring the waterfront is enjoyable for all. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Find Bacon & Beer Festival Tickets - Boston Bed and Breakfast

Most guests at our Boston bed and breakfast could not deny Boston is a Foodie city - a culinary capital with access to great local ingredients and celebrity chefs. Seafood is typically a popular dining request, when helping guests make dinner reservations in the South End. Although Boston is known by food lovers for its Seafood offerings, the quest does not simply end there.

Of the "major food groups" nothing seems to attract more attention than Beer or Bacon-- Combine the two carefully and you will yield a fanatically and almost cult-like experience known as the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival Tickets 2012. On Saturday April 28th from 2:30PM - 5PM get ready for Bacon & Beer utopia. The food promises to be tasty as participating restaurants currently include South End favorites like Aquitaine, Gaslight & Petit Robert. The money raised from this event helps to support local hunger relief organizations like Loving Spoonfuls & Community Servings.

Or join Sunday's festivities for a bacon and beer karaoke cruise in Boston Harbor. Each ticket entitles the guest to a complimentary beer sampling, along with a bite each participating caterer. Beer will be available for purchase for the entire cruise. Boarding begins at 1:30 at Gate C behind the Boston Harbor Hotel. What song are you going to sing?

You may just meet the next Van Gogh - Bacony Night
If music is not your creative outlet than perhaps the visual arts will better suit you. The combination of Bacon & Beer (karaoke too) was not already  prove people like looking at Bacon and Beer almost as much as eating and drinking it, so we're producing a Bacon and Beer inspired art show with Super Precious Boston Art Galleries. On May 2nd, come to Union Square, Somerville for one of two viewings. Enjoy contemporary art inspired by bacon and beer from 20+ artists while munching on bacony offerings from more local restaurants. If you are looking for alternative things to do in Boston, this could be the event for you. How many people do you know who have had the experience of bacon & beer inspired art?
The extremely popular Bacon and Beer Festival & Cruise have already sold out due to overwhelming demand. To press your luck, consider signing up for the waiting list, there will be a handful of additional tickets. Other Bacon and Beer events that weekend still have availability, like the Bacon & Beer Art Show.

Tickets to the Bacon & Beer Festival may be harder to get than Red Sox tickets in Boston. Have some hope. You can always plan a stay at Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast. Keep proximity on your side, in the event of last minute availability. In the meantime, experience Bacon from the source at some of the festival participants in our neighborhood, as mentioned above. Whether or not you attend the Bacon festivities, use this as an inspiration to create your own tasting tour in our city. May you love chocolate, cheese or unique martinis. Whatever your passion may be, we would love to help guide you to some of our local favorites.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Boston Bed and Breakfast Invites Cupcake Connoisseurs to Sample Our City's Finest

Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Los Angeles
As a Boston bed and breakfast, we know a thing or two about indulging in sweets & treats, especially the infamous cupcake. It has been nearly 10 calorie filled years, since cupcakes became popularized in mainstream media (a la Sex & the City in July 2000 and various cupcake-centered cooking shows) and it does not show any signs of slowing down. 

Well into 2012, cupcakes are still making headlines, including the newly conceived Sprinkles 24 Hour Cupcake ATM outside their flagship shop in Beverly Hills.  Locally, the arrival of Crumbs Bake Shop to the Financial District is heaven for those seeking to satisfy their sweet tooth.  For those who covet cupcakes, Boston bakeries offer a convenient crossroad of crowd-pleasing favorites and one of a kind flavors. If you are looking for fun things to do in Boston, consider our Boston Cupcake crawl.

Sweet Boston - Whether you are at their original location on Massachusetts Avenue in Back Bay or Newbury Street or even Harvard Square, a delicious cupcake is within reach. Consider trying one of their daily staples like Red Velvet or Organic Karat, which is topped with a piece of edible gold.

Cakeology - Here you will find flavors that remind you of favorite treats like "Milk & Cereal" made with crushed Froot Loops and buttermilk frosting. We also love the idea of a Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich gone cupcake and let's not forget the outrageous Root Beer Float Cupcake. Unique flavors bring fun to this cupcake stop in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood.

Georgetown Cupcake Coming to Boston Soon

KickAss Cupcakes & Truck - The Somerville location may be too far off the beaten track for our guests. Luckily, this bakery has taken its show on the food with a garishly decorate food truck. Now you can find these KickAss Cupcakes at various locations depending on the day of the week. As the name suggests, this bakery has some in your face flavors that use local brews like Sam Adams to create a one of a kind frosting.

Georgetown Cupcake You may recognize the name from the TLC reality series DC Cupake. The sister owned & operated bakery serves deliciously, sophisticated cupcakes that are just as tasty as they are eye appealing. The take ordinary flavors like Chocolate & bump them up by using Valrhona Chocolate, prized for its luxurious taste & quality. The Boston location is opening sometime this spring, so keep your mouths eyes open!
Colorful Cupcakes Courtesy of Crumbs
Cupcakory Cupcake Truck With classic flavors you would expect, the Cupcakory offers a quality cupcakes. The owners pride themselves on using organic ingredients and unbleached flours. Catch the Cupcakory in the Copley Place area on Wednesdays & Fridays, or visit their website for the most up to date schedule.

Crumbs Bake Shop The Boston location may be new, but Crumbs arrived on the Cupcake scene in 2003. The signature size of the Crumbs Cupcake sets it apart from the competition. Many would consider the size shareable, but when you are hoping to sample one of the 50 plus flavors, the sharing rationale may go out the window. Our advice, go with a group, so you can tackle the size and put a dent into the list of fabulous flavors.

Our Boston blog, may feel a little cupcake centric but that does not mean our city does not have fabulous dining options for lunches & dinner. Boston restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and atmospheres. Allow us to recommend some of our favorite South End restaurants, but do not be surprised if you happen to find a cupcake or two on the dessert menu...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Boston Bed and Breakfast & Hotels Prepare for Boston Marathon

April 16th, 2012 marks the 116th annual Boston Marathon road race. Held every year on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest and best-known road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) manages the most widely-viewed sporting event in New England, which attracts both amateur and professional runners from all over the world, and over a half million spectators each year.  The BAA plans various events during marathon weekend to encourage friends, family and fans of participants to get involved in the tradition.

On Friday, entrants are invited to pick up their bib numbers and visit the John Hancock Sport and Fitness Expo at the Seaport World Trade Center. The Expo showcases running-related products and services, and allows fans and visitors a chance to comingle with participants or ask questions of the experts and industry professionals. On Saturday the BAA's youth running program will run the Relay Challenge. Perfect for newer or less adventurous runners, the BAA's 5K Relay Challenge on Sunday morning starts at the Copley Square Park, just a few blocks from Clarendon Square bed and breakfast.  Also, the challenge is conveniently located to all of Boston's best shopping. That evening, the Boston Marathon Pre-Race Dinner is held at City Hall Plaza. This pre-race pasta dinner is the best chance for runners and their guests to carb-load up with a hearty meal before the big race on Monday morning.

Race Day starts Monday at 9:00 AM, southwest of the city of Boston in Hopkinton, MA, where the 26.2 mile course begins. Spectators gather along the entire distance of the course, ending on Boylston Street in Copley Square, just a few blocks from our Boston Bed and Breakfast. The Charles River side of Boylston Street is open to the general public, and many fans arrive at the finish area in the early hours of the morning to secure the best viewing area. Race sponsors equip the area with a big video screen, enabling spectators to watch a broadcast of the race while they await the arrival of all the finishers.

After the race at 5:00 PM, champions and top finishers will receive their awards in the Grand Ballroom at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Back Bay Hotel. The Official Post-Race Party at the House of Blues begins at 7:30 PM with a live performance by blues legend James Montgomery of the James Montgomery Bluesband, dancing, a race video, race results, cash bar and complimentary light dinner fare. The vibe in the city after the marathon concludes is inspring. You will see runners out to dinner with medals around their necks & wrapped in the foil blankets.
With so much energy packed into Boston Marathon weekend, consider reserving a room at an urban oasis like the Clarendon Square bed and breakfast. Our quiet and comfortable property is just a few steps away from all the action, and guests can take a well-deserved break from the excitement to relax in our roof deck hot tub, or lounge in their private guest suites. Our attentive staff will provide guidance and advice regarding all the happenings of the Boston Marathon weekend! Do not worry there are plenty of things to do in Boston if you are not running in the marathon this year.