Monday, December 30, 2013

What is Frozen Fenway and Where Can I get tickets?

Frozen Fenway is an annual college hockey tournament played outdoors during the winter at historic Fenway Park. The now tradition began on January 8th, 2010 with a cross town rivalry - the men's teams from Boston University and Boston College faced off on open ice in the middle of baseball's most famous field. Boston University took the win 3 to 2 in front of 38,472 fans. Many guests of Clarendon Square Luxury Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed this signature New England sporting event.

2014 Frozen Fenway packs an all star lineup of headline events that is sure to delight the fans of one of New England's most popular sporting events. On Saturday, January 4th, 2014  Merrimack College faces off against Providence College at 4:00pm and Notre Dame hits the ice against Boston College at 7:30pm. On Saturday, January 11th, UMass Lowell takes on Northeastern University at 3:00pm and Maine faces off against Boston University at 6:30pm. Frozen Fenway Tickets for sale, but are sure to go quickly! Check out a list of other Frozen Fenway events happening between December 28th and January 9th.

Frozen Fenway isn't just for college teams. In 2010, the Boston Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 Winter Classic in front of more than 38,00 fans at Fenway Park. Additionally, each year both boys and girls high school teams from local schools take to the ice during Frozen Fenway. You can even ride the Monster Slide at Fenway Park!

Frozen Fenway is just one of many exciting attractions happening around Boston. Checkout our Attractions and Tours suggestions for more information on what Boston has to offer during your next vacation to New England or day trip into the city.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Where should I have Christmas Dinner in Boston?

If you find yourself traveling to Boston this holiday season, you might be looking for the perfect Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner. Whether your a guest of our New England Bed & Breakfast, visiting family or friends, or hosting guests from out of town, there are several restaurants sure to delight you with their Christmas menus.

L'Espalier in Boston's historic Back Bay, is offering a Christmas Even pre-fix lunch and dinner. L'Espalier offers a modern approach to French Cuisine with New England influences found throughout their menu. A five course lunch is being offered for $80 per person and a six course dinner is being offered for $130 per person. They also feature a vegetarian pre-fix option for both lunch and dinner.

Meritage will be featuring a pre-fix Christmas Day dinner from 5:00pm -9:00pm. Make sure to look at the wine list, Meritage's cellar is hard to top! If you are looking for lunch on Christmas day, The Atlantic Room, nearby , will be serving a buffet from 10:30am - 3:30pm.

The Fireplace in Brookline is offering both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch and dinner. Christmas day will feature a special menu with some of their classic New England dishes as well as holiday favorites. The pan seared foie gras and rosemary encrusted rack of lamb should not be missed. Christmas Eve hours are 5:00pm - 10:00pm and Christmas Day hours are 11:00am - 9:00pm.

Clarendon Square  recommend making reservations for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. As always, we are happy to arrange reservations and special outings for our guests. Happy Holidays from everyone at Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Top Three Restaurant for Mexican Dining in Boston

In the mood for Mexican tonight? Whether you are on a weekend getaway to New England, a guest of Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast, or a resident of the city, Boston has several great choices to pick from. Our three favorites are dishing up authentic and innovative cuisine, have distinct and inviting atmospheres and are sure to leave you coming back for more.

1. Temazcal Cantina - There are very few views in Boston as breathtaking as the one from Temazcal Cantina. Nestled into the heart of the Boston Seaport District just steps from the Boston Tea Party Museum, Temazcal features sweeping Boston Harbor views, more than 300 bottles of tequila to choose from and an elevated menu sure to delight. Instead of opting for traditional Guacamole, try their lobster version with large chunks of Maine lobster and Serrano chilies. The chilie rellano is served with a pepitas quinoa, an innovative and delicious take on traditional rice. Their skillet jalapeno cheddar corn bread with anejo honey butter is a must order!

2. Cassa Romero - When you step from their side alley entrance into Cassa Romero, you are instantly transported into the heart of Mexico. With bright Talavera tiles adorning the walls, the space is unlike anything else you will find in Boston's Back Bay. Their signature tenderloin of pork marinated in oranges and smoked chipotle peppers is not to be missed. They also cater to vegetarians, with many hearty and flavorful options. They even feature several of their most popular recipes on their website!

3. Papagayo - With locations on Summer and West streets in Boston, Papagayo is a great mix of traditional, modern and fun. From ceviche and guacamole prepared tableside, to ancho chili glazed short ribs, the menu is eclectic and sure to please anyone who walks through the door. They also feature more traditional options including enchiladas, tacos and burritos. We love the presentation of their fish tacos! Make sure to save room for dessert, you won't find their famous tequila snow cone anywhere else in Boston!

So whether you go with Temazcal Cantina, Cassa Romero or Papagayo, you are sure to enjoy your Mexican dining experience. We truly enjoy that all three restaurants have thoughtful cocktail menus, premium tequilas and a wine menu that enhances the menu. Be sure to check out some of our other favorite picks for dining at our best Boston restaurants page. Guests of our New England bed and breakfast can ask one of the Clarendon Square Hosts to make them reservations during their next visit!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Things To Do in Boston - Thoreau Photography Exhibit

If you are like the staff at our boston bed and breakfast, and are interested in work by the famous Henry David Thoreau and enjoy photography exhibits, then the Harvard Museum of Natural History has the ideal event for you. Now through September 1, 2014 the museum has an exhibit created by photographer Scott Miller. Miller's exhibit entitled "Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller", is in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Main Woods by Henry David Thoreau.

Scott Miller spent time retracing the footsteps of Thoreau, and is able to bring to life the words in Thoreau's book. This exhibit features stunning photos of places that Thoreau visited and wrote about. Scott Miller has also completed photography projects on Thoreau's famous book Walden. This exhibit brings together two great artists, Thoreau and Miller, and gives visitors a chance to fully immerse themselves in the beauty New England has to offer.  This is an experience you will not want to miss out on. This exhibit is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. For more information about tickets and pricing Arts Boston.

A special event for Miller's exhibit will be held on Wednesday, December 11 at 6pm. The event, Thoreau Environmentalism - American Landscape at Harvard, will be a roundtable discussion with environmental historians. These historians will explore how Thoreau is still relevant in present day America, and following the discussion is a reception in Miller's exhibit. Whether you are able to make the discussion on December 11th or not, just make sure to find time to visit Scott Miller's exhibit on Thoreau before it is too late!  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Family Holiday Concert

Are you looking for things to do in Boston? Maybe something that will get you into the holiday spirit? Our staff at Boston's Boutique Bed and Breakfast are ready to celebrate the holidays with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras! On Sunday, December 15 at 3pm, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) will be performing a free Family Holiday Concert. BYSO will be playing holiday favorites that we all know and love at Roxbury Community College . The performance is free and open to the public, but make sure to reserve your tickets . There are many events going on throughout the Boston area during the holiday months, but this show is the perfect opportunity to see Boston's youth at their finest. Our bed and breakfast is ideally situated for this event, just a short drive to the BYSO and we have a great options for dining nearby as well on restaurant row on Tremont Street in the South End.
A brief history of the BYSO: Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras started as the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (GBYSO) in 1958. Now, over 50 years later, BYSO supports nearly 500 young musicians, ranging from grades K-12, throughout New England. Their mission is to "encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment..." This orchestra, lead by music director Federico Cortese, performs a variety of shows throughout the year, but you do not want to miss out on this Family Holliday Concert. The event is perfect for Boston natives, or for families who are visiting the city and looking to fully immerse themselves into the Boston community. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Where can you see Christmas Lights in Boston - Stone Zoo Holiday Lights

 Looking for some family fun this holiday season? You are in luck, because the New England Stone Zoo has the perfect festivities to entertain you and your family now through the new year. From November 28, 2013-January 5, 2014, the Stone Zoo will be celebrating the season with Zoo Lights! This event is open to visitors of all ages!

When you enter the zoo, you will be transported to a winter wonderland! The tree paths are lit by twinkling lights that will lead you through the festively decorated Yukon Creek. During your visit, you will be able to see animals ranging from America's symbolic bald eagle, to porcupines, and even reindeer! You are also able to have a special visit with the one and only Santa Claus at Santa's Castle! Santa will be available for photos until December 23rd, when he must return to the North Pole and prepare for Christmas! In other areas of the zoo, you will be entertained by fairy tale characters and dancing plush animals

 If you are interested in special events occurring during Zoolights, then consider planning your visit for Tuesday December 10 or 17, as there will be story time with Mrs. Claus. During story time, children can also enjoy making holiday crafts! Then on Wednesday December 11 from 6:00-8:00pm MAGIC 106.7 will be at Stone Zoo with music, games, and prizes! In addition to the Zoo lights, also be sure to check out the understatedly beautiful Commonwealth Avenue lights in downtown Boston just a short walk from Boston back bay hotels. So if you are not able to get to the Stone Zoo for this great Boston holiday event you have an easy option that showcases gorgeous, historic Boston in the evening. Just grab a hot beverage for this wintry stroll.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What is Boston's Best Spa - G2O Spa & Salon

Looking for the ultimate in luxury day spa in Boston? Here at Clarendon Square Boston Bed and Breakfast, we love G2O, Boston's Green Day Spa Resort. From the chic and modern décor, lavish services and focus on the guest experience, we can't get enough of G2O! Nestled on best shopping Newbury Street between Boston's finest shopping destinations and outdoor cafes, G2O provides the ultimate in luxury and pampering. Here are six things we love about G2O:

1. Brine Inhalation Therapy Relaxation Room: One of the many amenities included with all services, leave time to spend unwinding while breathing in invigorating salt air. The three-tiered waterfall creates a serene atmosphere certain to deepen your relaxation. Curl up under one of their blankets on a plush lounge chair and breath deep, the combination of salt and oxygen is beneficial for your repertory system!

2. Skylight Hot Tub: Make sure to pack your suit, this penthouse level hot tub is the perfect way to unwind. The sky views and windows overlooking famed Newbury Street are not to be missed. And in case you do, there is always our hotel rooftop hot tub

3. Bali Paradise Experience: This signature body treatment is truly one of a kind! A blend of fruit extracts, customized oils and herbs is used in a therapeutic steam treatment in the exclusive Experience Room. You have never seen anything like this before!

4. The Nap Pod: The perfect way to end any spa service - a twenty minute visit to the private nap pod! Soft light, calm music and an aromatherapy gift on your pillow, G2O invites you to sleep after your treatment. You can schedule a trip to the nap pod when you make your reservation or at check-in.

5. Private Parties: G2O offers packages that meet everyone's needs! From bachelorette parties, day of bridal services, a girl's weekend or romantic couples trip, G2O aims to please. You can have the penthouse all to yourself - they will even arrange for lunch, dinner or light refreshments to be brought in. We recommend the Bali Paradise experience for any group!

6. Men's Spa Services: G2O is not just for girls! They specialize in men's services and packages. From the Men's Conditioning Facial custom tailored to "his" specific needs, to sports manicures and pedicures and deep tissue massages, guys are sure to enjoy a day at G2O. Even the couple's experiences are sure to delight the guy in your life!

G2O is truly one of Boston's premier luxury day spas. The modern décor offers soothing details and luxurious amenities sure to pamper and relax each of its guests. Planning a trip to G2O Spa & Salon is a unique Boston experience we highly recommend. Guests of the Inn can book special packages reserved for guests through our Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast Inn Keepers. G2O is the perfect complement to any weekend getaway to New England.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Where should Mom & Dad stay when they come to visit Boston?

With the holidays quickly approaching and upcoming plans for mom and dad, family or friends to visit being made, many Bostonian's find themselves searching for the perfect place for their guests to stay. Many of the city's residents face similar challenges when it comes to hosting Mom and Dad when they visit New England: there just isn't enough space to comfortably accommodate them in your own home. Whether you live alone or with roommates, Bostonian's are rarely left with extra space that would allow them to host an extended visit from parents or relatives. Though the city boasts many fine hotels, often times parents, relatives and their city dwelling host want to create a more comfortable and real-life Boston experience than hotels can't offer.

Luxury bed and breakfasts are a great alternative when arranging or making suggestions for you guests' travel accommodations. Unlike big hotels, guests experience a warm, personal approach to exploring Boston. Located in vibrant, yet quiet residential neighborhoods, bed and breakfasts allow guests to have a more real life stay. From the conversation and social connections made over a hot cup of coffee at the breakfast table, to the unique furnishings and decor that they boast, luxury bed and breakfasts combine the five star hospitality you expect from a large hotel, with the comforts of home and distinct style of the neighborhood which it resides in.

Bed and breakfasts also offer your parents, relatives or friends a unique lens to view Boston from in the form of a host. Unlike hotels where staff rarely get to know guests, hosts at luxury inns are excited to know the individual preferences, wants and expectations their guests have for their time in the city. Clarendon Square hosts aim to create customized recommendations, restaurant reservations and information of interest to each guest as way to enhance their stay and provide fun things to do in Boston. From booking reservations at Sorellina, to arranging spa services at Emerge and passing along inside information about the Boston Freedom Trail,  you can rest easy knowing your parents or loved ones are in the qualified hands of an inn host.

So whether it is mom or dad, a good friend or you are looking for a place for yourself in another city, considering looking for a luxury bed and breakfast when making travel plans. The personal, comfortable yet refined approach to hospitality that they offer is sure to create a distinct travel experience you won't soon forget.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Best Boston Holiday Shows - Boston Mayor's Holiday Spectacular

 It is that time of year again! Get ready for the 10th annual Mayor's Holiday Spectacular. This event celebrates the very best of Boston. You will find thousands of 1/2 price tickets to many must see holiday performances, deals for dining, and a plethora of great gift ideas! The event runs from from November through January. This may seem like a lot of time to enjoy all of the events, but it is never too early to start celebrating the holiday season!! Some of the performances you can get exclusive discount tickets on include Boston Ballet's The Nutcracker, A Christmas Story the Musical, A Little Princess, and Boston Holiday Pops. These performances are just a few of the timeless holiday classics offered, but there are many other performances included in the 1/2 price ticket deals.
For example, If you are looking for something more modern and energizing, then consider seeing the Blue Man Group. This show is at Charles Playhouse, and is one of the first places the Blue Man Group performed. This show can provide stimulating entertainment for the entire family!

Another fabulous part of the Mayor's Holiday Spectacular includes amazing deals on Boston dining. The staff at Boston boutique hotel absolutely loves dining out in Boston, and even has an entire page on our website dedicated to Boston Dining. What is great about the Mayor's Holiday Spectacular, is that you can get a voucher for $10 to spend at different restaurants. For more information on which restaurants honor the voucher visit Holiday Restaurant Voucher List. Whether you love musicals, ballets, interactive shows, or delicious dining, this events provides something for everyone to enjoy. Clarendon Square Bed and breakfast is conveniently located to all the Boston Theaters and Entertainment. & Make sure to not miss out on the Mayor's Holiday Spectacular!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5 Fantastic Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Fare

For many families visiting Boston and Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast Boston over Thanksgiving or those locals looking to dine out on November 28th, deciding where to have dinner is a more difficult choice than making your average reservation. Though there is certainly no substitute for Thanksgiving around the family table, several of Boston's finest restaurants prepare traditional favorites and their signature menu items to create a culinary delight for Thanksgiving guests.

1. Boston Chops: Nestled in the vibrant South End and a short walk from the Inn, Boston Chops is a modern take on a traditional steakhouse. They will be offering traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as their signature favorites from noon until 8:00pm.

2. Asana: Located inside of the famed Mandarin Orientle Hotel, Asana will be offering an a la carte appetizer option, full carving station with traditional family-style sides and a chef’s table dessert bar. The live music they feature is not to be missed.

3. Deuxave: A favorite for French in the Back Bay, Deuxave will be excusively featuring a 3 course menu certain to delight. Thanksgiving guests from noon until 8:00pm. We recommend a stroll on beautiful Commonwealth Avenue after dinner.

4. Capital Grille: This signature steakhouse can be found on famed Boylston street just steps from the Prudential Center. They will be offering a preset "their take" on Thanksgiving as well as the traditional dinner menu.

5. L'Espalier: Described as "New England French", L'Espalier is sure to delight your pallet. They are offering a pre-fix three course dinner from 12:30pm - 8:30pm. This menu features their signature Apple Street Farm turkey.

Whether you are a guest of our Boston bed and breakfast, traveling to Downtown Boston for the holiday or a resident of the city looking for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, any of the above Restaurants are sure to impress. We recommend booking reservations as they are sure to fill up fast!

Monday, November 4, 2013

When is the Boston Christmas tree lighting? Blink! Boston, Holiday Pops & More

Now, that Halloween has passed, and we are in the middle of a beautiful fall season, it is time for Faneuil Hall's Holiday Light and Sound Extravaganza! Holiday events in Boston always attract residents and visitors from all over the city!  Our staff at Boston's Boutique Bed and Breakfast is looking forward to this spectacular 2nd annual event. Blink! will be starting November 23, 2013 with the tree lighting ceremony and run through January 5, 2014. The shows occurs every evening,  beginning at 5:00pm and runs every half hour until 10:00pm.

You may be wondering, "What exactly is this Blink! event?" Well, Blink! is a light show that uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate  Faneuil Hall Marketplace in tune with songs by the Holiday Pops. The lights on the trees surrounding the marketplace will dance to the beat of the music, creating the ultimate holiday performance. If you go, you will definitely want your phones and cameras ready to record the show, because it is something you can enjoy time and time again. This area of Boston provides plenty of holiday photo ops. We would not be surprised if we saw a few holiday selfies featuring the beloved Boston Christmas pop by the end of the month!

The event takes place at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which is America's first open marketplace. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is actually four places in one- Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market. This is a great area to dine, shop, or just enjoy the beauty of the old cobblestone walkways. The notable Boston Freedom Trail passes through here as well, so you are likely to get a glimpse of the holiday decor on you historic trek through downtown Boston. There is always a hub of activity happening here. You may see some street performers, from jugglers to musicians. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is definitely an area you can go to and just explore. Whether you are a first time visitor, frequent visitor, or resident of Boston, our bed and breakfast highly recommends going to Faneuil Hall Market at least once during your time in Boston this holiday season!

Monday, October 21, 2013

What is better Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry in North End Boston

If you are like the staff at Boston boutique hotel, then you will love the pastry shops in Boston's own Little Italy, the North End. If you visit the North End, you will be told one of two places to indulge your sweet tooth, either Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry. Almost everyone you speak to in Boston will have their personal favorite shop. Here is some information about each pastry shop, so that you can choose the best place for yourself, the next time you are taking the Boston Freedom Trail through the North End!

Let's start with Mike's Pastry. This bakery was opened on Hanover Street in 1946 by a man named Michael Mercogliano. Since its opening, Mike's Pastry has become renowned for its delicious cannolis and other scrumptious treats. All the treats at Mike's Pastry will look enticing, but if you are only going once, we recommend trying their Chocolate Chip Cannoli! However, be prepared to wait for your cannoli if you go to Mike's Pastry, because there is almost always has a decent size crowd and line out the door. Also bring your old fashion dollar bills, this is a cash only establishment, which can be very common in the North End.

Now for Modern Pastry. This quaint bakery is smaller than Mike's Pastry and does not have as wide of a selection. Do not let the small size deter you from trying out a cannoli from here though! One major benefit of Modern Pastry is that they fill your cannolis right in front of you! You get the option of choosing which cannoli pastry casing you would like. The shell is then taken to the kitchen to be pumped full of ricotta, and  handed  back to you fresh. By doing this, the crust stays crispy and dry, and stands up to the creamy filling. If you think you will desire a more personalized dessert experience, then choose to visit Modern Pastry.

While Mike's Pastry is a bit more commercial, it has an impressive selection of decadent pastries. Modern Pastry, is more personalized in their service and does not normally have an excessively long line. Our suggestion is, Indulge! Especially if you are traveling with someone else, you should try out both of these famous pastry shops and share your treats! If you would like more information about things to do in the North End consider looking at Clarendon Square's suggestions like the North End Culinary Tour.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Five things you may not know about The South End Boston

Clarendon Square Boston Bed and Breakfast is located in one of Boston's most stylish and thriving neighborhoods - The South End. Guests of the Inn are often amazed at the distinct charm, character and offerings that the neighborhood treats them to. The location of the Inn offers guests a prestine gateway to all Boston has to offer. From the diverse and lavish cuisine found on "Boston Restaurant Row" to the talented artists and their flourishing galleries, the South End offers a gateway to a more sophisticated side of Boston. Though it has become one of Boston's most sought after locations to live in, dine in and visit, there are still a few lesser known things about the South End.

  1. Boston College was originally founded on James Street in the South End in 1863. It later moved to its current Chestnut Hill location to accommodate rapid expansion.
  2. The neighborhood is home to a series of 11 residential parks, many of which boast a central fountain, cast iron fencing and are elliptical in shape.
  3. Most of the cross streets in the South End - including Clarendon Square's Bed and Breakfast location on West Brookline Street - are named after cities that were serviced by either the Boston and Providence Railroad or the Boston and Albany Railroad.
  4. The first settlement houses in Boston were founded in the neighborhood. They included the South End House, Haley House, Lincoln House, the Harriet Tubman House and the Children's Art Center. At present, they are the United South End Settlements.
  5. The South End was built on a formal tidal marsh, which was filled in as a small part of the larger Back Bay project.

The South End is truly in the center of Boston. With beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, lush tree lined, brick and cobblestone streets, the neighborhood offers a quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of downtown. We recommend anyone traveling to the area spend time in this historic, hip and beautiful neighborhood.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

3 Place to see John Singer Sargent in Boston, New MFA Exhibit!

The New York Times says "Prepare for bedazzlement," and are Boston bed and breakfast definitely agrees. Anyone who has seen the work of renowned American artist, John Singer Sargent can expect an amazing collection of his work at the Museum of Fine Art's newest, upcoming exhibit John Singer Sargent Watercolors, MFA. Mark your calendar for October 13th, the best thing to do in Boston, when this exhibit will open a 13 week run. During that time the MFA will present over 90 of Sargent’s watercolors thanks to exhibition co-organizer, the Brooklyn Museum, which along with the MFA is one of the largest holders of Sargent watercolors. This is also an important occasion for the MFA & Sargent as this exhibit will mark one century of Sargent watercolors at the MFA.  We are told the exhibit highlights some of Sargent's most magnificent works produced between 1902 & 1911at the height of his career.

Boston Public Library, John Singer Sargent Murals
If you are too eager to wait for the opening of this highly anticipated exhibit consider these two other locations that will satisfy your Sargent desires. First, we must recommend the Boston Public Library. Here you will find an impressive collection of murals by John Singer Sargent. His master piece titled the Triumph of Religion is a true highlight of our city's beloved library. His murals were quite avant-garde for the time and multimedia in nature, employing concepts of relief, papier mache, painting and inset glass. His murals depict his interpretation of the Enlightenment and its effects on religion and its place in society. The Boston Public Library is conveniently located to our bed and breakfast and many of the back bay hotels. Check the Boston Public Library site for visiting hours of these murals.

El Jaleo at the Isabella Stewart Garnder Museum

Another Place to see John Singer Sargent, before the special exhibit, is actually just around the corner from the MFA at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Here you will see Mrs. Gardner had really been taken with Sargent's artistry as she has what seems like an endless supply of Sargent paintings. If you do visit the Gardner Museum be sure to look for the portrait John Singer Sargent did of Isabella Stewart Gardner, as it was said to be quite a controversial depiction of a lady in 1888. However, it is the El Jaleo which is a real show stopper at 12 feet wide. The movement evoked from this painting is said to eliminate any barrier between the viewer and the artist in this appropriately theatrical depiction of Spanish Dance. What will your favorite Sargent painting at the Gardner Museum be?

At Clarendon Square Boston Bed and Breakfast, we always have great tips and ideas on things to do in Boston. This is especially important as we all eagerly await this fantastic new exhibit. Though the crowds will certainly flock to see Museum of Fines Arts in the initial weeks, we are sure you can find a quite week day in the middle of the exhibition of a quiet and relaxing visit to the MFA and perhaps even our bed and breakfast.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Perfect Fall Day in New England -- Apple Picking and Wine Tasting

What says "Happy New England Fall" better than apple picking?! I'll tell you what does--an apple picking orchard that is also a vineyard! Less than an hour drive from our Boston bed and breakfast you will find Nashoba Valley Winery. This is a perfect day trip to take, because there are a variety of activities that can entertain you for hours. Imagine spending a relaxing morning eating scrumptious apple cider doughnuts, and then taking sometime to pick your own bushel or peck of apples. Each day Nashoba Valley Winery updates their website with what apples are available for picking.

 After you have had your fill of apples, you can head over to the vineyard and do some wine tasting. Every weekend, Nashoba Valley Winery offers a tour of their property accompanied with wine tastings. You will find a wide selection of wines to try, ranging from a dry Chardonnay to a sweet Vidal Dessert. The winery also has a special wine selection dedicated to each month of the year. For this fall, the wines include Amora in September, Maiden's Blush in October, and Plum in November.

As the autumn season approaches, there are some phenomenal events to look forward to. During two weekends in October, you have the opportunity to become a vintner! "Vine to Wine" provides visitors with the opportunity to see what it is like to spend a couple hours harvesting grapes. After you have experienced the vineyard and received a better understanding for what goes into wine making, you will spend the afternoon relaxing and tasting wine. When you have fully enjoyed your day, just head back to the city and experience what  dining options Boston  has to offer.

Friday, September 20, 2013

South End Open Studios Near Boston Bed and Breakfast

How many more chances do we get to enjoy such beautiful weekend weather in Boston? Hopefully a few more, but do not miss the opportunity to have a nice walk. Everyone is always asking our Boston bed and breakfast, "What should we do this weekend?" We usually have the inside scoop on the best things to do in Boston, but this weekend it is really no secret what you should do: South End Open Studios.
A glimpse at Stephen's latest journey,
ask about his trip through Japan!
During the South End Open Studios, this weekend in Boston (September 21 & 22), visit some of the city's most celebrated artists, including Stephen Baumbach, a fine arts photographer. His most innovative studio work will be shown for the first time as a series. Smoke, WaterPark and Lightbender, which will appear on the public stage joined by selected pieces from the new Nippon collection. This is the first time all three exhibits have occupied the same space. To get a sneak peak of what to expect from this extremely talented Boston fine arts photographer check out his website.  In addition to this, Stephen will be highlighting the new Pro Boston Head Shots business. Stop in to see a live demonstration and learn some tips and tricks to take a flawless head shot. We are certain you will love Stephen’s photography & find your moment in his art.
We are so lucky in Boston to have such great access to incredible artists. Anyone who has stayed at our downtown Boston bed and breakfast Clarendon Square, will see we appreciate original art and support many local Boston artists. Next time you are here, see if you can find one of Stephen's photographs elegantly displayed in our bed and breakfast. Enjoy the gorgeous weather and South End Open Studios. Be sure to tell Stephen we said hello!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What are the globes in Boston Common

If you are like our Boston bed and breakfast Clarendon Square, you may be wondering what the giant globes in Boston Common are. Well if you missed the launch in mid August we are here to catch you up to date. The Globes are a part of a traveling exhibit with a mission to promote creative thinking around climate change; better know as Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.

This public art exhibition was founded to increase awareness for creative solutions concerning climate change. The Cool Globes concept stemmed from a 2005 commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative, and was  incorporated as an official non profit  a year later.  Chicago served as the host city to premier Cool Globes in 2007 and the exhibit soon traveled to Washington DC, San Francisco, San Diego, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston and Cleveland.  By late 2009, Cool Globes went international with its first over seas exhibit in Copenhagen. Cool Globes has also been seen around our globe in cities like Geneva, Jerusalem and Amsterdam and now Boston Common.

However, if you want to see all 48 Globes from this traveling outdoor art exhibit in Boston. You will need to venture from Boston Common. The common is boasting an impressive 26 globes, but those interested can find additional globes in places like the Charles River Esplanade, Copley Square & Boston Logan Airport. Just because this is a traveling exhibit does not mean you will not see local Boston artists. The exhibit also relies on the participation of corporate sponsors, government officials, schools and of course local artists, so take a few minutes next time you are shopping in Boston on Newbury Street or Copley Place.

This important initiative is hoping the millions who witness Cool Globes will use their experience to understand there are many solutions we can implement to solve climate change. Cool Globes are hear until October 15th so be sure to come into downtown Boston soon before you miss the chance to show support for this amazing initiative that celebrates art & the environment. Our location is central and within walking distances to many of the sites that host the globes, including the Boston Strong Globe in Copley Square commemorating the Boston Marathon attacks last year. The community's willpower really inspired translating this event into a discussion of climate change.  The most powerful form of renewable energy is willpower.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Three Afternoon Teas in Boston near Bed and Breakfast

Summer is nearing in an end in Boston & New England, but that does not mean we should all rush back into a 60 hour work week, right? Our best tip to easing back into things is to enjoy some leisure in downtown Boston. One of our favorite things to do in Boston when we need some relaxation is a tea party or afternoon tea. With many venues, back bay hotels & Boston's best restaurants offering formal teas, you could plan a tea once a month, and it will be spring time before you know it. Here are our bed and breakfast's top three teas in Boston.

Everything L'Espalier does has an aura of fabulous and their Fantasy Tea menu is no exception. The menu offers a selection of traditional treats and tea sandwiches with an innovative culinary approach. Adding to the tea time fun, L'Espalier uses popular children's stories to name items on the menu. In addition to our weekly Fantasy Tea service, we offer monthly Sunday Tea Tastings, which highlight a different theme each month. L'Espalier's Tea Sommelier Cynthia Gold selects five teas for the theme. In addition to a selection of  fine tea sandwiches, pastry & petit fours the menu will include dishes inspired by the theme and dishes cooked with the teas being served. Check their website for the latest information on Saturday & Sunday tea service.

Imagine sipping tea as a harpist plays amidst and elegant appointed room decorated with opulent draperies and chandeliers or just wander over to The French Room at Taj Boston on Saturdays & Sundays between 1:30PM & 3:00PM or 3:30 & 5:00PM. Tea connoisseurs can also enjoy one of the carefully crafted tea cocktails, if they want to make tea time happy hour. If the Taj is not your cup of tea, then take a stroll across the Boston Public Garden to the Four Season whose High Tea at the Bistrol Lounge has been delighting patrons for years.

Our Boston bed and breakfast is perfectly situated to these afternoon teas or high teas as they are sometimes referred. If you do not fancy making an afternoon out of it. You can also stop into the new David's Tea just around the corner from the bed and breakfast.