Friday, March 29, 2013

Boston Boutique Hotel Gets Healthy This Spring!

As the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, the South End and the rest of Boston seem to come alive with vibrancy and brilliance. Boutiques bring their merchandise outside, restaurants reopen their patios and the fresh spring air fills the many rooms with open windows. During this time, wouldn't it be great to healthy and enjoy the process? Join Emerge Day Spa for World Health Day!

Every April 7th, World Health Day celebrates the creation of the World Health Organization. Every year, the WHO chooses a different theme for World Health Day, and this year the theme is high blood pressure. The WHO recommends reducing salt intake, eating a balanced diet, and staying physically active. Try a juice blend from Mother Juice: a new food truck hitting the streets of Boston soon. They feature freshly made juices and vegetable blends and are vegan! Continue your pursuit of ultimate health at Emerge with 15% off select treatments for the entire month of April including Craniosacral Therapy. This treatment encourages the release of restrictions and imbalances in the body. It alleviates migraines. neck and back pain, stress, tension and more! You might also try the Emerge Signature Aromatherapy Facial. Since the skin is the largest organ of the body, be sure to take good care of it!

After sipping on delicious concoctions and relaxing the day away at the spa, pop in for a yoga class on your way back to our boutique bed and breakfast. Sadhana offers great walk in rates for restorative and relaxing yoga classes right in the heart of the South End on Worcester Street. Enjoy a warming cup of afternoon tea here with us and spend the evening simmering in our roof top hottub, the ultimate de-stressor!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Boston Boutique Hotel Celebrates St. Patricks Day!

It's that time of year again! Boston is going green for St. Patrick's Day! This weekend, bring out your inner Irishman and drink Guinness, eat corned beef and cabbage and dance along to bag pipes in the streets. In 1847, nearly 40,000 Irish immigrants moved to Boston to escape the Irish famine. Ever since, the Irish have had a strong presence in Boston's public works, first responders and the Boston culinary scene.

If you are looking for a great way to visit different bars and pubs in the city, try out Green Kegs and Hammered 3 day Pub Crawl. The event is going on all weekend and tickets can be purchased online. Visit bars like Royale Nightclub, Cure Lounge, Kitty O'Shae's and Clarke's to have a few brews with your friends and meet other St. Paddy's enthusiasts. If a pub crawl isn't your style, maybe a delicious Irish meal is the thing for you! The Black Rose in Faneuil Hall will be celebrating all weekend long with meal deals and live music! While at Quincy Market, stay for the day and hear free concerts and watch local Irish Step performances. And for those who like their music a little louder, the Dropkick Murphy’s will be performing this Sunday at the Boston House of Blues! It doesn't get any more Irish American than the Dropkick Murphy’s! Head to McGreevy's on Boylston Street after the show, they own the place!

It's hard to go a day in Boston without encountering a local who can trace his roots back to the Emerald Isle. For this reason, Boston comes alive on St. Patrick's Day and puts on the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the country. Head to South Boston for the main event before coming back to your favorite bed and breakfast. Share your wild and crazy experiences with other guests over afternoon tea and cookies (or coffee and Tylenol!).

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chefs for the Cure: A Breast Cancer Fundraiser in Boston

The South End neighborhood has always shown a sense of friendship and support for one another. It is common to find us shoveling together during winter months, raking leaves in the autumn and enjoying a delicious glass of lemonade or iced tea in the warmer months. Our boutique bed and breakfast is no different from our local neighbors and we always try to help where we can. Other businesses in the neighborhood are taking "help thy neighbor" to a whole new level: several restaurants and local chefs are partnering up with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to host Chefs for the Cure!

Foodies, survivors and supporters can join one another on Thursday, April 11 at 7 PM (6 PM for VIP's) at the Residences at the W Boston for an exciting tasting style event. Chefs from Gaslight Brasserie, Cinquecento, And Meyers and Chang will join others from Citizen Public House, 606 Congress, Taranta and more. Representatives from Johnson and Whales University will also be in attendance. Tickets are $125. This includes valet parking and one complimentary entry to the raffle. VIP tickets are $175 and include a bonus cooking demonstration with Jose Duarte at 6 PM. More information about the event as well as purchasing tickets can be found online.

After you have tasted food from some of the best chefs in the city, come back to the stylish South End for even more fun! Have a drink and listen to live music at the Beehive or open a bottle of wine on our roof deck and enjoy the view (and the hot tub)!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sowa Markets: Boston's Most Unique Shopping Experience

Our bed and breakfast located in Boston's South End has been designed with classic and modern components much like the neighborhood itself. The property is littered with antiques along side contemporary pieces of art and furniture to create a unique setting in which to relax and unwind. Another example of classic South End style is the SoWa Markets located on Harrison Avenue.

SoWa Sundays operate all year round, rain or shine with different themes for different seasons. In the winter, head on over for the Vintage Market. You will find old records, fashion, house wares and artwork from the last 100 years all compiled in a warehouse open rain or shine. Pick up some of your favorite LP's, an armoire from the 50's and photographs from the 70's. If vintage isn't your style, the SoWa Open Market might be for you. From May to October, the parking lot in front of the SoWa space turns into tent city! Local artists, students and food trucks all convene together outside to sell their passions and meet new people. Nosh on some of Clover's rosemary French fries while you peruse through the seemingly endless array of unique art and knick-knacks and finish the day off with a delicious frozen hoagie or nutella crepe from ParisCreperie.

The whole SoWa arts district is definitely worth visiting while in Boston. It is only a 10 minute walk from our door. You will absolutely find something that speaks to you and will have a story all its own to add to yours. After spending the day walking around and enjoying the gorgeous spring time weather, head back to your favorite boutique bed and breakfast for afternoon tea and a soak in our roof top hot tub!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Top Chef Winner in Boston!

Boston's historic South End neighborhood is filled with character and charm. The narrow streets, cobblestone sidewalks and wrought iron gates give this area a delightful “old world” feel and air. Restaurants, galleries, boutiques and unique shops specializing in Middle Eastern imports to gourmet dog biscuits to cheese of every sort litter the neighborhood. Stir, a unique property that offers cooking classes, demonstrations and a wide array of cookbooks for sale is home to one of America's hottest new chefs: Kristen Kish, winner of Top Chef Seattle!

 Kristen was born in Korea and was adopted by an American family in the US. She attended Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and moved to Boston to pursue her culinary aspirations. Barbara Lynch, one of Boston's most decorated chefs offered her a place at Stir as chef de cuisine. Early on in the season of Top Chef, Kristen definitely put the pressure on other contestants with her clean approach to fine French cuisine. After an untimely (and argueably an unfair) elimination, Kristen fought her way back through the redemption rounds and came back to win the competition in a grand showing.

 So what's next for Miss Kish? The past nine winners of Top Chef have opened a combined 17 restaurants! Will she continue to shine under Barbara Lynch's glorious reign or will she branch out and prove to be a new competitor in the South End's delectable dining scene? Come stay at our beautiful bed and breakfast right in the heart of this thriving neighborhood and see what she will be up against! Congratulations, Kristen. We all look forward to seeing what you will bring to Boston’s food culture!