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.