Monday, October 21, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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|
|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.