Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2014 Holiday Boston Pops

Did you know that The Boston Pops originated in 1973, and were originally called "A Pops Christmas Party"? Since then, the Pops have become a tradition in Boston during the Holiday season, and this year the tradition continues with conductor Keith Lockhart. As well as traditional shows, there will also be a Kids Matinee show, Home Alone performances, and a New Years Eve show. Starting on December 3rd, shows will be held to warm your heart for the holidays!

If you are looking for a musical performance that will entertain everyone from the family, be sure to check out the Boston Pop's Kids Matinee Performances. These performances are special family programs that are shorter, and have no intermission. During the show there will be family-friendly music and a sing a long. If you stay after the show, there will be pictures with Santa! Floor seat tickets include kid-friendly meals and holiday treats. There seven showings for the Kids Matinee, so be sure to buy tickets ahead of time!

What better way to celebrate holiday tradition than with music and a classic holiday film? This year, the Home Alone performance will be shown three times. The Home Alone performance includes a screening of the holiday classic Home Alone, and live orchestral accompaniment. The film is about a boy who is accidentally left at home for the holidays without his family, and his adventures as two thieves attempt to rob his house. This heart-warming and hilarious show is a must see this season!

Looking for a musical and exciting way to spend your New Years Eve? On December 31st, at 10 pm, the Boston Pops will be putting on a show to remember. The Boston Pops Swing Orchestra will be performing all night long, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away! Complete with a cash bar and several dining options, is there a better way to spend your New Years Eve?

Top off your musical night with comfort and luxury. The Clarendon Square Inn is an elegant and relaxing bed and breakfast that is located in a quiet neighborhood in the South End. With a friendly staff and an amazing continental breakfast, you will surely have an wonderful Boston experience!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boston Tree Lighting Ceremonies

As the autumn leaves begin to dwindle, the holiday season will begin to take over. In Boston, the season kicks off with etherial tree lighting ceremonies that will surely bring warmth to your heart for the holidays! 

Faneuil Hall Blink!
Beginning at Faneuil Hall on November 22nd, Blink! will have a light show to remember! For the last three years, a new tradition has been born where every inch of the open marketplace is transformed into a holiday wonderland. This is the first tree lighting ceremony of the city, and it uses over 350,000 low energy LED lights to light up the marketplace, as well as a giant Christmas tree that is even bigger than the one at Rockafeller Center! To top off the ceremony there will be recorded music by the BSO Holiday Pops. Do not worry if you cannot make it to the ceremony starting at 4:30 pm on November 22nd, because there will be nightly performances until January 4th. Stop by, and bring a toy to donate as Faneuil Hall is an official toy drive drop off station!

Boston Common Holiday LightingThe Boston Common Holiday Lighting on December 4th will be the 73rd annual ceremony to be held. This tradition lights up the entire Boston Common and Public Garden, and includes a breathtaking tree from Nova Scotia. This special tree on Tremont Street symbolizes the friendship between Boston and Nova Scotia. After a horrific explosion in the Halifax Harbor on December 6th, 1917, Boston was the first to send help.  To compliment the magnificent tree sent from Nova Scotia, there will also be 10 fully decorated trees around Frog Pond. This event will be televised on WCVB beginning at 7 pm!

Commonwealth Avenue Mall
After the Boston Common Holiday Lighting, Mayor Walsh will gather with Back Bay residents at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall on Arlington Street. At this lighting ceremony there will be complimentary hot chocolate and warm cookies for all! If you cannot make this event, the trees will all be lit in magnificent white lights until April 1st. 

Explore the entire city during the holiday season! Boston is filled with whimsical decorations and heart warming spirit at this time of year. After a day of exploring the city, make sure you rest your head at the Clarendon Square Inn. This bed and breakfast is the perfect spot for a romantic holiday get away!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boston Magazine's Taste Festival

Do you want an endless supply of the best food and drinks in the city, all while supporting a great cause? If you do, be sure to check out Boston Magazine's 5th annual Taste Festival, on November 17th. In order to celebrate Boston Magazine's Dining issue, and to help the Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Magazine will be putting on an event at the Boston Children's Museum that cannot be missed!

Boston Magazine's Taste Festival features the cities top chefs and star mixologists who will be at work all night to ensure that you have a delicious and fun filled night. Chefs who have attended in the past include Andy Husbands from Tremont 647, Michael Serpa from Neptune Oyster, Leah Dubois from 80 Thoreau, and Frank McClelland from L'Espalier. Local dessert connoisseurs such as Cakeology and Robins Candy Shop will also be there to be able to satisfy anyone's cravings!

Boston cocktailsAs you munch on your delectable morsels, there will also be amazing mixologists. In the past, Chris Olds from Park and Josh Taylor from Westbridge have attended. Custom cocktails, as well as a large selection of the finest wines and beers, will be available for your enjoyment. With your drink in one hand, and your meal in the other, explore the museum or relax in the lounge complete with live music!

Boston Children's MuseumAside from meeting chefs and mixologists, seeing them in action, and tasting all their creations, a portion of the proceeds from your ticket will be given to the Greater Boston Food Bank. Ticket prices vary between VIP and general admission, and they can all be purchased at Boston Magazine's website. VIP entrance will be granted into the Boston Children's Museum between 6-7 pm to beat the crowd, and general admission will be from 7-9 pm.

With such an eventful night, you will need a relaxing place to stay! The Clarendon Square Inn is conveniently located in a quiet neighborhood in the South End, and is a quick walk to the train to get you to any part of the city.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Where To Eat Your Thanksgiving Feast In Boston

There is only one Thanksgiving feast a year, so it is important that you do it right! Whether you are visiting the city or a local,  it is important that if you are eating out for your feast that you pick the right place. With so many different options offering amazing mouth watering meals, it is difficult to choose which place is right for you. Below we have compiled a list of three amazing restaurants that will surely leave you filled to the brim with Thanksgiving treats. No matter where you chose, make sure you make reservations quickly as restaurants fill up fast!

Hampshire House BostonThe Hampshire House Prix-Fixe Thanksgiving Feast is one to die for. Located in a Beacon Hill mansion right above the original Cheers location, Hampshire House only opens its kitchen doors on special occasions, and lucky for you Thanksgiving Dinner makes the cut! This special 3 course prix-fixe menu includes your choice of a first course, main course, and traditional dessert. The main course options include roasted turkey, oven-roasted salmon and halibut, and grilled beef tenderloin with Gulf shrimp. Hampshire House is open 12 noon to 6 pm at a price of $55 a person. Call to make a reservation at 617-227-9600.

75 Chestnut Boston
The Hampshire House's sister restaurant, 75 Chestnut, also serves a fantastic Thanksgiving feast! 75 Chestnut is a cozy restaurant that makes you feel right at home, and is in a secluded spot in Beacon Hill. Their meal starts off with pumpkin bisque topped with roasted pecans and chèvre. After this comes the traditional oven-roasted turkey but with a twist of walnut stuffing, giblet gravy and cranberry orange sauce! Your turkey is complemented by garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash puree and sting beans as well. If you can imagine having more room in your stomach, your meal is topped off with your choice of dessert: apple and cranberry cobbler with cinnamon gelato, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or rum raisin pudding with fresh berries and chocolate sauce. This feast is open from 12 noon- 6 pm at $55 a person, so be sure to call and make reservations at 617-227-2175!

Top of the Hub Restaurant and LoungeThe Top of the Hub Restaurant and Lounge is providing a Thanksgiving 4-course-prix-frixe menu, as well as a panoramic view of the city from the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center. On top of an amazing meal and view, you will also receive a complimentary ticket to the Skywalk Observatory, and live jazz music from 4 to 8 pm! To start off your meal, you can choose between duck confit and acorn butternut squash bisque. After you enjoy your appetizer, you get to devour your entree choice. Choices include a traditional turkey, braised short ribs, haddock, or pork. There are also vegetarian options available upon request. Before enjoying your choice of dessert, there is also an arugula salad to munch on. Pricing is $65 for adults and $25 dollars for children over 5. To make a reservation call 617-536-1775.

After stuffing your stomach at one of these amazing restaurants, be sure to check in at the Clarendon Square Inn where you can recuperate from your feast in one of our luxurious guest rooms. With a choice from three different styles of guest rooms and an extended continental breakfast in the morning, the feast can continue!