Thursday, October 30, 2014

Swan Lake Grand Opening

The Boston Ballet will be opening its doors to the public on October 30th for everyone to enjoy the classic fairy tale of Swan Lake. Choreographed by Mikko Nessinen, this story is about the Swan Queen Odette and Prince Siegfried, and the intense love, betrayal and magic that unites them forever. This year the show features breathtaking new costumes, sets and choreography that will leave you spellbound. 

Swan Lake Boston BalletRobert Perdziola, the designer of the show, is also the set and costume designer for the Boston Ballet’s, The Nutcracker. With Perdziola teamed up with Mikko Nissinen, this will surely be a show to remember. This year the performance has a new prologue and scenic details that recall the passion and impact of Pepita and Ivanov’s original ballet. 

Swan Lake Boston BalletIf you are looking for a sophisticated evening on Halloween night this year, Swan Lake will be putting on the perfect event for you. At the Black and White Masquerade showing of Swan Lake, not only will you be watching a magnificent performance, but you also will get to match your best black and white attire with a complementary Swan Lake mask! Purchase tickets at their website to grab a seat.

Swan Lake Boston Ballet

On Saturday, November 1st, there is a free pre curtain talk at 7:30 for ticket holders of the show that evening. At this event there will be an informal discussion with the dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests to offer audience members the inside scoop on everything from the story-line to the music. Make sure you stop by, enjoy the show, and take in all the artistic talent that goes into the amazing performances!

The Boston Ballet will be holding all of its performances this season at the Boston Opera House, located at 539 Washington Street. Finish off your ornate night with a marvelous nights sleep at the elegant Clarendon Square Inn. Complete with a creative continental breakfast in the morning and excellent service, you will leave the bed and breakfast delighted!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Dark Side of Boston

As the leaves are changing into vibrant hues and pumpkins line doorsteps, there is no better time to explore the dark side of Boston. The city is well known for its historical part in the American Revolution, but there are many other important events that have taken place in Boston that make up its entire history. Explore Boston's dark side and embrace the Halloween spirit!

Goody Glover BostonWhile Boston is not as well know for witches as Salem, it still had its moments. “Goody” Ann Glover was the last women to be hanged in Boston as a witch, and was an Irish slave employed by John Goodwin. When four of the five Goodwin children fell ill, Glover was charged with with witchcraft. She became a suspect after one of the daughters fell ill soon after an argument with Goody Glover. During her trial, Goody Glover refused to speak English even though she knew how to, and Reverend Coton Mather, pastor of the Old North Church, found her guilty. On November 18, 1988, the Boston City Council recognized the injustice done to Ann Glover 300 years earlier, and proclaimed that day “Goody Glover Day”.

Great Molasses Flood Boston
The Great Molasses Flood in the North End occurred on January 15th, 1919. As everyone was going about their daily routines, a large molasses storage tank unexpectedly burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour. At the peak, the wave of molasses was 25 feet high! The goop acted in a similar way to quick sand in that the more the victims struggled, the deeper they sank. This dangerous mess killed 21, and injured 150 Bostonians.

Brinks RobberyThe Brinks Robbery occurred on January 17th, 1950. This was an armed robbery in the North End where $2,218,211.29 cash was stolen, as well as $1,557,183.83 in checks money orders and other securities. This was the largest robbery in the entire country at the time, and it was the work of an 11 member gang. Joseph “Big Joe” McGinnis was the originator of the heist, and he and his other ten gang members were all arrested. Eight of the gang members received the maximum sentence of life in prison, however all of the members were paroled by 1971. McGinnis was the only one who did not make it out because he died in prison. Only $58,000 of the 2.7 million was recovered, so even over 64 years later, aspects of the Brinks Robbery will continue to remain a mystery.

With Halloween approaching, there’s no better place than Boston to be during this ominous holiday. Check in at the Clarendon Square Inn to experience a Boston Halloween like one of the locals! Located in a stunning and secluded neighborhood in the South End, you will surely have a true Boston Halloween experience.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where To Go Apple Picking Around Boston

City living does not mean you have to miss out on fall festivities like apple picking. There are many amazing orchards around Boston that make the perfect day trip for friends and family! Below are a few of the amazing orchards that allow you to fully embrace the fall season.

Boston Hill Farm
Boston Hill Farm is located in North Andover, and is open year round! Different crops are available in different seasons, but during the autumn months, apples and pumpkins are the available pickings! Macintosh, Cortland and Macoun apples are grown at Boston Hill Farm to fulfill baking and munching needs. The Pumpkin Patch grows pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, so whether you want to carve them or use them for the perfect fall decoration, you can find your perfect pumpkin! Aside from a beautiful farm that you can wander through either on foot, or on a festive hayride, there is also a charming farm store! The store includes fresh deli and bakery items, soups, coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider.

Carlson Orchards
Carlson Orchards in Harvard is the gold mine of apple picking. With 20 different kinds of apples to pick, there is no orchard around that will give you a better variety! On 120 acres of breathtaking farmland, there are 40,000 bushels of apples ready to be picked, as well as a fall raspberry patch, a pumpkin patch, and a frog pond. There are also six different varieties of peaches and five varieties of nectarines. With so much to choose from, you'll be sure to leave Carlson Orchards with a full bag of delicious pickings!

Belkin Family Lookout Farm
Belkin Family Lookout Farm is one of the oldest continuously worked farms in the country, and is located in Natick. Opened in 1651, this 180 acre farm has over 60,000 fruit trees, and is just under 20 miles away from Boston! Right now Asian pears are ready for picking as well as Golden Delicious, Jonagold, and Cortland apples. Aside from miles of breathtaking orchard, there are also farm animals and a Children's Play Area. If you happen to visit on the weekend, there are also magicians, singers, and "Lookout Larry", a ten foot tall man on stilts! With so much entertainment this is the perfect place to pick fantastic apples, and bring your family!

After your day trip away from the city, come back to Boston and stay at the Clarendon Square Inn. Enjoy your freshly picked apples on the roof deck complete with view of the entire city, or on our outdoor patio to enjoy the fall weather!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Harvard Art Museum Renovations

The Fogg Museum at Harvard has been under renovation for the past year, and on November 16th it will be opening its doors once again with some new changes. The Fogg Museum is one of the three Harvard Art Museums, along with the Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler museums.

Fogg MuseumThe Fogg Museum is the oldest of all of the Harvard Museums, and it is praised for many of it's pieces. Opened in 1896, The Fogg Museum is known for their holdings in Western paintings, sculpture, photographs, and drawings from the Middle Ages to the present. Their specialties include Italian Renaissance, British Pre-Raphaelite and French art of the 19th century, and their internationally renowned collection is among the largest in the U.S. The Fogg focuses on connecting encyclopedia collections to coursework, and planning exhibits that truly engage students and visitors. 

Busch-Reisinger Museum
The Busch-Reisinger Museum is the only museum in North America dedicated to the study of art from the German-speaking countries of Central and Northern Europe in all periods. Its holdings include works of Austrian Secession art, German expressionism, 1920s abstraction, and material related to the Bauhaus. Noteworthy gems include medieval sculpture, and one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of works by Joseph Beuys.

Arthur M. Sackler Museum
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum is the youngest of the Harvard Art Museums, as it opened in 1985. The museum is famous for its archaic Chinese jades as it holds the widest collection outside of China. It is also known for holding Chinese bronzes, ceremonial weapons, and Buddhist cave-temple sculptures, as well ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine collections. This renovation, which has been under instruction from the world renowned architect, Renzo Piano, aims to make the amazing collections more accessible as tools for teaching, learning, and integrate them even more into student’s curriculum and student life. The state of the art facility will be more transparent for an enhanced experience, and include a glass rooftop to control natural light in the conservation lab, study centers, courtyard and galleries. 

The new renovated museum is a must-see when it re-opens, and it will be a great visual and learning experience for anyone from students to visitors. Be sure to check out the other amazing museums in Boston, and in-between visits relax at the Clarendon Square Inn. The historic bed and breakfast is the perfect environment to take in and discuss everything seen at the museums!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Where To Try Fall Cocktails In Boston

Fall brings pumpkins, apple picking, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and wonderful seasonal cocktails. There is no shortage of amazing fall cocktails in Boston, but there are certainly some restaurants and bars that have their recipes down to a science. The following are three incredible restaurants with cocktails that you must try during this time of year!

Henrietta's Table
Henrietta’s Table opened its doors 15 years ago on Bennett St. in Cambridge, and it has become a dining room for everyone from Nobel laureates, to celebrities, and to farmers. They serve every meal from breakfast to dessert, and have an impressive collection of seasonal drinks. This fall, their menu includes, a Pumpkin Martini and an Apple Cidertini, and it is nearly impossible to pick a favorite! All ingredients from Henrietta’s kitchen are from local farmers and fishermen, so freshness is guaranteed in everything from your sweet drink to your mouth watering meal. 

Eastern Standard Kitchen And Drinks
Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks is located in the heart of Kenmore Square, and boasts the longest marble bar in Boston, as well as a heated patio. The quality can be seen in the restaurant itself, as well in its Contemporary American cuisine and delicious drinks. During the fall, be sure to try their Autumn Harvest Cocktail Menu. This menu includes Pomme D’Amour, Bodhi Tree, and Cha-Yen. Eastern Standard offers a glamorous atmosphere and amazing craftsmanship in both their food and drink options. 

Masa BostonMasa is located on 439 Tremont St, and is known for its “Best of Boston” Margaritas, and “Best Brunch” (Boston Globe). As the leaves change, their specialties expand to five fantastic fall cocktails. These include their, Fall Apple Mojito, Cranberry Chipotle Martini, Lemon Mint Rita, Pomegranate Tequila Sunrise, and Spiced Mangorita. Masa offers great seating options for parties of all sizes, so don’t be afraid to try out these fall cocktails with a large group of friends! Polish off your night with a scrumptious meal from their Dinner Menu, or taste a little bit of everything with their Tapas Menu!

Make sure to top off your night out with a luxurious night sleep! The Clarendon Square Inn is conveniently located in the South End, and is walking distance or a train ride away from all of these delectable restaurants. Complete with a delightful breakfast ready for you in the morning, is there a better way to experience Boston?