Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer is the season to visit the Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a mile-and-a-half linear series of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston.  Created from the remains of an elevated highway, the Rose Kennedy Greenway provides the city of Boston with both beauty and fun.

As the Central Artery project, or the "Big Dig" neared completion and the highway was relocated underground, community leaders realized that the old, elevated highway could be repurposed to enhance Boston.

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is located between New Sudbury Street in the North End and Beach Street in Chinatown. It is broken up into six different and unique parks.

The parks are open from 7AM to 11PM every day. The entire Greenway has free Wi-Fi. For pedestrian safety, biking, skating, skateboarding and Segways are not permitted in the park.
While the parks are fun to explore, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy partners with several different Boston organizations and companies to host events throughout the year, especially during the summertime. Below we have listed some of our favorites.

Greenway Mobile Eats - April 1, 2015 marks the sixth season of Greenway Mobile Eats with 30 participating food trucks. The rotating selection of food vendors are located at six different vending locations seven days a week.  The daily schedule and specific locations can be found on the Conservancy's website.

Coolidge at the Greenway - The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and the Coolidge Corner Theater have partnered to present a free outdoor screening series this summer.  Some upcoming screenings include Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece The Birds on July 14 (rain date July 21) and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial on August 4 (rain date August 11.) Screenings are held at sunset at The Greenway's Wharf District Parks, located between Milk and India Streets. Here is the full schedule.

Farmer's Markets - The Farmers' Markets operate at Dewey Square Park Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning May 19 through Thanksgiving week. In addition, they are held by the North End portion of the Greenway on Wednesday and Sundays.

Greenway Open Market - The Greenway Open Market is an artisan market operated by New Open Markets. The Greenway Open Market is held on Saturdays from May 2 to October 10, 2015. The Conservancy supplies food trucks for each market.  It's a vibrant way to support local artists, shop for unique items and eat some delicious, reasonably priced food.

Berklee Greenway Concert Series - This popular series is held on Wednesday evenings from 5-7PM from June 17th through August 19th (except July 1.) A talented roster of Berklee students perform under the Echleman Sculpture by the Fort Point Channel Parks.
Boston Calling Block Parties - These extremely popular concerts are held weekly. Spotlighting local bands and artists, these concerts are becoming a Boston favorite. They are held in Dewey Square Park on Thursdays from 5-8 beginning in May.

After all the excitement on the Greenway, make your way back to the Clarendon Square Bed & Breakfast for a relaxing glass of wine on our roof deck, take a dip in the hot tub, or lounge on the back deck.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Whiskey and Spirits Distillery Now Open in Boston

Today marks the grand opening of the Boston Harbor Distillery. Located on the Port of Boston Harbor, the newest addition to the Boston community is in a space that is anything but.

The place the Distillery calls home is a former factory that was built in 1859 (only 8 years older than our Inn). Their website describes the former factory: "from the world famous inventions of Silas S. Putnam, to the world famous yachts made by George Lawley & Sons shipyard and the icey flavors created by the Seymor family, 12R Ericsson Street has been an integral part to Boston's rich and innovative history."

The history of the space alone makes it worth a visit, never mind the innovative spirits they are creating.

Speaking of which, the Distillery is currently putting our four different types of spirits: Putnam New England Whiskey, Lawley's New England Spirit, Lawley's Dark New England Spirit, and Seymor's Local Roast Coffee Liquor. Each name is an homage to the factory's former inhabitants.

What excites us the most is Lawley's New England Spirit which is distilled from molasses and maple syrup. The ingredients don't get much more New England than that.

During your visit, you can tour the facility, smoke a cigar (they carry J.F.K.'s favorite) and try a sample of one of their spirits. Once their pouring license arrives, they will start serving cocktails.

The Distillery is definitely worth a visit if you want to enjoy a locally made spirit while in a piece of Boston's history.

If history is one of your interests, after your glass of whiskey, come stay at the Clarendon Square Inn which calls a renovated historic South End brownstone home.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Best Boston Frozen Treats for Summer in the City

As the temperature in Boston begins to rise, other than hitting a local neighborhood pool, there is no better way to cool off than with a sweet, frozen treat. It's time to get out of the ice cream routine and enjoy the many other frozen snacks Boston has to offer.

Gelato at Amorino

If you're not ready to fully skip the ice cream, we suggest a newcomer to Newbury Street. Amorino is just a five minute walk from Clarendon Square and offers everything from crepes to waffles. But what gets us most excited is their extensive gelato list. The Back Bay shop is one of only five locations outside of Europe. Everyone is Italian when enjoying a creamy gelato.

amorino gelato

S'mores at Aragosta Bar + Bistro

Okay, so this one is not a frozen treat but we love it so much, we are making an exception to the list.

If you find yourself thinking ahead about dessert, as most of us do, then make a reservation for the fire pit at Aragosta and cook up some s'mores. Although not a frozen summer treat, s'mores are the perfect end to any summer barbeque or beach picnic. Located in Boston's North End, Aragosta has a relaxing patio and views of Boston Harbor.

Ice Cream Sandwich at Frozen Hoagies

On Sunday (or really any other day of the week) be on the look-out for the Frozen Hoagie Food Truck. If you're staying at the Inn and strolling through the SOWA Open Market, be sure to check out Frozen Hoagies' unique selection of ice cream sandwiches. Gingerbread Cookies and Pumpkin Pie ice cream, in July, sign us up! Be prepared to stand in line, but they are definitely worth the wait

Adult Milkshake at Grass Fed

We can't leave out the delicious summer treat that also indulges in your wild side and includes some adult beverages: the milkshakes at Grass Fed in Jamaica Plain. A 15 minute MBTA ride from Clarendon Square, Jamaica Plain has much to offer on a summer afternoon. Stroll around Jamaica Pond or the Arnold Arboretum and when you're ready to rest those feet, head on over to Grass Fed and order yourself a burger and Adult Milkshake. We can't help but feel like a kid again

What are your favorite Summer Time Treats in Boston? Have you indulged in any of these summer sweets in Boston? Have one we need to know about? Leave a comment & let us know.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The 5 Best Donuts in Boston for National Donut Day!

Last Friday was National Donut Day. This post is a little delayed because we were so busy celebrating. It was fitting that we celebrated in Boston as the Boston area is the birthplace of America’s beloved donut company Dunkin Donuts. You can visit the original location in Quincy, which is just a quick subway ride from the city.

Other than Dunkin Donuts (shoutout to their glazed donut), we rounded up our favorite local donut shops so you can celebrate a belated National Donut Day next time you are in town.

Union Square Donuts in Somerville. Known for their maple bacon donut, this shop handmakes all of their donuts on site in Somerville. With limited hours, your best bet is to get there early because lines form fast. Check out their extensive menu. Their hours are M-F, 7am-1pm Saturday & Sunday 7am-3pm.

Blackbird Doughnuts in our very own South End neighborhood is a venture from The Gallows owner Rebecca Roth Gallows. Their hours on their site are listed as “Monday - Sunday 7a - 3p (or until we sell out).” So again, get there before they run out. You wouldn’t want to miss out on delicious flavors such as Blackberry Lavender or Chocolate Ganache.

Vernas Pastry and Donut Shop in Cambridge is another Clarendon Square favorite. The donuts are made fresh every morning. Their most popular is the chocolate glazed donut. They are open later than the others on the list, Monday - Saturday from 5:30 am - 6:00 pm.

Donuts with a Difference in Medford was voted Boston’s Best Donut by Boston magazine in 2014. Their Boston creme is a fan favorite. They also have delicious coffee rolls and coconut cakes.

Next time you are in Boston, stay with Clarendon Square and enjoy our continental breakfast which sometimes includes donuts. Or we can help you plan your donut tour through Boston!

Friday, June 5, 2015

What is replacing the South End's Hamersley's Bistro?

Last October, Boston lost the legendary Hamersley’s Bistro which had been a staple of the South End for 27 years. Celebrity chef and former owner, Robert Hamersley said in an interview with CBS Boston around the time of the closing, “I really want to see young Boston kids be able to get into the restaurants and contribute to the city’s food scene.”

Well, he is getting his wish, kind of.

Boston restaurateur Rebecca Roth Gallow is opening her third venture, Banyan, with general manager Seth Yaffe in the spot where Hamersley’s previously inhabited. While she is not a “Boston kid” she is certainly part of the newer generation of restaurant owners. She owns and operates The Gallows and Blackbird Doughnuts, both of which call the South End home.

The Gallows interior

Banyan is set to be a modern asian restaurant, which according to a post on BostonChefs.com, will have “creative balanced cocktails,” and a “value driven wine program, and a well crafted beer list.”

Phillip Tang, most recently of East by Northeast, which closed in March, will be in the kitchen. The menu will have small plates and shareable dishes.

We are excited to try the next endeavor from The Gallows Group, which is surely becoming a South End/Boston restaurant empire.

The opening date has not been released, but of course you can count on Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast to keep you up to date on this restaurant and other South End news! For now here is a list of some of our favorite Boston restaurants.