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MA lodging and more at BostonFinds

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

With the launch of our new web site we felt it was time to relaunch our blog. So we at Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony are proud to introduce you to BostonFinds.com. We’ve retained all of our old posts but we are committed to providing you with insights into fabulous Boston accommodations and lodgings throughout greater Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods north, south, and west of the city. We’ll also write about other great Boston Finds including restaurant gems, major happenings (like the previous post on 4th of July in the city), special events…basically anything we find in and around Boston that we think will be of interest.

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We love Boston and enjoy discovering the hidden treasures of the city. Now you can too.

Harborfest is 4th of July in Boston

Monday, May 17th, 2010
The top 5 things not to miss.
I am a Bostonian. My friends say there is no mistaking that. So perhaps I’m biased when I say the only place to celebrate our nation’s independence is right here in the city of Boston during Harborfest. No other city in the country, as far as I’m concerned, can boast more history—architectural, nautical, educational, and colonial. After all, the American Revolution was fought here; “Old Ironsides” still resides here; and communities north and south of Boston are world renowned for their contributions to our country’s history as well.

Independence Day is truly one of the magnificent celebrations Boston has to offer. For nearly 30 years, Harborfest, a non-profit organization, has been sponsoring an “award-winning festival that strives to honor and remember the past, celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more.”

This six-day long festival boasts over 200 daily events throughout downtown and the waterfront, with several sponsored events hosted on City Hall Plaza.

Top 5 things Not to Miss at Boston’s Harborfest.

  1. Children’s Day in the city. Take in all of the family friendly entertaining and educational activities Boston has to offer for FREE on July 1st at City Hall Plaza. Insider tip: Free admission does not apply to all Harborfest activities. Stop by the Hood Milk bottle in front of the Children’s Museum for ice cream and snacks to replenish those active little ones.
  2. Music, music, and more music. Amazing performances are happening all across the city in virtually every musical genre—classical, rock, disco, country, and of course, fife and drum. Insider tip: Pop into some of the local pubs for more entertainment choices around the city like The Black Rose and The Burren.
  3. USS Constitution Turnaround. See “Old Ironsides,” the oldest commissioned warship afloat, leave its berth to salute the nation. July 4th, 11:30 am at the Charlestown Navy Yard followed by the 21-gun salute at noon off the US Coast Guard Base in the North End. Insider tip: Take in the sites around Charlestown when you visit the Navy Yard. And don’t forget lunch or dinner at the historic Warren Tavern or Todd English’s Olives.
  4. Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Boston Esplanade July 4th, featuring our favorite conductor, Keith Lockhart. By land or by sea, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Concert starts at 8 pm (oval opens at 9 am). Insider tip: See the entire Pops performance, sans the fireworks, at an open rehearsal on July 3rd – (oval opens at 4 pm; concert at 8:30 pm) A smaller crowd but still busy so get there early.
  5. Can you say chowdah? The fun isn’t over on the 4th. Tickle your taste buds and try your best Boston accent on Monday, July 5th when you sample authentic New England clam chowder from Boston’s finest restaurants as they compete for “Boston’s Best Chowder” at the 29th Annual Chowderfest. Insider tip: Just drop the “r.” Who needs it anyway?
Join us June 30 – July 5th to experience 4th of July the Boston way!
If you need a place to stay, no problem! We have plenty of Boston B&Bs, vacation rentals, and furnished apartments in the heart of the city, waterfront, and surrounding neighborhoods to meet every budget. Visit Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony online today and book your Boston accommodation for this memorable event.

College hunting is upon us!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This is the time of year when the city is flooded with people coming in to check out Boston schools, from which there are many fabulous ones to choose! College Boston is an event unto itself, so for those of you with teens searching for Boston area colleges, or even perspective graduate students, we have a few tips for the approach you might want to take this Spring. Check out this great blog, http://www.gobostoncard.com/blog/2008/04/14/visiting-boston-colleges/, for a quick overview of what to see and how to go about it. There’s also a website specifically designed to help with these visits, so visit http://www.campusvisit.com/# and click through to colleges and universities Boston. We are even offering a special promotion to help keep Boston lodging costs down because after all, a Boston education will be an investment unto itself…you may as well save money NOW when you’re visiting one of our great schools. And on that note, many of our properties welcome the same Boston area college families back year after year. It is typical to see parents stay at Abigayle’s Bed & Breakfast (M263) in Kenmore square with their junior in high school visiting Boston University, then as a couple during subsequent visits for the next four years for Parent’s Weekend, Graduation, etc. Our hosts are so thrilled to welcome back these returning guests! Wellesley Lodging (IW504) is another great example. This gracious hostess is a favorite among visitors to Wellesley College and Babson College. She never disappoints with her friendly and gracious hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and incredible proximity to these prestigious schools. So, if you’re planning to do some college hunting in the near future, take advantage of what we’re offering over the next couple of months. Families traveling to the Boston area will get a discounted rate at one of our Bed and Breakfasts, or furnished apartments, when visiting the Boston schools. Reserve nights for March 14 through April 30 (blackout dates: April 16-19), and CHILDREN (even teens!) CAN STAY FOR FREE! This is a huge savings! Check out our website for details. Happy hunting!

Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony
PO Box 57166
Boston MA 02457 USA
781-449-5302
fax: 781-455-6745
Toll Free: 888-486-6018

Love is in the air!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

One of the best Valentines gifts I can think of is a romantic trip to beautiful Boston! Surprise your valentine this year with dinner at a cozy restaurant nestled into a cozy Boston street, book a room and get away from it all at at Boston bed and breakfast, or just spend the day exploring all the city has to offer. Boston.com has a great tool for selecting a Boston restaurant that works best for you, http://www.boston.com/ae/events/valentines_day/, and many Boston restaurants are offering special deals on reservations made for February 12th, 13th, and 14th. Check out Open Table http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=7&pid=102 for great ideas for romantic Saturday dinner or cozy Sunday brunch. You can even make your reservation online with this tool, which is a huge time-saver! Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony is in the mood for love, too, so we’re offering 10% off stays at many of our properties that weekend, as long as you stay for two nights…and who wouldn’t want to?? We’ll even have a complimentary bottle of champagne waiting for you when you arrive to help you jump start the romantic mood, so check out the great deals.
Need chocolates? I highly recommend Teuscher Chocolatier on Newbury Street Boston.
XOXO

Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony
PO Box 57166
Boston MA 02457 USA
781-449-5302
fax: 781-455-6745
Toll Free: 888-486-6018

Looking to Stay in Boston?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

If you are bored with cookie-cutter hotel ambiance or overwhelmed by hotel room prices, Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony could be of great help to you. Our personal touch gives you alternatives to hotel lodging and fits you with places that match your requirements. Since 1981, our staff has helped thousands of people in their search for Eastern MA and Boston lodging. We offer bed and breakfasts, inns, furnished apartments for nightly and monthly stays, small hotels, and home stays that provide the amenities and location you need at prices that match your budget. Visit us at www.bnbboston.com
We will save you:
– Time (when weeding through a plethora of properties)
– Money (rates at our properties are typically much lower than at hotels)
– Stress (You won’t have to commit to lengthy leases at furnished apartments and we really do take care of everything!)
– Legwork (we specialize in matching guests with properties, so one phone call is all you will make!)
– Aggravation (again, we take care of everything!)
Visit us at www.bnbboston.com or call 888-468-6018. It’s really that simple!

What is a Bed and Breakfast or Homestay?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

What is a Bed and Breakfast?
A bed and breakfast is a sleeping accommodation for the traveling and vacationing public located within a single dwelling which is the residence of the owner, who, most often, is the operator (or innkeeper), and may include a full or continental breakfast. Bed and breakfasts, typically offer 4-12 rooms.

A bed and breakfast homestay is a sleeping accommodation for the traveling and vacationing public located within a single dwelling which is the residence of the owner, who is also the operator (or innkeeper), and may include a full or continental breakfast. Bed and breakfasts, typically offer 1-3 rooms. Simply put, it is a home where extra bedrooms are rented out to guests.

An Inn is a larger bed and breakfast.

What is a bed and breakfast experience like?
Staying at a bed and breakfast, it is a wonderfully unique experience. Upon arrival, the guest is usually greeted by the host or hostess who will show the guest around the property. (If the host or hostess is unable to greet the guest, a note with directions and a key will be set aside for the guest.) Typically, a fully breakfast is served, but in small homestays continental breakfast foods are provided for the guests in the dining area of the home, or on a tray in the guest room. By law in Massachusetts, the home owners/bed and breakfast hosts are not able to serve a hot breakfast, as they would need a fully licensed kitchen to do so. Therefore, breakfast foods are typically made up of cold cereals, juice, coffee and toast, English muffin or assorted breads and muffins. Guests gather in the kitchen, dining area or designated common space for breakfast should they so choose.

Why not choose to stay at a bed and breakfast on your next vacation or holiday.