Archive for the ‘Boston B&Bs’ Category

Discover Porter Square!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Cambridge is a city of squares — Harvard, Kendall, Central and Inman, to name a few — each with it’s own distinct vibe and interesting mix of shops and restaurants.  While you may gravitate to the historic charm of Harvard Square or the bustling energy of Central Square, you could overlook the convenience and affordability of Porter Square.  Porter Square is a great option for visitors looking for accommodations, regardless of where they need to be in Cambridge or Boston.   Walking distance to Davis Square and one T-stop away from Harvard Square, Porter Square is located on the Red Line and is a short subway ride into downtown Boston.  The area is home to some of the best restaurants in Cambridge — The Elephant Walk, Temple Bar and Chez Henri are perennial favorites — and an eclectic mix of locally owned stores like Porter Square Books.

 

We are always enthusiastic when we recommend a vacation rental or B&B in the Porter Square area and hope you’ll explore this little gem the next time you visit Cambridge.  If you’re looking for Porter Square accommodations, here are two we recommend:

Cambridge Accommodation Near Harvard

Gray House Cambridge Accommodations

 

 

Haunted Bed and Breakfasts Spooktacular

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Haunted hospitality? Close encounters over coffee? Does it get any better than that?? We’ve all heard the stories (and having seen a few episodes of that new show, Paranormal State, on A&E, this blogger is even more of a believer!) about shadowy figures passing through a room, unexplained energy and orbs, and strange movements in the night. For whatever reason, and perhaps it’s merely because so many B&B’s are friendly and welcoming and located in older homes rife with history, there do seem to be an awful lot of urban legends about ghosts stirring around getting acquainted with guests. We hear that some travelers stay exclusively at Boston bed and breakfasts and historic inns where ghostly enounters are more likely to occur! If you’re one of those adventure seekers, and you’re coming to stay in a Massachusetts bed and breakfast, you’re in luck. You can crash in the home where the ax-wielding Lizzie Borden “took care” of her mother, join the ranks who have heard a bump in the night in quaint Concord (ask us for details on that one!), or brush up on your Civil War knowledge (ghoul-style) at our own popular Copper Beech Haunted Bed and Breakfast. This historic home once served as a safe house in the Underground Railroad, and a kind and helpful slave who died in one of the rooms has been known to come back to the place she was hidden to provide guidance for those struggling through difficult times. Visit if you dare!

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.