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St Anthonys Feast North End Boston

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

The Feast of All Feasts

You cannot miss this feast of all feasts if you are planning to be in Boston this weekend. Why? Well, it is un-American, er, un-Italian? Whatever, it’s definitely un-Bostonian. Ever since I can remember, my entire family (and I mean all the aunts, uncles, cousins and paisans, in addition to my parents and sisters) hopped on the Blue Line and headed to the North End. Never have I seen more happy faces, colorful parades, and food beyond belief. It is amazing that this celebration is now in it’s 91st year.

Quick Tips and InfoSt. Anthony's Feast

  1. Location: Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Streets, North End, Boston
  2. Dates/time: 8/27 5 pm–11 pm, 8/28-8/29 12 noon–11:30 pm, 8/30 5 pm–11 pm
  3. Grand Procession: 12 Noon (lasts over 10 hrs)
  4. Entertainment: FREE.
  5. Food/Souvenirs: Vendor stands for a charge. (HINT: Sausage, pepper and onion subs; fried dough, cannolis—Yum!)
  6. Donations: Accepted at the Chapel of St. Anthony & St. Lucy.
  7. Transportation: Walk or take the T. While you can drive, the streets are sure to crowded, and parking will be at a premium. If you have to drive there are parking lots nearby.

The North End celebrates many feasts throughout the season, but St. Anthony’s Feast is a spectacle to behold, as it is the largest Italian religious festival in all of New England. Since 1919 the North End has honored this patron saint just as the Italians do in Montefalcione, Avellino.

For more detailed information visit http://www.stanthonysfeast.com/index.html.

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Enlivens Salem Willows

Friday, August 20th, 2010

If you are visiting Boston this weekend, take the Salem Ferry from Boston to Salem MA this weekend for the annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. You won’t want to miss out on this  two day event of FREE music! It all takes place at the Salem Willows on Saturday, August 21 & Sunday, August 22. The festival is a fun, family-friendly event featuring live music, music education classes, an arts and crafts fair, and a kid’s play tent. Now in it’s 4th year, the festival has added an exciting new feature, a 21+ Beer Garden! Be sure to bring your IDs as they will be checked.

This year’s festival features headliners GRACE KELLY and SAM KININGER – plus dozens more performers! Many local Bostonians don’t even know about this festival but now you do! When the fun is done you can hop the ferry back to town

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is quickly growing into the premier music festival on the North Shore.

For more information visit: www.salemjazzsoul.org

North End Feast this weekend

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

If you are heading to Boston this weekend, don’t miss attending the St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast in the North End to experience Italian heritage and culture, Boston style. St. Agrippina di Mineo Society Feast Celebration takes place on Battery & Hanover Streets. This historic neighborhood shares its tradition with food, fun, and so much more.  Can’t make it to Boston this weekend. No problem. The North End has feasts throughout the summer season. Check out the schedule all of the North End Boston Feasts.

Visit Boston as a Local Tourist

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Part I of II

Newbury Street, Boston

This past Saturday, my husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary by visiting Boston as tourists. So we strapped on our backpacks and took a delightful 40-minute boat ride into town on the Salem Ferry. Boston is definitely a walking city and I highly recommend leaving the car at home or skipping the rental if you are staying in the city.

First stop off the ferry—The Landing Bar. Given that the temperature in the city was pushing 90 °F, a frozen Mango Margarita was just the thing to cool us down and prepare us for our two mile hike to the Back Bay. We wanted to spend a day in our city as if we had never visited here before so we chose to walk from one end to the other.

A short walk to City Hall Plaza brought an unexpected treat. We found ourselves in the middle of the 1st Annual African Festival, hosted by the Shalupe Foundation. Music, dance, food, and lots of color transcended us into another world. (More on the festival in part II.)

Boston Swan Boats

We continued our walk down Tremont Street, past the historic cemeteries and landmark buildings, stopped for contemporary ice-cold refreshment at Starbucks, then off through the gates of the Boston Commons and the Public Gardens to visit the swan boats. My husband had never experienced the swan boats so we enjoyed a romantic ride along the pond. Next, onto Newbury Street, with its plethora of sidewalk cafes and shops, it’s always a sensory experience.

Time to eat again? We headed to Uni at the Eliot Hotel for some of the best sashimi I’ve ever had. If budget isn’t a major concern I would highly recommend it, as it is quite pricey. Our chef, Christopher, tickled our palates with the most amazing array of fresh fish and sauces (not the standard picked ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce) and a delightful Riesling to compliment the taste. We couldn’t resist heading back to Newbury Street for an ice cream sundae at an old time favorite, Emack & Bolios. Yum!  Finally, we stopped in at Crossroads, a local Irish pub for a cold Guinness and to take in the Red Sox game.

On the walk back to the pier the next day we ran into some friends heading to the swan boats with their children. Just goes to show how small a city can truly be. Over Beacon Hill we stopped to enjoy the amazing architecture of a bygone era, with beautiful brownstone townhouses and quaint gardens tucked in between, and through the North End for Boston’s rich Italian heritage…not to mention more amazing food.

Now it’s your turn. Head to Boston, whether you are a local or a tourist, and experience all the rich history and culinary experiences this spectacular city has to offer.

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.

So bookmark us, subscribe to the feed, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too.

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.

Chocolate: Here today …. Gone today!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Okay, it’s cold outside, winter is starting to feel long, and yes, Valentine’s day is approaching. So, let’s talk about chocolate. Is there really any better mood lifter? If you’re going to be in the Boston area this weekend, this is one of the coolest Boston events taking place this Sunday, just outside the city in the Newton Boston area.

Death By Chocolate 2010
Date: Jan 31 2010
Event Fee: $15.00 per person
Location: Crown Plaza Newton
320 Washington St.
Newton, MA, 02458

Join The Rotary Clubs of Newton and Waltham for a fun day of eating and tasting chocolate!! Done as a perenial partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Newton and Waltham. There will be local food vendors, chefs, restaurants and caterers competing in 5 categories. Best Chocolate Cake, Best Cookie, Best Brownie, best candy and Best unique Desert. YOU BE THE JUDGE!!! During the event there will be a silent auction too!!

For more information, click on http://www.whofish.org/events/Newton/MA/9th_Annual_Death_By_Chocolate/433179.aspx

My juices are flowing just thinking about this event, so if you call into our office to make a reservation, mention my blog, and say “I love chocolate!,” you’ll get 10% off your stay this weekend!

Need somewhere to stay in the Newton area? Check out our Western Suburb locations.

“A true chocolate lover finds ways to accommodate his passion and make it work with his lifestyle…” –Julie Davis of the Los Angeles Times, 10/30/85, http://www.virtualchocolate.com/quotes.cfm

Enjoy!

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

Boston Activities on a Snowy Saturday!

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Okay, so while the snow sculptures may still be standing, First Night is packed up and put away, we’ve ushered 2010 in with style, and yes, we’re still pretty fired up about the Bruin’s overtime victory at Fenway Park! Today the city is being blanketed in a perfect snowfall, and you may be looking for things to do in Boston or Boston events on this first weekend of the 2010. Here is our idea of the day! Head over to the Frog Pond at the Boston Common for an afternoon of skating with the kids, and then warm up at tourist favorite, Cheers, http://www.cheersboston.com/pub/, or at Starbucks on Charles Street. Need somewhere to stay this weekend? Abigayle’s Bed and Breakfast is a cozy retreat with a classic Boston feel.

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

Theater in Boston…A Must See This Week!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Having had the opportunity to see Mamma Mia at the Colonial Theater Boston this past Saturday afternoon, I really must weigh in to say, if you’re coming to the area this week and have an interest in Boston theater, you must check it out! “A mother, A daughter, 3 possible fathers – and a walk down the aisle you’ll never forget! Now enjoying its 10th year on Broadway this smash hit musical brings the classic sounds of ABBA to life with this enchanting story.” We went to the matinee at 2pm and were back out on the bustling city streets by 4:45pm. Sadly, we had to head back to reality in the suburbs, but if you’re lucky enough to move on to dinner, there are oodles of Boston restaurants within a block’s radius, close to the Wang Boston and the Opera House Boston. I recommend PF Chang’s if you’re in the mood for Chinese, or Maggiano’s for amazing Italian (don’t miss the chopped salad!). And, if you need a place to stay, the following fab digs are open this week: A Little Paris on Beacon Hill (furnished apartment Boston) ; Booth’s Beacon Street Condo (Boston apartment); and Verona’s B&B (Boston bed and breakfast) , a particularly good deal at $99/night in December. Pull your plans together pronto — Mamma Mia moves on to New York on the 28th!

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

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!