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Boston Spring festivals and events

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Apr 6, 2016 2:13:00 PM



There are so many wonderful reasons to visit Boston in spring! When the weather warms up, the events calendar fills up with festivals, events, and conventions. The city is at its most beautiful when the flowers are in bloom and with so many events coming up, there's something for everyone. Here are some of the events in Boston that are coming up this spring: 

April 3
rd  – Spring Craft Beer Fest at the Cyclorama

April 8 th  – 10 th  Boston Tattoo Convention

April 4 th  – 18 th  – Boston International Film Fest
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Boston Theater and Shows in March & April 2016

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Feb 18, 2016 6:02:00 PM


Dinner and a show always makes for a great night out in the city! We’re starting to plan our calendar for spring, and there are several shows that we’re looking forward to. Here’s what’s coming up in Boston:

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Friday, March 4 th, 8:00 PM

Werther
Boston Lyric Opera
Citi Performing Arts Shubert Theatre
Friday, March 11 th – Sunday, March 20 th
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Best Winter activities in Boston: Ice skating on the frog pond

Posted by Inn at St. Botolph on Jan 22, 2016 2:47:33 PM



In the winter, Boston temperatures can be frigid, but don’t let that scare you away from some of the best activities the city has to offer. If you have the right layers, the cold won’t be a problem, so we recommend you bundle up and head outside! One of our favorite places to go in the winter is the Frog Pond Ice Rink on the Boston Common. From the Inn, it’s about a 25 minute walk, and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful stroll through downtown Boston.

Spending a few hours skating on the Frog Pond is a wonderful way to spend a winter day. The rink fills with recreational skaters in the evenings and on weekends. If you'd like to go at a quieter time, weekdays during the daytime are best. The Frog Pond is suitable for families with children, and even for new skaters. Kids learning to skate can rent a skating aid to help them keep their balance.

After spending a few hours outside, warm up with a hot meal at one of the nearby restaurants like Mooo (we especially love their Maine Lobster Bisque), Stoddard’s, Teatro, or Salvatore’s. When you return to the Inn, your room will feel extra cozy after a day outdoors. Turn on the fireplace and kick back!

BOSTON COMMON FROG POND

Hours:
Monday – 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Tuesday – 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday – 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday – 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday – 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Skate Rentals:
Adults: $12.00
Kids: $6.00
Lockers: $3.00 

Here at the Inn at St. Botolph we work hard to scout the best activities in Boston so that we can offer recommendations during your stay. We're to help so please contact us if you need assistance planning an upcoming trip! You can reach us at 617-236-8099.

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Tasting with Davids Tea

Posted by Becky Shade on Nov 9, 2015 3:18:52 PM


Hotel guests and neighbors living in the city are welcome to join us this Thursday, November 12th for a complimentary tasting with DavidsTEA! Stop by the Inn from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM to taste different varieties of tea, enjoy light snacks and socializing! We hope to welcome you here at 99 St. Botolph Street.

If you'd like to join us please send your RSVP to [email protected]

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Fall Day Trip: Salem, MA

Posted by Becky Shade on Oct 23, 2015 12:47:16 PM

Photo: The Witch House (via Wikipedia)

Salem, Massachuetts is a very popular place to be around Halloween and for guests visiting Boston from far away, it can be a once in a lifetime experience. During the month of October the town sees more than 250,000 of visitors. As the home of the Salem Witch Trials, the town has a rich history with several museums and plenty of sites to see. Just an hour drive from the Inn at St. Botolph, it makes for an easy day trip and is perfect for those who want to get into the Halloween spirit. We’ve put together an itinerary with some of our favorite Salem locales:
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Best fall activities in boston: Head of the Charles Regatta

Posted by Becky Shade on Sep 24, 2015 5:49:06 PM


In our Fall40 series we’re highlighting our recommendations for the best fall events and activities here in Boston. Today we’re featuring the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR for short), the annual rowing race held on the Charles River.

The Regatta, which takes place during the second to last weekend of October, is a favorite fall event in Boston. The Regatta brings many competitors and spectators alike to the city for the weekend, and it’s an all day affair! Races kick off at 8:00 AM and run through 5:00 PM on both days.

The HOCR began in 1978 and has seen massive growth over the past few decades. Competitors travel from near and far and to participate -- and the event has grown to involve 9,000+ athletes from all over the world! Over 300,000 spectators gather to watch and college students from the Boston area typically come out in full force to cheer on their teams.
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Where to go Apple Picking Near Boston

Posted by Becky Shade on Sep 22, 2015 2:31:00 PM

Wondering where to go apple picking near Boston? It's one of the most popular activities here in New England when autumn rolls around. In honor of the first day of fall we’ve put together a list of PYO orchards and farms that are just a short drive outside of Boston. Plan a trip and start gathering your favorite apple recipes!

SMOLAK FARMS
315 South Bradford Street
North Andover, MA
Drive time: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Apple picking kicks off at Smolak Farms on Saturday, September 12th! Smolak is family friendly and offers a Harvest Festival that runs every weekend through Halloween. On the farm you can find plenty of kid-oriented activities like apple picking, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, hayrides, and pony rides. Finish the day with one of their famous cider donuts from the farmstand.

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Top Recommendations for Fall in Boston

Posted by Becky Shade on Sep 11, 2015 2:08:00 PM


Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons here in the city and we’ll be making the most of it! The season is just around the corner and if you’re taking a fall trip to Boston, it’s a great time to start planning. We’ve put together a long list of fall activities in Boston, and some just outside the city that make for great day trips. In this post, we’re highlighting 10 of our favorite things to do in Boston as well as our full downloadable guide that offers 40 things to do, including a section dedicated to day trips. Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the full guide to Fall in Boston!

1. Take a Ghost Tour
A ghost tour is the perfect way to learn about the haunted history of the city. Haunted Boston (by foot) and Ghosts & Gravestones (by trolley with some walking) are both great options. Ghost Tours fill especially quickly for the month of October, so it’s wise to make reservations well in advance.

2. Stroll through the new Boston Public Market.
The new Boston Public Market is a year-round market offering locally sourced food either originated or produced here in Massachusetts. The market is the first of its kind in the United States and is a project 15 years in the making! The market opened at the end of July and has generated a lot of buzz, making it one of our highest recommendations for this fall. The market offers everything from “farm-fresh produce, meat and poultry, eggs, milk and cheese, fish and shellfish, bread and baked goods, flowers, and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods.” Shopping at the market offers a great opportunity to support the local economy and to connect directly with the producers.
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Explore Boston by Food Tour

Posted by Becky Shade on Sep 4, 2015 3:27:00 PM

When you’re traveling, there are lots of ways to see a new city. Here in Boston you can find guided walking tours, Duck tours, trolley tours and a lot more. All of these tours are a great way to see the city, to get your bearings, and to learn about Boston’s history.

However, if you’re looking for something a little different, we recommend trying a Boston food or wine tour. Here at the Inn, we are all food lovers, which is why we like to recommend this option to guests! Taking a food or wine tour lets you snack and sip like a Bostonian, and you get an insider’s view of restaurants, cafes and shops that locals love. Here are two of our top recommendations:




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Visit the Boston Public Market

Posted by Becky Shade on Aug 18, 2015 3:10:00 PM


Here at the Inn at St. Botolph, we’re constantly searching for the most unique experiences and activities for our guests so we can offer the best recommendations for your trip to Boston! Our pick for August is a visit to the newly opened Boston Public Market on Hanover Street. The market is a year-round indoor market offering locally sourced goods from across Massachusetts and New England. It’s the first market of its kind in the country and there’s been plenty of excitement around the opening. With a wide variety of vendors, the Boston Public Market offers a great snapshot of what the region has to offer. We highly recommend including a trip in your Boston plans! Check out the vendors below:

BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET
100 Hanover Street
Boston, MA 02113

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
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The Inn at St. Botolph

Live like a local in a historic Boston brownstone.

The Inn @ St Botolph is Boston’s affordable luxury hotel. Situated in the prominent Back Bay neighborhood it offers understated contemporary interiors graced with traditional styling and comfort. It’s the perfect destination for professionals on extended stay or families desiring the intimacy of a private residence dressed up with refreshingly customized services.

 The Inn @ St Botolph offers affordable luxury with edited services.

  • Furnished kitchenettes will full size refrigerators
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Video intercom to talk to visitors at the front door
  • Internet access and in-room iPod docs
  • iMac business center
  • Free continental breakfast with espresso
  • Daily housekeeping & self-serve laundry
  • ...and lots more! 

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