Stay at Kendall for the 2013 Head of the Charles

The best rowing teams in the world are set to compete in the 2013 Head of the Charles regatta on Oct. 19-20. Started in 1965, the event now attracts more than 9,000 participants and 300,000 spectators. It’s a perfect opportunity to get outside and enjoy a lovely fall weekend in New England!

Spectators line the banks and bridges along the challenging three-mile course, which begins at the Boston University Boathouse and finishes just after the Eliot Bridge by the Artesani Playground in Brighton. Here in Cambridge, we’re lucky to have a prime viewing location at the course’s halfway mark – the Weld Exhibition. This great vantage point, near Harvard’s Weld Boathouse, features local food vendors, live music, and a carnival atmosphere. Best of all, it’s a short subway ride away from The Kendall Hotel, so there’s no need to find parking (which is always scarce this weekend).

Or if you like, take the subway into the city and stake out a spot at Reunion Village on the Boston side of the river. Reunion Village includes alumni tents, plenty of food and drink, and play-by-play commentary on all the races.

Head of the Charles is always a festive time in Cambridge, and here at the Kendall Hotel, we’re excited to be part of the fun! To book a room with us, click here. To learn more about the Head of the Charles races and events, check out their website.

Million Dollar Quartet comes to Boston

Fans of musical theater have something to cheer about this October. The Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet will be playing at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre on Boylston Street in Boston from Oct. 8 through Oct. 20.

The show is based on an incredible true story: in December of 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins gathered at Sun Records studio in Memphis for what was surely one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions in rock ‘n’ roll history. These four rock n’ roll icons, in various stages of their careers, acted as backup musicians for each other while just below the surface, everyone was struggling for professional survival. Million Dollar Quartet weaves riveting performances of hits like “Who Do You Love?” “Hound Dog,” Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Great Balls of Fire” with a story of simmering resentments, betrayal, and triumph.

Reviews of Million Dollar Quartet have been ecstatic, comparing the show with feel-good jukebox musicals like “Jersey Boys” and “Mamma Mia.” The performance is suitable for all ages, but it holds special appeal for aficionados of classic rock ‘n’ roll (you know who you are)!

Here at the Kendall Hotel, we’re a convenient subway ride away from the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre and all the wonderful entertainment Boston has to offer. For tickets and information on Million Dollar Quartet, visit the Citi Performing Arts Center website. To book a room with us this October or anytime, click here.

Exciting opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls in Boston

Portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, one of the most stunning archaeological finds of the last century, are on display at the Boston Museum of Science now through Oct. 14, 2013.

The exhibit presents 20 rare fragments from the scrolls, including the earliest known Biblical writings ever found, along with their English translations and explanations of each scroll’s significance. Some of these documents have never before been exhibited in North America.

The story of the scrolls’ discovery is amazing unto itself: they were found in 1947 by a Bedouin goat herder, who stumbled into a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea. Inside the cave were priceless texts that had not seen the light of day for 2,000 years.

The Boston Museum of Science exhibit also showcases an extensive collection of antiquities from Israel, including a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, textiles, coins, carvings, weapons, ceramics, jewelry, and more. A replica of a four-room house provides a glimpse of life in ancient times, from religious rituals to meal preparation. The museum is offering hands-on activities and other special programs to complement the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit. Click here for a full schedule.

Admission to this special event is by timed ticket only, and advance reservations are recommended. Visit the museum website for more information.

Click here to reserve tickets.

The Museum of Science is less than 2 miles from The Kendall Hotel and easily accessible by train.

If you’re a history enthusiast visiting Boston from out of town, you’re sure to appreciate the Kendall Hotel in nearby Cambridge. Formerly a Victorian firehouse, the Kendall has been transformed into a charming and comfortable boutique hotel, just steps away from the Red line subway station and a quick ride into the heart of Boston. Click here to book a room.

Experience Boston in a new way: Stay at Kendall and take a harbor cruise

There are lots of ways to see Boston, but nothing beats viewing it from the deck of a ship. A variety of vessels ply the waters around the city: you can choose a tall ship or a luxury yacht, enjoy a daytime or evening excursion, or be accompanied by historic interpretation, cocktails and fine dining, even fireworks.

No matter which cruise you take, you’re in for incredible views of the Boston skyline.

If you’ve always wanted to experience the romance of a tall ship, the schooners Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star sail at multiple times each day and evening from Boston’s Central Wharf. Passengers can help haul the sails or just relax and enjoy the voyage. Don’t miss the 4th of July fireworks cruise and the annual tall ship races. For more information, visit the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships website.

For a taste of opulence, try the Odyssey, a three-deck luxury yacht with an elegant open-air observation deck. A nightly dinner cruise features fine cuisine and dancing to live music, or participate in one of several themed cruises such as a Sunday champagne and chocolate brunch. Click here for tickets and a full schedule.

Boston Harbor Cruises operates a fleet of sightseeing vessels offering unique glimpses into Boston’s maritime past and present. The USS Constitution tour visits “Old Ironsides” at its berth in the Charlestown Navy Yard. A Boston Tea Party Cruise sails through the area where the famed protest took place. Or take a tour of Boston’s historic lighthouses, including Boston Light, the oldest lighthouse station in America. Click here for tickets and information.

After a day of sightseeing, come stay with us at the Kendall. We’re an elegant boutique hotel a stone’s throw away from the Red Line subway stop, which takes you right into the heart of Boston and all it has to offer. Contact us for more information or to book a room.

‘Boston Strong’ Benefit Concert to Raise Money for The One Fund Boston

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith will rock the stage in Boston on May 30.

Boston Strong’ benefit concert to feature star-studded lineup with Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, Carole King, James Taylor, more.

The star-studded event will take place at Boston’s TD Garden on May 30. Tickets go on sale Monday May 6 at 10 a.m.

A burly line up of bands will play a “Boston Strong” benefit concert this month – with all funds going to help those most affected by the tragic events of April 15. All monies will go to The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Beantown faves like Aerosmith, the J. Geils Band, New Kids on the Block, Extreme, and the band Boston will be joined by a host of American stars, like Carole King, James Taylor, Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, and Godsmack, along with comics Dane Cook and Steven Wright.

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Museum Package at Kendall Hotel

Come enjoy the Museum of Fine Arts and The Samurai Exhibit
Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

Package includes:

  • Deluxe Room for Two
  • Two Tickets to the MFA and to the Samurai exhibit
  • Parking for one vehicle
  • Two round trip “T” passes to & from the MFA
  • $25 food voucher good toward dinner in the Black Sheep Restaurant

Reserve on-line or call us at 617 577 1300 and ask for the Arts Package. Rates starting at $189.00 per night.
For more information contact us or Book a Room using the MUS promo code.

Exhibition Dates & Valid Package Dates: April 14, 2013 – August 4, 2013

Harvard Museum of Natural History: A treasure right around the corner

Looking for a Boston-area activity that will captivate kids and grownups alike? Try the Harvard Museum of Natural History, located on the Harvard University campus just two subway stops away from The Kendall Hotel.

One of Boston’s best-kept secrets, this wonderful museum serves as the public face of Harvard’s three research museums. It’s the perfect size for a morning or afternoon visit: engaging without being overwhelming.

Permanent exhibits at the museum include a huge array of minerals, gemstones, and meteorites; an impressive collection of fossils and mounted animal specimens; and the famous Glass Flowers, lifelike models of the plant kingdom created by German glass artisans Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Other not-to-be-missed exhibits provide an insider’s look at climate-change research and a multi-media display on the natural history and ecology of New England forests.

The Harvard Natural History Museum also presents family programs, adult classes, and a wide variety of lectures and special events. Check their website for a full schedule.

While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stroll around Harvard Square and check out the always-entertaining street scene. Then come back and relax with us at the Kendall Hotel, where historic charm and high-tech amenities exist side by side. Contact us for more information or to book a room.

FT Interview at the Black Sheep Restaurant at Kendall Hotel

A Financial Times interview with Cambridge local, Noam Chomsky, at the Black Sheep Restaurant at the Kendall Hotel was published on (Financial Times): Lunch with the FT: Noam Chomsky. Mr. Chomsky gives us his positive take on the Black Sheep: “It’s always good here. I’m not a great gourmet but this is the one place I ever go to.”

Calling all fashionistas! StyleFixx Boston is a shopper’s paradise

Need some retail therapy? Then don’t miss StyleFixx Boston, the area’s premier shopping event, on May 1 and 2 at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Boston’s hottest independent retailers and designers will be on hand to showcase cutting-edge trends in clothing, handbags, sunglasses, jewelry, gifts, makeup and other beauty products.

Admission includes free drinks and food samples. Early ticket buyers receive a swag bag full of beauty products, snacks, coupons, and other goodies.

The perfect girls’ night out, StyleFixx will satisfy that shopping craving while also offering a chance to try out complimentary beauty, hairstyling, and spa services. The event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Want more pampering? Come stay with us at The Kendall – and enjoy all the elegance and charm of our historic boutique hotel. Click here to book a room.

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Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street – South End):

Spring Guests at Kendall Hotel can Enjoy the Lantern Ceremony & Boston’s Freedom Trail

Lantern Ceremony honors the start of the American Revolution

If you’re staying with us the weekend of April 13-14, don’t miss the annual Lantern Ceremony, a patriotic event commemorating the start of the American Revolution, to be held at the Old North Church in Boston’s historic North End on Sunday, April 14.

This special observance, which starts at 8 p.m., includes an exclusive courtyard reception (tickets required), an address by Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer Dr. Jill Lepore, a performance by the First Michigan Fife & Drum Corps, a reading of Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and the commemorative hanging of two lanterns in the Old North Church steeple (“one if by land, and two if by sea”).

Representatives from the local colonial militia will be on hand, along with the Color Guard from the U.S.S. Constitution. There will also be a recitation of Paul Revere’s personal account of his historic ride on April 18, 1775. This moving re-enactment of American history is sure to appeal to kids and adults alike!

Can’t make it to the Lantern Ceremony? Any day is a great day to explore Boston’s Freedom Trail, a renowned walking tour that includes the Old North Church.

Among the 16 historically significant stops along the Freedom Trail are the Bunker Hill monument, the Old State House, Boston Common, Fanueil Hall, and the site of the Boston Massacre. The 2.5-mile route is marked with a bricked or painted red line, and you can start anywhere you like: at the beginning, the middle, or the end. You can also sign up for a public tour led by 18th-century costumed guides.

For more information on the Lantern Ceremony, click here. For maps and info on the Freedom Trail, visit their website.

After your wanderings are finished, come back and relax with us at The Kendall Hotel. We’re an easy subway ride away from the Park Street station at the start of the Freedom Trail. Click here to book a room.