August in Boston

Its back to school time! The smell of sharpened pencils and fresh notebook paper fills the air as people from all over the world descend upon Cambridge to upgrade their grey matter. Aside from students resuming their education, the season of conferences, workshops, boot camps and orientations. The city of Boston’s identity is never more pronounced than when school is back in session and fall proudly approaches.

Experience the city’s vibrancy and diversity at the Boston Carnival Village August 27th-29th, located at the Franklin Zoo, as it celebrates its 5th year.

North End week kicks off August 26th!!! Running until September 6th, enjoy the beautiful and historic neighborhood and savor the best Italian food in Boston.

NFL season is nearly upon us. What better way to get pumped up for the regular season than seeing the Patriots host the New York Giants in an epic Superbowl rematch pre-season game.

Get the best of everything at The Blues and BBQ at the Battery Wharf Hotel Harborwalk on September 5th. Great music, great food, great views AND fireworks! Don’t miss it.

 The events don’t stop there. Check with the Kendall’s knowledgeable staff for more information. There is something in Boston for everyone

 

Independence Day in Boston

As the country celebrates Independence Day this weekend, those living in and visiting Boston will get to experience this patriotic holiday on another level. As the movement for liberty began here, people all over the city make extra effort to display their pride and unity on July 4.

The most notable [and visible] celebration is the Boston Pops July 4th Concerts and Fireworks on the Esplanade. Concerts on July 3 and 4 are in the Hatch Shell, featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at 8:30 PM. The concerts are free to the public, and early morning entrance to reserve a seat is required. For more information, please visit this website.

Fireworks on Saturday are launched at 10:30 PM after the concert. Barges on the Charles River will be holding over 10,000 fireworks to set off for an audience of half a million spectators. The Kendall Hotel is ideally situated just blocks from the Charles River, where guests can enjoy the truly impressive display.

Viewing the fireworks on the water is another option, and several of the local cruise and charter companies offer special July 4 packages. Charles River Canoe and Kayak also rents out boats for those interested in paddling out on their own steam.

The month of July is full activity in addition to the fireworks and concerts this weekend, including many half-price events. Boston Breakers Women’s Soccer at Soldiers Field, the Boston Cupcake Crawl, Oysters and Craft Brews Cruise, and the Romantic City Lights Sail of Boston Harbor. On a special voyage, the French tall ship Hermoine has sailed to America and will be in Boston’s Rowes Wharf on July 11-12. The ship is a replica of the original 18th century frigate, and took 17 years to construct by hand. Discount tickets are available here.


The Kendall wishes everyone a happy Fourth of July this year, as we celebrate the unity and independence of the country.

June Celebrations : MIT Graduates, and the Start of Summer

This month, residents are rewarded for their winter endurance with a variety of outdoor activities. But first, we extend a special congratulations to some of our neighbors at MIT for their endurance. Investiture of Doctoral Hoods takes place on Thursday, June 4 and the Commencement for class of 2015 will be held the next day. The Kendall wishes everyone the best on their next step!

Summer is synonymous with ice cream, and thanks to the Scooper Bowl you can eat as much as you can manage at this popular ice cream festival. On June 2 – 4 at City Hall Plaza in Boston, $10 [for ages 10+, $5 for 3-9 years old] allows you to eat various flavors of sugary, creamy goodness from midday to dusk.

The weekend of June 13-14, North America’s longest running Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Charles River. The seeding trials on Saturday leave from the Pierce boathouse at MIT, and races, finals and a festival on Sunday can ben enjoyed on the Charles near Harvard Square. The festival includes arts and crafts demonstrations, performances and food. Admission is free for this race and festival that is in its 36th year! For more information, please visit http://www.bostondragonboat.org/

On Saturday June 27 [10am – 5pm], the Chinatown Main Street Festival will host colorful folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese Opera and vendor booths in Chinatown. This year will also see the first annual Karaoke Contest. The festival is free and centered around Harrison Ave and the surrounding streets in Downtown Boston.

Chefs in Shorts features over 40 of the city’s top chefs competing behind the grill. For $80, guests can sample the grilling skills of each chef, complimented by wine and beer. The event is a fundraiser for Future Chefs, a local non-profit that helps prepare Boston-area youth for opportunities in the culinary food. June 19 from 7 – 9.30pm at Seaport Boston Hotel. As this event sells out, be sure to get tickets well in advance. For more information, please visit www.seaportboston.com

For those who stop to smell the roses, the South End Garden tour begins this year at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library on Tremont St. There will be numerous gardens open for this self-guided tour, along with select artists creating works of art. The tour is Saturday June 20 from 10am-4pm, and benefits the South End/ Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust.

Boston in May : Explore the Arts and Local Culture

Arts, history and education are at their peak in May — from Mother’s to Memorial Day and the graduations in between. The Kendall extends deep gratitude to all those who have fallen while serving our country, we extend warmest congrats to those graduating, and endless thanks to all mothers around the world! With so many things to commemorate this month, the Boston area is blooming with color and activity.

This weekend on the South Boston Waterfront in the Fort Point area, 75 artists participate in the semi-annual Open Studios and invite the public into their creative spaces. This former warehouse district now houses one of New England’s largest art communities, where paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and other artistic disciplines are practiced. Speak with the artists, buy artwork and browse on Friday, May 15, 4PM – 7PM and Saturday and Sunday from noon – 5PM.

Mid-May launches the ancient Fishweir Project on Boston Common, running through mid-June. The project teaches locals and visitors about fishing methods of the native peoples that are over 5000 years old, and were uncovered almost 100 years ago during construction of the Green Line. Each year members from local Wampanoag and Massachusetts Nations work with the school children of Boston to build a 150 foot fish weir sculpture. For more information, please visit the Fishweir website.

The Boston Museum of Science is hosting three temporary exhibits during May : ‘Animals Without Passports’ follows the journey of humpback whales, ‘Colossal Fossil’ gives a close-up view of an ancient fossil, and ‘Modern Cuisine’ — photography for a new view on food. For more information on the museum, tickets and times please visit their website.

Memorial Day Weekend is popular for a short getaway, but those visiting or staying in Boston will find it’s the perfect time to explore a quieter city. Weekend events to honor our fallen heroes can be found all over the city, from the impressive Garden of Flags on Boston Common to a concert by Boston Children’s Chorus and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra on the Boston Waterfront at Christopher Columbus Park. The Museum of Fine Arts is also offering free admission on Memorial Day.

Spring Into Action : Boston Marathon, Patriots Day and the Red Sox Home Opener!

Monday April 20, the 119th Boston Marathon will see 36,000 elite runners conquer a 26.2 mile course. Also known as the “Patriot’s Day Race,” this famous marathon takes athletes through rolling terrain, and is one of the city’s biggest events. The Kendall Hotel would like to welcome all participants and their families! For more information on the marathon and route, please visit The Boston Marathon website.

Other Patriot’s Day events include re-enactments of the first battles of the American Revolution, parades and ceremonies. Celebrated every year on the 3rd Monday in April, events take place throughout the month. The holiday marks the beginning of the Revolutionary War, members of local historical societies, militias and minute men companies participate with other members of the community to offer a schedule of over sixty events. For a list and schedule of events, please visit the Boston Discovery Guide.

And now, back to sports! The Red Sox home opener is April 13, and fans are ready to cheer on their team at home after an 8-0 win with 5 home runs over the Phillies on Monday. To see some action at Fenway Park, schedule and ticketing information is available on their website.

Bring In Spring With Boston Culture, And A Bite Of The Big Apple

Spring is coming to Boston, which gives locals plenty of reason to celebrate as the snow melts. The large snowbanks won’t keep Bostonians from their famous Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, of course, as volunteers have been working hard to clear piles of white from the route. Join the tradition on Sunday, March 15 at 1PM in Southie (South Boston) for the annual parade.

From March 24 – May 10, the Big Apple Circus will be awing crowds with their Metamorphosis show, where you will ‘be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion’ by talented jugglers, horses, trapeze artists, clowns and more from around the world.. The whole family will enjoy colorful costumes, live music and laughs at City Hall Plaza.

Celebrating the ‘bizarre and insane,’ the annual Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) runs from March 25 – 29 at Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square in Cambridge. The festival began in 1998 as an all-night film marathon, and quickly grew to the first annual BUFF, which has since been a yearly event. With 22 films over five days this year, film buffs are sure to get their fill of creativity and inspiration. Passes are available, as well as tickets to individual shows.

Starting March 28, whale watching cruises will leave Boston Harbor to the Stellwagen Bank, a protected marine area about 25 miles east of the city. Spot these massive, magnificent creatures in their natural habitat on a tour, guided by naturalists and marine biologists.

School’s Out For Winter; The Blue Men take on the Snowmen

Record snowfall in the Boston area leaves many residents yearning for the far off lands of 85F and sunny, or at the very least a clear path to their car. For those staying home during the upcoming winter break for students, the area offers a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the center of action, offering a week of free activities for kids and families. With the schedule changing each day, kids of any age can be engaged by crafts, music and entertainment. Paint a Yo-Yo and learn tricks from John Higby, the Yo-Yo champion of the world, get juggling lessons with Paris “The Hip-Hop Juggler” or watch Wacky Chad’s stunt comedy show.

The Blue Man Group will be preforming from February 14th – 22nd, bringing vivid colors to Boston [or at least the Charles Playhouse]. Combining music, comedy and technology, they “create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages.” With 24 shows over nine days, something is sure to fit in your schedule.

To embrace the winter, Disney On Ice presents “Frozen” at the Garden – hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The stars of Frozen will be joined by appearances from other Disney princesses, and favorite characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.

Regardless of your plans, The Kendall wishes you and your family a fun-filled winter break, and safe travels — whether it be to a sunny beach or traversing the city.

Winter Break in Boston : Play Out In The Snow, Warm Up In The Kendall

Even with the New Year just over, kids [and adults..] are beginning to plan their mid-winter break. Cambridge and Boston offer a host of activities for all ages, and The Kendall Hotel is located right in the middle of a flurry of activity. Being just a short walk from the T, guests of The Kendall can avoid traffic and keep snow-trudging to a minimum, if they prefer.

Our neighbor Kendall Square offers outdoor ice-skating, skating lessons and rentals seven days a week. For indoor skating, the Steriti Rink in Boston is open daily and has expansive windows that overlook the wharf for an outdoor feel. There are several places in the area to sled or snow-tube with various-sized hills for any age, or venture outside the city to one of the nearby skiing slopes for the day.

For those that prefer to be an observer of strenuous activity, check schedules of the local sports teams : hockey with Harvard, Boston University or the Bruins, or Celtics basketball. For those that prefer to be an observer of arts and culture, there are several large museums and attractions where one can easily spend an afternoon — from the Museum of Fine Arts, to the New England Aquarium, to the Museum of Science.

Thursday, February 19th welcomes the Year of the Sheep and marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese New Year Parade [set for March 1, this year] is the biggest event in Boston’s Chinatown, and features Lion Dancers, drums and firecrackers.

After a day of exploring and activity, come back to The Kendall and warm yourself by the fire in the front lounge, or get a comforting meal at The Black Sheep Restaurant. Explore the historic building, curated artwork, and venture up to the Rooftop Retread for a skyline view of the city. Be sure to visit our Special Offers page to see if there’s a suitable package for your stay.

Independence Weekend in Boston

Boston played a key role in Independence and it still celebrates Independence Day like few other American cities.  From special events to fireworks and more, the Boston area comes alive for Fourth of July celebrations.

While enjoying the festivities enjoy our historic Cambridge hotel, located near a T-stop and all points

Boston and surrounding areas.  The Kendall Hotel is a wonderful landing place for your Boston visit with wonderful rooms, great service, the Black Sheep Restaurant and Bar, and more.

Looking for options this holiday weekend?  Check out July4th.org, Boston Harbor Fest, and the Boston City site for ideas!

Black Sheep November Special: To Paso Robles and California

As part of the Kendall Hotel‘s ongoing salute to the firemen and rescue workers who protect our communities, this November, the Black Sheep Restaurant at the Kendall Hotel salutes California, and in particular, the Paso Robles Fire Station 30. One of the busiest fire stations in the county, Station 30 responds to incidents from the Monterey County line to the City of Atascadero. From the Black Sheep of Cambridge, our hearty thanks.

To help us celebrate, join us at the Black Sheep for a California-themed prix fixe dinner special. For $34 per person, you will enjoy:

  • Rolls & Homemade Cornbread
  • Kendall Simple Salad
  • Featured Entree: The Chef’s Special OR Bow Tie Pasta with Prosciutto
  • Choice of Dessert, and
  • 1 Glass of the Black Sheep Featured Wines

And what wines! You can have your choice of the 2008 Mackenzie Chardonnay or the 2007 Liberty School Cuvee. So stop by the Black Sheep for dinner–or make your reservations at 617-577-1300 or online today!

2008 Mackenzie Chardonnay
Exposed to minimal oak contact after fermentation. This approach retains the bright, clean citrus and apple flavors, and make this a particularly refreshing Chardonnay.

2007 Liberty School Cuvee
Exhibiting intense color and a bright, floral nose, Liberty School cuvee is a rich and full bodied blend.