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.

Kendall Hotel’s Restaurant Winner of OpenTable’s “Diners’ Choice” List

Kendall Hotel’s Black Sheep restaurant has been named a winner on the February 2014 OpenTable Diners’ Choice list. Our diners have rated the Black Sheep restaurant as one of the best. Check out some of our guest reviews here. View our menus here.

Situated in the lobby of the historic Kendall Hotel, the Black Sheep Restaurant is dedicated to the building’s past as a Victorian firehouse and to fine dining in Cambridge, Mass. The firefighters of Engine 7 considered themselves the “black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department, and the Kendall honors their memory with our restaurant. The menu offers daily selections created by our chef using organic and locally grown produce. Our cozy dining room creates a welcoming atmosphere, with a menu offering both classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Our philosophy is simple: purchase the finest and freshest ingredients and let the food absorb them. We offer a full bar and specialize in a selection of locally brewed beers and selected wines from wineries around the United States.

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Get a sneak preview of summer at the New England Boat Show

Just when winter in New England starts to wear out its welcome, it’s time for the 2014 New England Boat Show, to be held Feb. 22 through March 2 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Visitors can check out hundreds of new sailboats and powerboats, along with boating gear, marine electronics, accessories, clothing and more. Daily seminars and interactive clinics will cover such topics as engine maintenance, fuel economy, and fiberglass repair. A special exhibit will showcase charts and maps from New England’s maritime past and demonstrate how nautical chart-making influenced our nation’s history.

The New England Boat Show is the largest show of its kind in the Northeast, with over 300,000 square feet of exhibition space. There’s something for every budget and level of expertise.

As always, Kendall Hotel guests can enjoy stress-free transportation into Boston (and no parking hassles!) via the Red Line subway, which stops right across from our front door. Admission to the boat show is $15 for adults and free for kids under 15.

For more info and a schedule of boat show events, see the official website.

Click here to book a room with us at the Kendall Hotel.

Speakeasy Circus celebrates the Roaring 20s with a new twist

If you missed the sold-out performance of the Speakeasy Circus during Boston’s Outside The Box Festival last July, here’s your chance to catch it at Oberon in Cambridge this winter. Presented by the Boston Circus Guild, the Speakeasy Circus is a high-energy, crowd-pleasing production that mixes dance and jazz singing with breathtaking feats of acrobatics – now with all-new acts and characters.

Upcoming performances are on Dec. 30, Jan. 3, and Feb. 7. Following the last show of each evening, the audience is invited to stay for a roaring ‘20s dance party. Thematic costumes are encouraged!

Located at Arrow Street and Massachusetts Ave., Oberon is the second stage of the American Repertory Theater, regularly featuring offbeat and experimental performances. It’s an easy subway ride from the Kendall Hotel (take the red line to Harvard Square). For tickets and schedule info, visit the A.R.T. website. To book a room with us at the Kendall Hotel, click here.

Help Re-Enact the Boston Tea Party on Dec 16th

Even in a town as history-rich as Boston, some anniversaries are special. Like the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party – that famous political demonstration that helped ignite the Revolutionary War.

On December 16, 1771, colonial activists swarmed aboard ships carrying tea from Britain and dumped the cargo into Boston Harbor. They were protesting British rule and the monarchy’s policy of “taxation without representation.” Their act of defiance was followed by a clampdown by the British, which prompted further resistance by the colonists… and we all know how that ended.

Celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party this Dec. 16 by watching a re-enactment at the very sites where the rebellion took place. Start at the Old South Meeting House at 6:30 p.m. and join the revolutionaries – including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams – in their debate against the loyalists to the crown. Then accompany a procession to Griffin’s Wharf (with fife and drum) and see the Sons of Liberty spill the despised tea into Boston Harbor.

Tickets to the event include seating at the Old South Meeting House and at a reserved viewing area along Boston’s waterfront. Click here for more information and tickets. Space is limited, so book early!

At The Kendall Hotel, we’re just a quick subway ride from Boston’s greatest historic landmarks. We’re the ideal place for your home base while you’re enjoying the sights and sounds of Boston. Click here to book a room.

 

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.