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Taking the Train to the Beach

April Showers are supposed to bring May flowers, hopefully this year we are going straight to the flowers! We have unseasonably great beach days in Cambridge. Unfortunately, Cambridge doesn’t have many beaches. Boston has some great beaches, like the M Street Beach, that offer a quick trip to sandy shores, but they aren’t as idyllic as the beaches of the north and south shores.

Luckily, the MBTA‘s commuter rail provides regular service to the small town of Manchester-by-the-Sea (what a cute name!). The Newbury/Rockport line runs throughout the day to and from Boston’s North Station. Singing Beach  is 1/2 mile walk from the train stop. The fee to walk on the beach is $5. The beach is manned by a lifeguard, has a snack bar, a bathhouse, and parking is mainly  limited to residents (meaning it’s a quiet, well cared for beach). To and from the beach you pass Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream shop, which is a charming little shop with creamy, tasty ice cream flavors.

I really recommend a day at Singing Beach! It’s a piece of paradise in Boston! Even the commute is not bad, you can relax on the commuter rail as you commute away from the city.

Cheers,

Laurie

(P.S. pack sunscreen!)

Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas

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Warm Weather, Cold Beer, Red Sox

We are having unseasonably awesome weather! Today was a great day for a baseball game; I’m hoping it was the first of many. Temperatures reached 78 degrees fahrenheit today in Cambridge! On days like this, I want to head to Kenmore Square enjoy the revelry of Red Sox pride, sit outside at Remy’s or Cask n Flagon.

Opening day is just under a month away, April 13th, 2012, will kick-off the first of the eighty-two home games the Red Sox will play this year.  After the 2004 World Series championship, Red Sox tickets were hard to come by- the demand exceeded Fenway Park’s 37,000 seats. The 2007 World Series continued to make it difficult to find Sox seats. In the past few years as seats have been made on top of the Green Monster, The Budweiser Deck, and The Coca-Cola Party Deck, and other areas throughout the park to increase patron capacity.  Seats to the Sox are now more readily available than recent years. Unfortunately, it’s harder to count on this beautiful weather continuing through April 13th!  I’ll be waiting to purchase tickets for May 2012 games… and maybe buying some spontaneous ‘day of’ tickets in April!

Play Ball! Go Red Sox! World Champions 2012– I sure hope so!

Peanuts and Crack jacks, please!

Laurie

P.s. Did I mention the Hotel Veritas is 3.0 miles from Fenway Park? A taxi or the T are easy transportation solutions!

Posted by Laurie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas


Weekend Service Finally Set to Resume on the Red Line T!

While this news may be far more appreciated and exciting for those of us who live in the area and trek to work daily via public transportation, it’s still very exciting to hear that the $80 million project is coming to a close, and on time and within budget!  This is great news considering the fare increased that was just approved to help the financially struggling MBTA.

Finally, no more cold, dreary nights elbowing each other at an overly crowed bus stop for an overly crowed bus to shuttle us between stops during the worst months of the year!  (Why they didn’t schedule this during the summer when students are home and the weather pleasant, I don’t know.  But I don’t run the T, and if I did, nobody would get anywhere on time or efficiently, so good thing I don’t!)

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said this weekend ends the shuttle schedule between the Harvard to Alewife stops.  He says in an email, “This weekend will be the last weekend that buses replace service between Cambridge and Somerville.”

The project, though inconvenient and long, was a necessary one to repairs vital parts of the Red Line tracks that could pose serious danger in the future.

So while the T may not be an everyday necessity for you, you can be rest assured that when visiting Harvard and the Cambridge area in the near future, you will easily be able to hop over to Davis Square, visit the Tufts campus, or just cruise from one end of the Red Line to the other without needing a taxi or shuttle.

If you want, check out the Boston Globe article!

Posted by Annie, Concierge at Hotel Veritas