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Historic Boston B&B’s provide a unique perspective for your Boston vacation

Boston is steeped in history, and visitors to Boston can explore that rich history at famous landmarks like Old State House, Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, and the site of the Boston Massacre, to name a few. But what about taking it a step further, and staying in one of Boston’s historic Bed and Breakfasts?

Why choose a B&B over a hotel? B&Bs usually have a small number of guest rooms, with the owners often living on site. This means you get personal attention around the clock and are treated as a guest, as opposed to a customer; remember, a B&B is someone’s home, and they want you to see the best of it in comfort and ease.

B&B owners are also great resources. Hoping to find a great seafood dinner within walking distance? Ask your host. Looking for a scenic, safe route to go for a run? Ask your host. Wondering how you’re going to fit in all the famous landmarks and attractions you want to see on your vacation? Ask… you guessed it, your host.

You’ll find so much personality in a Boston B&B, too – each one is different, and you can find anything from rooms full of antiques, to contemporary spaces, to rustic, warm and cozy accommodations. Unique architecture, eclectic furnishings, warm fireplaces, garden patios, family-style dining rooms in which to enjoy breakfast and friendly, personal conversations with your hosts and fellow guests – all things that allow the uniqueness of B&Bs to shine through.

Many of the B&Bs in the Boston area were built in the 19th century and have been authentically restored and furnished with period pieces and antiques, so that walking through the door might feel like stepping back in time. The hosts can often offer a wealth of knowledge about Boston in general and about their home and its history. Here are a few B&Bs we think look particularly intriguing; to find additional Boston B&B options, visit Bed and Breakfast Associates Bay Colony.

On the Park:This South End Boston Bed and Breakfast exemplifies the distinct architecture of the South End’s many classic bow-front row houses. Traditionally decorated, this B&B is located in the heart of the historic South End across from a charming little park and is convenient to Boston's tourist attractions and convention locations.

Cambridge Bed And Breakfast on Maple: This beautiful Cambridge bed and breakfast is located in popular Inman Square, an easy 15-minute walk to Harvard University and a 12-minute walk to Central Square. This fabulous residence is nestled into a pretty Cambridge neighborhood with mature trees and stately homes, close to artsy shops and nationally-recognized restaurants.

Abigayle’s Bed and Breakfast: This charming brownstone, built in 1896, is set on a quiet, tree- lined street adjacent to Kenmore Square and the Charles River, and very near Boston University and Fenway Park. The property has been lovingly maintained as a private residence for two generations, and all original architectural details have been preserved.

Claddagh House Bed and Breakfast: This charming, 11-room, Italianate, turn-of-the-century house is your tranquil home-away-from-home right in the heart of one of the Boston area’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Davis Square has been voted one of the top 15 most "hip" neighborhoods, with bookstores, Irish pubs, an historic theater, unique shops and restaurants.


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