Things to do in Boston

Celebrate a Happy Thanksgiving with Residence Inn Boston Back Bay Fenway

Believe it or not, the holiday season is here.

It is time to pull on your sweater, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate, and watch the leaves transform from green to gold. We think that Boston in November is a magical place to celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday spirit fills the air as the emblematic fall leaves paint the Boston Common with festive colors. As you stroll through the streets of Boston, it will be easy to remember everything you have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

 The bright leaves and crisp autumn air are only part of what makes Boston perfect for celebrating during this time of year. Another benefit of Thanksgiving in the area Happy Thanksgiving -Residence Inn Boston Back Bay Fenway is the opportunity to do your holiday shopping in Boston. You will love winding up and down the streets and exploring what you can find. The variety of shops available in Boston is any holiday-shopper’s dream-come-true. Whether you are searching for the perfect gift for your significant other, a casual present for your friends, or handfuls of unique stocking stuffers, we feel certain you will be pleased with what you can find in the shops throughout Boston. Plus, there are few things as satisfying as completing your holiday shopping before December 1. There’s only one downside to all of this: parking. Street parking and parking garages in Boston can be hard to come by and expensive.

 We understand how frustrating parking can be, so we are happy to offer our guests the Fenway Parking Package. This way you can leave your car safely with us all day while you shop to your heart’s content. Consider it our way of saying happy Thanksgiving from Residence Inn Boston Back Bay Fenway.  

The Boston Holiday Pops 2015 at Symphony Hall Experience

Get your tickets for the Boston Pops this December!

Be part of a beloved city tradition by attending Boston Holiday Pops 2015 at Symphony Hall. The auditorium comes alive as holiday melodies fill the air. When it comes to holiday cheer, everyone is invited to experience classical music performed by talented virtuosos and a celebrated conductor.

Nearly every night during December, you'll be able to see and hear the symphony with family and friends. For a formal evening out, attend a performance during the weekdays. Depending on the evening, the concert usually starts at about 8 p.m.

Holiday events in Boston always includes the children and the Boston Symphony is proud to offer kid-friendly matinees where kids can sing along to their favorite holiday songs. There's even a surprise visit from Santa Claus to top off the afternoon.

If you're already looking forward to the New Year, the symphony offers a swing orchestra that is put to the test on New Year's Eve, and everyone is encouraged to dance the night away. This extravaganza sells out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Every symphony performance is unique, so you'll definitely want to be in town for more than one show. At The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway, our property is designed as an extended-stay facility. When you stay with us, it will feel like returning home after a night of classical music. You're welcome to whip up a snack in your kitchenette or join us at the Roof Top Terrace Bar. Excite your mind with symphony music, kick back and relax at our luxurious hotel. Visit our hotel website and book your suite today.

SoWa Holiday Market 2015 Comes to Boston

This year, give unique holiday gifts from New England.

Red-Holiday-Gift-BoxOn December 12th and 13th, 2015, the Benjamin Franklin Institute will be hosting the SoWa Holiday Market 2015. This festive and seasonal event gives independent crafters a place to sell their unique wares. Since the market features a range of merchandise that varies from letterpress stationery to baby clothes, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for your family and friends when you attend this year's show. The 2015 Holiday Market will be hosted in the main building of the Benjamin Franklin Institute. While browsing for gifts, you’ll be wandering around the main building’s lobby, hallways, auditorium, and breezeway. Keep an eye out for the structure’s classic architectural elements.

The holiday show’s organizing crew provides sound ambiance in the form of festive music while a goody or two will give you the energy and inspiration to browse through every booth. If you’re interested in shopping for yourself, the Holiday Market in Boston will be hosting vendors that sell merchandise like jewelry, clothing and bath products. The gift show is the place where lost art is often reborn since some vendors create holiday décor using old-world techniques.

Due to the event’s popularity, be sure to arrive early as the line to enter tends to stretch around the block. Renowned publications like The Boston Globe, Country Living Magazine and Boston Magazine recommend attending SoWa Holiday Market 2015 to catch the spirit of the season. For details about the event, visit the gift show’s website.

While attending the SoWa Holiday Market 2015, consider staying with us at The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway and starting your holiday season early. Be sure to visit our website for more information.

A New Boston Tradition: Blink A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall

Experience the thrilling night performances at Faneuil Hall.

HOLIDAYS_CHRISTMAS_generic christmas lightsFor travelers heading to the Boston area around the holidays, there is no better way to experience all that the city has to offer than with Faneuil Hall Marketplace events. One of the premiere shows on the schedule is A New Boston Tradition: Blink A Light & Sound Extravaganza at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The concert is centered around the tree lighting at Faneuil Hall and features incredible music from the Holiday Pops. These nightly performances run from November 21 through January 3, and the tree lighting is scheduled for November 21. In addition to Blink, there are plenty of other activities planned, including the Holiday Lights Tour. 

If you are coming to this magnificent event, be sure to book your stay at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway. Located just minutes from the action at Faneuil Hall, our property features top-notch amenities and the famous Bar Louie. Enjoy this amazing, once-a-year event and return to our hotel to relax and enjoy the rest of the holidays.

Boston Ballet - The Nutcracker Is Coming This Holiday Season

Make a Christmas ballet in Boston part of your family's annual traditions.

NutcrackerGet your tickets for one of the most beloved ballets in the world. Mikko Nissinen's "The Nutcracker" is brought to you by the Boston Ballet. Celebrate this holiday season and create an annual tradition that you'll enjoy with your family for many years to come. Adults and children 2 years of age and older are welcome to the show.

The Boston Ballet will present two events. On November 11, 2015, "The Nutcracker" takes over the Boston Children's Museum. On December 12, 2015, your kids will enjoy "Nutcracker Magic", Boston's most magical holiday tradition.

Explore the excitement of the Nutcracker history, a magical story set in the 1820s. Your family can spend an evening with Clara and her friends as they celebrate Christmas in a small town in Germany. Watch the mysterious Drosselmeier give a magical performance in the Children's Theater and present gifts such as a mechanical ballerina and harlequin to the children. His favorite creation, the Nutcracker, amazes Clara, and her wish for a life-size Nutcracker brings about her journey with the Nutcracker Prince and his tin soldiers through the Magical Forest and the Nutcracker Prince's Kingdom.

"The Nutcracker" is an annual Boston tradition that attracts hundreds of people of all ages who love to watch dancers recreate the magical scenes. Visitors come from all over to watch this Christmas ballet and share in the spirit of the season. The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway is excited to welcome your family to our hotel as you kick off the holidays. Learn more about our accommodations and amenities on our website and book your room for the events. 

Veteran's Day - Salute to the Heroes Hotel Package

Spending Veterans Day in Boston can give you the opportunity to appreciate our freedoms as Americans and enjoy the company of your loved ones.


The American Revolutionary War started at the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 with the "shot heard round the world," and during the almost year long Siege of Boston, brave militiamen fought valiantly to protect their city and their way of life. Two hundred and forty years later, America's heroes are still standing tall and keeping us safe, ready to put themselves in the face of adversity whenever people need help.

If you're someone who has dedicated your career to protecting your community, we want to honor your service and show our appreciation for all that you do. Our extended-stay hotel is offering active duty, reservists, retired members of law enforcement, fire departments, and the armed forces a great hotel package in Boston. Our Salute to the Heroes Package gives you a 50% discount off the best available rates.

The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway is a comfortable place to relax with your family or friends. We have studios as well as one- and two-bedroom suites, which have full kitchens, refrigerators, cook tops, and separate living and dining areas. We have a complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet so that you can fill up before a full day of activities. When you're not out sightseeing at nearby Fenway Park and Boston University, you can enjoy our free Wi-Fi and our heated indoor rooftop pool. Other attractions in the area such as Copley Square, the shops and restaurants on Newbury Street, and the Boston Common are all within walking distance. Visit our website and book your room at our hotel so you can start planning a getaway to one of the most historic cities in the US.

Enjoy October Concerts at The House of Blues Boston

Staying at our hotel near the House of Blues Boston will enhance your musical getaway experience.

ENTERTAINMENT_MUSIC_illustration-music-inside-my-head_MAY-2015The down-home Southern creation of blues music has never been more alive than it is today at the House of Blues Boston. The establishment's founder, Isaac Tigrett, was raised on this soulful genre of music and felt compelled to share with everyone the sounds of the rural South. The music venue that resulted has become world renown.

As we move from summer into the fall, the House of Blues will be hosting a series of exciting and entertaining concerts. Starting early in the month, sit back and enjoy the sounds of Railroad Earth on October 2. The band borrowed its name from a Jack Kerouac story and is considered a newgrass jam band. This subgenre, also known as progressive bluegrass, combines blues and rock and roll together to create an eclectic mix.

October 8 welcomes a well-known "nu metal" band from Bakersfield that goes by the name Korn. A huge sensation beginning in the mid-1990s, the band has found continued success and is known for its energetic shows. Korn will be joined by Suicide Silence and Islander to round out a truly heart-pounding performance.

If your musical tastes trend closer to the rhythm and blues sound, grab a seat to the Chance the Rapper show on October 27. Chance tends to take the stage by storm, and his high-energy shows are not to missed. Lucky concert-goers may even see him throw a little James Brown feel into the performance.

When planning your trip to the House of Blues Boston, be sure to book your stay at one of the area's best hotels, The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway. Our convenient location and reputation for customer service will round out your Boston experience!

Start Planning Now for Halloween Fun in Boston

There's nothing quite like haunted tours in Boston to get you in the spirit of the season.

The Back Bay area of Boston may be one of the best places to enjoy luxury shopping, delicious farmer's markets, quaint and elegant architecture, fascinating exhibits and delightful autumn ambiance, but visitors planning a trip during the month of October should make it a point to experience Halloween in Boston. Although the city is well known for being the site of the historic Tea Party, it's also known for ghosts, hauntings and paranormal activity. Experience the city's haunted tours for a good dose of scary Halloween fun.

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Boston and nearby Salem’s 17th century witch trials and 400-year-old cemeteries continue to attract visitors from all over the world. Your Halloween should include the trolley tours offered by Ghosts and Gravestones Boston where you can learn about Boston’s sordid history, including the work of grave robbers, executioners and vigilantes.

Halloween fun in Boston is serious business, and Boston by Foot makes for a truly thrilling experience. One of the best places to experience Boston’s dark past is Beacon Hill on All Hallows Eve. Boston by Foot Beacon Hill with a Boo Tour reveals the shocking history of one of Boston’s most exclusive neighborhoods. This was the home of the socially prominent Dr. George Parkman, a man whose grisly demise caused an uproar amongst the town, and whose ghost citizens say continues to appear from time to time.

Top off your Halloween fun by staying at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay-Fenway. Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year in Boston, so visit our website to start planning your stay.

Enjoy Meetings at Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway

Guests are finding plenty of reasons to host their holiday party in Boston.

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The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway provides amenities for everything from a company meeting to a large celebration in Boston. Our 580 square foot meeting space can host up to 65 people for a reception and provides a spacious environment that can accommodate everything from a wedding to a business conference.

Our crown jewel is the Rooftop Terrace overlooking Fenway Park. This location provides a stunning view of the best Boston has to offer and makes for a one-of-a-kind venue for wedding receptions, team-building exercises, or any other special event.

Our staff is eager to help you plan your perfect event. No matter what the occasion, our Concierge and caterers will help coordinate your event and design a menu that suits the needs of your guests. With trusted Marriott service and fully equipped suites, the Residence Inn has enough space for all of your guests. All our suites come with full refrigerators, free wireless access, and separate living and dining areas, so going out of town for a business meeting doesn't have to feel like being away from home. Daily, all guests are also treated to a complimentary hot breakfast buffet.

We want you to see everything Boston has to offer, and we hope you trust The Residence Inn Boston Back Bay - Fenway to show you around. We're centrally located in the Back Bay neighborhood, notably located near a number of the city's hottest attractions like Boston University, Copley Square, and Fenway Park. We're also near both the MBTA commuter rail and Amtrak stations. The bar at our Rooftop Terrace is open every day, and we also offer a heated indoor rooftop pool.

Live It Up at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest & HONK Festival & Parade

Enjoy fabulous street band performances in Boston at this year's Oktoberfest.

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HONK Festival in Boston runs from October 9 through October 11, making it the perfect weekend to plan a visit to the local area. This festival is put on by activist street bands that are committed to making a difference in the world by raising awareness about important causes while also entertaining you with their sounds. The event includes the HONK Parade in Boston as well as live performances from banks and percussionists at Harvard Square. Music lovers will enjoy all the activities at this event.

The Boston Honk Festival event features socially aware bands and musical performers that will perform free of charge, and more than 50 bands have attended previous years' events. AfroBrazil and others performed at last year's festival, and you can expect to enjoy a full line-up of entertainers at this year's event as well. Arrive early to get a great viewing spot along the parade route, and you should plan to stay for the full festival to enjoy all that it offers. This event coincides with the 37th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks, shop for arts and crafts, see cultural demonstrations and more. In true Oktoberfest tradition, there will be five unique beer gardens at this year's event.

If you are traveling in to the Boston area to enjoy the HONK Festival, Oktoberfest or both, consider making your travel plans early because both of these fabulous events will draw many out-of-town visitors to the community. Consider a stay at the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay – Fenway. In addition to being conveniently located close to all the action at these events, our property provides you with kitchen suites, a heated indoor pool, a rooftop deck and bar and other comforts and conveniences to complete your HONK weekend.