Irving House Blog


Even in the cold of winter, a garden of flowers blooms in the ‘Glass Flowers’ gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Wander the aisles to admire blue iris, rhododendron, mountain laurel, water lily, orchids, or edible plants such as banana, mango, cashew nut and coffee. Find the crimson leaves of red maple at […]

The Ware Collection of ‘Glass Flowers’


“on the banks of the River Charles”… Visiting Cambridge & Boston Wondering whether to choose Cambridge or Boston?  Both?   How far one is from the other?  Many visitors discover that a trip to Cambridge or Boston is a trip to Cambridge AND Boston – and hard to resist as views of each across the river are inspiringly […]

Boston & Cambridge’s historic Charles River


Deneen Pottery in Minnesota makes these mugs.  The people there are just lovely and their mugs are really nice!  We are very pleased to add these to our collection of goodies for guests to enjoy their coffee or tea at breakfast and buy one if they wish!  You might find one in a goodie bag […]

New Mugs!



The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA), established by Roberta L. Dowling, CCP, in 1974, began by offering continuing education courses in European culinary arts. By 1980, more than 400 students were attending specialty courses each year. In response to the increasing number of applicants and the food industry’s overwhelming need for trained professionals, Ms. […]

School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge


The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University fosters transformative works in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Each year, women and men arrive in Cambridge to undertake research and creative work as Radcliffe Institute fellows. Scientists, composers, fiction writers, filmmakers, historians, lawyers, literary critics, social scientists, and teachers all convene to interrogate, […]

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard


Bon Appetit lists Petsi Pies as one of the top ten pie bakers in the country! This breakfast & lunch place offers, sandwiches, all sorts of baked goodies to eat there or take away. petsipies.com

Cambridge’s Petsi Pies



Irving House B&B, Cambridge, MA Favorite Lunch spots
Dateline mid February. We are just emerging from a weekend of gelid subzero temperatures to a balmy Monday morning of just over freezing! Tomorrow it will be as warm as 53F! I feel like kicking up my heels and going for a walk around town, maybe to get a little lunch. Where is the best […]

Great lunches…


As many of our guests have happily discovered, we give books away.  Most of the books in our guest rooms and throughout the house are hand picked from yard sales and the give and take centers.  Some come from my own library as I make room for new favorites.  Some come from our guests who […]

Our giving library…


We like to make it easy and fun for our guests to remember us and if they like us, pass along the good word of their stay. Our little branded products include the usual mugs, pens, bookmarks, travel cups.  Some times we have had lovely lip balms and creams, we have ear plugs in sweet […]

The best swag?



http://www.jessicacox.com/April 29, 2015 Many of our guests are here doing fascinating and important work.  Once in a while, we get to hear about it.  Earlier this week I was in my office by the breakfast area, with my door open and a lovely woman stopped to say Hello.  She told me Harvard had brought her […]

A recent guest…