Irving House Blog

Experience the natural, historical and cultural riches of Cambridge and Boston while enjoying the hospitality, service and comfortable lodging at our B&B.

Our blogging team is familiar with Cambridge and the delights of the surrounding areas. Through our local networks we find the best events, quirky and new, world class and traditional.  Enjoy our travel tips, personal recommendation and resources. We are always happy to hear from you about what you need and want to know before you visit or after your stay in Our Fair City!

During your stay at Irving House at Harvard, our knowledgeable Front Desk staff is there to offer additional information.


Cambridge
“I Hear Boston is Expensive” Boston does have a tendency to be pricey but like most big cities budget hidden gyms and free activities are in great abundance. You just need to know where to find them. That’s where we come in! Here’s an insider guide on visiting a top East Coast city on a […]

Boston Tips for the Budget Traveler


Snow, oh no! Irving House staff isn’t fully comprised of New England natives. Some of us have had to learn how to cope with the brutal winters. So if you’re coming to visit Cambridge during the cold months and keep looking at the weather app on your phone wondering how you’ll survive, know that you […]

It’s Cold Outside!


Harvard Winter
Winter Reasons to Visit Cambridge Winter Ice Skating There’s nothing quite like bundling up, strapping on some skates, and gliding around an ice rink during the winter. In close proximity to Irving House there are multiple opportunities to do just that. Harvard Skate is located in Harvard Yard and is a winter rink just 10 […]

Winter Reasons to Visit Cambridge



5 Things You Wouldn’t Think to Pack (But Should!) Being constantly around both business and pleasure travelers leaves us with some knowledge about packing those things you may not think of. Comment on this post to add someting to the list! Extra zip lock bags Useful in case a shampoo or soap container bursts or […]

5 Things You Wouldn’t Think to Pack (But Should!)


Love us for our Cambridge Quirkiness During busy times like Harvard Commencement to Head of the Charles, we get the pleasure of seeing friendly faces and new guests. We love times like this because it’s an opportunity to share who we are with our favorite people, our guests! When you visit Cambridge you’ll find yourself in […]

A Unique Experience


Cambridge is a bicycle town! The increased number of bikes, bicycle lanes, and bike shops will signal your arrival to Cambridge. All over Central and Harvard square you’ll find bike racks. A growing number of residents and students are choosing to bike as their primary mode of transportation. As the sun is showing its face […]

Bikes + Cambridge



2017 Boston Marathon Looking for Boston Marathon lodging? We still have some rooms available over the race weekend at Irving House for this year’s race. Race Day: April 17, 2017 Watch 30,000 runners who brave hilly New England terrain and unpredictable weather reach the city Boston in the Boston Marathon, and then cross the finish […]

2017 Boston Marathon lodging


A garden of famous 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 peak color or goldenrod so […]

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!