This comfortable, antiques-filled B&B on a quiet street in Cambridge's Avon Hill conservation district, 1 mile north of Harvard Square, 500 yards to Harvard's Quad Houses & CfA Observatory, and 6 minute walk to Porter Square restaurants and Red Line subway "T"/commuter rail station, offers big rooms, great beds, free WiFi, flat screen cable TV, healthy home-cooked breakfasts, shady bird-filled gardens--a perfect retreat after a busy day. The 1910 stucco home belonged to L'il Abner cartoonist Al Capp in the 60s.
3.8 on January 06, 2013
went there to visit our newly born grandchild on christmas. Were never before in a US B&B but liked the place quite much, because it is silent, but central (near Mass Ave) a wonderful garden, which we could not use (8 inches of snow that time). Would return anytime Dr. B. from germany
3.2 on May 23, 2010
The rooms and furniture within the rooms are a little dated and could be revamped. The bathroom definitely needs to be redone and it would help to replace the bathmat in the tub. The service was excellent and you can't ask for a better hostess.
4.0 on June 06, 2008
Blue and John were fantastic hosts and their b&b matches this exceptional quality, beautiful location, terrific rooms, friendly atmosphere, all the factors that made for a memorable stay!
Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 8 miles
Take Silver Line bus from all terminals to South Station, change to Red Line inbound toward Alewife to Porter Square. Driving: Follow signs to Ted Williams Tunnel, and Mass Pike-I-90 West. Go about 6 miles, to exit 20 for Cambridge. Bear right at exit following signs for Cambridge. Turn left along the river onto Storrow Drive, exit at sign for Harvard Square..cross bridge and go straight on JFK street, through Harvard Square, bearing left after Harvard gate, following signs for Mass Ave. north (right hand side of left split). In 7 lights, you'll see big red mobile at Porter Square T station. Turn left onto Upland Rd. and go 4 blocks to Avon Hill St. Left to #82, 6th on left.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Harvard Observatory, Harvard University, Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Zoo, Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Private Home Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Washer/dryer
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Bicycles for loan
Mary Blue Magruder
English, French, Spanish
No pets, John is allergic. Others
Blue Magruder and husband John Hurwitch are both Harvard graduates. Blue spent years as Director of Public Affairs for Earthwatch, and the house is filled with folk art from her worldwide travels. She now walks to work at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. John, a retired healthcare consultant and former champion one-design sailor, now enjoys volunteering for SCORE and taking courses at Harvard's Institute for Learning in Retirement.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
Plentiful self-service breakfast with whole grain breads, blueberry or orange-cranberry muffins, or dry or hot cereals, yogurt, cheeses and fruit. Always great coffee, wide selection of teas, juices and fresh fruits.