Blue's Bed & Breakfast

82 Avon Hill Street , Cambridge, MA 02140-3631 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room3.0
  • Service4.0
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness3.3
  • Onsite Dining4.0

A quiet place

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

Dated but great service

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.

wonderful highly recommended

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!

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Location Type

City, Suburban


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 8 miles

Directions to property:

Avon Hill St. is just north of Linnaean Street, at the north edge of Harvard University's Quad Houses, near Harvard Observatory, and Harvard Law School. From Porter Sq./Red Line T, walk 4 blocks west on Upland Road (6 minute walk, 1/3 mile) to left onto Avon Hill St. #82 is 6th house on left, with iron fence above a 2 car garage with gray doors. Massachusetts Ave. shops and restaurants are an easy walk. Harvard Square is just one mile, a 15 minute walk. Free parking on street with visitor pass or in B&B's garage.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Harvard University, Harvard Observatory, Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Washer/dryer , Bicycles for loan

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: Preagreed time
  • Check Out:: 11 am from room
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No House is smoke free.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Children over 10.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Host is allergic to cats and dogs.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Generally 2 night stay; one sometimes okay on short notice
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit, or a credit card number to hold the reservation, required. Credit cards accepted through Paypal.
  • Cancellations: Deposit is completely refundable for cancellation with two weeks or more notice. Less than two weeks notice, deposit is refunded if the room can be filled.
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Mary Blue Magruder

Languages spoken

English, French, Spanish

Resident Pets

No pets, John is allergic.

About the innkeepers

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.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7-8:15 wkdays;8-9:30weekends
  • Serving Location: dining room or on the garden terrace in summer., Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Home-made breads
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.

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