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Meet Scott Kirkwood- Director of Operations for Short Term Rentals Boston

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Here at STRB we will be introducing our team members in the next couple of weeks.  We want to showcase some of our employees who work so hard to make sure you and your family have the best stay possible.  This week we’re talking to Scott

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a fun-loving person who is all about living through experiences. In my opinion, material things can make you happy, but experiences with people that you are close to stay with you forever. Music, the outdoors, and food are my thing. If I’m not in the office, I’m usually either out on the water fishing, or at the closest live music event. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, but I’ve been all over the US, and think it’s one of the greatest states in the country.

How long have you worked at STRB and how did you learn about it?

I’ve worked for STRB for almost two years now. Wanting to get into real estate management/development, I sent out an e-mail on a whim after having read the bios for BREC, the managing entity for STRB. I saw a company of young professionals who were really onto something and knew I wanted to get in on the ground floor.

 What are your responsibilities as Director of Operations?

Officially, I oversee all operations for the Short Term Rentals Boston portfolio. I also manage all marketing initiatives and digital accounts, and am one of the point people when developing or setting up a new property. My mission is to ensure that we are constantly building the business while working to improve our guest’s experiences. That being said, I am no stranger to rolling up my sleeves and helping a guest in need!

What is something you love about working at STRB?

For me it’s all about the team and helping to provide guests with comfortable and affordable accommodations in Boston. The close-knit environment at STRB is unlike any other place I’ve worked before. Whether it’s playing music at full blast in the office or getting in the occasional ping pong game on the office table, everyone here likes to have fun. I especially enjoy hearing about the things that our guests are able to do in a furnished apartment(like cooking a huge family meal), that they wouldn’t be able to do had they stayed in a hotel. I’m not much of a hotel person myself, and I love converting other hotel-lovers to furnished rental repeats.

How do you describe STRB to people?

It’s like a home away from home. Whether you’re a business person, a family on vacation, or just a lone ranger exploring the city of Boston, there’s a good chance we’ll have something that fits your needs. On the whole, STRB is aimed at making short term city living fun, affordable, and easy.

If you could stay at any STRB vacation rentals, which would it be and why?

It’s got to be the penthouse unit at Mount Vernon St. in Charlestown. The roof deck has some of the best views I’ve ever seen of Boston, and the area has a really beautiful, old feel to it.

 What are some obstacles you have experienced during your time at STRB?

You can’t always make everyone happy, but we really do try. I think one of the most challenging obstacles is hearing about guests are missing certain items that we say are provided in our units. I like to think that everyone is honest and forthcoming, but the fact is many people aren’t. If you break something in the apartment, just tell us so we can make sure it’s there for the next guest =)

 What are some of the best experiences you have had while working at STRB?

I think I would say experiences, not to sound cheesy or anything. Bringing STRB’s first hostel-style unit to fruition on W. Broadway in South Boston has been a blast, and hearing some of our first guest say things like “This is much nicer than any hostel I’ve ever stayed in before” really gets me stoked(for lack of a better word). Another awesome moment came about after one of our guests made it seem as though everything we did just wasn’t working for her, but then called us back the next time she came into Boston. I really think you learn a lot from negative experiences, and it’s funny how some of our best reviews come after we’ve fixed something that has gone awry, versus the run-of-the-mill stay where everything is perfect.


Guide to Boston Entertainment- August 13th-16th

The summer is not over yet!  Check out what’s going on in Boston this weekend, make sure to dress accordingly, it’s going to be a hot one!

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Thursday,  August 13th– Boston Calling Block party located at 700 Atlantic Ave in Boston.  Open to the public. Bands, cocktails, and more. FREE. 21 plus. From 5 pm- 8pm.  Check the Facebook page for updates on performers later in the summer:https://www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties

Friday, August 14th– Boston Red Sox take on the Seattle Mariners at Fenway.  Click link to purchase tickets http://www.stubhub.com/boston-red-sox-tickets-red-sox-vs-mariners-8-14-2015/event/9150437/

Kids Yoga, Instructor Joanne Lloyd will hold a yoga class for kids (though parents can jump in too!) on South Market Street in Faneuil Hall at 10 am. Mats provided, or bring your own. Event Website http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/kid-fitness/2145457279

Free Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tastings!!- Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, The Urban Grape holds complimentary wine, beer, and spirits tastings. The theme changes daily. See our events page for up-to-the-minute information on our tastings! Located at The Urban Grape South End, 303 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116 from 5 pm- 8 pm. Event website: http://tinyurl.com/ugevents

Saturday, August 15thFisherman’s Feast in the North End.  Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. There is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts.   Goes all weekend from Thursday at 6:00pm – Sunday to 10:30 pm. Full schedule of events: http://www.fishermansfeast.com/schedule.html

Sunday, August 16th– Rhythm & Brunch.  Monthly brunch party with a R&B soundtrack!
21+; No Cover When: Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 11:00a – 4:00p Where: Causeway Restaurant &Bar
65 Causeway Street. Boston, MA 02114


This Week in Boston- Wednesday 8/5 – Sunday 8 /9

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Attention all Bostonians and visitors –  Here is a list of fun and mostly free events going on this week in Boston!

Wednesday August 5th–   Free flight night from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery during the summer season!  Located at Samuel Adams Brewery, 30 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain.

Thursday August 6th– Berklee Summer in the City Concerts- located at 100 Summer Street. Berklee artists will perform on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2 pm.  Free admission! Here is a link with a full schedule of performers https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/summer-street

Friday August 7th– Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell.  Attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free food samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6 pm.

Saturday August 8th– Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour- Beginning at Flour Bakery at 10 am this 2.5 hour walk takes you to a Swiss chocolatier famous for their Dom Perignon Champagne Truffle, a famous New England ice cream maker focused on fair-trade chocolate, and maybe even a shop that offers bites of a chocolate-covered cricket or worm. Along the way, you’ll also enjoy seeing city landmarks, like Copley Square, the Prudential Center and the Public Library. Limited $24 tickets with link http://bit.ly/backbay-chocolate

Sunday August 9th– Watercolor Demo and Workshop.  Located in Faneuil Hall Marketplace from 10:00 am- 1 :00 pm.  Watercolor painter Gary Tucker sits down with art enthusiasts to offer a free studio session. Open Air Art Studio located at South Market street near Cheers. http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/watercolor-demo-and-workshop/2145457273


West Broadway Quarters now leasing!!

 

Short Term Rentals Boston is in the final stages of furnishing units at 28 West Broadway in South Boston and will be open for leasing starting tomorrow!  This brand new building has 3 fully furnished apartments and 15 hostel style units.  Find us on Booking.com and Expedia.com or on our website at shorttermrentalsboston.com over the coming weeks!  The pictures speak for themselves! See below!

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This Weekend in Boston- Summer Edition

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Boston is full of history, entertainment and family fun.  The summer is the best time in Boston because mostly everything takes place outdoors.  If you are looking for something to do, here is a list of Boston Actives going on during last weekend of August.

Thursday, July 30th

Outdoor Concert and Dance- Bring a blanket or chair, a picnic and your dancing shoes. Family friendly. 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 105 Atlantic Ave. (on Boston Harbor next to the Marriott Hotel). Starts with a 6:15 pm dance lesson by the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad Dancers & Instructors, free for all!

Friday, July 31st

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays- For the seventh consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation’s “Free Fun Fridays”, a summer program that provides no cost admission to The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA).  For more information and a full schedule, please visit http://highlandstreet.org/freefunfridays.html.

The Boston Red Sox  play the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday July 31st at 7:10 PM.  Click here to purchase tickets http://www.aceticket.com/boston-red-sox-tickets/

Saturday August 1st

Saturday Live Jazz Brunch- fill up on jazz music while choosing from the Charles River Bistro’s exquisite brunch, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm! Featuring local jazz trio, Arnie Rosen and The Wildflowers, this outdoors brunch on the banks of the Charles River Lagoon will be sure to jazz up your weekend. No tickets necessary!

If you are looking for a beach day, head to Castle Island in South Boston and don’t forget to hit up Sully’s for the cheapest Lobster Roll in town for $10.95 or ice cold soft serve!  http://www.sullivanscastleisland.com/

Sunday, August 2nd

Kid-Friendly Spectacle Island Tour- Join a ranger for a fun and interactive tour of Spectacle Island designed especially for kids! For information on ferry schedules and tickets, please visit http://www.bostonharborcruises.com/harbor-islands/


Take Self-Guided 3-D tours with Short Term Rentals Boston

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With two and three bedroom furnished apartments, beautiful walker-friendly streets , and lots of space, 12 Mt. Vernon St. is the perfect home away from home for guests looking to experience Boston and it’s historic surrounding areas. Great. But what if I want to schedule a showing? Not to worry. Now you can conduct the showing in the comfort of your own home…whenever!  We’re excited to announce the addition of 3-D self-guided tours to our website. To go on a tour of one of our 2 bedroom units in Charlestown, click HERE. These great spaces are available now so don’t miss out!


Short Term Rentals Boston adds 44 Concord Square!

We are very excited to announce the addition of 16 fully furnished units at 44 Concord Square to our monthly rental portfolio. This immaculate brownstone is situated in a peaceful area that affords you easy access to Downtown Boston and many of the city’s best attractions. In terms of location, this is as good as it gets in the South End.


Thanksgiving is almost here…but what if I don’t feel like cooking?

Thanksgiving is always a lot of fun in Boston, but it always requires more effort than most of us ever expect. If you are planning on visiting the city around Turkey Day, but would prefer to spend time seeing the sights versus slaving away in the kitchen and spending hours with a bird, we recommend taking a look at Boston Chef’s.com. Here you will be able to to check out what some of Boston’s best restaurants are planning to serve for Thanksgiving 2014.


STRB adds historic Charlestown location

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STRB is pleased to announce the addition of 12 Mount Vernon Street to our growing portfolio. We will begin accepting rentals for this wonderful property in the coming weeks. With the Bunker Hill Monument only a few steps away and more history than you can even imagine, this is an awesome place to be. Our goal is to provide our guests access to the most sought after locations, and with quiet cobblestone streets, outdoor space, and sweeping views of downtown, this is a spectacular place to call home. To find out what’s going on in the area, click HERE.


Apple Picking Season is Upon Us!

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Here at Short Term Rentals Boston we are eager for Fall to begin, and we hope you are too. With the Fall Equinox happening at 10:29 PM this evening, this wonderful season will have officially begun… and yes, it’s apple picking time! With orchards and farms all over Massachusetts and the surrounding areas, there’s no better time to come to Boston then NOW, especially if you want first pick of your favorite fall crops. If you’re planning on joining in the festivities, click HERE to access the interactive “Massgrown Map” so you can zero in on the best farms and orchards in the area.