Saturday, March 19, 2011

Heading to Boston

We are heading to Boston this spring and I am so excited to visit this city!  We have talked about going to Boston multiple times but never pulled the trigger.  As if you couldn’t guess I am the planner in our marriage.  So I research and try and find all kinds of fun things to do and sweet Joe is so laid back he just goes along with all my crazy plans!  I ♥ him!! 

I found a great airfare rate, so that’s done!  For accommodations I have been on the fence.  I am “member” of Sniqueaway, that offers some crazy good deals on 4 & 5 star accommodations.  Recently they had a deal on XV Beacon for $250 which is over $100 off their normal rates but still to pay that much a night for a hotel room seemed crazy!!  But I mean check out this place…

Ahhhh-mazing!  But the inner cheap-o in me just couldn’t do it!  So I’ve been looking for something a little less pricey. We won’t be renting a car so we need something that’s close to the T (the transit system in Boston.)  And something in the heart of Boston is a must!  We will be walking everywhere and will only have a few days so we must make the best use of our time!

I think the Chandler Inn could be a really good option…

boutique guest room 8th floor

So with all my researching hotels, I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on eating – which HELLO is our favorite part of vacation!  So if you have ANY recommendations send them our way!  And if there’s something we must do or see – would also love to hear about too.  My friend Cindy, says we must go to the North End which is like a Little Italy from what I understand.  The historical sites will be a must! 

Have you been to Boston before?  What were your favorite parts??


  1. I used to live in Boston. :)

    First of all, people sometimes argue about Mike's Pastry vs. Modern Pastry for pastries in the North End. Go to both!

    Nebo in the North End is relatively new, but is supposed to be fantastic.

    Most of my favorite spots were everyday places. I'll leave you to get recommendations for fancy dinner out from the guide books.

    Brunch at Stephanie's on Newbury used to be the place to be seen when I was a Bostonian.

    B. Good is a healthy fast food place. It was started by two college friends who did a ton of research to get going. When I left Boston, they had one location. I think they have four or five now. :)

    JP Licks was my favorite ice cream spot. There's one right on Newbury, at the bottom.

    The Black Rose is a fun spot for a beer on some nights when they have live Irish music. If you grew up with Irish folk songs, you'll love it. Even Irish tourists go there. :)

    FYI, the cross streets in the Back Bay are in alpha order. Arlington, Berkeley, etc. I don't think people always realize that and they sometimes find the Back Back a little confusing as a result.

    While most people focus on Newbury Street for shopping (nicer stores like Chanel are at the top, by the way), Charles Street is full of great boutiques and antique shops.

    Walking the Freedom Trail is a great way to see the city in an afternoon. It'll take you by all the popular tourist spots. Alternatively, you can take a Duck Tour, which will drive you around the city and then splash into the Charles at the end.

    Hope that helps! Have a great time!!!

  2. Oh how fun! My friend, Mari, lived there for years so I will ask her for some info.You guys are going to have a blast!

  3. You guys are going to have a blast.


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