Bees…need your help on mini vacation….(Cleveland, Boston)

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Are you looking for advice on what to do in Cleveland or Boston, or are you looking for alternative locations? Because I live in Boston, and it’s pretty awesome!

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Boston has all the stuff you are looking for! Great restaurants, parks, and history. Since I live here I don’t have much hotel experience but tripadvisor is always good for that. September and October are usually lovely in Boston.

Things to do: Aquarium, Freedom Trail, whale watching, MFA/ICA/Gardner Museum depending on your taste in art, North End, Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall, Boston Common & Public Garden, brewery tours (Harpoon & Sam Adams)

Restaurants: it would be easier to give recommendations if you narrow down the area and/or type of food- message me if you decide on Boston!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

There are a lot of great (and cheap!) things to do in Boston! You can do a Freedome Trail walk on your own or go on one of the tours, which aren’t too expensive.  The Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum is amazing, as is the MFA and the Museum of Science.  Duck tours are really fun.  For free things, you can walk through Boston Commons and the Public Gardens, stroll along the waterfront, visit the parks that make up the “emerald necklace.”  There are many nice BnBs just outside of the city.  Try to get one that is near a T line so you won’t have to rent a car.  If you do want to rent a car, there is also great hiking if you go up to Vermont or to western Massachusettts.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@RockStar33:  Well as PPs have said, there’s a lot to do in Boston! I live by Fenway Park, and there are some good restaraunts over here. If you’re interested in this area, I can give you some suggestions. The Isabella Gardner Museum and MFA are both over in this area. PPs definitely gave some good suggestions though!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@GoldfishPie:  +1 on asking why Cleveland?

I live right outside of Cleveland and it’s not some place I would choose to visit if I lived elsewhere :/

There are certainly interesting things to see in Cleveland but they are really things you can see anywhere.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Travel Nut here…

Lol, I for one understand your choices… it is because you are in Toronto, and pressed for time… looking for places easy to get to (you could fly or drive to either of these very easily)

Of these two Boston would be my first choice… TONS to see and do in Boston.  And Porter flies there out of Toronto.  Great Destination YEAR ROUND.

Cleveland is nice too though… we’ve had some great weekend getaways there… Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland Indians Baseball – Cleveland Browns Football can be a great Destination Spring thru Fall.

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Other great ideas for the Fall…

Finger Lakes NY (drive-able) – Wine Region, Car Racing, Corning Glass, Cornell University, gorgeous scenery, etc.

Finger Lakes Tourism = http://www.fingerlakes.org

In the Fall I also like New England…  The Adirondacks NY State, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.  Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Deleware, Maryland, Virginia & West Virginia.

Pennsylvania can be nice too… the Poconos or Amish Country.

All places nowadays have Tourism Websites you can take a look at (Wikipedia & Google Maps is a great source for getting a general overview)

And TripAdvisor is invaluable… so much great info on there… Travel Guides – Reviews – and their Forums

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@This Time Round:  Corning is great, and I love the Finger Lakes! 

 

@RockStar33:  Out of those two, I’d much rather go to Boston. I haven’t been there since I was about 9, but the highlight for me then was Louisa May Alcott’s house

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I live just outside of Boston, and you should TOTALLY visit the city!

The food is incredible, the buildings are gorgeous, the entire city is walk-able and super-safe. And it’s small anough that you can conver the whole thing by foot in a couple of days!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@RockStar33:  I was born and raised in the Cleveland ‘burbs. There’s some great stuff there! So “boo!” to the ‘Bees hating on it. 

The Museum of Art just re-opened a wing after years of renovations and is worth a visit. Likewise, if you’re into classical music, the Cleveland Orchestra is literally one of the best in the nation. They play in the most beautiful building, too. 

Foodwise, please visit the West Side Market and get some dinner and drinks at the Great Lakes Brewing Co., right across the street. You can also take a dinner cruise on the Good Time (3, 4? I’m not sure what number they’re on there days). You can also always go sit by the lake in one of the many parks. 

The city in ringed by the Metroparks, so if you like walks in the park (literally) take a look at one of them. Oh! And the zoo! It’s pretty great, actually. 

Obviously, the sports are fun, even if the teams never seem to succeed. *sigh* At least the atmosphere at the games is great!

In the ‘burbs there’s a wonderful little city called Chagrin Falls that is like something out of a book. Well, the Popcorn Shop is depicted in Calvin and Hobbes… so I guess it actually IS in a book. Definitely a perfect spot for a date, with pretty waterfalls to gaze at before or after.

A bit further out of town, you can get to Cedar Point (one of the world’s best amusement parks) in about an hour. Particularly if you go in the fall, the hordes of people should be lower and you can get more bang for your buck.

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