We are looking to take a very mini getaway to the states In September for 2 nights. It’s our one year anniversary.
I have been looking at New York and Chicago but I think this is outta our budget right now. So I’ve been looking at Cleveland, and Boston.
anyone live in a state close to the border that they would recommend. A nice town or city that has stuff to do. We are always up for anything from city life, to eating, to taking in nice scenery like parks and stuff, history….. We just want to go somewhere different. We will be staying in a BnB.
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!
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.
@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!
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.
@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.