Post # 1
I’m a Washington, DC based bride who needs advice from you New England ladies! Our wedding is on Oct 9, 2010 in Boston, but we aren’t going on our honeymoon until mid-November. We’d love to have mini-moon (2 days) in the Boston area right after the wedding. We are torn between splurging a bit on a boutique hotel downtown, or driving outside the city (2h hrs max) to a more chill location. Since we’re going on an action packed New Zealand honeymoon, we wouldn’t mind taking it easy after the wedding, having a massage, a couple nice meals and relaxing 🙂
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
Hi! Downtown Boston is great, but if you are considering other options, Newport, RI (that’s where we’re mini-mooning) is about 1 1/2 hours from Boston. It’s on the water, has historic mansions, the cliffwalk, etc. There is apple picking in nearby Middletown, Newport Vineyards and a few other vineyards in RI like nearby Sakonnet Vineyards. There are lots of great restaurant options, too!
Post # 4
I would also highly recommend Portland, Maine. It’s beautiful, historical, and has AMAZING food. Like, artisan, gourmet food. We just went for our last anniversary, and it was fabulous. We stayed in the Portland Harbor Hotel (beautiful, beautiful, totally worth the $$). We just did 2 days, and it was really relaxing 🙂
Post # 5
I love Boston and we have spent weekends there. I would use hotwire if you are going cheap and don’t care what hotel you pick. They have great deals on 4 star hotels.The chains that are nice in Boston are the Marriot Long Warf but the Intercontinental is my favorite favorite. I would do one of their island tours. They take you out on a fairy to these gorgeous islands – one of them has an old fort on it and another a beautiful beach. They are awesome!
Also, Plymouth is beautiful if you stay at a bed and breakfast there. We also love to go to Rockport, MA. I second Starfish for the Newport area. It is amazing down there! They have great touristy things to do. I love the cliff walk and the beaches.
Post # 6
I would stay in the city at a hotel in a good location. My top three recommendations are: Boston Mariott Longwarf, Liberty Hotel, and Intercontinental.
The Longwarf is located on the waterfront and is within easy walking distance of Quincy Market, the North End (hello best Italian food in the city), the Aquarium, and the Common. It’s also right near the Government Center T stop (Green line) so you can get anywhere else in the city.
The Liberty is a converted prison (name of the awesome bar? Clink!) and is near the Museum of Science and more T stops. It’s very chic, but has a relaxing vibe.
The Intercontinental is in a different part of town, closer to the Children’s Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, the seaport, and, well, traffic. However, it’s a lovely place to stay, and as with the other two, you can get anywhere by T.
Head to a spa on Newbury St. for the best treatments, and shop to your newlywed heart’s content. Boston in the early fall is magnificent — wear your peacoat, scarf, and boots, and you’ll fit right in. There’s nothing more relaxing than getting a cup of something hot and snuggling on a bench as you people-watch in the Public Garden or the Market.
Post # 7
@BostonBaby: Your mention of peacoats, scarfs, and boots just got me really excited for fall. September – early October is easily my favorite time of year!
Post # 8
Wow, thanks for all the great ideas!!! Newport and Portland would be wonderful since I’ve never been to either, but I think staying in the city wins. It’s funny, we’re always in Boston suburbs to see family, but we never actually spend time in the city. Can’t wait to explore!
@BostonBaby – we always get my FMIL a spa gift certificate to a place on Newbury St – maybe it’s time we test it out 🙂
Post # 9
In Boston proper, FH and I love to get-away to the Fairmont Copley Plaza and the Oak Room restaurant inside the hotel. Beautiful hotel, and the Oak Room makes killer martinis! And steaks!
I second the recommendation for Portland – but I’m more than a little biased since I live there (and love it more than any other place I’ve lived!). If you do decide to come to Portland, feel free to PM me for recommendations.
I also love Newport, RI – my aunt and uncle live there so I don’t have any hotel recommendations, but it’s a fun town.
Post # 10
I second BostonBaby’s recommendations on hotels.
The Longwharf is near a bunch of great sites and it’s on the water with lots of pretty places to walk around.
I would recommend checking out the Beacon Hill neighborhood too if you want some old-school Boston-type feel. Beacon Hill Chocolates is a must!
And of course, the North End is perfect for a romantic dinner for two!