Post # 1
I’m planning a trip to Boston for October for Fiance and I. We’re going for 2 or 3 nights. I’m pushing for 3. I’m usually pretty research savvy but I’m kinda in a rut. I cannot find a place to stay. Place as in area. I think I want to stay in the historical/downtown area.
Advice? Pleasee!!!!!!!! thank you!!!!!
Post # 3
Downtown area would be a really convient place to stay. You’d be in walkable distance to North End & Fanuiel Hall & Downtown crossing. Then just a little bit further, you could walk to the Public Gardens and continue down to Copley/Newbury Street, and just a little further to get to Fenway Park. Boston is pretty small, so you can see most of it in a day or two day on foot.
Post # 4
I would recommend checking bedbugregistry.com before booking any hotel; it’s not as bad as some other cities, but Boston has seen a real rise in the numbers of bed bugs lately 🙁
If budget isn’t really a concern, the Long Wharf Marriott is beautiful and SO convenient. You are right next to Quincy Market, and right across the water from the North End (where all of the good Italian restaurants are). It’s also right on the Freedom Trail, so seeing all of the historical stuff will be easy.
I recommend getting a week-long Charlie Card. You just pay once, and then you can ride the T (the subway) as much as you want. When I lived in Boston I liked getting the monthly passes because then you don’t feel bad spending $2 to just ride a few stops when you are tired (but obviously you don’t need a month-long pass!). It’s definitely possible to walk around Boston, but if the weather is bad you’ll want to be able to hop on the T. It’s pretty safe and convenient, and much cheaper than cabs.
For things to do, I would recommend heading over to Harvard Square, the Freedom Trail is always an easy way to see lots of the historical sites, and the shopping on Newberry Street is pretty good. The Public Gardens are a great place to walk around. If you are beer fans, the tours of the Sam Adams brewery and the Harpoon brewery are both really interesting, and include samples (the real trick is to go on weekdays, if you can….Sam Adams pours the same amount of beer no matter how many people are on a tour, so if you go on a less busy day, you get more!)
My favorite restaurant Pomodoros in the North End (they only take cash, but it is the best Italian I have ever had–definitely make reservations, they only have like 6 tables), followed by pastries from Mike’s. If you like beer, I recommend Boston Beer Works by Fenway Park; it’s a microbrewery, and they always have some interesting seasonals (and the food is good too).
Hope you have a great trip! I miss living in Boston so much, it’s a great city.
Post # 5
The Millenium Hotel, Marriott Long Warf…those are right near Quincy Market which is fun area and it’s super close to the North End which is a historical area.
I second visiting Mike’s for canolis (don’t be intimidated by the line out the door, it moves really fast)
They are tons of great areas to walk around and October is a beautiful time of year around here (and perfect walking weather). I’d check out Beacon Hill- there are lots of cool little restaurants and beautiful historic houses. I personally LOVE Beacon Hill Chocolates.
One of my favorite restaurants is Sonsei on Newbury Street.
If your guy is into sports- they are fun sports bars near the Garden (where the Bruins and Celtics play) or near Fenway Park, which in itself is cool to see if he’s into baseball.
Post # 6
I don’t have suggestions on where to stay, but if you’re going to Boston in October you should check out Salem, MA. “Witch City” goes all out for Halloween and it’s a lot of fun. Haunted houses, candlelit historic tours, fried dough and candied apples… It’s about half hour north of Boston
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I’m going to look into everything. And we are planning to go to salem.