Post # 1
Finally decided that we CAN afford boston, (asked this question in another post, raised my budget a bit, found affordable place to stay).
So now to all the other Bees that have visited or live in Boston, please share with me:
Best places to eat
Places I must visit/ things I must do
So far we want to:
Museum of fine arts
Thanks Bees in advanced!
Post # 3
One of my favorite restaurants in Boston is Kaze Shabu Shabu on the edge of Chinatown. This is Japanese-style fondue; the tables have small stoves built in, and you order a meat/fish/veg “main” and a flavor of broth, then they put the broth on the stove and you cook your food in the hot broth. They give you noodles and other ingredients, and you end up with a really nice meal that’s kind of like a soup, hard to describe but fun, delicious and uncommon.
a couple of the breweries including Sam Adams do tours, always fun. Also there’s at least 2 companies doing chocolate walking tours, where you learn a bout Boston history and chocolate-making while visiting various shops for samples.
a Duck Tour is a good way to see the city, it goes on a WWII amphibious vehicle so you get a land/city tour then a little ride up the river, very fun, and it departs from the Museum of Science (unless I’m mixing up Boston and Chicago— either way, the tour leaves from in front of a big museum that would be fun to visit too).
Post # 4
Fanueil Hall is a must for food and shopping as is the Prudential Center.
Post # 5
The japanese-style fondue sounds delicious, as well as the choclate tours. Thanks!
Post # 6
Dinner at Top of the Hub on a clear night!
Post # 7
@Joyceandrea -Faneuil Hall is so much fun for shopping and good food. I will tell ya the Oyster bar in there has the best clam chowder and lobster bisque in a bread bowl that I have ever had. Georgetown Cupcake (like the TV show) is on Newbury Street (So yummy). A lot of things to do in city are historical, which can be a lot of fun. The ghost tour that you pick up by the Mariott at Long Wharf is a lot of fun and a good laugh. A lot of walking though so be prepared for that. I would definately visit Mike’s Pastry in the North End.
As the others said duck tours are always good to get a general tour, I prefer the ones that allow you to jump on and off all day because it allows you to explore the different areas better than just a drive by of it. Also because they allow you to get on and off it tends to save some money from riding the T, which can get expensive.
Visiting the Museum of Science is interesting for people of any age. I always have fun there and make sure to catch and imax movie while you are there.
Feel free to message me on here with any questions about Boston. I have lived there for 30+ years. Have fun!
Post # 8
I really enjoyed taking the ferry up to Salem for the day. Its a cutesy town.
Post # 9
@jbridea: I’m going to Boston at the end of the month, so I’m interested in what Bees have to say. We’re staying in the Back Bay area (W Hotel) and plan on shopping, eating, and of course doing some touristy stuff too!
The restaurant reccos I got from a former Bostonian were Piattini and Stephanies on Newbury. She also suggested the City Bar in the Lenox Hotel, Vintage Lounge, visit Newbury Street, and of course Faneuil Hall!
Post # 10
You have to eat in the North End! We have been going to Il Villaggio lately because the prices are reasonable and I love their gnocchi. My dad still waxes poetic about the veal parmesan he had at Ristorante Saraceno (ask to go up to the roof deck!). The Daily Catch has wonderful Italian-style seafood. Compare cannoli at Mike’s and Modern.
Definitely go to the Union Oyster Bar- they have excellent clam chowder and it is the oldest restaurant in the US. If you like sushi, for a splurge dinner try O Ya. For a more affordable but still upscale and wonderfully creative meal, venture across the river into Cambridge and check out West Bridge. In the same area is my absolute favorite brewpub, Cambridge Brewing Company. Great food, great beer, fun atmosphere.
Depending on how much time you have (I think I remember you saying that you were only spending 4 days), I would suggest the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum over the MFA. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the MFA, but it is HUGE. I don’t know about you, but I get a little frustrated in big museums when I have limited time because I don’t feel like I’m doing it justice! The Gardner is a really beautiful place and you will still get to see some famous pieces (Titian’s Europa, for instance).
If the weather is nice, going out the the harbor islands or up to Cape Ann would be fun. Or go on a whale watch- lots of humpbacks and right whales in Massachusetts Bay in the summer.
Post # 11
Ooh, i’m a big fan of Boston! I like the ideas you h ave been given so far. Especially a lot of them by:
+100 Great suggestions! The museum of science is a lot of fun, I’ve got great memories of that place from visiting when I was younger, but it’s got cool things for grown ups, too. Georgetown Cupcake is great, and Mike’s Pastry is AMAZING! It’s located on Hannover. For a very low price I got this HUGE slice of red velvet cheesecake (but depending on when you go, it can be packed). You can also find some pretty good Irish pubs around Boston, if you’re interested in that.
I’m also always for a walk along the Charles River. Cambridge can be a fun area to explore, too. It’s just across the river from downtown.
Post # 12
We have extended our stay for a week. We are really looking forward to MFA and have dedicated an entire day to touring it!
What is the Isabella Stewart Gardner? Is it an art museum, a garden? I was not really sure what it was.
But if you highly reccommend it I think I might go see it!
Post # 13
Skip out of town and go to Portsmouth, NH! It’s only 45 miles north. =)
Post # 14
Oh that’s great! The Gardner is an Italian-style palazzo that was owned by a society lady (a Boston Brahmin, if you will) who was really into collecting art. When she died, she stipulated that her house become a museum open to the public as long as everything was left exactly the way it was. There is a beautiful garden courtyard in the middle of it. The museum was the victim of a heist in 1990 in which a Vermeer (!), some Rembrandts, several Degas, and a Manet, among other pieces, were stolen. They remain unrecovered despite a $5 million reward.
It’s right around the corner from the MFA so it wouldn’t be out of your way. If you love art, it’s a very unique museum.
Post # 15
Interesting story. I have never heard about it. Do you think it would be possible to do both in one day, since you said they are near eachother?