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post #16 of 34
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Great pictures but they don't help at all!

Tell us what you like.

Boston is a provincial burg, but it's still big enough so that there's more than one donut shop. So, you'll have to narrow it down for us first.



- B
post #17 of 34
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- B

Don't get the brandi chastain reference?
post #18 of 34
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Tell us what you like.

Boston is a provincial burg, but it's still big enough so that there's more than one donut shop. So, you'll have to narrow it down for us first.



- B

I guess we would like to get a better idea of the city by visiting its main attractions or its most popular places?

We are going to stay at the Liberty hotel.

The usual would suffice i.e. good restaurants w/ perhaps local dishes, monuments, parks, or some other genuine venue...

If someone were to visit NYC for the first time, I would advise to not miss a stroll through Central Park or leave w/o trying authentic new york pizza...I am sure Boston has such lure that makes it a unique city.
post #19 of 34
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How about DC?




- B

Okay, you got me.
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- B

In the words of hizzoner, that is "ionic."
post #21 of 34
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Tell us what you like.

Boston is a provincial burg, but it's still big enough so that there's more than one donut shop. So, you'll have to narrow it down for us first.



- B

The only donut shop worth a lick these days is Verna's in Cambridge.
post #22 of 34
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Had a quick question about parking. We decided on the Nine-Zero, which is at 90 tremont st. They charge 40/day for valet...is there parking on the street around the area so I don't have to dish out this cash? I checked google maps and it is around intersection with Park street. Will I be able to find parking on the street around here and also is it safe to leave my car there overnight? Thank you...
post #23 of 34
Examples of things you might be interested in doing: Shopping on Newbury Street + Boylston Ave (can also visit Prudential center + mall, also visit Copley Square) Boston Duck Tours (in Boston commons + around area) Visit Harvard Square in Cambridge Go maybe down to the Cape or Gloucester (where The Perfect Storm was shot) and try some great seafood (lobster, clam chowder, crab, etc.) or anywhere else that's oceanside Visit some museums?? (Museum of Fine Arts, etc., whatever I don't really care too much for these) Canoe down the Charles River Visit the North End (Italian quarter of the city), Mike's Pastries is a very popular shop there Visit State house See a Sox or Celtics game I donno, other bullshit, bang your gf while riding the T late at night I don't really know what you're into so I'm just spreading some shit out there
post #24 of 34
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Had a quick question about parking. We decided on the Nine-Zero, which is at 90 tremont st.

They charge 40/day for valet...is there parking on the street around the area so I don't have to dish out this cash? I checked google maps and it is around intersection with Park street. Will I be able to find parking on the street around here and also is it safe to leave my car there overnight? Thank you...

You might want to consider parking in the Boston Common garage. Very close to 90 Tremont and less expensive if you can do without valet and get up early. Not sure what happens if you oversleep.
post #25 of 34
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Canoe down the Charles River
This, although it's even better when you have a gondola. There's a company that does gondola rides along the Charles (the name escapes me), and this weekend would be ideal for it.
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Visit the North End (Italian quarter of the city), Mike's Pastries is a very popular shop there
This is a must. So much good food, and just a great pulse.
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See a Sox or Celtics game
Sox are playing the Royals this weekend. It would be a great experience for you to check out Fenway, and again the weather's ideal for it, but the Royals are pretty crappy. Still, if you can get tix to tonight's game, you'll see a fine knuckleballer in Wakefield take the mound. (I've seen Wake pitch at Fenway so many times though that I can't be bothered for the rest of his career.) Celts are playing tonight—Game 6 of the semis. Good luck getting tickets. I was at Game 4, and the bastards didn't pull off the sweep. - Keith
post #26 of 34
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Had a quick question about parking. We decided on the Nine-Zero, which is at 90 tremont st.

They charge 40/day for valet...is there parking on the street around the area so I don't have to dish out this cash? I checked google maps and it is around intersection with Park street. Will I be able to find parking on the street around here and also is it safe to leave my car there overnight? Thank you...
First piece of advice: park your car in a garage or someplace where you don't have to move it, don't have to think about it, and don't have to see it again until you leave. Driving a car around Boston is like lumbering around with a giant metal anchor chained to your neck with rarely a spot to set it. This is a city for walking, riding the T, and taking cabs. Unless you're heading out to the far suburbs (not Brookline, Brighton, Cambridge, Newton, Malden, Revere, etc., which are all accessible by train), the last thing you want is a car.

First visit? Do the North End. A great neighborhood filled with wonderful - if pricey - restaurants, shops, bakeries, etc. I'd go to Neptune Oyster for lunch and Prezza for dinner. If you want the full white tablecloth treatment (for about the same $ as Prezza), go to Mamma Maria's. If you want romantic, see if Mamma Maria's has the "little room overlooking the square" available. Hardly a better seat in Boston, and great food (though I like the food at Prezza a bit better). After dinner, go on over to Mike's Pastries for cannoli, cookies, gelati, and the like. Modern Bakery is tastier, most of the coffee shops do some of these items better, but Mike's is an institution, and worth at least a quick drop-in. If you like wine, check out the Wine Bottega (like Mike's, on Hanover Street).

If you want to go cheaper in the North End, try Regina's Pizzeria for lunch and Giacomo's for dinner.

Another jaunt you should take is through the parks. Hit the Boston Common just steps from your hotel (check out the Granary Burial Grounds on your way over), and take a stroll all the way through to the Public Gardens... which are beautiful. Lunch and a stroll on Charles Street (Beacon Hill portion, not Theater District portion) would be nice here (Charles intersects the Common and the Public Gardens). I like breakfasts at Beacon Hill bistro on Charles, particularly the french toast and pancakes.

After you've finished your jaunt through the Commons/Gardens, head straight from the Public Gardens into the Back Bay. Stroll the mall on Commonwealth Ave, do window shopping on Newbury Street and Boylston. Lunch options: La Voile on Newbury for excellent French, Sel de La Terre on Boylston for new American (sorta French in execution), or just wherever you see a nice patio. Inexpensive in this area: Parish Cafe for sandwiches on the patio (Boylston St, right near the Public Gardens); or 1/2-price tapas AT THE BAR ONLY ON SATURDAY at Tapeo, Newbury Street (not the best tapas in town, but a nice place to drink away the afternoon).

I have to do some work now. I'll try to check back in later with some South End, etc., recommendations. The South End is also a must.
post #27 of 34
Also, there's a night game at Fenway on Saturday and a day game on Sunday. If baseball means anything to you, it's worth a trip. Expensive? Yeah, it can be. But you can often get tickets - even this close to gametime - for less than $30/each if you sit in the centerfield bleacher seats. Doesn't sound that great, but it's actually one of my favorite places to be in Fenway. Yeah, of course, I'd prefer to sit over the home dugout or behind homeplate - a much better view of the game, but a much lesser view of the local color. Trust me: a day or night game in the bleacher seats at Fenway is a hoot.

If you want somewhere to eat in the area besides the sausage guy and the Yawkey Way sports bar/restaurants, walk over to Kenmore Square/Commonwealth Ave for Eastern Standard or Petit Robert Bistro just a block or so off the square up Comm Ave.
post #28 of 34
Those are good recommendations.


- B
post #29 of 34
And for something different, don't forget Boston's greatest cultural institution. Truly amazing hall and orchestra. Nice seafood at Anthony's Pier 4. Have fun.
post #30 of 34
I would highly recommend the Boston Duck Tour for first time visitors. See all the historic sites in town plus great scenery from the Charles River. http://www.bostonducktours.com/
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