10 Year Anniversary Trip to Boston area

Aug 10th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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10 Year Anniversary Trip to Boston area

Hi!

My husband surprised me recently with a trip to Boston in mid-October for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have two children (6 and 2) and we have only traveled one other time since having kiddos so this is a really big deal for us.

I've already used frequent flyer miles to book the airfare. We are flying direct in and out of Boston. We will arrive on Tuesday Oct 13th around 5:00 and leave Sunday the 18th around 6:00.

As a general plan, we were thinking of staying in Boston the first night that we fly in (assuming we may be too tired to start venturing out). Then, we were interested in spending two nights north (Maine or New Hampshire coastline -something quaint and relaxing) for two nights. Then, back to Boston for Friday and Saturday nights.

Does this sound like a good plan? Specific recommendations on where to stay??

We've not been to this area so I am very unsure of where to begin. I'm also nervous that with Fall color, we may be late getting lodging reservations.

Any help or ideas that you all have is really appreciated. I really want this to be special...it may not come around again for some time.

Thanks!
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Aug 11th, 2009, 02:41 AM
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Sounds like a great plan. Color should still be very nice on the coast. Portsmouth NH is only about an hour north of Boston but southern Maine has more ocean side choices. Years ago we stayed at the Sundial Inn in Kennebunk ME.
Boston's a great city to explore. For a weekend visit we have gone to the Kennedy Library on Friday since they have a large parking lot. Then get rid of the car and check into your hotel. I highly recommend Michele Topor's Culinary Tour of Boston's North End and the Chinatown Tour. Reserve early esp if you want the Chinatown Tour because it's only given twice a week and limited to 10 people. Shops in Chinatown are small plus the tour ends with a scrumptious dim sum lunch. The tour is pricy but worth it. My frugal, city-hating DH loved the Chinatown tour. On the Chinatown tour everyone else had already taken the North End tour and wanted to do another Boston neighborhood tour. Neither tour allows time for shopping so you need to schedule shopping time afterwards. (like a box of pastries from Maria's to enjoy in your hotel room).
The Duck Tour is fun but not as memorable as the other tours. You might actually prefer going to a show on Friday night, do a lot of walking/touring on Saturday and just have a late dinner. Have your hotel store your luggage until your flight.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 05:41 AM
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October is a busy month for hotels in Boston. If you tell us your budget you will get some hotel suggestions.

I think the children would like a Duck Tour. It is very popular so it's advisable to buy your tickets ahead of time. Here's a recent thread about toddlers in Boston: http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...dly-boston.cfm. And here is yk's thread about things to do in Boston: http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...rroundings.cfm
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Aug 11th, 2009, 07:33 AM
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If I'm reading the OP correctly, this will be a trip WITHOUT the kids.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Yes, you are corret...this is a vacation just for me and my husband -- long overdue!!

Somewhat flexible on the budget for lodging. Ideally, we'd stay in a more moderatly priced hotel most of the time ($180-$225 per night) and then maybe splurge a couple of nights on a special place that is more expensive.

If my expectations are out of line, please correct me. We are from the Midwest so my suggested budget may not be appropriate.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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I think you should be able to get reasonable rates for Boston, given that you plan to stay here on the weekend (Fri/Sat). Rates tend to be lower on weekends due to lack of business travelers.

A quick look at Travelzoo I see:
Back Bay Hotel (formerly known as Jury Hotel) for $229/n for your dates. http://hotels.travelzoo.com/lodging-hotels/632132
My friends stayed there last month and it's quite nice, great location, and is a historic building.

BTW, these travelzoo deals often run out quickly, so if yo're interested, I'd book it asap.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Whoops--sorry. Misread your OP. So forget about what to do with toddlers but you still may enjoy the Duck Tour.

That's a good Travelzoo price for the Back Bay Hotel and it's in a convenient location. I would try to stay in Back Bay or the Waterfront areas. And in searching for hotels, be aware that some hotels have "Boston" in their name but are located outside of the city.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 11:38 AM
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Great!

Thanks for advising me about the Back Bay Hotel. I just went out and reserved it under the Travelzoo deal you mentioned.

Now, I just need to figure out a neat place to stay north of Boston.

Thanks all!
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Aug 11th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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One more thing, I'd love some Boston food recommendations. Unfortunately, we are not big seafood people.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Hi Celebrating -

Definately skip the Duck Tour and walk the Freedom Trail instead. Lots more fun. Stop for lunch in the North End at Rabia's on Salem St. Portmouth, NH is lovely. Lots of fun shops and restaurants.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 11:56 AM
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There are a ton of restaurants within walking distance (meaning under 15-min walk) of your hotel. When my friends were staying at Back Bay Hotel, we had dinner at Avila.

Here's a list of nearby restaurants I compiled for my friends (all within 3-4 blocks of the hotel):

Laurel Grill (a little of everything)
http://www.laurelgrillandbar.com/

Rustic Kitchen (mid-range Italian)
http://www.rustickitchen.biz/

Davio's (upscale Italian)
http://www.davios.com/

Via Matta (upscale Italian)
http://www.viamattarestaurant.com/flash/movie.htm

Avila (upscale Mediterranean)
http://www.avilarestaurant.com/

Steakhouses:
Smith and Wollensky

Bonfire (a Todd English restaurant)
http://www.bonfiresteakhouse.com/

Grill 23
http://www.grill23.com/

Fleming's
http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/

A bit further is Chinatown where there are another gazillion choices for budget prices. There are not only Chinese restaurants (of various regions cuisines) but also Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, and Korean restaurants.

Or, you can head over to South End where there are dozens more restaurants to choose from.

The following are a few recent threads with other specific restaurant requests:
http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...eat-pasta-.cfm

http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...-recommend.cfm

http://www.fodors.com/community/unit...s-264837-2.cfm

Happy anniversary and enjoy your visit.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 12:10 PM
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P.S. That $229/n rate is really fantastic. I checked their regular rate and it's $315/n normally.

Even Holiday Inn Express is asking for $299/n for that weekend.

I can't even find a comparable rate for a 4* in Back Bay area using Hotwire.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 12:20 PM
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I'd highly recommend Abe and Louie's on Boylston Street in Back Bay. It's a fantastic steakhouse and is only a few minutes awa
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Aug 11th, 2009, 12:23 PM
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sorry!!! Let me try that without answering the phone, too! I'd highly recommend Abe and Louie's. It's a fantastic steakhouse on Boylston Street, which is a very short walk from your hotel. Although it's pricey, the food is amazing- everything from the appetizers to the steaks to the pie (!) is really good. I only go there for special occasions, but have never been disappointed.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 08:09 AM
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Another good option for a casual meal, quite close to the hotel, is the Cottonwood Cafe, which serves Southwestern food. http://www.cottonwoodboston.com/

Enjoy your trip!
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