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Boston Parking..... and a restaurant recommendation too

Boston Parking..... and a restaurant recommendation too

Feb 7th, 2002, 08:39 AM
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My recommendation on Italian restaurant only, can't really comment on the other issues....for Italian, restaurant must be in the North End...my favorite is Pat's Pushcart on Endicott Street. THE best food, VERY reasonable and an overall great experience. Have fun...Boston is one of the best cities for a weekend trip IMO!
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 09:34 AM
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Hey Reschedule remind me to flip you the bird the next time I cut you off on the Expressway. That'll teach you to call Bostonians rude. Who the heck do you think you are? Frigin out of towner.

Thereuare - whatever you do, do not break this cardinal rule of parking in the winter on side streets in Boston. If you shovel it you own it. If it happens to snow while you are visiting and you find a parking spot that has a traffic cone, broken chair, trash barrel or whatever in the middle of it do not park there under any circumstances. Its a long standing rule that Boston residents mark the spot that they have shoveled out with some ridiculuous object to indicate that no one else can park there. Breaking this rule has led to damaged cars or worse.

Park in a garage and get over it.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 09:37 AM
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If your talking about me and parking...no, I'm not a "south ender"..my friends that lived on Tremont Street (617 to be exact) did not own a car and rented a car to leave the city..they also lived on Newton Street. We do go into Boston quite often..my husband did work in the same building as the Hard Rock Cafe is now and we we are familiar with the parking spots..What frosted me recently was finding a spot near the Club Cafe and was verbally assaulted by the parking attendents at a very posh restaurant who claimed they would have our car towed... We have a secret parking spot though when we go to the Lyric Theatre and it's legal...but I'll never tell and it's close to the entrance to the turnpike.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 10:58 AM
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Not a current South Ender, but was one until last year. Still live in the city, but my apartment was turned to condos and I had to leave.

(Love my new apartment though)

When I lived in the South End I did have a resident sticker, but I typically parked on one of the Avenues. On Mass Ave inbetween Tremont and Columbus I would basically drive home and park every night without looking for a spot. They were always available. As you get closer and closer to downtown (towards the Westin) and closer and closer into trendy-restaurant-ville it'll get harder and harder to find a spot.

I also agree with some of the other posters here saying that you certainly won't need a car in Boston. I am an unlucky soul who has to commute every day thus I have to keep a real beat up set of wheels on the street. (yes, it gets beat up REAL badly!)
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:34 PM
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You could park in commuter parking lots at the outskirts of town.

I usually stay up in Woburn at the Fairfield Inn adjacent to the Mishawam stop on the "Lowell Line" commuter train. There's a good sized parking lot at that station, and parking there is free on weekends/holidays ($1 weekdays). At the corner of the commuter lot is a "Logan Express" parking lot - fenced in - and I think the parking there is $6/day (including weekends). Across the street is a Courtyard by Marriott. The ride to North Station takes about 20 minutes and costs $2.50. It's just off Rt 128 and 1 exit away from where Rt 128 & I-93 cross.

But I'd vote to just return the rental car. Or pay the parking for peace of mind.
 
Feb 7th, 2002, 03:43 PM
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... and i thought the talk about parking in NYC was bad!!

Thanks for all the advice thus far, but i don't think returning the rental car is an option.

We're traveling up from NYC, so i believe that if i return the rental upon arriving in Boston, and then re-rent to drive home, i'll get whacked with 2 one-way rentals, which will likely cost more than just putting the car in a garage.
 
Feb 8th, 2002, 07:08 PM
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Feb 9th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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Go to the North End (MBTA or cab, unless you have antifreeze in your veins) and wander around until you find a restaurant menu that interests you - most have menues posted outside and searching is part of the fun. Pick someplace else for coffee after dinner. Then walk to Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area and window shop. Ignoring some of the above posters rudeness, it really is difficult to find a street spot - most neighborhoods require Resident stickers and the meter maids get no holiday. Have a good trip and hope you don'r meet up with "Reschedule".
 
Feb 9th, 2002, 10:53 PM
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"Parking" - I live near restaurant row, so my take on parking on columbus/tremont is skewed by that. I'm not surprised Mass has spaces, but I have secret spaces much closer (which I will not be sharing )

Reschedule - please do us all a favor and leave. I moved to Boston from out of town 6 years ago, and think its the best city to live in in the country. And I've lived in Miami, DC, New York, Denver, the South, and many other places.
 
Feb 13th, 2002, 10:58 AM
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Feb 20th, 2002, 12:09 PM
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Just a follow up and a final thank you for everyone that helped!!

Arrived in Salem Saturday afternoon and had a few hours to wonder around town a bit. I liked this town very much as it all seems walkable, but i don't think i'd like it as much when the rest of tourists are there and the town is much more crowded. The cocktail party we attended was VERY nice, and the restaurant did a great job. Had brunch at the hotel the next morning with a bunch of people from the party the nite before.

Arrived in Boston late Sunday afternoon and like everyone on this thread said i would, we parked in a lot ($32/24 hour period). Streets not as crowded as NYC, but much more difficult to drive in as the streets are not planned out in a grid (and we didn't have a map!)

Checked into the hotel (Westin Copley) which was nice, but the hotel didn't appear to be very crowded. After relaxing for a bit, we hopped on the T to Redbones in Cambridge. Just had a beer and an appetizer there, but we liked this place A LOT! Very casual, friendly, and welcoming.

Ate dinner at Carlo's Cucina Italiana in Allston/Brighton (mentioned on a different Boston thread). Food was decent, but not great by any means. Service was friendly, but overall i was expecting a slighty better dinner experience food-wise based upon the great reviews i read about this place.

Sunday i woke up and used the hotel's hot tub for an hour or so, then showered and headed to Legal Seafood for a bowl of chowder for lunch (along with an order of baked clams)! After lunch headed back to the car for the trip home.

Weather was bad on Sunday which dampened things a bit, but we enjoyed ourselves and plan on heading back for another weekend when the weather starts to get warmer. Hopefully on a future trip, we'll be able to walk around more and see more of the "sights" that Boston has to offer.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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thereuare, THANKS for letting us know how things turned out.

And next time, we'll advise our correpondents to have a map! I'm amazed that you got around without one, and aren't still wandering around the streets of Boston in circles.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 12:36 PM
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Suzy, and thereuare didn't even turn into Charlie on the MTA.

Can someone tell me what baked clams are? I thought that people only ate them steamed or fried, or at worst minced and tossed into something.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 12:39 PM
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Oops, my omission -- clams are also frequently eaten raw and also in chowder. Obviously, I'm not a clam lover. But, I also don't like sushi either.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 01:13 PM
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Leslie, you and I are going to get along just fine. I don't eat bait, either.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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A map is useless in Boston - all the streets are one-way the wrong way and even if they used to go in the right direction, they don't exist anymore because of the Big Dig. I do community health nursing in the north-eastern quarter of Mass., and trying to find an unknown street in Boston (much less a parking space) can still make me cry. So congrats on finding your way around!
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 04:10 PM
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I hear ya, Gail. Last week when I was trying to get home from Southie, I almost ended up in New Hampshire!

But once you get away from the B** D**, like in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill areas, a good downtown map that shows street directions really can be handy.
 
Feb 20th, 2002, 10:05 PM
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cARLOS WASN'T GOOD? goOD TO KNOW, AS i WAS THINKING OF TRYING IT.
 
Feb 21st, 2002, 03:40 PM
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I'm sorry I didn't think about the Aliwife Station, on the West end of the Red Line when I made my earlier parking suggestions. The parking garage is attached to the subway station, and it was $4 a few years ago, I'm sure a bit more now.

Glad you had a good time, and that you reported back to share your experiences.
 

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