Boston-quaint town close to airport?

Apr 29th, 2006, 06:00 AM
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Boston-quaint town close to airport?

We will be seeing some of Central Mass on a Sunday afternoon and are flying out late afternoon on Monday. Can anyone suggest some options for nice(r) small towns with good non-chain restaurants - walkable downtowns that would be within about an hour's drive of Logan?
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Apr 29th, 2006, 06:52 AM
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Salem and Marblehead on the north shore, and Cohasset and Hingham on the south shore.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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we'll be coming in from the west so wanted somewhere midway
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Apr 29th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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How about Concord? Town center, things to do, shops etc.

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Apr 29th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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I'll second Concord, nice small downtown, some interesting restaurants.
I would estimate an hour from Logan if traffic is good.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 12:07 PM
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You could also try Wellesley, it's closer to Logan, probably about a half an hour depending on traffic.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 12:57 PM
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You could expand it a little and do the Lexington/Concord historic thing - downtown Lexington is also nice and has not been totally taken over by chains yet.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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After you see Lexington and Concord, continue down Route 2 to Alewife and eat at Summer Shack (at very end of Route 2 where it merges with Route 16). This will not detour you in any significant way, since from there you can continue on to Boston and Logan.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 03:55 PM
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There's some decent shopping, and nice restaurants in Newton center.
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Apr 29th, 2006, 09:54 PM
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We've stayed several times in Andover, before a flight home. It's about 25 minutes north of Logan. For walking distance to the cute town we have stayed at the Andover Inn on the grounds of Phillips Academy, or have stayed at chain hotels closer to 495.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 06:57 AM
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If you are readers/history buffs....it has to be Concord,no? Land of Alcotts (for me, visiting Louisa Mae Alcott's home was a wonderful highlight), Emerson, Thoreau, etc. Plus - last time we were there, it was a charming little village.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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We'll be coming back into town via Hwy 9 so I was thinking of something past Worcester any thoughts on any of the following - Shrewsbury, Framingham, Natick, Needham, Dover...
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Apr 30th, 2006, 10:56 AM
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i'd vote for newburyport, just north of boston. 38 miles. non-peak travel by car to logan can take 35 minutes. this walking town has an easier trek into logan than marblehead, cohasset, hingham, or lexington/concord. cheap bus direct to airport from town. no need to bother with cars. beautiful parker river refuge with two nature centers can be biked to from town, as can plum island beaches. town has great restaurants and bakeries, for $-$$$. is also historical in an easier to "take-it-all-in" on a short visit way. boasts first yacht club, first port, first coast guard, and first private school in america, plus has most elegant architecural church spire and best display of federal, victorian, and greek revival residential architecture of any town in massachusetts. little to no traffic if driving.

however, my prejudice is that i live there !as the smallest city in massachusetts, it's not a melting pot of different cultures-- a major drawback is being too white. but, it's quaint, accessible, and very new england. most residents commute to boston if they don't work locally.
all towns mentioned are beautiful too, but would be nicest to go to one with water, walden pond or ocean beaches, for sunrise farewell with a cup o' joe. good luck.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 10:57 AM
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well - we'll still have our rental car at that point as we won't drop it off until just before we fly out so no need for a bus trip into the airport...anyone else?
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" Shrewsbury, Framingham, Natick, Needham, Dover..."

Framingham and Natick are about as far from "quaint" as it is possible for a town to be. Route (not Hwy) 9 is lined with shopping malls, big-box stores, chain restaurants, etc. Since Boston was founded nearly 400 years ago, most of the land close by has been thoroughly developed. The only towns that are still "quaint" are those like Wellesley, Concord, and Lexgington that have fought to hard to remain so. Some, like Dover, have fought a little too hard, and there "is no there there" if you're looking for shopping and dining.
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However, the previous poster was right....Wellesley is right off Rte 9 - perfect choice....shops and restaurants in a walkable downtown. Even the window shopping is fun in this interesting town!! There are some really uniques shops.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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Wellesley for sure. None of your other choices are quaint in the least. Although, Natick does have a ton of mall and big box type shopping if you're into that.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 09:29 PM
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well, no malls in newburyport. it's quaint, not developed.
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I would pick someplace like Concord or Newburyport which is worth going out of the way. But, the small shops probably close early on Sunday and not open until 10am Monday. Nice window shopping on Sunday and sounds like you would have enough time on Monday for some shoping and a nice lunch before heading to Logan.
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May 1st, 2006, 04:56 AM
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Since you will be on Route 9, Wellesley is town of all the ones mentioned above that is close to that route. You could then get on Mass Turnpike and go to airport in a straight line.

I still would pick Concord/Lexington. Take Route 9 to Route 128 (AKA Route 95). Go north to Route 2.
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