Boston solo-what to see, where to go

Old Jun 4th, 2008, 10:26 AM
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Boston solo-what to see, where to go

I am heading to Boston next week for 2 days before heading on to New Hampshire for a family wedding. DH and DS have both bailed out on me due to the pending death of our dog.

I am staying at Club Quarters, booked and paid for via priceline. Is there anything in that area to do in the evening such as maybe a movie or theater? Any website for theater would be helpful. Also, where to eat on my own. I love all types of ethnic food.

An added question if you can help, I plan to take the subway from the airport and understand that I get off at State. Where do I go from there? Directions are hard to find for this hotel. I will be returning to the airport to pick up my rental car on Thursday and drive to New Hampshire.

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Old Jun 4th, 2008, 11:03 AM
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Hi Lynnie -

Welcome to Boston. You'll have fun whether you're here solo or w/your family. sorry about your dog.

Looking at the map, from State station, you go East one block on Court Street (facing the ocean), then South on Devonshire St. Your hotel is about 200m walk.

From the airport, you first has to take a shuttle bus from your terminal to the Blue Line Airport station (don't follow signs for the Silver Line). The shuttle will drop you off at the Station, then take the Blue Line to State.

Your hotel isn't that far from Chinatown which has excellent quality chinese food for cheap price. There are also plenty of Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown serving Bahn mi or pho noodles. Penang in Chinatown serves excellent Malaysian fare.

There is a huge Loews Theatre next to Boston Commons, also not far from your hotel.
http://www.moviewatcher.com/theatres....jsp?unit=2657

For shows, I'm not sure if there's much on right now/next week. Check ArtsBoston - usually you can get some decent discounts by purchasing in advance. If you don't want to do that, you can still try for 1/2 price tickets on the day of, at the BosTix booths.
http://www.artsboston.org/default.asp
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Old Jun 4th, 2008, 11:27 AM
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There is also the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse which is always fun.

You didn't specifically ask for what to do during the day time, but in case you haven't got any idea, the obvious would be Freedom Trail, Duck Tour. There's also the New England Aquarium, Institute of Contemporary Art, Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (now hosting a El Greco/Velazquez exhibit).
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You are only about 7 minutes walk from the North End, which is full of Italian restaurants and is a major scene in the evening, esp on weekends. Very safe.

Chinatown is a bit farther in the opposite direction, and the walk is a little bit scary since your hotel is in a business district that closes up in the evening.

Between you and the North End is Quincy Market, nothing special in the way of shopping but full of restaurants and lively in the evening.

You are only a few yards from the Freedom Trail (right at the State Street T) and you have easy access to both the Red Line (Cambridge) and Green Line (Back Bay shopping, museums) at Park Street.

You can safely walk to the theatre district by following State Stree to the top of the hill, then turning left to walk along Tremont with the Common on your right, or you can take the Green Line to Boylston.

Have fun!
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Two words: Duck Tour.

Don't miss it!

www.bostonducktours.com
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I actually work directly across from Club Quarters, and the State Street Blue Line stop lets out on Devonshire Street at State (actually in the "Old State House" building!). CQ is two blocks to the right when you come up out of the subway. You'll continue along Devonshire, crossing Water and Milk Streets. As soon as you cross Milk, CQ will be right there on your right.

That area is the heart of the Financial District so it is reallllly quiet/deserted at night, but you are within 10 min walk of the Boston Common Lowes movie theater, 10 min to Faneuil Hall and 15 to the North End (from Club Quarters). There is a japanese restaurant, Samurai, that I love for lunch on Franklin Street just around the corner from you. It is also open for dinner.

You should be able to walk to any theater within 15 mins or so, or walk up to the Common and take the Green line one stop to Boylston to the theater district.
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There is also a restaurant called "The Elephant and Castle" that is attached to the CQ. Pretty good faux Irish/English food and a fairly lively bar. Although the street in front of CQ is very quiet at night, things are happening a few streets away. Have fun by yourself. I'm kind of envious.
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Oh thanks so much. The area sounds very doable.

I've never even thought about a Duck Tour but upon looking at it I'm in, especially if my 18 year old comes with me. He'll get a real kick out of it.
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We loved the Duck Tour - they're amphibious vehicles, so you get a guided tour on land and water, also think the Freedom Trail is a don't miss, such amazing history there. I'd swing over to the North End for dinner; it's a charming area full of Italian restaurants, and you can go get cannoli, gelato, etc. afterwards. We saw Shear Madness one night, and it was a hoot - the whole audience participates to find out "whodunnit." Have a wonderful time. I really don't think you can go wrong in Boston.
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