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Jul 10th, 2007, 08:06 AM
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P.S. Last week a fodorite was visiting us and we took him to Boston's oldest restaurant, The Union Oyster House and the way bck we stopped in 9 Zero to catch a glimpse of Ken Oringer's new restaurant there, Ko Prime, a steakhouse.
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Jul 10th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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And list of Japneese restaurants, rated.

http://www.10best.com/Boston,MA/Rest...ese/index.html
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Jul 12th, 2007, 02:41 AM
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Many thanks for all of your help and suggestions. I am now more convinced than ever that 5 days is not enough so I am looking to change our flights and perhaps stay a couple of day somewhere outside of Boston.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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Hi crellston -

Regarding sales on Labor Day weekend, there definitely will be and if you definitely are going to buy a laptop, I would take advantage of this. As escargot mentioned though, that is also going to be one of the busiest times of the year as a lot of students will be moving in and most likely will also be filling up the stores to get their own laptops, PCs, dorm furniture/supplies, etc.

Check out their website at microcenter.com to get a preview of their product line and to get a headstart comparing between different laptops, etc. and you could also compare with bestbuy.com who also have a couple of local stores.

Hope that helps!
 
Jul 15th, 2007, 04:02 AM
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Hi Bonzoor,

Thanks for the info I am begginning to narrow down my choices for laptops by looking in th stores hear in the UK. it is difficult because the manfacturers seem deliberately to change specs from country to country. Still I think I have narrowed it down to a Sony or an Acer and Microcentre seems to be a good bet (great online facilities!) I will check out bestbuy.com as well.

I also came accross Wrentham village outlet mall which has a Sony store, do you think this is worth the trip?

We arrive in Boston on the Thursday lunchtime, is this likely to be the best time to go shopping?

I am beggining to finalise our restaurant choices, at lest fro a few days and, based on the comments from you guys, I am planning to reserves well in advance via www.opentable.com

Thanks once again for your advice
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Jul 15th, 2007, 05:20 AM
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I wouldn't bother with the Sony outlet in Wrentham unless you really want to spend a day there shopping. They sell a lot of reconditioned items and the pricing is very similar to that of the regular stores.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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The ferry to Salem sounds like a good alternative to trying to drive. (I have only been to Salem by car) The town has quite a lot to see--Peabody Essex museum, witch trial sites, House of Seven Gables. We also found the National Maritime historic site very interesting. I think the ferry docks right next to this area.

If you extend your trip and want to go to the beach/seashore I would recommend going north to Cape Ann, much closer than Cape Cod.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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The Salem ferry has its own constraints , including costing over $20 per person (round trip) and running only every 2 hours. Driving from Boston to Salem is not complicated, and of course on weekdays you'd be traveling in the opposite direction from most commuters.
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Jul 16th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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It's hard to comment about the Wrentham outlet, - I live here and don't shop there, but have many friends who do. As always, with outlet shopping, just be careful that you are really getting what you want - many, in fact most, stores make things specifically for the outlet, so it is not like you are always getting the exact same thing that sells elsewhere for $100 for $60 at the outlet - it isn't always the same material, style, etc . Sometimes it is overstock, sometimes articles with minor mistakes, and sometimes things made specifically to sell for less at an outlet. So know your product. Especially if you have a line you know and like from a particular store or designer.

That being said, that doesn't mean those jeans at Store X in the outlet - if they look good on you and you like them and the pric e- who cares if they are not the same jeans in the Store X flaship store in the city !

But you have so many stores in Boston - with sales racks - you can save the commuting time in my mind and shop in town. Also check out the Marshalls on Boylston St and the Filene's basement (which isn't in the basement) and the sales racks at Saks and the larger stores.

The ferry to Salem is not cheap - but if you like being on the water and it's a nice fall day, it is an alternative to driving/parking/train although yes it is $21 or 22 a person - the two hour running times don't bother me, b/c by the time you get htere, see say the House of 7 gables, the museum, have lunch, stroll - 4 hours passes quickly -
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Jul 23rd, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Hi Crellston -

I do believe that Microcenter carries several models of Acer. When we got out "traveling" laptop, we went to Microcenter with the intention of buying an Acer, primarily attracted to it because of the low price advertised on the sale newspaper ad of microcenter. Ended up buying a Compaq instead for a couple dollars more and infinitely much better and were very happy we went that route instead. With limited time to Boston, I don't think it is worth going to Wrentham just because of the Sony outlet. Like someone mentioned, they're usually refurbished, and if it is for clothing, etc. I agree with what escargot said, it's not necessarily the same and truthfully, when stores have sales(which Labor Day weekend is a big one for it), the regualr stores are actually much cheaper and the shopping experience at Wrentham is not what I would describe as pleasant, specially on a big holiday sale weekend like that.

If you are interested in going to a Sony store, there is one at the Copley Place Mall in Back Bay(adjacent to the Prudential Shopping Mall), although I cannot attest to the prices or if they have sales. ALso, just be aware that dealing with Best Buy sales people is not necessarily the best experience either - a lot of the folks don't really know their stuff but pretend they do - just our experience.

Hope that helps!
 
Aug 10th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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Aug 11th, 2007, 11:24 PM
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Thanks for topping this thread, Bonzoor. for some reason I can never find it when I do search. Yes! your comments help a lot. I have will definitely visit both microcenter and bestbuy and give the outlet mall a miss. I did like the look of the new Acer 5920 as it has got rave reviews here in the UK and the Sony is a possible (although expensive!) I hadn't thought about a Compac as I thought these were more for business use but will have a look when we come,

As for the restaurants, I have booked Legal Seafoods for teh night we arrive + Bonfire + Abe and Louies (yes, I know 2 steak restaurants is OTT but I absolutely LOVE American steak!) The rest we will sort out when we arrive and I will be sure to post a full report upon our return.

Thank you all for you help.
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Aug 12th, 2007, 03:16 AM
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Hey short-timer, have a great trip! Enjoy those steaks!
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Aug 12th, 2007, 06:00 AM
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You may already know this, but just as a friendly reminder:

Be sure to have someone at the computer store set the DVD region on the laptop so you can watch DVD's from the UK. The US is region 1, UK/Europe are region 2.

It's just a setting on the dvd player program, but can usually only be reset a certain number of times before having to call the manufacturer for a certain code.
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Aug 12th, 2007, 09:49 AM
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I recently stayed at Nine Zero and enjoyed.
I also enjoyed KO Prime but only for breakfast. The rest. is lovely and well designed. The dinner menu looked fabulous.
I've topped my inexpensive hotels/b+b's thread for you if interested - scroll to the bottom for more comments.
If time allows - the ferry ride to Provincetown makes for a fun day.
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Aug 13th, 2007, 02:47 PM
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Refer to this thread for a bad experience a fodorite recently had at KO. It's too bad since Oringer's Clio is to me, and my husband, the best, most creative restaurant in Boston.
 
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