Visiting Boston soon!

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    Aug 15, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    I am attending a conference in Boston soon. So I'll be there between the 26th of August and the 2nd of September.
    The friend who invited me to the conference and to her place is going back to Vermont on the 30th of August as her lease ends: 2 days for me without a place.

    So any suggestions what I can do these two days (hostels, cheap hotels, etc).

    Also, tourism-wise, what can I do?

    Jogging places? Gyms that take a day's pass? Yummy restaurants?


    Thank you for your help!
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Google is your friend.

    Well ok, google sucks. But it does help find things to do. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    HashtagMadMan saidHey guys,
    I am attending a conference in Boston soon. So I'll be there between the 26th of August and the 2nd of September.
    The friend who invited me to the conference and to her place is going back to Vermont on the 30th of August as her lease ends: 2 days for me without a place.

    So any suggestions what I can do these two days (hostels, cheap hotels, etc).

    Also, tourism-wise, what can I do?

    Jogging places? Gyms that take a day's pass? Yummy restaurants?


    Thank you for your help!


    Hotels in Boston, in general, aren't cheap. Even the cheap ones are expensive. Not sure I have any bright ideas for you. Maybe you can check craigslist.com to see if anyone rents their apartments on a short-term basis. Otherwise, look for deals on kayak.com or hotels.com. You can sometimes get last-minute deals at some of the hotels....they'd rather price them low than let them go empty.

    But you have to remember that that is Labor Day Weekend, so it's going to be a pretty busy one. And the DB Championship (PGA golf tournament) is going on that weekend as well, so availability may be nonexistent. Sorry that's not good news, but it's the truth.

    Jogging along the Charles is a great option. You can jog on both the Boston and Cambridge sides with great views of the river and the city. There are several Boston Sports Club (BSC) locations around the city that offer day passes, and they might be your cheapest option.

    Check some of the recent threads, because another poster just asked about things to do in Boston. Some that come to mind include the Museum of Science, Fanueil Hall, Freedom Trail, Newbury and Tremont Streets for shopping and dining, North End for Italian food, South End for great restaurants and shops in Boston's gayest neighborhood, Duck Tours, and Harbor Cruise at night.
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Early morning jogging on the freedon trail so that you can enjoy the historic Boston.
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    Aug 15, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Honestly?
    I'm probably the most interesting thing in Boston.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    For accom, try airbnb.com. I use the site both as a guest and host and will vouch for the safety, affordability, variety of options available.

    For restaurants, go to Tremont St in the South End or Boylston St in the Back Bay. Those are the most accessible places in the center of the city. If you and your friend are staying further from the center of Boston, most neighborhoods have a couple of good restaurants that will carry you for a couple of days.

    There's plenty of touristy stuff to do: historic walks/monuments, museums, university visits, nature walks, bike tours, day trips, etc. Two days won't be enough to take it all in. Just be sure to get a day pass for the local bus and subway to make getting around easier and cheaper.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    First thing you need to know about Boston: don't go with any widely recognized chains. No to the Marriott, No to the Westin, all that. It's all about the boutique hotels and small businesses.

    Best hotels by my account:
    Nine Zero (downtown)
    The Chandler (also in a gay neighborhood, bonus)
    Hotel 140 (back bay, if you like to shop, this is a good one)
    Ames hotel (another downtown, but really cool)

    Things to do:
    SoWa on Sundays (south end air market)
    Charles river running (you can also rent a canoe and row your heart out)
    Equinox gym is my favorite (though the aforementioned BSC will prolly be a better deal -- unless you have a member give you a week pass to EQ).
    Harvard Sq and Faneuil Hall are both great social areas with plenty to do
    Newbury Street to bring out your inner homo

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    Aug 15, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    We are pretty awesome.
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    Aug 15, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    Best places to eat? Depends on what you like.

    Seafood .....
    Atlantic Fish Co.

    Steak ...
    Abe and Louie's or
    Grill 23 (though this one is a little more "work")

    Sushi ...
    Douzo
    Haru
    Uni (also a French restaurant named Clio)

    French ....
    Clio (see above)
    Petit-Robert (dive-ish, but yummy)
    Gaslight

    Italian .... (only in the north end of course)
    Fiore (has a nice roof deck)
    Carmen (more intimate date spot)

    Beer ...
    This is Boston, you really can't go wrong. But hit up Bukowski's or Champions just so you can have Brick Red ... its the best from Sam Adams and you can only get it on draft in Boston.

    "I'm more of a cocktail girl" ...
    Masa (also awesome for a different Southwestern style dinner)
    Towne (amazing cocktails too)

    Gay Bars/Clubs ...
    I like Machine, it's the least pretentious of the gay bars, but I'm not much of a gaybar sort of dude.

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    Aug 15, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    For food:

    Ice cream at Picco on Tremont Street (the pizza is good too).
    Mexican food at Casa Romero on Gloucester Street (basically in an alley, but don't let that put you off).
    Pastries at Mike's in the North End
    Nice French bistro food at Petit Robert Bistro. I always feel a little cramped at the one on Columbus in the South End; there's more room at the Kenmore Square location.
    Reliable seafood at Legal's, which you can find all over Boston.

    As for tourism: it's a bit off the beaten track, but the Adams Homestead in Quincy is definitely worth seeing. Just take the Red Line train to Quincy Center.
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    Aug 15, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
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