Planning a trip to Boston.

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    Feb 10, 2010 3:51 AM GMT
    I have been wanting to travel to Boston area for a weekend getaway for a few years now. I have never been and need some insight. I'll be traveling with at least one good friend of mine, if not a few of us. We are a fun bunch, no matter how many there are of us. We are all between 25-35 with an array of different professions and enjoy the nightlife as much as the next. I have heard people mention Providence as well. Anyhow, I am wondering the following:

    when is best to visit for a weekend in the spring?

    where is the best area to stay to minimize the need for a rental car?

    any particular places of interest during the day to visit? during the night to enjoy the nightlife?
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    Depends on what you are looking for and price. But the Colonade Hotel is very nice and is right in front of the Prudential Center and the Prudential T stop on the green line E. so you can get to any place really in the city by the T and to Providence by the T and then the comuter-rail from south station. and thats about 8 dollars for an hour train ride into the heart of providence. As for places to see in Boston there are museams art galleries design centers and historic places and then there are the typical torrist things like the duck tours and the whale watching and the science center and aquarium. Not to mention newbury st for fun shopping and sometimes live music from Berkley college students. And now the nightlife there are plenty of places to go all depends on what you would like. There are some great gay clubs, salsa clubs, some fun bars and lounges, and kareoke if your feeling brave. I hope you enjoy your trip. Boston is great.

    Dont forget if you like baseball Fenway Park is a nice place to see. and its in a way historic and a very huge important part of the heart and soul of boston.
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    P.S. If you like shows and are coming in early april then you should come see RENT. its going to be a great show.
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    Boston is great for walking around. Historical and pretty, though, still can be pretty chilly in the spring, if not rainy. My favorite time in Boston is probably may, but it depends on the season.

    Nightlife consists of a couple different places. Machine is a gay club by Fenway, and has a good crowd on Friday nights. Club Cafe is in the South End, and also has a decent crowd on fridays. Machine is more dnce club (with an odd leather bar type place upstairs and a video lounge and club downstairs).

    Fritz is a gay sports lounge which I have always found geared towards an older crowd, though some times gay sports teams (especially the softball ones sponsored by the bar) are there.

    The Roxy no longer does gay nights on Saturday, but the House of Blues right outside Fenway does. Pricey after 11 ($15), but free before 11, it is a really big venue and gets a really big crowd.

    The gardens, common, the pru, Fenway, Faneuil Hall, The North End (all Italy...Mikes Pastries), Newbury Street....all great things to see.
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    Feb 10, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    Boston is a great place to visit; like stevarino7 said, Friday nights at Machine are awesome, Saturdays at House of Blues and Sundays at Estate.

    As far as Providence goes, there's Mirabar for the younger crowd, there's the Eagle for the older crowd and bears. Dark Lady is a good time, with a drag show on Saturday nights. Alley Cat is a good place to start off. For dinner, there's the DownCity which has a pretty awesome menu, and awesome drinks (I'm there usually weekly with friends).
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    Feb 10, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    I did undergrad at BU and definitely the best time to come is the last week of April/beginning 2 weeks of May. The parks and trees will be in bloom and it'll start to get warm, maybe even hot on some days. The middle of May will have more college graduations so the city will get a little more congested with families and such.

    Since it's a small city and very walkable, I can't imagine needing a car. If you plan on staying in Boston and not traveling outside it, having a car is more of a hassle since there are so many one ways, no parking, and downtown the streets aren't grid, so it's a mess. The T can pretty much take you anywhere around the city, if not cab it. It's just not always the most reliable train system.

    Pretty much if you walk the Freedom Trail during the day, it'll take you all through the city so you can see sites and piques of interest on the way for night time.

    I still go back myself every month or so; it's a great town.
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    Feb 10, 2010 5:52 AM GMT
    hey guys, so far the info is fantastic. i look forward to more input. Walking around is perfect. A group of 4 of us went to Philadelphia few years ago. Walked the entire city throughout the weekend. Had a great time and visited some cool places during the day and night. So I'm sure there will be no problem finding fun cool stuff to see in Boston / Providence.

    Keep the info coming and thanks.
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    Feb 10, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    Rawrly said
    stevarino7 said

    The Roxy no longer does gay nights on Saturday, but the House of Blues right outside Fenway does. Pricey after 11 ($15), but free before 11, it is a really big venue and gets a really big crowd.


    Oh no, when did they stop doing it?



    Couple months ago.

    I don't really have too much to add as people have already mentioned most things. What I will say, is if you like Italian food.... The North End is a must. Very quaint, great feel to it - and the restaurants are amazing.

    While you're there you could also take in a show at the Improv Asylum comedy club. I've been many times and always leave with my face and abs hurting from laughing so much icon_lol.gif

    As for clubs...

    Wednesday: Latin Night at Venue (I think they still have it)

    Thursday: Club Cafe - then Estate

    Friday: Club Cafe - then/or Machine

    Saturday: Club Cafe - then House of Blues

    Sunday: Estate

    ...at least that's what I know of what most people do. Club Cafe is pretty staple because there aren't many places like it. It's just a video bar. You could always go to Fritz beforehand if you rather be in a sports crowd.

    Check out http://www.edgeboston.com/ - there's some good information there as well.
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    Feb 10, 2010 11:43 AM GMT
    All posts above are great info, so no need to repeat.

    As for places to stay, check out John Jeffries House, located across from MGH Station on the Red Line - It's reasonable price and great location.

    The Back Bay Hotel is also beautiful, great location, but a little more expensive but worth it.

    Any hotel in the 02116 area code will be well-located.

    Also, check out restaurants in "SOWA" (south of Washington) including Rocca, Stella, and Flour. They're all fun, delicious, a bit expensive but worth it.

    Definitely do not get a car - too expensive to rent, then too expensive to park, then too confusing to drive around the crazy streets here.

    Enjoy!
  • jrs1

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    Feb 10, 2010 12:23 PM GMT

    I live here now ... and all of the above surmises the info. that you need to know.

    one more thing: you do not need a car here. honest. : o )