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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
It's a great spot with an amazing tap list. I'm fortunate to have their Somerville location a block away from my office. Makes for a great place to sneak away at lunch for a Trillium from time to time.


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CaptainJ47
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Abita- I am thinking I will turn in the rental car. Are there enough pubs and places to see in walking distance/Uber to see near Copley Place to save the $60 a day parking? Anywhere you recommend me going to belly up to the bar with locals?

FWIW- if you make it down first two beers are on me


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Yes Copley area has tons of great places within walking distance. And keep in mind that the T is very easy to navigate, inexpensive, and can get you practically anywhere you want to be.

If you want a true hole in the wall local bar to grab a pint, walk over to Bukowski Tavern. Its a crap hole of a bar but the locals that frequent it are entertaining. really great beer list though.

You’re making a smart call ditching the rental car. Happy to join you for a pint any time.
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CaptainJ47
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We are free all day Thursday if I can treat you to a pint somewhere. Honestly we will be in Boston tomorrow around 4 and just plan on wandering around then as well. Email me at CaptainJ47@yahoo.com and we can meet up.


AbitaFan08
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E-mail sent.


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d6k
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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It is a long drive. We Katrina evac'd to Birmingham then when shite fell apart, drove up to Cape Cod where we have family. That drive sucked - pregnant wife, 2 little kids, a set of grandparents - took us two and a half days. Would not recommend.


We have decided not to make the drive, will save some time and fly. Now searching for some Airbnb in the Newton/Watertown area.


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Between those two, I'd recommend trying to be in Newton. Not that Watertown isn't a nice area, there's just no T stop that goes out there so you'd be stuck Ubering, driving, or taking the bus to get anywhere you'd want to go.


d6k
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Between those two, I'd recommend trying to be in Newton. Not that Watertown isn't a nice area, there's just no T stop that goes out there so you'd be stuck Ubering, driving, or taking the bus to get anywhere you'd want to go.


One of the reasons why I love this site...Thanks Abita


pjab
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There is a quaint bar at the Newton Centre T stop too.


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JonTheTigerFan
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Going to Boston July 14, just the wife and me. Got tickets to the Red Sox game on the 15th. Don’t really have a plan yet as far as places to go/see. Planning to rent a car and drive up the coast. Any recommendations on must see places within driving distance? Probably gonna just stay 1 or 2 nights in Boston. Also, hotel recommendations near Fenway Park?


AbitaFan08
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For starters, I would only rent the car for when you are leaving Boston. You do not want or need a car while you're in the city - you're better off taking the T or using Uber/Lyft.

As far as places worth driving to, there are many. What are you looking to do/see? What do you consider a reasonable drive?

Here's a list of great places to visit near Boston, in no particular order:

Newport, RI
Portland, ME
Kennebunkport, ME
Stowe, VT
Burlington, VT
Woodstock, VT
Portsmouth, NH
Newburyport, MA
Gloucester, MA
Montreal, Canada (by far the furthest drive, but doable at about 5 hours)

The closest hotel to Fenway is called The Verb Hotel, which is fairly new. It's right on top of the ballpark.

I'd also recommend looking at the Fairmont Copley. Great, historic hotel along the Green Line not far at all from Fenway. Bonus: they have an on-site mascot named Catie Copley, a black lab. She hangs out in the lobby and greets guests. She's awesome.
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JonTheTigerFan
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Yeah I told the wife we should Uber or take the T from the airport to the hotel then get the car at the airport on our way out of town. Wanna mostly see scenic historic stuff. I’ve always wanted to see New England. I just had foot surgery 2 weeks ago so I’m limited on any kind of hiking but I still want to see as much stuff as we can in 5 days. Thanks for the response!


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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
my wife and I took an overnight trip to Rockport, MA and we both loved it.

its about 40 min north of Boston. We stayed at the bearskin neck lodge, which is at the very tip of a pier. it's gorgeous.


AbitaFan08
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Rockport is also a great option.

Additionally, if you want to go somewhere near Boston but not drive, there's a ferry that will take you from downtown Boston to Provincetown (a great town in Cape Cod) in 90 minutes.


Tigerfan19
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
The wife and I are going for a week, starting July 27th
I have a conference near the airport, but I'm looking to stay more near Fenway or Feneuil Hall area. Doesn't seem like too much to do near the airport, want an area to stay at that the wife can walk around during the day while I'm stuck at the conference.

Also, since I'm stuck near the airport, should I just rent a car since I'll be staying a ways away?

Looking for a Marriott property to stay at in that area.

Thanks!


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
A few things:

While staying near the airport isn't exactly ideal, the nice thing is that Logan Airport is extremely close to downtown, so if you were to stay near your conference you'd still be able to enjoy the city.

Faneuil Hall is closer to the airport, so would likely be more convenient for you. But jut a warning - that area is extremely touristy, so be prepared to deal with that.

Do not rent a car. I repeat, DO NOT rent a car. You're much, much better off using the T (subway) or just grabbing an Uber/Lyft. Driving in the city isn't exactly easy if you're not used to it, and dealing with parking can be a nightmare.


Tigerfan19
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Thanks!

So what do you recommend....how far is it to the Fenway area from Faneuil Hall. Can the wife walk around is that area safe?

We love to be outside, so walking distance to spots would be ideal. Seems like I would take the 1A back to the Airport for the conference.

Thanks I wont rent a car



AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Boston is not as large of a city as people realize - it's very walkable and things are fairly close together. Fenway is probably 1.5-2 miles from Faneuil, would probably take 30 minutes to get there from the T or a 15 minute Uber ride without traffic.

Your wife will be fine walking in either area. Boston is an extremely safe city - I've never felt worried walking around at any time, day or night.

I would recommend looking at the Copley Fairmont for a hotel, as it's near Fenway but in between that and Faneuil.


Tigerfan19
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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Boston is not as large of a city as people realize - it's very walkable and things are fairly close together. Fenway is probably 1.5-2 miles from Faneuil, would probably take 30 minutes to get there from the T or a 15 minute Uber ride without traffic.

Your wife will be fine walking in either area. Boston is an extremely safe city - I've never felt worried walking around at any time, day or night.

I would recommend looking at the Copley Fairmont for a hotel, as it's near Fenway but in between that and Faneuil.


Really appreciate it, so we are flying up the Friday and I'm staying until Friday Aug 3rd. Been a Sox fan my whole life and they are in a home stand that week so I'm going to every game. My wife and I are going to do the Duck tour but also the Fenway tour as well. The Yankees are in town the Thursday my conference ends so everyone is pretty excited. I'm more excited about the Phillies and getting to see Nola hopefully. I'm thinking the Marriott Copley looks like a great middle spot for me and the wife to stay. Really appreciate your information, would love to have a beer w/ya while we are there




Zappas Stache
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Hey Abita, are you in town this week or still in London? I'll be in Boston Wed thru Saturday of this week and will buy you a beer for all your hardwork if you are around. We are staying in the Davis Square area.


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