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CaptainJ47
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
I will be hitting up the Westin Copley place again next week... unfortunately only for a night this time.


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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Back from London - would be happy to meet you for a pint somewhere. But to be clear you or no one else here owes me anything for helping out. I enjoy making sure people that visit Boston have a good time.

I know Davis Square very well. Up until recently I worked there for a long time - just took a new job. Definitely hit up Five Horses for beers and Painted Burro for delicious tacos and their mango margarita.
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TFTC
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Abita..

Are you familiar with The Ames Hotel and it's surroundings...

In about a month, flying into Logan, renting a car and spending a few days out in North Adams... then driving back to the city for Friday/Saturday, ditching car, and staying at the Ames..


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
I do know the Ames Hotel, actually.

In 2015 my family stayed at the Ames when I ran the Boston Marathon (#subtlebrag.) It’s a great hotel in a fantastic location. The hotel bar is nice, and you’re in walking distance to some great stuff along with being extremely close to both the orange and red lines.
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TFTC
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Thanks!


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
No worries happy to help.

If you have other questions please post here.


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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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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


Yes the Marriott Copley would be a good fit. Good location.

Always happy to meet up with posters from the TB and grab a pint while they visit.


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AbitaFan08
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Tigerfan19
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Abita, is there any other hotels that are not in the Downtown area to look at. Places that me and the wife can just walk out the hotel and walk around the city that isn't far from Fenway or things to do.

My conference is by the airport and I don't want to stay near there. I'd rather stay closer to the city.

TIA


AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
As I mentioned, the Fairmont Copley is a good choice.

Also look at the Longwharf Marriott, Ames, and Omni Parker House. As far as location goes, the Omni is best.

If you really want to splurge, the Four Seasons is the best option in the city, both in terms of quality of hotel and location.


CuseTiger
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I will finally be making a trip over to the boston area in 2 weekends . You have any recs for Provincetown? Think a few buddies and I will rent an airbnb there and chill out for the weekend. Not sure if I'm flying into Hyannis or Boston yet depending on work. If boston, how difficult would it be from the airport to ferry to provincetown?

Eta: Just spoke with my mom and she mentioned how provincetown is very gay, had no clue. What am I in for?
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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Welcome back.

It's not hard at all to get from the airport to the ferry, and it's only a 90 minute ride from there to Ptown. You can see the schedule here.

The ferry fills up quickly on weekends. Make advanced reservations online, and on the weekends, arrive to Long Wharf 45 minutes before departure if you want to get a seat on the outside upper deck seat for the views. You will likely want to have a jacket because it can get chilly on the ride if you sit outside, even in the summer.

Yes, Ptown is definitely a gay-friendly community. But if you're not uncomfortable seeing rainbow flags or a couple guys holding hands, it's not really a big deal.

Places to check out while you're there:

1. Breakfast at Cafe Heaven
2. Coffee at Kohi
3. Drinks at Spindlers
4. Drinks/Dinner at the Red Inn

Other than that, it's just a nice place to hang out on the beach, walk around town, and look for seals in the water.

If you don't do an AirBnB, because they can be extremely expensive this time of year, it's a very doable day trip from Boston.


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d6k
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
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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.


Have our first two trips up there planned, the first being in mid-August. We have to rent a car for this trip because we will be moving our son into his dorm at BC and will need to hit some stores to purchase some things...staying in Somerville for this week long trip. Coming back up in September for parent weekend and the BC/Temple game, not renting a car for that trip. Staying at an airbnb for both trips. Hope to get to some of the places to eat that you have suggested on here.


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JonTheTigerFan
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
So we are back home from our trip and it was amazing. I had surgery on my foot a few weeks ago so I kinda hobbled around with a boot and knee scooter. Pretty much every trip in Boston we took an Uber which was super easy and not really that expensive.

We went to the Moulin Rouge show Saturday night at the Emerson Colonial Theater and I must say it was a great production. Walked over to Legal Crossing a couple of blocks away after the show. The clam chowder was really good; I drank an old fashioned and the wife had some red wine. Sunday we went to Fenway for a Red Sox game (Tiger Stadium should take notes on how to do a game day experience inside the gates). Before the game we stopped at Baseball Tavern for a few drinks. Great little place with a nice vibe. We ate dinner at Lincoln Tavern. The food was good but it was late and the place got really loud.

Monday morning we took the “hop on/hop off tour” just to kind of see the city since I was limited with the scooter. Got off at Boston Common and went to Cheers bar for a beer and got picked up there. It was a pretty good tour of the city since I had never been.

Took a shuttle back to the airport to get our car and drove down to Newport, Rhode Island. Got to see the sunset over the water there. What a beautiful town that is!

Drove around the coast of Newport the next morning and all I can say is WOW! The mansions on the coast are something to see!

Drove north to Jackson, NH where we stayed at Eagle Mountain House and Golf Club. It’s a beautiful old lodge and was a great place to stay. Took the 2 hour guided tour of Mount Washington and it was amazing! Was 40 degrees at the summit with gusting winds upwards of 50 mph. Would definitely recommend seeing the summit of Mt. Washington.

We drove to Portland, Maine yesterday where we stayed at the Portland Harbor Hotel. Very nice hotel a block away from the harbor. Had a late lunch at DiMillo’s on the Water. The wife had the lobster roll (just because she never had) and she said it was ok. I had the lobster Mac n cheese which was very good. Took a sailboat sunset cruise which was really cool. Drove around to Cape Elizabeth this morning (beautiful place to drive around) then to Boston airport.

All in all an amazing trip. I would definitely want to go back and spend more time at each of the places we visited. New England is beautiful and the weather is phenomenal this time of year. Can’t wait to go back someday.
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CuseTiger
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Update on my trip to cape cod:

It's been an awesome weekend and would highly recommend heading to this area in July. Cool nights, not too hot (70s/80s) during the day, good food, great beer (sipping on a harpoon wannamango in Fenway currently), and good people.

The water in P-Town was so nice, not too hot but also not cold. We had a property manager checking out the girls in the cottage next to us, legit looking up her shorts for a #metoo moment.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/EVYmV3Q.jpg width=600


There are public beaches in the state park area at the end of the cape that are paid during the day but free at night. They provide great views (see below). We stopped to ask a park ranger where the beaches were as we in the park and he just shook his head at us since the beach was right on the other side of the dunes.

Image: https://i.imgur.com/mxJmIPm.jpg width=600


Image: https://i.imgur.com/S2nt6Z9.jpg width=600


If you're in P-town apparently you have to go to the tea party. It's 4-7pm and a bunch of people getting shitfaced. The downtown area itself is great, think we ended up at old colonial bar for karaoke night.

If you're straight, this is actually a great place to pick up chicks. Lots of bachelorette parties were there and other groups of single lady friends so it was a good time. Got a girls # who is in my phone as kerstin- drag queen karaoke

Still trying to decide if the cape is more a couple's getaway or a family vacation spot... In any case it's a great weekend trip and I can't wait to come back. Abita we'll have a beer next time I'm around
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AbitaFan08
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Sounds good, glad you enjoyed your time on the Cape.


CuseTiger
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Buffalo
Member since Jul 2013
5635 posts

re: The Definitive Boston Thread
I'm convinced Boston is one of the best cities in the country, could easily see myself moving here at some point


Zappas Stache
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
We enjoyed our 4 days there. The only bad part was walking the freedom trail with all the fat, sweaty tourists. We only scratched the surface as we never even made it to the southside or Beacon Hill.....or Cheers..... j/k.

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could easily see myself moving here at some point


too damn cold for me. And if I were moving somewhere cold, Montreal is a great city we enjoyed even more than boston.


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jimithing11
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re: The Definitive Boston Thread
Shoutout for the recs

Spent a few days there recently and hit up several of these spots. Did lunch at Parish and Yankee Lobster, hit the aquarium and also tried several breweries (Lamplighter, Cambridge, Harpoon and Somerville). Somerville was probably my favorite. Lot of great selections. Harpoon was pretty cool for a large-scale brewery



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