Vacation Destination Tips
I'm a very picky vacation connoisseur. Vacations, to
me, are opportunities to explore. And relax. O.K.,
and to eat things my doctor would kill me for...
With that in mind, I figured I'd
share a bit of my vacation travels. And give lots of
unsolicited travel advice.
Boston surprised me
on my first visit many years ago. I expected to find a
typically frantic, sterile city with very little
personality. What I found was a very pleasant, walkable city
with an eclectic – but intriguing - blend of history,
culture, shopping and dining. I’ve returned several times
over the years and continue to enjoy visits there.
Where to Stay
I’ve stayed in three
general areas in Boston:
I’d recommend the Swissotel)
Back Bay (where
being in or near the Copley Plaza shopping district is
an advantage for casual dining and shopping)
I don’t have an immediate recommendation).
Plaza area is my favorite lately, as its shopping and
theater district are a clean and safe walk from most hotels
in that complex.
How to Get Around
completed Big Dig (Boston's 15 year $15 billion project
to bury the interstate that ran through downtown) has
transformed surface transportation into a vaguely
pleasant big city traffic nightmare. Therefore, I only
rent a car when I plan to leave the city. Taxis are fine
from the airport to your hotel. |
|Boston has an
old, but very serviceable
subway system where the cost between any two points
in the city is roughly $1. I generally find the subway
easy to use, reliable, if a bit claustrophobic in some
Old Town Trolley – Boston has several sightseeing
“trolley car” services that run one or more loops
through Boston with on and off service, allowing you to
stay on and get on overview of the city, or hop on and
off and hit the city highlights. They’re not rail-based
trolley, really just little busses – sometimes open air.
I’d recommend Old Town Trolley – they had very reliable
service, very friendly drivers and pretty accurate
historical commentary. They had one or multi day passes,
and often have discounts or freebee deals.
What to Do
England clam chowder at a
Restaurant. One of my favorite seafood chains, its noted
for its creamy, rich and generally very fresh clam
chowder. Not normally much of a seafood fan, I do enjoy
the menu and particular the freshness of product at
Legal Seafood. I’ve been known to order Legal Seafood
chowder via FedEx for my birthday…call me crazy, but its
|Take in a
Boston Pops Concert.
I’m not much of a symphony fan, but the Pops is a great
experience. Their young conductor has continued the Pops
reputation for high quality yet diverse musical
offerings. The acoustically perfect Symphony Hall where
most of their concerts are held is just a few blocks
away from Copley Plaza in Back Bay.
– Boston has a pleasant mid-city walking path starting
at the Boston Commons garden area and going through the
heart of the city to the Harbor and to the Bunker Hill
Monument. It’s a self-paced tour through history that is
especially nice on a spring or fall morning.