Charles Street Inn

94 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114, United States

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Help-- Boston, september 24th-26th

by arifman


I'm attempting to plan a surprise trip to Boston with my girlfriend; flying into Logan mid-day on the 24th and leaving the morning of the 26th. primary motivation was to get away with and experience quintessential new england Fall. We're both New Yorkers in our mid-twenties and love food, music etc; getting a sense for the city is more important than checking out tourist sites. would LOVE to be able to check out the autumn leaves somewhere if possible, but public transportation would be necessary (we're in the unfortunate position where both of us have let our licenses expire!)

What do you suggest? Where should we stay? Is getting out of the city to see anything a logistical nightmare with this amount of time? Thank you so much for your help!

Re: Help-- Boston, september 24th-26th

by Monza_dh

At that time there may be only peak foliage much farther north(like the Canadian border). Boston is a great city to see on foot and with the time you have it may not be worth the travel. You only have 1 1/2 days so I'd stay in the city. If you had time I would say take the train to Portland, ME or VT.

Check out for events and restaurant info, it's the best city guide around.

Here's a Foliage site:

Good Luck.

Re: Help-- Boston, september 24th-26th

by joesorce

In that short amount of time I think you need to settle on seeing just Boston, or just the leaves, but not both.

You could take a bus right from Logan into Maine or New Hampshire.

Re: Help-- Boston, september 24th-26th

by gespaper

Two very romatic (and $$) places to stay in Boston are:

Fairmont Hotel (and have drinks at the Oak Bar)
or a real hidden gem is Charles Street Inn.

Stay in the city and have fun...

Tourist Area hotels

by dldkag

We'll be traveling to Boston in mid-September and wanted to stay in an area that would be a good base for day-time sightseeing and dining/nightlife in the evening. What part of town should we aim for? Any hotel suggestions in that area? My early research indicates that there isn't too many decent offerings under $200 per night, but I'd like to stay below $250 if possible.

Thanks for all your help, and have a good day.

RE: Tourist Area hotels

by ltt

the back bay area is suppose to be good.
check out the newbury guest house - but it's basic so if you want new & lots of amenities, that would not be the place for you.

RE: Tourist Area hotels

by CBBluesman

Try a Search for Boston Hotels in the Back Bay area!There are a few tips on this sight.We're going next week on vacation and that area is highly reccomended and close especially by the T to most everything.We got a very good rate at a nice hotel.Type in Hotel Reviews Bostion.There are lots of sites offering discounts.The Waterfront Hotels were too expensive for us especially during prime vacation time.

RE: Tourist Area hotels

by seljohn

try cambridge, which is just north of the Charles River. we stayed at the Royal Sonesta which was right on the riverfront with great views of the Boston skyline. They did some great special deals including a free riverboat trip which took us as far as harvard.


RE: Tourist Area hotels

by gespaper

Any of the hotels in the Back Bay represent a good location if you can find one that offers a good rate. Some of my work colleagues who don't work in my office say they have had good luck @ the MArriott Longwharf as well with a phone call getting much better than rack rates...I'm from the Boston area and if you come up with some possibilities, I'll be happy to give you my opinion.

Another idea is a bed and breakfast my wife and I have stayed in during a get away weekend from the kids..The Charles Street Inn. I only suggest it becuase it is nice, located at the bottom of Beacon Hill (good location). September is sort of in between season and they sometimes have special rates for longer stays (e.g. more than a 2 day week-end) and seem willing to come up with an offer if you e-mail them your dates and say you are interested but can they make you an offer for XX days.....

Good Luck....Nice time of year to see Boston

RE: Tourist Area hotels

by anabelly


If you have a rental car and are willing to drive into town at night you should stay in Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, or Dorchester. It will be about 30 minutes into town at night and 1hr plus in rush hour but you will stay much, much cheaper. Dorchester is the closest and will be about 20 min into town. Hope this helps.

Travel Tips for Boston


by shohman

Boston has very defined Seasons, and all are great to experience.

Winter is cold and sometimes harsh. To live and work in the snow and cold is brutal. in December the sun goes down at about 4 pm, and that makes for some depressed people (millions of them) However, play time in the winter can be great fun. That first snowfall is a sight to see, snow covered pines, blankets of white snow.

Spring: ok, The winter is long, by the end of March things begin to warm a bit and you think Spring is here, you begin to relax a bit. Trust me, Winter is not over. Just when you begin to cheer up, one last freak storm comes to town. But then one day you wake up, all the snow is melted and trees and flowers have begun to bloom (literally overnight) The fresh smell in the air brings happiness to everyone. (think I'm kidding? look at the ear to ear grins on everyones faces) That first day you roll down the windows on the way home from work is a beautiful thing.

Summer: It's quick, perhaps 3 months, but it is truly magical. Weekend beach trips, warm (usually not HOT) days, cool nights, sleeping with the windows open. Summer is a great treat. You will notice anything indoors sees a dramatic drop in business during these months as we Bostonians want to enjoy every moment of Summer.

Fall: New England in the Fall! There is nothing like it. Sure, we know Winter is not far off, but Fall has so many speacial treats. That first crisp day where you walk outside in the morning and feel a chill. The foliage, which changes daily (you can drive down the same street you drove down yesterday and the colors will be completely different) the smell of burning leaves...Fall is magnifigant. The first day of each season

Boston Tip

by sketchyhand

Boston has a real depth of culture which comes from it architecture, historical significance and people. This photo is of a Holocaust monument in the city. It was a very interesting design with names etched in glass disapearing off into the heights of the glass tubes. A very moving experience.

If you are planning to visit...

by JessicaG

If you are planning to visit Boston, it is very important to book a hotel room early (especially if you care about getting a good price! Also, once you are here, buy a map of the city that has the routes of the subway system on it. The subway, known as the 'T' is a cheap and easy way to get around. It can take you to all kinds of good places, like to the Aquarium, the Science Museum, the Prudential building (the tallest in Boston), Harvard Square (which is a bit of a freak show), Fenway Park to see a Red Sox game, etc. It can take you to the bars...but not home from them (it closes at 1:30 am-no more trains!) I like to take a walk in the North End of Boston in the winter. The North End is a variable Little Italy, complete with Italian pastry and espresso shops, where little old men watch Italian soccer games on TV.

Red Auerbach

by travelfrosch

On October 28, 2006, Arnold "Red" Auerbach, the patriarch of the Boston Celtics, passed away. He was the architect of the Celtics basketball dynasty in the 1960s, as well as the man responsible for bringing Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson, and Danny Ainge to the Green for their championship runs in the 1980s. He was also responsible for bringing one of the first black players in the NBA (Bill Russell) to then-racist Boston (Interestingly, if the Red Sox had such courage in 1946, they could have had Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente on the same team... but I digress...), then a few years later making the controversial move of elevating Russell to Player/Coach. Incredibly, just 20 years later, Auerbach was acccused of being racist for fielding a predominantly white team in the 1980s. Auerbach made a classic response: "Most teams (in the NBA) have a bunch of black players being led by a white coach. The Celtics have a bunch of white players being led by a black coach (K.C. Jones). Now you tell me who's being racist!"

Red, thanks for the championships, for the history, and for simply being yourself against all of the naysayers. You will be sorely missed.

Boston Tip

by John195123

I just remembered talking with my parents about what I wanted to do in school and how I wanted to get through college when we were walking on a pedestrian bridge over some thoroughfare near Boston University.


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