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Boston - Tourist in My Own City

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A September 2004 trip to Boston by notso62

Boston Public Garden Photo, Boston, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: I live in Boston but had yet to experience it from a tourist's point of view, until my parents came to visit me one weekend.

Boston - Tourist in My Own City

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Boston Public Garden Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston is one of the northeastern United State's most historically significant cities. The Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere's midnight ride, and The Battle of Bunker Hill all happened here. It is hard to escape the cultural significance of places as one is just walking down a cobblestone street in the North End. Boston is an American History Buff's dream destination. There are many tours and reenactments that centralize on this theme and almost any of them are worth the few dollars to take one. Boston also has plenty to do for those of us that aren't so interested in events that happened 375 years ago. From the upscale shops on Newbury Street (Boston's answer to New York City's Madison Avenue), to...Read More

Holiday Inn Boston Brookline

Hotel | "Holiday Inn- Brookline"

Holiday Inn Boston Brookline Photo, Brookline, Massachusetts
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The Holiday Inn on Beacon Street in Brookline has very nice accommodations for the price they charge. Though the rooms are a steal at $125 per night in this area, the good service has not been compromised as a result. There is an indoor pool in this hotel, which is perfect for a dip after seeing the sights without worrying about ever-changing Boston weather. The rooms are pretty standard for a Holiday Inn in terms of cleanliness and amenities, but they are a bit cramped with furniture due to their small size. Boston is famous for the high cost of living per square foot, so it makes sense that this hotel would try to maximize its profits by squeezing in some extra rooms. This was the only...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 24, 2005

Holiday Inn Boston Brookline
1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, Massachusetts
(617) 277-1200

Casa Romero

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Restaurant

Casa Romero Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Tucked away in an ally off Gloucester Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood is one of the best authentic Mexican restaurants in New England. Casa Romero may be understated by its "blink-and-you’ll-miss-it" storefront, but the cuisine inside packs a punch that makes patrons wish they had found this secret dining destination on previous occasions. Casa Romero is not the place to go if you would like to dine with a view or people-watch. The tables are situated so that diners don’t compete with each other for attention, and there are no windows in its subterranean dining room. Sound claustrophobic? It’s really not. Casa Romero is decorated with warm touches and Mexican folk art that som...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2005

Casa Romero
30 Gloucester St
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
+1 617 536 4341

Elephant Walk

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Restaurant

Elephant Walk Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Elephant Walk's Boston outpost is located just steps from Kenmore Square and Fenway Park. This is a great place to go if you're craving an elegant and well-thought-out meal, as opposed to the more casual ballpark fare associated with the area. The Elephant Walk has other locations in Cambridge and Waltham that are under the same management and creative teams.The Elephant Walk specializes in French-Cambodian cuisine and boasts one of the best gourmet menus in all of Boston. Food critics often rave about the chef's original creations, which draw from her Cambodian roots and French-culinary training. The diverse menu offers many options for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike; the dis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2005

Elephant Walk
900 Beacon St
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
+1 617 247 1500 (Bro

Laurel

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Restaurant

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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With all the expensive and most times over-priced restaurants in Boston, what is a tourist on a budget to do when he or she wants a good quality sit-down meal? The answer to that question is the Laurel Bar and Grill in the South End. This restaurant has remained under-the-radar for a few years since opening, but is as excellent as it is inexpensive. The first time my friend and I dined at Laurel, I had to convince him that it was a great place for a sit-down meal. We had looked at the menu online, and upon seeing the prices (which are extremely low), he had incorrectly assumed this place would be a dive. Upon seeing the restaurant, he exclaimed that he was pleasantly surprised. Contrary to the bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2006

Laurel
142 Berkeley St
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
+1 617 424 6711

Cottonwood Restaurant & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Cottonwood Cafe"

Cottonwood Restaurant & Cafe Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Settled in the well-to-do section of Boston between the South End and Back Bay, the Cottonwood Cafe attracts a lot of area local-20 to 30-somethings for casual meals or after-work drinks. The atmosphere is nice, but decidedly unstuffy. I arrived at 7:55pm on Friday and the restaurant was completely packed; so I inquired with the maitre'd as to if my party had arrived yet since we were meeting there instead of beforehand. Unlike other Boston restaurants that may not be so cordial, the host at the Cottonwood told me that my party was running 15 minutes late and that they would happily come get me at the bar once the rest arrived. I thought this was so nice because a) in Boston if you're late ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2006

Cottonwood Restaurant & Cafe
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 247-2225

Boston Duck Tours

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Attraction

Boston Duck Tours Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Boston Duck Tours that leave every day from the Prudential Center and the Museum of Science are a great way to see the city. The "ducks" are amphibious bus-type vehicles that drive the streets as well as go in the water. Since Boston is a city with its borders pretty much defined by water, it makes sense that a good tour would use this to its advantage. The tour includes all the major sites in Boston, including the Prudential Center, Public Garden, Boston Common, State House, and Faneuil Hall. It also covers parts of neighboring Charlestown, including the Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution. The conductors are knowledgeable and very entertaining to boot. They point out the major sights ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2005

Boston Duck Tours
3 Copley Place
Boston, Massachusetts 02116
(617) 723 3825

Boston Public Garden

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Boston Public Garden Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The Boston Public Garden lies right in the middle of the Back Bay neighborhood. The streets and buildings that surround this garden are always busy with motorists, patrons, and upscale proprieters, but the garden remains a place to go to escape the hustle and bustle. The ornate iron gate entrance surrounded by roses and other manicured plants makes visitors feel as though they are entering an enchanted part of the city. Once inside, these expectations are not spoiled, but rather confirmed. The beautiful lawns, trees, plantings, fountains and statues line well paved pathways. Artists line the banks of the pond, sketching the popular "swan boats" that paddle customers around the water. The path...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2005

Boston Public Garden
Adjacent to Boston Common
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 522-1966

Prudential Center Skywalk

Attraction | "Prudential Center"

Prudential Center Skywalk Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The view from the Pru (what Bostonian's call the Prudential Center) is simply spectacular. Boston's second tallest building has the city's highest public observation deck. An accelerated elevator whisks visitors to the top where they enter the "Skywalk". Here they pay approximately $10 to walk around floor and gaze out the unobstructed picture windows. There is also a plethora of information on the guideboards on the inside walls to help explain to visitors what exactly they are seeing in their birds-eye view. For an extra nominal fee, you can get a recorded personal tour set up to guide you around as you look at the views. This is highly recommended and worth the extra $4--the tour was both imfor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 24, 2005

Prudential Center Skywalk
800 Boylston St
Boston, Massachusetts
617/236-3100

Fenway Park

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Attraction

Fenway Park Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Take me out to the ball game! As long as you're in Boston for a stint in the spring, summer, or fall, why not try to grab tickets to see the Red Sox in Fenway Park? This historic ballpark is a one-of-a-kind national treasure.Fenway seats approximately 35,000 people, which is tiny in comparison to every other stadium and ballpark these days. That means that there are no real "bad" or "nosebleed" seats. You can see the details of the field from almost anywhere you sit! You'll feel like you can reach out and touch the players, even from the top of the rightfield roof deck. Because Fenway is so small, the tickets to the home games sell out almost immediately. To get tickets ahead of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2005

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 482-4769

Boston Common

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Attraction

Boston Common Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston Common is the beautiful piece of parkland that is framed by Charles, Tremont, Beacon, and Boylston Streets in the middle of the city. Its 50 acres are beautifully kept and well preserved - especially since this is thought to be one of the oldest public parks in the United States. Boston Common has served different purposes throughout the centuries. In the beginning of the Revolutionary War, it was used by the British as a campground. In the early 1800s, it was used as the place for mob scenes and hangings. With all the historical turmoil that took place here, it's no wonder that the popular rumor nowadays is that the Common is haunted. The Common these days is more of a place for a qu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2005

Boston Common
Charles, Beacon And Tremont Streets
Boston, Massachusetts 02116