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A September 2005 trip to Boston by britgirl7

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Quote: On Labour Day weekend, my husband and I took a flight to Boston to check out life on the East Coast.

Boston Virgins

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Overview

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Having been in the United States for almost 10 years now, I have no excuse for not visiting Boston. I knew before going that I would enjoy the trip, but it surpassed all my expectations. I loved this compact little city, and from just a long weekend's experience, I have a feeling I will someday return here to live.Boston seemed to have a little of everything that I would want to call home, from the culture and the architecture to the nearby ocean, great restaurants, good nightlife, and cultural areas, such as little Italy and Chinatown.* Walking around this city is an experience in itself. The architecture is stunning and the colonial buildings are pleasures to walk around...Read More

NINE ZERO Hotel

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Hotel

NINE ZERO Hotel Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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When searching Travelocity for a quick weekend getaway to Boston, we found the NINE ZERO hotel on one of the packages. To book this hotel individually was quite expensive, but as a package it was very reasonable.Our room description on booking said “intimate,” which led me to believe we might be getting the worst possible room. Further research had me concerned with numerous reviews about the arrogant young staff. However, we couldn’t have been more pleased.We arrived from Logan airport and took the T straight to Park, which was the nearest stop. The hotel itself looks elegant from the outside, though definitely not historic-look...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

NINE ZERO Hotel
90 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 772-5800

Durgin-Park

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Restaurant

Durgin-Park Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Durgin-Park...established before you were born...that’s how the signs read, and there are photographs all over the walls of this pub to prove that fact. Whilst the origins of Durgin-Park go way back to the revolutionary days, the fame founders who created the all-American-style food took over 150 years ago, and to this day people flock here to try the legendary chowder, johnny cakes, and Indian puddings.We didn't really know of the history on entering, as we were just hungry and wandering the Fenuil Hall area and thought this looked to have a nice pub atmosphere.We ate in the bar area on rickets benches that formed...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Durgin-Park
340 Faneuil Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
+1 617 227 2038

Fiore's Ristorante

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Restaurant

Fiore's Ristorante Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The story goes that as a young 12-year-old, Fiore Correla dreamed of owning a restaurant on this street and would wander the shops hoping that one day his dreams would come true. Eventually, the store that stood in Fiores spot (a music store) closed down, so Fiore snapped up the chance to buy the spot and create his dreamWe ate at Fiores for lunch on one of our many wanderings through the Little Italy area (more commonly known as the North End). Fiores has an elegant look to it, from the small side patio to the rooftop where more of a night scene takes place.Even though we timed it for lunch, we were late and hit the early dinner crowd. Though the rest...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Fiore's Ristorante
250 Hanover Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02113
(617) 371-1176

Mike's Pastry

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Restaurant

Mike's Pastry Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Okay, so here's the culprit for the 2 pounds that somehow arrived on my butt after this short weekend trip !!Mike's Pastry is right in the middle of the Little Italy area on Hanover Street. You know it's going to be good when you see all the other pastry shops around and see that Mike's has a queue going out of the door. That’s was enough to attract my attention alone, never mind the glowing report I had heard and the enchanting blue-and-white "Mike's Pastry" boxes I saw being carted all over town.What was this elusive Mike's, I kept thinking as I saw box after box pass me by a day earlier, and now I was here before it and about the join the line for my own little box....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Mike's Pastry
300 Hanover Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02113
(617) 742-3050

Naked Fish

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Restaurant

Naked Fish Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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The NAKED FISH restaurant caught my eye as we were shopping in the Faneuil Hall area. I love seafood, and we had already tried the more local joints for chowder and fish-and-chips. Naked Fish looked a little different, as it was advertised as “elegant seafood and Cuban cocktails.” That’s a combination I wasn’t about to miss.The decor inside was simple and stylish. I was glad we had dressed up a little and made the effort. It was pretty packed, but we had made reservations earlier that day. Our table was in the back, towards the kitchen, which is not usually a preferred spot, but on this chilly evening it suited us fine.The waitress was fu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Naked Fish
16 North St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
(617) 742-3333

Avalon

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Attraction

Avalon Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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If you are a fan of my journals, you will know that no trip is complete for me without a little nightlife thrown in for good measure, and what better way to jiggle away all the chowder calories than a good club!!We were recommended Avalon by the bloke that worked the door at our hotel, as I wanted a good techno music night. We took the T over to the Fenway (Kenmore was nearest T stop) area, which had quite a lot of bars and clubs all around. Avalon would have been easy to find we had been looking rather than getting distracted by all the neon in that area.It was $15 to get in, though I’m sure the prices vary depending on the night and time you go in. There was already quite a line for...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Avalon
15 Lansdowne St
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
+1 617 262 2424

Ned Devine's

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Attraction | "Ned Divines"

Ned Devine's Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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NED DEVINES is an Irish pub right on the corner on the Fenueil marketplace walkway. There’s outdoor seating as well as two floors with three different area inside for a fun night out. We started sitting on the patio, just for some quick food. Karl was disappointed at the beer choices, but with an appletini in hand, I was more than happy.The food was simple pub food and was enjoyable. I got the fish-and-chips ($13), which were done in a more traditional English style, with a nice crunchy batter. Karl had chowder (again), and it really was delicious ($5).Our intention was just to grab some quick food and then move on, but on venturing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Ned Devine's
250 Quincy Market Building
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
(617) 248-8800

Umbria

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Attraction

Umbria Photo, Boston, Massachusetts
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Karl and I had only planned for one night of heavy clubbing but as this was close to our hotel and highly recommended, we decided to check it out the following evening. After a late dinner, we set out to find it. We hadn't asked directions at the hotel, figuring it wouldn't be too difficult, but no one in town seemed to have heard of it, so it did take some time. Tucked away in the Financial District, the streets we walked in our search were deserted and we didn't have high hopes--then, turning the last corner, a line was formed outside a four-story building and my heart jumped. A line is never good to wait in, especially on a chilly September evening in Boston, but a line is also a goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2005

Umbria
295 Franklin Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02110
(617) 338-1000