If you’ve got Boston “Beantown” on your bucket list, you’re in for a real treat. Boston is one of the most historic cities on the east coast. Between historic hotels and glistening skyscrapers in the bustling business district you’ll find small local markets nestled away on cobblestone streets. Like most large east coast cities, Boston is very tourist friendly but also very expensive. Get your tennis shoes on as Boston is a walking town!
While the five star hotels in the center of the action are enticing, you’ll encounter some serious sticker shock. Lower priced hotels are unfortunately often located quite a distance from the city center. Consider both the transportation costs and time necessary to venture into the more popular tourist areas and suddenly the savings aren’t that attractive. Check out some of the lower priced alternative to hotels, yet a step up from hostels. One of the major website for finding accommodations is airbnb. It’s really quite simple and safe. Individuals offer either a room in their condo/home for nightly rental or the entire home or condo. Each individual listing will specify location, amenities and nightly rate. Often ‘rooming’ with a local will give you better insight into the newest, off the beaten track attractions and dining spots not yet in the guide books.
Staying in a private home will give you the extra flexibility to take advantage of the local restaurants, salons and museums. Most often you’ll be able to secure accommodations close to the rail and bus lines, eliminating the expense of car rental.
Be sure to check out the stunning mansions on the Back Bay that were once owned by Boston’s most successful and prominent families. These are adjacent to Boston’s bustling harbor where local delis and fresh markets are plentiful. Grab a lobster roll and dine al fresco by the Charles River.
A quick bus ride away is the infamous Harvard Yard in Cambridge. The oldest private university in America, Harvard boasts some of the most stunning architecture on the east coast. Acorn Street is a must see, with the Colonial history around every corner. Enjoy your stay in Beantown!