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Boston and New England advice

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Boston and New England advice

We are two 55plus folks planning a two week trip to Boston and New England to visit family. We fly in to Boston in mid October and fly out of Boston early November. Our family is in Bristol Vermont and Falmouth Maine and we intend to spend about three days in each of those spots.

We are spending the last three days in Boston before flying out so my questions revolve around routes, other stops, and timing for Vermont and Maine.

We would love to see fall color but understand that we may be late for that and would rather see small towns, local arts and culture than compete for a view of leaves with thousands of others in their cars.

ALso - we loved spending time in Boston in the Back Bay area but the hotels are SO Expensive! Is there somewhere else in town that would provide good walking areas, museums, local arts etc. at a more reasonable rate?

Thanks for any ideas you may provide!

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You can easily drive from Bristol to Falmouth in one day if you want but you might want to stop along the way. You might want to take the time to stop at the Ben and Jerry's factory (although it's not as exciting as I had hoped) or certainly St. Johnsbury (which would be a fun place to spend the night, I think), which has a wonderful old, small museum of Natural History.

You don't need to worry about competing with thousands of others in their cars for a view of leaves. At the right time of year (you are correct in that you may be little late) it's beautiful everywhere. Are there hordes of people in Seattle competing to see the sky on a nice day? The issue is more one of competition for hotel rooms. Better book now. I always recommend that people stop at Bretton Woods between Vermont and Maine, but if you can't find a hotel room, just drive from your relatives in Bristol to your relatives in Falmouth.

Hotels in nice sections of Boston are expensive for a reason. If there were a public option, a government-run hotel in a good walking area, museums, local arts etc., then private hotels might be forced to lower their rates, but that's just not the way our hotel system works in Massachusetts. You might consider staying in the suburbs (this is a frequently asked question) but basically if you want the full Boston experience once in your life you're probably going to have to splurge.

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For hotels in Boston try using priceline or hotwire. Use betterbidding.com to help with the bidding. I stayed at the Hyatt Regency for just over $60 a night back on Memorial Day weekend. So there are some good deals to be had.

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There is one B & B in the Back Bay area -- not sure about the price, but it might be a little cheaper. It's called the Newbury Guest House, I believe. Also there are some "smaller" hotels in or at the edge of Back Bay, that might be lower. One is called the Copley Square Hotel (not the Copley Plaza which is the famous one). Another is the Colonnade, and also the Lenox. Again, no idea about the rates, but these are not part of the giant chains, as far as I know.

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