Well, just got back from 6 days in Boston, and wanted to thank people on here for their advice, we had an amazing time. The weather was fantastic, it could not have been better. Infact, it was so warm I actually had to go out and buy a vest top to wear during the day, as it was far too hot to wear the sweaters i had packed (not that I am complaining!).
We spent the first two nights in a central B&B in the South End, which was great, really handy for all the sights. I liked that Boston is very walkable too..boy did we walk some! On our trip we did the following...
Lots of shopping!
Salem (by ferry)
pastry at "mike's"
Cream pie at the Omni Parker house hotel
Coffee at the top of the prudential centre..great views
We probably did other stuff, but its a bit of a blur now! I really loved the duck tour, it was well worth the money. Salem was pretty too, but very touristy, with all the usual cheesy stuff you would expect. The views from the ferry of Boston alone, make it worth it. I loved the Omni parker house hotel, and maybe I might treat myself to a couple of nights there next time. The shopping was really great, and unlike in New York, there is no tax on things up to $200, which made things a real bargain. I would offer the following tip though...if you are tempted to buy any cosmetics or perfume at the airport..don't!!! The choice was practically non existant, very dissapointing selection, and we had a nightmare with liquids etc (as we had to change at Amsterdam and nearly could not buy anything). I would suggest buying everything at one of the department stores in Boston, where they have a great selection.
We had some amazing food over there...would strongly recommend Bertucci's for lunch or dinner. I believe it is an Italian "chain" restaurant, but we thought the quality and value were exceptional.
We spent 4 nights in a "host home" in Newton, which was really nice too, though not as convenient for the centre. Still, it was nice to see a different side of Boston, and some amazing houses and restaurants were there. We got around easy enough with our T pass, including the airport.
I can't wait to go back to Boston! We did everything on public transport or by foot, though next time, having seen most of it, we might hire a car and go further out.
I will start saving for my next trip I think!
Thanks again for the help I got on here, I loved it!