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Question about Back Bay area

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Question about Back Bay area

Would this be a great area to stay for a weekend?

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It would be a great place for the weekend (lots of shopping & restaurants). A little pricey, but worth it for a vacation...

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It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to stay in the Back Bay, though of course if money is no object you have the Four Seasons, Lenox, Ritz-Carlton, Copley Plaza, Radisson, Marriott, Colonnade, Westin, Sheraton, Park Plaza, and Hilton to choose from. More ecomonical accommodations are offered by the Copley Square Hotel, Midtown Motor Inn, Oasis Guest House, and Chandler Inn. AND there are B & B's to consider. For "dirt cheap," you have the Central YMCA and the American Youth Hostel.

The Back Bay is one giant fix for shop-a-holics. The indoor Copley Place mall, anchored by Neiman-Marcus, boasts dozens of stores and restaurants and a cineplex. Newbury Street is chockful of upscale shops and is great for a leisurely stroll all the way from the Public Garden to Mass. Ave. Boylston St also has a good bit to offer, but is more of the chain-store street. The Prudential Center, connected by an enclosed pedestrian bridge to Copley Place and anchored by Lord & Taylor, is yet another popular mall. The eastern precincts of Back Bay are but a short hop from Downtown Crossing, where Macy's and the flagship store of Filene's - featuring the famous original Filene's Basement - sit amidst still more possibilities for parting with cash.

Fall is one of the best times of year to visit Boston. Daytimes are mild and often sunny, perfect for lunching along Newbury St at one of the outdoor tables offered by many restaurants. After dark all you'd need is a light jacket.

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Thanks Skibum and Spensworld for your response. After reading more on the postings on this site, I have just about decided against staying right in Boston on Saturday, October 16th. That is because of the parking situation. I'm afraid we will get slapped with a big parking bill (like what happened to us in downtown San Francisco) if we stay there. So I have another question...We are actually staying Friday night in Providence and our plan is to see around Boston on Saturday. Since we are planning on driving on to Maine on Sunday, where is a good place/area to stay that is on the way to Maine from Boston? We have never been to the East Coast (except some quick trip to NY) and are looking forward to the gorgeous foliage. Also, what is something that we should definitely NOT MISS to see in Boston? Thanks again.

Aileen