We were in Boston for our anniversary 7/9-7/11. We stayed at the Westin Copley Place for $139/night through Hotwire. I've posted a separate review for the hotel. It was our first time staying in the Copley area.
We had great weather! Maine (like Boston) has been drowning for most of the summer, so crisp air and sunny skies were more than welcome:)
I wish the thread about places to eat nearby had been posted when we were there - we could have used the breakfast hints. One day we did Dunkin' Donuts in the Shaw's nearby out of desperation (slept in and couldn't find breakfast still being served). The other day we did the hot offerings at Au Bon Pain. Not great and overpriced. Stick to the bread products if you go there.
We had never done a Duck Tour and the weather was perfect, so we decided to go. It was fun and a great low-key way to see various sections of the city. (Note to other travelers: don't go when you're tired. Two members of the family sitting near us fell asleep!) All of the kids who wanted to drive while on the Charles were given the opportunity and the conducktor took their pictures. He also suggested going in the Boston Public Library. Since it was right next door to our hotel, I went in later that day intrigued by his mention of John Singer Sargent murals:
I love murals and am a huge Sargent fan, so this was a great stop for me. The entire library is gorgeous with many interesting exhibits (and a chance to check your e-mail, log onto TA, etc.). The outside courtyard was also beautiful and was about to be set up for what looked like a wedding.
Another Copley area plus was the farmers' market held there on Friday. We picked up some baked goods to snack on and enjoyed the variety of fresh veggies that were available. Our own garden is very behind due to the rain, so we were amazed at the offerings.
We had tickets to two Sox games. Our two nights could not have been more different. The first night we had loge seats, row AA. These seats are specifically marked as having a lot of foot traffic in front. This was true, but security moves everyone along. These were great seats, directly up from the dugout with full views of everything. When you sit in field box and/or loge seats, you get every type of vendor there is, including several different types of beer. I mention all of this because the second night we were in RF Grandstand section 7, row 13, seats 3&4. These were the worst seats we have ever had at Fenway Park (and we've been in the highest bleacher seats). They are not listed as obstructed view, but I could only see home plate if I leaned way to my right. The couple on my left couldn't see anything. To add insult to injury, these were the seats we got through our purchase of the "Ultimate Fan Pack" from Red Sox Nation. Everyone sitting around us was in the same situation. As the woman next to me said, "It's hard to believe they treat the Nation like this." We would have been better off to take the $$ and buy tickets through Stubhub, Ace or similar sites. Lesson learned! (Also, as a side note - your vendor selection in the cheap seats is considerably less and absolutely no beer. Go stand in line for an inning or two...)
We did the whole trip through mass transit - the Downeaster from Maine and the T or walking in Boston. The hotel was close enough that we walked to Fenway the first night. We loved not having to drive.
Thanks to all of the regular posters here. You've saved us money and enhanced our trips to Boston through all of your suggestions and tips!