We're back!!! Our trip was Tuesday to Tuesday, July 29th to August 4th. We had a wonderful time, and one of the best parts was impressing my husband with all my "insider knowledge" gained here on TA!! Thank you to everyone who posts - you never know who it may help - like me!
Basics: Fam of four with two boys 15 and 11. Lured them to Boston with the promise of a Fenway tour and game, but secretly planned lots of sightseeing and lobster. Stayed at the Westin Copley on a Hotwire rate of $138 a night - woo hoo! Purchased the Go Boston cards (with discount posted here) before departing, and purchased a Charlie card for a week in the baggage claim area at Logan. What a deal - $15 per person for unlimited T and Bus service for the week.
Arrived and planned to take a taxi to the hotel. A van service guy intercepted us and offered to take us for $10 a person = $40. Against my better judgement, we did this, and it turned out fine. Arrived at Westin about 2:30 - requested a two queen room - not ready. Left luggage at desk and walked over both connecting mall bridges to food court at the Pru Center. Great variety when you have kids. Who knew Regina pizzaria had a mall local? 15 year old loved it.
Checked in - room nice, yes bathroom a bit small, thank God I have boys - they don't even look in the mirror. One of the small things that made a big difference for us is that they provided a rollaway for no extra charge. The 15 year old does not take kindly to his little brother kicking him all night, so everyone slept better all week with said sibling in the rollaway.
Determined not to waste an opportunity to put good TA advice to use, we head out for the T to get to Yankee Lobster. The Westin is a great local for the T - just one block walk in front of the Boston Public Library, and there's the station for the green line. Here's a funny thing - we must have walked around the South Station for at least 10 minutes trying to find the silver train! Kept seeing busses - finally a nice man explained that the Silver Line is busses! When you get off the bus to go to Yankee Lobster, and walk to/are facing the water front, turn right.
What a cool, locals kind of place. Just our style, very casual, unassuming, great prices. Hubby and I split the Twin Lobster Dinner ($29.99) and the kids got fish and chips. It was sooooooo heavenly. One of the gals who worked there brought out a live 20 or so lb lobster to show - wow - that thing was huge! Wish we could have made it back for another meal.
Tomorrow is all Fenway!