I just wanted to thank everyone for your suggestions. They were very helpful. We just returned from a three night stay and I wanted to pass along some experiences to those who may be visiting for the first time. I used to be a frequent visitor here but hadn't been back in over ten years. It won't be that long until I return. I live in New Jersey and visit New York often, but for many reasons, Boston has always been my favorite city. I even love Fenway, even though I'm a Yankee fan. But then, how can any baseball fan not love Yankee Stadium, Fenway or Wrigley. But to the trip.......This is a great and easy walking city. Clean and safe, even at midnight. If you can, don't bother with the tours, just get a good pair of walking shoes and get lost walking around. You won't be disappointed.
We stayed at the Millenium which is across the street from Quincy Market and found it to be a terrific location. The market is steps away, the North End less than a five minute walk, downtown shopping a 10-15 minute walk and the theatre district 20-25 minutes. The T is a few minute walk and there is no shortage of good restaurants and bars within a ten minute walk in any direction. There is even a comedy club across the street at The Market. The hotel itself, considering the price, was good....not great. The selling point is location. We had a fireside room and it was typically big city small. Service was good and room was clean though the carpeting has seen better days.
As far as food...had a good lobster roll at Legal Seafood, and very good dinners at Limoncello's and Rafia's in the North End. Mike's pastry shop is a must after dinner but be prepared to wait in line outside, even in mid-November the North End streets were jammed at night. A great atmosphere. One disappointment....I made reservations for 7:00 at Momma Maria by phone/voice mail on Thursday at around 1:30. Apparently no one was at the restaurant. The message said they would call back to confirm. They never did. I called back at 5:15 to check and was told they were sold out that night. I asked why no one ever called me back but he couldn't give me an answer. If I never checked I would have shown up, told I had no reservation and been forced to wait somewhere. So as a word of caution, don't trust their reservation system.
We also had pizza at Regina's one afternoon, which was good, not great. Don't understand the big fuss but I'm used to pretty good pizza so maybe that's why. Still, it's worth trying. Interesting place. But then, so is the whole North End. Bartley's in Harvard Square is a unique experience. I read about it here and was a little skeptical. But the burgers are very good and greasy, the place cramped, noisy and old but it was a lot of fun. We waited outside for about 20 minutes where they pass out menu's and take your order. You're so tight inside it's hard to not get friendly with the people around you. It's a fun place and worth the visit.
We saw Blue Man Group and Shear Madness and both shows were really very good. If you're used to New York theatre, this isn't that. The theatre's and staging are not the same but don't be fooled, both shows were very entertaining, funny and well worth the money. Also, both shows were available at Bostix at half price but that might be a reflection of the time of year.
I know I've gone on too long but this was a fun trip. Never got to JFK or Fenway tour (construction) but it's an excuse to go back, right? Thanks again for all your posts......they were very helpful. See you soon.