Thanks to all of you for your recent help with planning our trip to Boston in October. We have decided to stay in Boston our entire 4 days/3nights (and not visit Portland) so we're not losing so much time traveling between destinations.
We need help deciding which weekend would be better to visit - October 7-10 or October 21-24. I had read an earlier post that Columbus Day weekend has it's added traffic, is it that much more of a bother? I was hoping to enjoy some of the peak Fall colors during our visit, would there be any color the second week of October or is the 21st a better bet? Conversely, is the latter weekend that much colder and more likely to get snow? (Sorry I know you aren't meteorologists, but trying to get an idea based on your experiences).
To reiterate our plans, we are going to stay at the Hilton Financial District hotel and planned to take in some of the sights along the Freedom Trail one day, head to Salem via ferry one half day into evening, and based on some of your suggestions, head over to Cambridge to check that area out, eat along the Harbor, North End and Beacon Hill on some nights, and just generally play things by ear.