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Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

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Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Ok, I will be in Boston proper 9/13-9/17 for business. My wife is flying up on Thursday, 9/16, so we can spend time away until Monday, 9/20. This will be our longest time away from our 3 kids (7, 4 &4) since we have had them and I need to know what fun and inexpensive things there are to do. I know Boston and inexpensive don't go together often but what are some romantic and enjoyable activities. I would prefer not to rent a car unless we were driving to Newport for a day or somewhere else outside of where the "T" goes. Please give ideas for activities, restaurants as well as hotels. Thanks!!

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1. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Have a drink at the Top of the Hub at dusk

Visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum

Walk around Beacon Hill, have dinner at Grotto on Bowdoin St.

Take a free tour of the Boston Public library - trust me, it is lovely - then have lunch in the Courtyard at the library ( restaurant only open M-F)

Visit the Arnold Arboretum - accessible by subway.

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2. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Two of the most romantic (and moderately priced -- but not inexpensive --restaurants) IMHO are Carmen in the North End and Grotto (3 HUGE courses for under $35 with romance to spare). These are not the typical tourist meccas and you will need reservations.

Nothing could be nicer than a stay in a B&B for a couple of nights in Newport.

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3. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

You can do a lot in Boston for very little money. I love Kendrick's ideas but here are a few more Go to the ICA on Thursday night, it's free after 5 PM.

http://www.icaboston.org/ Sit on the backstairs or the new oustide tables along Fan Pier. It's a nice quiet area overlooking the harbor. Walk the Boston Harborwalk. http://www.bostonharborwalk.com/index.php

The Freedom Trail is free, if you don't go inside the many churches and buildings that charge a fee. http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

Tour the USS Constitution for free (closed on Mondays) http://www.history.navy.mil/ussconstitution/ and the USS Constituion. Museum http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

The Bunker Hill Monument will be reopened when you are here, walk up the 294 steps and see the city from the top of the Monument (free)http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/bhm.htm and then visit the Bunker Hill Musuem across the street. It's also free. www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/bhmuseum.htm

Take an inexpensive ferry ride back from Charlestown to Long Wharf.

www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/boats/lines/…

Have some pastry in the North End www.northendboston.com/dining-bakeries.htm and sit at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. www.rosekennedygreenway.org/visit/index.htm

A walk down Charles Street to the Public Garden is romantic and free.

http://www.beaconhillonline.com/tour/

cityofboston.gov/parks/…public_garden.asp

Take a $2.75 Swan boat ride. http://www.swanboats.com/

I also agree with Kendrick, I love the Boston Public Library's McKim Building . Tour the building http://www.bpl.org/central/walkmckim.htm , you don't need to be on an official tour. Take a walk around the Charles River's Esplanade. http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/charlesRiver/

I really like Petite Robert's Bistro in Kenmore Square http://www.petitrobertbistro.com/ and CafeTeria on Newbury Street http://www.cafeteriaboston.com/ their menus, especially at lunch time, are reasonable.

Have a wonderful time, four days with no kids that's romantic and priceless!

Enjoy!

Edited: 29 July 2010, 15:51
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4. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

A Swan Boat ride in the Public Garden is romantic and only costs a couple of bucks.

Have a drink in the bar at old Ritz (now The Taj) at a window seat looking out at the street and across to the Public Garden watching the world go by. (This is especially romantic in the winter when it's snowing, but you do what you can.)

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5. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Walk though the Public Garden.

Walk throught the park that's in the MIDDLE of Commonweath Ave, admire the houses nearby.

Pack a picnic, take the ferry out to Spectacle Island, relax on the beach.

Check this site as your dates get a bit closer and see if anything intersted is added for that weekend: http://www.celebrateboston.com/events.htm

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6. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Cabinet, you must be a Spencer fan. :-)

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7. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

After that stroll through the Public Garden, Swan Boat ride and a bit of conversation on a park bench, take her to tea at one of the great hotels. I love the Four Season but I've heard great things about the Parker House tea.

There are three choices just steps away.

www.bostonparkplaza.com/?t=s&id=2993&lang=212

http://www.tajhotels.com/boston/

fourseasons.com/boston/…

Penny

http://www.bostonzest.com/

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8. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

For adventurous accommodations, you might want to check out Bed and Breakfast Afloat. Since you will be here mid-September, they might offer a discount. It would be worth a phone call.

http://www.bedandbreakfastafloat.com/

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9. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

Great suggestions from everyone...just walking around Boston is wonderful. Looking on travelocity.com for that weekend my suggestions would be the Colonnade, Marlowe, Park Plaza, or Onyx for hotels. Also if you like to laugh, Kevin Nealon is at the Wilbur Theatre that weekend. I assume with 3 little ones, just sleeping in and spending time alone will be vacation enough. Enjoy!

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10. Re: Romantic Getaway for 4 nights - NEED ADVICE!

I think Charles Street (in the Beacon Hill neighborhood) and Beacon Hill are pretty romantic. Very fun street to stroll, and window-shop. You might poke down some of the side streets. I especially enjoy wandering on the "flat side" of Beacon Hill, west of Charles Street. All of this is very close to the Public Garden and Swan Boats, and quite close to Back Bay, too.

Walk by Rowe's Wharf if you're in that area. Anyone can walk along the waterfront by the hotel there and it's got great views. You might stop and have a drink at the outdoor cafe there, if it's still open in September.