I can't say enough how helpful this board was and how much we loved Boston. It was a struggle to post here this morning rather than go to real estate sites to plan my move!! Kidding, but I could so live there!!!
We arrived (late, thank you very much Southwest) Thursday afternoon and took a taxi straight to our hotel (Boston Sheraton). The check in line seemed long but moved very quickly and within minutes we were in our room. The room they had reserved for us wasn't quite ready so they switched us to a room on a lower floor (24 down to 19) but it was great. We had a view of the river and Fenway!!!! We upgraded from our hotwire standard room to a two room suite, excellent choice as we were traveling with our 18 year old son. It was so nice to have to areas, two TV's, and just some privacy.
The weather was icky but we boarded the duck tour anyway. It was informational, I think our con-duck-tour could have been more fun but oh well. I think it was a good over view of the city and am glad we did it. After that we were ready for dinner. We headed to Mc Greevey's for the burger challenge. Our table ordered two Beckett burgers and several other sides and entree's. We had a great time. We had a full day and another ahead of us so we decided to call it a night close to 11. Paying our bill was difficult...hard to get our server then she informed us that they were out of T-Shirts that come with the burger challenge. Really? That information might have been helpful BEFORE paying $30 for a burger. (who thinks they're really going to mail our shirts?)
Friday - FENWAY DAY!!!!
So the whole reason we came to Boston was to take my son to Fenway for his 18th birthday. It just happened to coincide with MLB history and the Chicago Cubs being in town. We got up and headed to Fenway for the tour. It was fun and informational but I have a feeling that if you go in the off season you get to see more. Friends told us that they visited the locker rooms, dug outs, and scoreboard area. We saw none of those. But walking up to the seats behind home plate and seeing the field for the first time was almost....magical. We just stopped and took it all in. After the tour we shopped at the team store and then ate some snacks and Remy's. Back to the hotel (lots of walking) to get ready for the game. We stopped off at a little tiny bar with a polish name that only served beer and wine for another round. Got to our room. Literally, just changed clothes and headed back to Fenway. I had three extra tickets to the game that ended up going to waste :( but we had a few drinks in the bleacher bar (great spot) before heading into the game. Game was great. Sox clobbered the Cubs. We tried to go out after the game, but after ten it was really hard to find a bar that would allow my 18 year old son in. So we went to Legal Sea Food, they even fed us at 11:30 at night. A round of drinks and half a dozen lobster rolls later we were done for the night.
we had nothing planned for today other than just checking out Boston. We headed to Fanueil Hall (first time on the T...incredibly easy) Shopped a little there (needed a Harley Davidson/Boston shirt for hubby) then headed over to North End. After wandering up and down looking for somewhere to eat with only the help of my YELP app on my phone we stopped to talk to a couple of older Italian guys on the street. They insisted we go to Ll Panino for lunch, and that we told them Jerry sent us. We were a party of nine and they immediately seated us int he basement. It was cool down there and we were alone, so it was really nice. Best lunch ever!!!! Our server Stephan was wonderful!!!! After several laid back courses, the basement was now full (incidentally, just about everyone down there said Jerry sent them LOL) Our server surprised my son with tiramisu and the whole area singing happy birthday to him.
We wandered around and ate a cannolli and some gelato, bought some limoncello and cigars. Then headed to the Purple Shamrock, eh, they were ok. After that we took the T back to our hotel and then to the Pour House for dinner. Everything was really good. We finished up with a round in the hotel lounge and were very sad that this was it for Boston.
We headed to the airport early Sunday morning.
It's a wonderful city. I'm so glad we did everything we did. I can't wait to return!! The people in the city were so so so helpful. Riding the T was a breeze, but we are used to public transportation being from Chicago and are daily users of the metra and the "el". Thanks to everyone on this board for helping us decide what to do. I truly believe that planning is half the fun and you guys make that true!!!!