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Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

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Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

Hi Everyone

My husband and I will be doing an overnight (Sat-Sun) in Boston and will be staying at the Indigo Hotel in Newton. I have a few questions regarding our itinerary below.

Itinerary

Sat: Take the T-Line from the hotel into Boston and be at the start of the Freedom trail by 12pm. Do the trail and pick up light lunch somewhere around Quincy Market? Dinner in North End (Giacomo's). Take T-line back to hotel.

Sunday: On this day we will have about 6 hours to explore. Check out of the hotel, drive into Boston in am and park in the Boston Common lot. Visit the Boston Common and Public Garden, check out Beacon Hill and possibly Newbury Street. End our time having lunch at Neptune Oyster.

Questions

1. What subway line do we take from the Indigo and and what stop do we need to get off on Sat to start the Freedom Trail?

2. Is the Boston Common lot still $11/day on the weekends?

3. Is Sunday feasible in 6 hours? We do not plan to do any shopping just a leisurely stroll around. If not we will probably leave Newbury Street out.

4. If we do visit Newbury street should we so this before or after Beacon Hill, keeping in mind that we would like to walk over to Neptune Oyster for lunch before we leave for home.

5. How far is it to walk from Neptune Oyster to the Boston Common lot?

Thanks and sorry for all the questions!

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1. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

Boston Common has a garage underneath, it's not a parking lot. And, yes, it's still $11 a day on weekends. Sunday is feasible in 6 hours. The only piece that doesn't fit is Neptune Oyster, which is in the North End, a half hour walk in the complete opposite direction from everything else you are doing. Switch to a place on Charles Street in the North End or Newbury Street and you're all set.

The Freedom Trail starts on Boston Common near the Park Street T Station.

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2. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

Why not drive in on Saturday and use the Boston common garage? The green line can move slowly and getting into the city on Saturday will be easy.

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3. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

It sounds like a great plan. I can understand wanting to take the T, especially if you'd like to drink that night.

From your hotel, you'll be taking the D line of the Green line into Park Street station. Come up and you're at Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail. When you return, you can take the D line from Government Center (which is closer to the North End).

Quincy Market is a good choice for lunch. Depending on your timing, pick a place to have a leisurely lunch (maybe on a patio) or visit the food vendors in the Quincy Market Colonnade for a quicker lunch . This is NOT just your average food court! It's an adventure just walking through it and it's housed in an historic building.

For Sunday, Boston Common isn't all that interesting (it's mostly just a big park). You'll see some of it when you get off at Park Street the day before. To save time, I'd just head straight to the Public Gardens (it's small so it won't take long), then over to Beacon Hill and stroll the neighborhood. Then do Newbury Street last, and don't worry about seeing all of it if you're pressed for time. Newbury Street is nice, but not nearly as unique and special as Beacon Hill.

Neptune Oyster won't work for Sunday (too far away). If that's a must, consider going there for cocktails and appetizers on Saturday, walking around the North End then having your North End dinner somewhere else.

Newbury Street is lively at night. Consider walking Newbury Street on Saturday night before you return to your hotel.

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4. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

The problem with Neptune Oyster is not that it's all that far, but that they don't take reservations. A long wait may not fit in to your short time frame.

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5. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

financialwiz-we would drive in, but like Christnp2 mentioned we want to have some drinks on Saturday so we figured our best bet would be to take the T-line in.

Alanm-Yes you are right we will leave Neptune Oyster out for Sunday. Did not realize it was that far.

Christnp2-We are looking forward to Neptune Oyster so I think we will do what you suggested and go for cocktails, and apps...maybe split a lobster roll or two or three....on sat :-) We are also really looking forward to exploring Beacon Hill!

Since we will be starting our Sunday pretty early, I was looking into us maybe having breakfast. I saw a place on yelp called the Paramount on Charles Street which looks like the street we would be taking to get into the Beacon Hill area. Wonder if that seems like a good idea, any suggestions?

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6. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

Then the t is the way to go. Familiarize yourself with the different stops to make your departure home easy.

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The paramount is great but busy on weekends. If the line is out the door, go to plan B

Trident cafe on Newbury up by Hereford street is nice.

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7. Re: Itinerary Questions-2 adults for one night.

Sunday can be done, and I'm not sure exactly when you're starting/leaving, but you could end up at another very good oyster bar:

Breakfast on Charles St. If the line is out the door at the Paramount, head further down the street to Panaficio. Or, slightly pricier, across the street to the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro; they have a great breakfast.

Walk around Charles St and Beacon Hill, then the Common and Public Garden.

Make your way down Newbury St. Make detours to check out Copley Square and Commonwealth Ave.

At Massachusetts Ave, shift onto Commonwealth Ave, and keep walking to Kenmore Square. In the Hotel Commonwealth sits the Island Creek Oyster Bar. Eat there.

Take the Green Line from Kenmore Square back to the Boylston St stop. The Boston Common, and its garage, is right across the street.

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