My first trip to Boston started Thursday, June 13 from Charlotte Douglas Airport. Our flight was about 45 minutes delayed, but my daughter and I still got to Boston by 12:45 in the afternoon. I had decided (with your help at TA) to take the T to the hotel. It was no trouble to get to the South Station to the Park Street Station exit and after a very short walk we arrived at the Nine Zero. By now it was about 2:15, and our room was ready. I cannot say enough to make sure to join whatever club a hotel you are interested in has available. I had decided I really wanted to stay at the Nine Zero, so I joined the Kimpton Club. While I was waiting and watching LMT and Hotwire for a deal, Kimpton sent an email to me about a summer special for Thursday - Sunday stays that started at $189. That was just what I wanted and less than I had seen almost ANY hotel! I made my reservation immediately. When I checked in I was upgraded to a room with 2 beds on the 14th floor. It was so nice! It needed to be a little higher to get a view over the building beside of us (we were looking at the top of the building), but we did not hear any street noise, and we could see the church steeple of Park Street Church. It was a great deal! The Nine Zero was perfect for walking to all the historical sites.
By now we were getting hungry and it was raining, so we went next door to the Beantown Pub. I had a turkey sandwich, and my daughter had Fish and Chips. It was very enjoyable watching the people there, because it reminded me of Cheers. A lot of the people there seemed to be regulars, as they were greeted by their names when they came in. The food was good, and we hit the T again to go to the Science Museum for our Duck Tour. When we went inside to check in, we were told the Charles River had been closed to the "ducks" for the rest of the day, so we were rescheduled for the next morning at 11:00. Since it was almost time for the museum to close, and I noticed it stayed open late on Friday nights, we decided to come back on Friday night to the Science Museum.
By now it was raining, so we hit the T to Copley Square. We were very moved by the memorial to the bombing victims on Boylston Street. We looked at the tortoise and the hare and Trinity Church (they had just closed to visitors), and decided to walk to Newbury Street. Even though it was raining, we enjoyed window shopping. We walked to 2nd Time Around to see if we could find any bargains, but it was still too expensive for us! My daughter is a huge Forever 21 fan, and I had read on TA that there was one on Newbury Street that was on 4 floors. We walked until we found it, and my daughter was in 16 year old heaven! It took about an hour before I got her out, but since it was raining outside, it was good to be inside somewhere. We took the T back to Park Street, and since we had eaten about 3:30, we wanted to get something sweet. It was after 9:00, so we walked up Tremont Street to Black Seed Café and shared a big piece of carrot cake. It was delicious!
It was still raining, so we went back to the Nine Zero and called it a night. I will report on day 2 tomorrow......