Hello! We are planning a family trip to Boston Oct. 1-8 with our two kids. We're coming from Arizona and have never been to the Boston area. I'm geographically challenged with all of New England but we are very excited to do all of the touristy stuff in the City and also have 2 or 3 days renting a car to drive up to Maine and other areas to see actual fall foliage. I have been reading the posts/forums on this site for over a week and am overwhelmed with trying to find a place to stay and what neighborhoods would be best. The hotels right in the City are very expensive so we have no problem staying slightly outside the heart of the City if it is close to transportation. We also have examined VRBO because we'd like a bigger space to use as our home base. I've inquired about a home in Jamaica Plain, but have read mixed reviews on the neighborhood. From other posts, I've noticed that giving specifics helps so here it goes: Oct. 1-8, family of 4, budget up to $250 a night (could be higher depending on all other fees, taxes, etc), will be doing City touristy stuff as well as driving around to see other areas/states, really want more space than standard hotel room - 2 bedroom and 2 bath is ideal (but I've noticed this is challenging). I appreciate any help and advice you can provide. Thanks so much!!