Hello. We are 2 couples (late 20s) heading to Boston for a quick weekend getaway. We'd like to stay in Boston and spend the day Saturday skiing at Blue Hills. I understand it may not be the best ski place in the Northeast, but we're amateurs from South Florida just looking for a quick snow fix and Boston is the most convenient since we are flying JetBlue.
Any recommendations for hotels? None of us have ever been to Boston so we have no idea what area to stay in. We'd like to stay somewhere where we can walk to restaurants and bars, maybe Faneuil Hall or someplace with shops, and possibly somewhere we can ice skate. Since we'll only be there for the weekend, we're going to have to skip most of the tourist attractions. We'd like to stay under $150/night.
My next concern is transportation. It appears that Boston has good public transportation similar to NYC, and parking at hotels is very expensive. Can we get to Blue Hills via public transportation or do we need to rent a car? If so, that would factor into our hotel choice.
Thanks in advance for all help!