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Nothing Like A Good introduction:
Known For: Sitting on a large picturesque harbor, this is a
very urban and upscale city. Home of the American Revolution and the Famous Freedom Trail. Boston, nicknamed “Beantown” by non-natives, was home of Boston Baked Beans made in colonial times from the molasses that was heavily traded here. The Charles River runs through it and empties into the Massachusetts Bay which is the inner harbor of the City. This is a large bustling city of distinct neighborhoods each having its own features and identity. It is a city rich with early American history, high culture, great museums and preforming arts like: the Boston Pops, Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Ballet. Numerous festivals of music take place in and around this City. It is an higher education hub with the prestigious MIT and Harvard; as well as other higher educational institutions including several medical ones. The traditional streets are brownstones. Downtown is compact and the transit is excellent. Traffic and parking are problematic. Much of the traffic has been diverted into the Boston Tunnel (The Big Dig) which has a history all its own. The people are friendly except when behind the wheel of a car. The Boston accent is alive and well and can or cannot be music to your ears depending on the speaker.
Some History: There is a ton!
Particular to This Location and What We Particularly Liked, Christmastime 2013: The location was perfect for walking to lots of major attractions, from this great neighborhood; Boston during the holidays; walk to Back Bay – a great chocolate shop and beautiful public library; Prudential Shopping Mall; Copely Mall; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Boston Pops –Christmas Concert; North End (Italian District); USS Constitution Museum and Ship; Boston Public Gardens (Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McKloskey a famous children’s Book (Caldecott Winner) was inspired from a duck pond here.)
A Place to Lay Your Head: The Gilded Lily B and B, in a beautiful brownstone neighborhood close to Downtown, symphony and museums; subway stops close-by. Nice rooms, with modest continental breakfast, snacks and beverages. Great and helpful owner, James, and cleaning staff. One parking space to leave your car behind at a reasonable fee if you are lucky enough to get it (four units only one car space).
Not handicapped accessible, up stairs
No children or pets
One Parking Spot – Fee, Garages close by
Check in 3pm, check out 11am
Some Minimum Stay Dates
Strict Cancellation Policies
Walking Map: (a ton of them in one site!)
Hop-On Hop-Off – Boston
The Subway (Metropolitan Boston Transportation Authority, MBTA, The T) system is great and easy to navigate:
Feet are a good bet for Downtown. (see Walking Maps)
Ferry is another option; we took the ferry in the inner harbor from Long Wharf to the Charlestown Navel Yard to see the USS Constitution and Museum:
Hop-On Hop-Off – Boston:
Good Bites: These are reviewed or mentioned with links in blog. Legal Seafood Long Wharf; White Sharp Cheddar Tillamook Brand, crackers and hard spicy salami from neighborhood Bodega; The cookie box at the Boston Pops and hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps. The Five Horses Tavern around the corner from B and B; Keurig beverages in the B and B room.
Parks, Gardens and Trails:
Historical Sites: So Many!
Get Bit by a Flea and Shopping: http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-shopping.html
Getting Out and About – Day Trips from Here: You can find a lot very close by public transportation or not far away by driving.