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Four days in Boston in the summer

Which is a better day trip - Salem, Portland ME or Provincetown?

by Anonymousreply 112Last Sunday at 1:03 PM

Portland for outstanding cuisine

by Anonymousreply 104/14/2019

Provincetown, or really anywhere on Cape Town, should be on the top of your list. Remember that Provincetown is about a two-hour drive from Boston, but traffic can make it a lot longer in the summer. There's a ferry from Boston to Provincetown that takes about 90 minutes. Salem has some mild historical interest, and Portland isn't a bad day trip (again, a couple of hours from Boston), but they can't compare with Provincetown.

by Anonymousreply 204/14/2019

Provincetown is too far, even by boat.

Salem is fun. The witch stuff get's kinda tired though.

I go to Ogunquit. Its a little over an hour from Back Bay.

Its by York and Kennebunk. Lots to do.

by Anonymousreply 304/14/2019

Portland does have outstanding cuisine, but how much are you going to eat in one day?

by Anonymousreply 404/14/2019

There's plenty to see in Salem that has nothing to do with witches - it;s the home of the Peabody Essex Institute, the nation's oldest art museum and has spectacular Federal period architecture.

by Anonymousreply 504/14/2019

If you want to whore it up go to Rock River in southern Vermont. Two and a bit hours but endless fun in the woods.

by Anonymousreply 604/14/2019

I won’t have a car so I can’t go driving anywhere. Id take ferry or train to any of these places.

The round trip ferry to Provincetown is 90 minutes and $100. Worth it? I just keep picturing Wilton Manors, Florida but with pale skin and that dead fish smell.

by Anonymousreply 704/14/2019

Provincetown. Stay overnight so you can really enjoy it. Beach, good men's stores, tea dance. dinner, dancing. Town is so small it is easy to do it all in one day.

by Anonymousreply 804/14/2019

Ptown is expensive but fun if you want a gay experience. Salem is not worth it; don't waste your time. Portland is a much more laid back, quiet experience.

by Anonymousreply 904/14/2019

^^^^ Yes. Stay in an inexpensive , but clean place like The Gifford House or the Provincetown Inn. You will only be there to sleep and shower.

by Anonymousreply 1004/14/2019

Agree with everyone, but you HAVE to swing by Salem.

He's waiting...

by Anonymousreply 1104/14/2019

P-town is amazingly fun, especially for the odd mix of New England gay guys and European families mixing so effortlessly. I used to take the ferry, which is expensive, but a fun day when I'd get a rare midweek day off. The only problem is the water can be unswimmably cold--and I like cold water on a hot day. You didn't ask, but Newport is a great day trip too. Lots of sights, walkable, and good food.

by Anonymousreply 1204/14/2019

R2 says "Provincetown is about a two-hour drive from Boston, but traffic can make it a lot longer in the summer"

The only time one could drive to Provincetown from Boston in two hours, whether in winter, spring, summer or fall, would be between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. Granted there are stops and a 30 minute transfer time in Hyannis, but in the winter the bus from Boston to Provincetown is scheduled at 4 hours and 20 minutes

The high-speed ferry is $96 r/t in the summertime.

You won't get laid unless you get lucky at the beach (sand flies, though...) if you go to P-Town for a day trip. If you stay overnight you'll probably get laid but you'll have one less day in Boston and will either have to pay for a hotel room or rely on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep.

by Anonymousreply 1304/14/2019

I'd see if a stop in Newburyport and (right across the state line), Portsmouth, NH is possible. Both are beautifully preserved and Portsmouth has fascinating history and some lovely restaurants. Marblehead and Gloucester are also worth a visit.

by Anonymousreply 1404/14/2019

Am I allowed to pile on OP’s thread? I too will be there for four days this summer, just in Cambridge. Would love local recommendations from the coterie of queens.

by Anonymousreply 1504/14/2019

I'm in Cambridge. About what?

by Anonymousreply 1604/14/2019

Ogunquit sounds like a good option, since it’s closer than Portland, and I would like to see Maine. How does it compare with Provincetown?

by Anonymousreply 1704/14/2019

Salem is only fun in the Fall months. It's a dusty tourist trap in summer.

by Anonymousreply 1804/14/2019

I'm gonna throw out another suggestion. Rockport. Maybe you've already been. Easy to get to by train. The last stop. Very scenic. Salem is closer by train. It's fun but all the witch stuff is a little hoaky. I loved it but not everyone does

by Anonymousreply 1904/14/2019

Feh on Ogunquit! Well, the fugly mudflats beach, anyway. It's far to walk to, even when "near." The gourmet market is middling at best. I don't do nightlife, though, so.... But Perkins Cove, with the lobstering boat excursions, is charming.

Newburyport is okay, for about three gentrified blocks. Portland's wharf attractions are only two blocks square, at best.

Provincetown is funky, colorful, pedestrian-friendly, and mercantile. Plus, you can go on a whale-watching trip from the heart of downtown.

If you had a car, but only a day, I'd suggest Rockport. (GMTA, r19!)

by Anonymousreply 2004/14/2019

r16 is the nearest gay bar really over by Fenway? where’s your favorite happy hour? any favorite restaurant i really shouldn’t miss?

by Anonymousreply 2104/14/2019

I'm from California and really not used to humid weather, but Boston had more humidity than even New York in mid-summer, and I found it pretty unbearable, even though it's a very picturesque and walkable small city. So I would think you would be much happier at a beach town unless humidity doesn't bother you.

by Anonymousreply 2204/14/2019

[quote]Boston had more humidity than even New York in mid-summer, and I found it pretty unbearable

that’s cute.

by Anonymousreply 2304/14/2019

Just 45 miles south is Providence, RI a city that is circling the drain as I type. See it before it all gets torn down.

by Anonymousreply 2404/14/2019

Who remembers this?

by Anonymousreply 2504/14/2019

I thought Providence had fairly extensive historic districts and preservation codes? In addition to Brown University and Federal Hill, I think 80% of the downtown is landmarked.

Great little city, or was when I last visited.

by Anonymousreply 2604/14/2019

[quote]Boston had more humidity than even New York in mid-summer, and I found it pretty unbearable, even though it's a very picturesque and walkable small city. So I would think you would be much happier at a beach town unless humidity doesn't bother you.

I live in Florida.

by Anonymousreply 2704/14/2019

I live in Houston but I used to live in Boston. Boston was worse than Houston summer. The reason is that they don't do air-conditioned properly, so you're exhausted from the continual changes of temperature. Even air-conditioning in large, institutional buildings is off. Then when you get home or to your hotel, the humidity is set too high in the a/c systems for it to provide a cool and restful atmosphere. You will see what I mean. It's totally different from and worse than Florida.

by Anonymousreply 2804/14/2019

I love Ptown. Everyone can find a scene that fits him. It’s a even mixture of gays and straights. Very chill vibe.

The food, however, is pretty awful except for a few places. The ice cream is amazing

by Anonymousreply 2904/14/2019

R21 Depends on where you are in Cambridge. Paradise (it wasn't), the only gay bar in Cambridge, closed last year so Novartis could build more labs and offices. It lasted as long as it did because the guy who owned the bar owned the building - if he hadn't it'd have closed five years ago.

Ramrod/Machine at 1254 Boylston Street (near Fenway Park and The Fenway, which is a park that's cruisy at night) isn't that far - it's across the river from Area II/MIT. Take the #1 bus to Boylston Street and walk.

If you're in Kendall Square, you'd actually be closer to the Alley Bar which is downtown on Pi Alley close to Quincy Market. You could walk, but I'd take the MBTA Redline from Kendall to Government Center.

If you're staying in Central, Harvard, or Porter Squares, you're too far to walk to any of them. Lots of rent-a-bikes around, though.

The Eagle, Club Cafe, Trophy Room and Cathedral Station are all in the South End, once Boston's gayborhood but furthest from Cambridge. None are exactly convenient to get to or from Cambridge - taxi or Uber.

"Happy Hour" is *still* illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, not just in Boston. Which is not to say something like Happy Hour doesn't happen, but 2 for 1 drinks, for example, don't happen here. If I had to choose between 'em, it'd be the Eagle but it's pretty basic. In fact, the entire Boston gay bar scene is pretty basic: acceptance means integration and orientation no longer means segregation. When I was younger there were 27 gay bars in Boston. Now there are six or seven. The aps and prosperity (aka, "redevelopment") killed 'em. I know that's not much help to an out of towner looking for something or someone to do, but there you are.

Cambridge has too many good restaurants to name 'em all, but I like The Harvest (American, high-end) in Harvard Square, Oleana (Eastern Mediterranean) in Inman Square, Waypoint (fish) in Central Square, Alden and Harlow (American) in Harvard Square, and Benedetto (Italian) in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Mamaleh's is an update on a Jewish deli in Kendall Square which I used to love but it seems to have fallen off over the last six months or so. The burgers at Mr. Bartley's in Harvard Square are great, but it's a tourist trap - there'll be a wait. Tatte Bakery and Cafe in Harvard Square is great for relatively cheap eats, as is Cambridge 1 for pizza and beers.

by Anonymousreply 3004/14/2019

Is there anything of old gay Boston left?

by Anonymousreply 3104/14/2019

R29-I wouldn't say the food is mostly awful in Provincetown it's mostly AVERAGE. It seems like most places are selling the top of food that the MAGA crowd would like-Hot Dogs, Fried Clams, Pizza , French Fries, Cheeseburgers etc.

by Anonymousreply 3204/14/2019

thank you r30. i’ll be there for harvard with some evenings free. most/all of my friends at home are straight so visiting a gay bar would be a legit vacation activity for me. i may just head to sira and wander around in the twilight.

by Anonymousreply 3304/14/2019

If you go to Providence, check out Waterfire.

by Anonymousreply 3404/14/2019

R33 No you won't unless you first get a doctor to certify you (that's $200 or so) and then wait a month or more to get your ID card ($50 to the state) in the mail from the Cannabis Control Commission. And that won't happen unless you're a resident of Massachusetts. Sorry. Other state's MMJ cards are not accepted.

Sira Naturals (one location on Mass Ave between Harvard and Central Squares and another in Davis Square in nearby Somerville) is a dispensary: MMJ sales only. NETA (stands for New England Treatment Associates) is the closest recreational pot shop to have opened near Boston so far. It's in Brookline Village which is easily accessible on the MBTA Green Line (subway: Harvard Square to Park Street and then change trains) but over and back will mean a two hour r/t.

If you're looking to wander into the night (the stars don't come out at twilight), you could do worse than to wander for a mile or so along the banks of the Charles along the Memorial Dive (parkway on the Cambridge side of the river) between, say, JFK Street (Harvard Kennedy School) and Western Avenue or, put another way, from Riverbend Park to Magazine Beach. If you do, remember that bug spray is your friend.

by Anonymousreply 3504/14/2019

Does the Christian Science Center still have its reflecting pool?

by Anonymousreply 3604/14/2019

Yes, although I suspect it'll be in shadow and not reflecting much when the new Four Seasons/One Dalton Street building next door is completed.

by Anonymousreply 3704/14/2019

I'm trying to remember what was there before r37? I lived across the street, briefly, in the early 90s, in the Greenhouse Apartments. (Small and pricey)

by Anonymousreply 3804/14/2019

Nothing - it was a triangular-shaped vacant lot for years. The Pru is on the far right in the photo below, the Sheraton-Boston on the right, and the Back Bay Hilton (not sure it was built then) to the left.

by Anonymousreply 3904/14/2019

Thanks r39. And no, the Back Bay Hilton wasn't there then.

by Anonymousreply 4004/14/2019

[quote](the stars don't come out at twilight)

thanks for the mansplain.

by Anonymousreply 4104/15/2019

There is no comparison between Ptown and Ogonquit, Maine. Ptown is funky, hip, happening, gay destination. Ogonquit is not. It's a decent little town with a tiny gay clientele--don't blink or you';; miss them, with a decent beach, but it's not a happening place. If you lived in New England, yes, make a visit to Ogunquit. But since you only have limited time, don't go to Ogunquit. It's out of the way and in the total opposite direction from where you want to be.

Go to Boston, Ptown or Newport Rhode Island, which is not gay but a nice town. And no need to go to Salem. It's kind of dumpy and not worth the drive. The Salem Witch Museum, no, sweetie, no.

by Anonymousreply 4204/15/2019

R25 That 45 page PDF reminds me of the Official Michfest Rules and Regulations

by Anonymousreply 4304/15/2019

R25 That 45 page PDF reminds me of the Official Michfest Rules and Regulations

by Anonymousreply 4404/15/2019

Is there any small town on the Maine Coast that is like something from Stephen King?

by Anonymousreply 4504/15/2019

How is Provincetown during Carnival Week?

by Anonymousreply 4604/16/2019


by Anonymousreply 4704/16/2019

Oy. I have no desire to see anything remotely resembling this. Unfortunately it looks like the week I will be going is the week this thing happens.

by Anonymousreply 4804/16/2019

will you be there over a weekend? The commuter rail sells $10 passes, unlimited use. You could go to Providence and Salem and leave after an hour if you don't like it. (You can't take it to ptown though.) Ptown is amazing but it's more bitchy and moneyed/overpriced now than it was 10-15 years ago when it was funky/artsy. Too expensive for that now (kind of like manhattan).

Link shows other places you can go for $10 for the weekend. It's a great deal for tourists. I don't know why they don't publicize it more.

by Anonymousreply 4904/16/2019

Thanks but I will be there during the week

Hypothetically I will do one day in Provincetown and one day at the MFA. Which will leave a day and a half to see other things.

by Anonymousreply 5004/16/2019

Marblehead and Yarmouth.

by Anonymousreply 5104/16/2019

Marblehead is beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 5204/16/2019

OMG, go to PTown, no question.

Salem is a boor, but it you went, my 4th great grandpa and a cousin have paintings at the Peabody-Essex Museum. Look for them!

Also there, another 4th great grandpa who served on the Friendship and built the ~5 foot model at the link, on the trip from Salem to Batavia and back. Look at the rigging! He later died on a gunboat in NY Harbor during the War of 1812.

by Anonymousreply 5304/16/2019

what restaurants are good in ptown?

by Anonymousreply 5404/16/2019

Oh, shit, R54, none of them.

Eat well in Boston. Enjoy the Cape, eat out, but don’t expect “good”.

Btw, despite R13, just don’t drive to PTown at rush hour. Go before 4 pm, or after 7 pm, and it’s a quick 2 hour drive. When returning, leave very early, or after 4 pm. When I did the trip regularly, I prepared for Monday’s workday before the weekend, so I could just jump into bed when I arrived back home, late.

by Anonymousreply 5504/16/2019

r55, none of them? not even close? The two places i used to like are gone: Fat Jacks, the throwback Kennedy-era red sauce place, and that south african cafe which i guess has moved to the mid-cape.

Why is the food so mediocre in ptown?

by Anonymousreply 5604/17/2019

R56, it’s a once-a-year kind of crowd. They don’t count on repeat customers the way a Boston restaurant might, for example. Also, the staff at most places largely changes every year, too.

I do recommend The Nut House for their scones, though.

by Anonymousreply 5704/17/2019

How are the Harvard Art Museums?

by Anonymousreply 5804/17/2019

Aside from snooty?

by Anonymousreply 5904/17/2019

r58 the recently renovated building complex is impressive, the collection is interesting but not worth going out of your way for. If harvard sq is on your itinerary it's worth stopping in. But if make a special trip just for the museum you might be disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 6004/18/2019

Anybody saying that there's no good food in Ptown is lying or eating packaged salads from Stop-n-Shop. There's Jimmy's Hideaway, Ciro&Sal's, Fanizzi's, Mac's on Shankpainter Road, all great. Pepe's has great lobsters rolls and a harbor view, and welcomes dogs. The Squealing Pig has fabulous fried chicken. Even the places the queens eye-roll over --Lobster Pot, Bubala's -- are fun and pretty good. There are "elegant" places too, but why do that in a beach town?

by Anonymousreply 6104/18/2019

I personally would like to see Harvard Yard so I will probably check out the museum.

Is there anything worth seeing at MIT?

by Anonymousreply 6204/18/2019

There is an MIT museum that's a short walk from the main campus, it's right near the MIT bookstore. On the main MIT campus you can visit the Barker reading room, which is a library under the main dome. you can also go to the Stata center, which is a very cool Gehry building.

by Anonymousreply 6304/18/2019

OP, MIT is full of aspie, slouching foreigners with bad hygiene and haircuts. NOTHING to see there. Now, Harvard, Northeastern and BC on the other hand....oh you said summer huh? Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 6404/18/2019

[quote] R61: Anybody saying that there's no good food in Ptown is lying or eating packaged salads from Stop-n-Shop.

You forgot that burger joint in Town center, just off the street, on the pier. I’ve forgotten it’s name. Love it for the greasy food. It has or had a whale mural. Is it still there?

I admire you’re enthusiasm, R61, it’s just that I worked there as a waiter, and I also picked up the food in Boston for a restaurant. PTown is a great place to simply BE, in my opinion, but not “dine”.

by Anonymousreply 6504/18/2019

R65 Mojo's is what you're thinking of. Now that you mentioned that place, please refrain from offering any opinion on dining LOL -- it isn't "greasy food", it's "foody grease"

by Anonymousreply 6604/18/2019

Mojo’s, of course! My God, it’s kept the same name for at least 30 years! Mojo’s at least “meets expectations”, lol.

by Anonymousreply 6704/18/2019

I had a short, stout guy approach me at the PTown Stop & Shop when I was getting my salad, [italic] R61, [/italic] a few years ago. He said, “Do you know me?” I thought it was a confrontation. Then I realized it was my restaurant boss who I was fond of, from 30 years before.

I would have hugged him, but he’s Sicilian and straight and, well, queer about that. I paused, then yelled, “John!” Anyway, really nice seeing him. His (now) former wife is a Jewish woman from Brooklyn with all the ethnic (verbal) clues and I loved her too. Oy!

by Anonymousreply 6804/18/2019

I saw Norman Mailer, Farrah, and Ryan O’Neill at the Red Inn when they were filming a movie there. They (not Norman) floated across the room in an ethereal way that must have been taught. Is the Red Inn still the go-to restaurant for best-in-show?

by Anonymousreply 6904/18/2019


The Red Inn - while the site is outstanding - is over-rated and over-priced.

I wish, at least, they would dial down the attitude, which would make it bearable.

by Anonymousreply 7004/18/2019

Norman Mailer used to totter along with his much-younger wife in his later years. One day they passed me crossing the town parking lot, and he was saying, "Well, I'm sorry you didn't have a good time," and she said, "Oh, no, it was fine, I had a good time," in a voice that said, Jesus, when is this old fuck gonna die and leave me his money?

by Anonymousreply 7104/18/2019

The Red Inn is beautiful to look at, beautiful to look from (at the sea), and has a great White Party on the lawn in August The cocktails are great, so who cares about the food?

by Anonymousreply 7204/18/2019


The White Party is not at the Red Inn. It's held on the lawns of Delft Haven, a condominium association down the block.

by Anonymousreply 7304/18/2019

R73 Is that why none of my friends showed up ? Damn, you're right -- and Delft Haven is my dream retirement cottage, btw.

by Anonymousreply 7404/18/2019

OP, comeon-a my house, I’ll give you candy!

by Anonymousreply 7504/18/2019

Why is everyone white?

by Anonymousreply 7604/20/2019

Question if I do Provincetown and get there on the 9am morning ferry is there enough to do there to take the 4pm ferry back or should I wait for the 830;pm ferry?

by Anonymousreply 7704/20/2019

R76, I don’t see a lot of Black people at the beach. However, I did see a really fat Black, topless Lesbian at Herring Cove 30 years ago and that taught me that Black people get tans, too.

by Anonymousreply 7804/20/2019

More diversity on Martha's Vineyard

by Anonymousreply 7904/20/2019

OP, if you are only going for four days then I suggest you maximize your fun by spending all of that time in P-town. A day trip to P-town from Boston is a weary day spent mostly traveling and you'll end up seeing just enough of P-town to feel frustrated that you didn't plan for more time there.

The only day trip that makes sense during a 4 day car-less stay in Boston is Salem which is easily accessible from North Station by train to downtown Salem. The best time to visit Salem, however, is October when all the Halloween stuff is happening. Whatever you do I wish you happy trails.

by Anonymousreply 8004/20/2019

R80 is right, except I disagree about Salem. I avoid it from Sept 1 until Nov 1 due to the Halloween crowds.

by Anonymousreply 8104/20/2019

[quote]A day trip to P-town from Boston is a weary day spent mostly traveling and you'll end up seeing just enough of P-town to feel frustrated that you didn't plan for more time there.

Was this a parody post?

by Anonymousreply 8204/20/2019

I would like to combine Back Bay and the South End into one afternoon. Is there anything particular I should see in either? Mostly just looking to enjoy the architecture and street life.

by Anonymousreply 8304/20/2019

I don't think so, R82. You'll want to say for more than just a day if you go there.

My suggestion? Take the ferry, stay overnight and have a blast getting home in a rental. Stop by the National Seashore in Chatham, take a swim in warm waters and have a wonderful bowl of fish stew just about anywhere. Finish up in Wood's Hole in Falmouth or Hyannis and take a whale watching cruise or a white shark tour, if that's your thing. Silver Beach in Falmouth was one of my favorite places to play in the waves and I hope it's still as nice as I remember it.

by Anonymousreply 8404/20/2019

I live in Florida.

I don’t need to see the ocean.

We have it here.

by Anonymousreply 8504/20/2019

I go to Provincetown frequently and don't feel the food is mediocre at all. OK - nothing Michelin rated but abundance of good, fun restaurants. Maybe if you are going to a walk up booth for a hot dog you might say it's mediocre. A lot of places require reservations do I definitely recommend doing that. The Mews is fine dining - always found it to be a treat - ask to be seated upstairs in the bar. It is on the water but the views are rare as the windows are fewer than I would like. We have frequently been to Central House Restaurant at the Crown and Anchor and most of the time have been very happy there - eat on the porch - ask for a table near the railing and watch the fun go buy. It's right next to the club and it is fun to see the youngun's troupe in around 8:30-9:00 for the show. Also - at Central House there is a piano bar that starts nightly at 9:30. Lobster Pot if you want lobster - or any other seafood - no reservations, touristy but a must if you are in P-town. On the water - second floor bar - some decent waterviews. Check out Harbor Lounge for a cocktail with amazing water views. I read great things about The Canteen - supposedly not to miss their lobster roll. Read good things about Baie Bar Restaurant but I have not been there. Never been disappointed in Fanizzi's (ask for the Bay Room) - right on top of the water but this is not in the middle of the action. Always wanted to get to the Red Inn - way at the end of P-town - I believe it has had a renaissance and might be good. We love Patio - outdoor dining - on the street - decent fare. Enjoyed Bubalas by the Sea last summer - again street-side dining. Ciro and Sals - down a path and lower level dining - good food. So many places I haven't been to but have heard good things - Jimmy's Hideaway, Front Street , Pepe's - the list goes on. IMO there is no place like P-town - very accepting mix of everyone and everything. Fun themes each week - but Carnival Week is the most fun.

by Anonymousreply 8604/20/2019

And if you want the gay experience - there is the Tea Dance every day 4-7 at the Boatslip - and the beach (both clothed and clothing optional) as well as the dick-dock.

OP - you want to spend more than a day for sure

by Anonymousreply 8704/20/2019

In terms of Boston - Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market (touristy), walk over to the North End for a meal (Italian), walk thru Boston Common down Newbury St to Copley Square (high-end shopping available) and circle back down Commonweath Ave and thru Beacon Hill (gorgeous brick architecture).

by Anonymousreply 8804/20/2019

North of Boston - Salem is OK - lots of history - but I would rather spend time in Marblehead, Rockport, Newburyport, Gloucestire (Hammond Castle)

by Anonymousreply 8904/20/2019

Day 1- Boston, Day 2- ferry to PTown in the morning, stay overnight (look for a place to stay now), Day 3- PTown, then ferry back to Boston, Day 4- Boston.

by Anonymousreply 9004/20/2019

I agree R90 - otherwise 4 days is being spread too thin. OP will get to P-town and have immediate regrets he has to leave. Definitely find a place now - especially if 4th of July week or Carnival week

by Anonymousreply 9104/20/2019

In Boston’s Back Bay/South End:

Trinity Church in Copley Square.

The Catholic Cathedral in the South End just reopened after they gutted and completely redid the interior.

Towards the end of the day, go get a cup of coffee and dessert on the top of the Prudential building, but before, after 4 pm, there is a dress standard required, IIRC.

by Anonymousreply 9204/20/2019

Check out the Provincetown Ma Instagram account for more ideas. Stunning photographs, many posted by artists, tourists posts as well as local businesses.

by Anonymousreply 9304/20/2019

R90 has it. If you're a literary sort, take that tour of Salem and then leave.

by Anonymousreply 9404/20/2019

R85, do you have whale watches or GWS tours? How about a National Seashore that goes for miles and is free?

I've been to Florida and yes, the ocean is there. So are a million tourists and loads of trash. Cape Cod is pretty neat with loads of history packed into those little towns and Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute is a great tour, as well.

I also doubt you have fish stew like they make it here, but whatever. If you're heading up to Portland, ME, you're also going to see ocean. Boston is on the ocean, too. Wouldn't you rather go to Indianapolis?

by Anonymousreply 9504/20/2019

Don’t forget to get a lobsta while you’re here!

by Anonymousreply 9604/20/2019
by Anonymousreply 9704/20/2019

The lobster rolls are half the reason to visit the Boston area during the warmer months. In colder months, the chowder.

by Anonymousreply 9804/20/2019

And Florida adjacent

by Anonymousreply 9904/20/2019

On Sundays in the south end , there is an open market. It's pretty extensive. It's also right next to many artists' studios which are mostly open for the browsing. Fun local stuff around some interesting architecture.

I'd avoid Salem. The Peabody-Essex is a very good museum, but not worth missing the Harvard Museums and the MFA. The Isabella Steward Gardner is a small museum in Boston with a fascinating history. It's also small enough to do in one day. It's just a few blocks from the MFA. Salem creeps me out. It's entire existence is about the "witches," but there were no witches. Innocent people were murdered in the name of religion, but now they have cute witches all over the place.

The Landmark Orchestra has free concerts most Wednesday nights on the Hatch Shell (where the 4th of July Boston Pops Concert is). It's next to the Back Bay and on the river. It's a lovely night out if the weather cooperates.

I live in Boston and usually take the ferry Ptown for a day in the summer. There are TWO ferry companies. Boston Harbor Cruises leave from the Aquarium, which is just off the GreenWay (both worth visiting). Bay State Cruises leaves from near the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art), also worth visiting. Be aware that Bay State Cruises has fast ferries and not so fast ferries. The not fast ferry ("Traditional ferry") takes more than three hours. Boston Harbor Cruises usually has a one day 1/2 price sale on groupon if you can keep track of that. It's usually in May.

Have fun!

by Anonymousreply 10004/20/2019

Thank you R100 that is very useful information.

I would like to see the Gardner but if I am already going to the Harvard Museums and the MFA I think I can afford to miss that one.

So far my plan is Day 1: Downtown/Beacon Hill/Common; Day 2: Harvard/Back Bay/South End; Day 3: Provincetown; Day 4: MFA

by Anonymousreply 10104/21/2019

The Gardner museum is next to the MFA and more fun.

by Anonymousreply 10204/21/2019

on your way to Portland stop in at Ogunquit ME; Barnacle Billy's great lobster and bbq chicken

by Anonymousreply 10304/21/2019

Boston is my kinda town

by Anonymousreply 10405/24/2019

I'm still amazed that anyone thinks you can drive from Boston to Provincetown in two hours in summer. Can't be done, and anyone who says so hasn't seen our traffic patterns lately

This area is a shithole in summer, and overrun with foreign tourists to boot. Wait until the fall to experience our most glorious season!

by Anonymousreply 10505/24/2019

R105, push the pedal down, gramps! It’s a reliable 2 hour and 10 minute drive for me. It’s surprisingly consistent. But, I drive fast and I don’t go at rush hour.

by Anonymousreply 10605/25/2019

OP, I recommend you visit the North End’s Old North Church. That’s where the lanterns were hung to signal Paul Revere. Sit through the 20-minute lecture about the Church’s history. It’s brief enough to end before becoming boring. If they have finished with the planned refurbishments of the cellar crypts, and you’re feeling ghoulish, as I often do, pay the $5 fee and take a walk through. In crypt #4 is Robert Lash, a participant in the Boston Tea Party. Even the Church doesn’t know he’s there, the dummies. He is “tombmates” with my 3rd & 4th great grands, and about 25 others.

Up the street, there is Copps Hill Burial Ground. It’s a smallish cemetery and one of Boston’s oldest. It has those spooky headstones like you see at the Haunted House at Disney World, but they’re real. It is peaceful and open to the public. My 10th Great Grandmother is buried there. She immigrated in 1638, so she must have been a tough ol’ broad. Died age 83!

Fun fact, in the 19th century, Boston decided to “tidy-up” it’s ancient burial grounds, where people were originally buried hodgepodge. They moved many of the headstones around, to make them more orderly, so as a result, any given individual is not necessarily buried directly beneath the grave marker on the surface that bears their name.

by Anonymousreply 10705/25/2019

OP, if you don't spend the night in Provincetown, you're going to miss one of the main reasons to love Ptown: the dick dock.

by Anonymousreply 10806/01/2019

R105 so you need a wall To keep those pesky foreigners out of the town!

by Anonymousreply 10906/01/2019

Which is better for half a day - the JFK Library, ICA, the Aquarium or Museum of Science?

by Anonymousreply 110Last Sunday at 4:48 AM

OP, make sure you go to the Arlington Street church in Back Bay, which has amazing Tiffany windows. And the Boston Public Gardens, right near there, is the most beautiful park I have seen in the US.

by Anonymousreply 111Last Sunday at 10:35 AM

I enjoy cocktails at Strangers and Saints in PTown ....

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