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Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

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Liverpool, United...
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Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

Hi

We are spending New years in Boston and are visiting for the first time from the UK. We arrive sunday afternoon after driving from New York, we have been looking at putting together an itinerary as a rough guide on where to see whilst we are there.

Any suggestions/recommendations on the below...

12/29

We will probably arrive mid afternoon we want to visit the outlet mall nearby and then we are staying at the Westin, Copley Place.

In the evening we are just intending to have a walk around the city to get our bearings and explore

12/30

We were looking at walking the Freedom Trail in the morning and in the afternoon taking a look around the harbour area. We were thinking dinner in the North end, we watched Kitchen nightmares and are looking at eating that area most nights?

12/31

Heading to Fenway park for hopefully a tour of the stadium, following lunch we are hoping to get tickets to the Celtics v Hawks game. In the evening we have no idea what to do or where the best place to spend first night is...any recommendations?

01/01

Walk around Boston Common to clear any hangover heads following which a visit to the grounds of Harvard, then to the Sam Adams brewery tour, Evening spent on one of the Ghost tours and then dinner.

02/01

Our final day,we fly back to the Uk around 6pm so we were just planning on a leisurely look around the shops ( if there can be such a thing!)

Is there anything obvious that Im missing?

Thanks

Ian

23 replies to this topic
Quincy...
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11. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

To be honest with you, Upstate New York's "delights" are usually buried under 3 feet of snow at that time of the year, so it really is not the best time to be touring around there. Newport would be a much better idea. I believe that the "cottages" may still be decorated for Christmas, up until Jan 1, so it would be really pretty and very festive around that area. There is plenty to do and see to keep you busy, and I just think you'd be much happier walking around Newport and sightseeing, than you would be spending 8 hours driving on an interstate highway.

MA
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12. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

If you really want to see the Falls and this may be the only time you get over here, you can wait until a day or two before, check the weather reports and then make your decision as to whether or not to go. I would book a hotel for the Falls that can be canceled up until 6 p.m on the day of arrival and then do the same for Newport (just remember to cancel the one you won't use).

Liverpool, United...
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13. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

Bookat I think that's exactly what we are going to do to be honest, really looking forward to Boston

Boston...
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14. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

I agree w/ the others, don't go to Niagara Falls, long and cold drive. Nice to visit but in warmer weather.

I love Newport, one of my favorite places to visit. We love driving there and visiting one of the mansions. Some will be closed for the season but here is what should be open:

Christmas at the Newport Mansions

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House

Open daily & decorated for the holidays

The Breakers opens at 9 a.m., all others open at 10 a.m. Last tour admission at 4 p.m. except 3 p.m. on December 24. Houses and grounds close at 5 p.m., except 4 p.m. on December 24.

All properties closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Holiday Evenings at The Breakers

November 30, December 7, 14 and 28

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Would be lovely to see all decorated! Lodging would be less expensive (I think) than during the tourist season.

I have another suggestion that would work for you. Take a drive to Saratoga Springs, New York, it is only 3 hrs. from Boston and a very direct route on the interstate. Here is a math calculator that I have used:

http://www.travelmath.com/drive-distance/from/Saratoga+Springs,+NY/to/Boston,+MA

My two daughters drove to Saratoga Springs last week for the funeral of their friend's mother and loved it there. It was a 3 hr. drive from where we live and very direct. Neither had been before but they said it was very quaint, lots of stores to browse in, have a nice casino (if u like to gamble), and lots of nice places to stay for a night. Think it would fit the bill perfectly for you.

Here is some info I found on Trip Advisor for you:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g48562-s409/Saratoga-…

If u do plan to stop at Wrentham Outlets (I live near there) be prepared for crowds, traffic and not many restaurants to eat there. I go there all the time as I like to walk outdoors from store to store. Stores are not enclosed but all outdoors so it can get nippy in winter. There is only one way in/out so lines to enter/exit are lengthy. As noted, it is in suburbs so nothing surrounding to see. It will be crowded w/ people exchanging Christmas gifts and/or shopping. However, it is a great place to visit.

Good luck.

Liverpool, United...
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15. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

Thanks I've just had a look at the Saratoga springs, looks very quaint, as for the mansions- wow! How huge are they, does anyone know if there will be lots of snow at Christmas around there, on google images it shows a a large snow fall on a lot of the pictures thanks Ian

Quincy...
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16. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

The mansions are huge. As large as many English manor houses would be, if not bigger. They are also lavishly constructed and spectacularly decorated. As for snow at Christmas, statistically speaking, the Boston area has a 25% chance of a White Christmas. I imagine Newport's would be much lower, since it's near the water and has ocean breezes warming it up a bit. Snow at that time of year would not be unheard of at all, but it's far from a regular thing.

Boston
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17. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

I would imagine Saratoga Springs gets more than their fair share of snow.

Liverpool, United...
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18. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

Do you think most places will be under snow at that time of year? As long as the roads are open and we can get to Boston that's the main thing really

MA
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19. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

It is so hard to predict. A couple years ago we had a winter with no snow at all. Sometimes, we get hit really hard. I think in general, the further north that you go, the better the chance for snow. Usually, January and February tend to have the most snow. However, we are well accustomed to dealing with snow here, so the roads tend to be cleared quickly and laid with salt to treat the ice.

Boston
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20. Re: Visting for 4 nights from the 12/29

That's much more likely in Upstate NY.

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