My wife and I are in the preliminary stages of planning a vacation to Boston in the fall of 2013. She's a huge american history nut and has been looking forward to this trip for some time.
So here's our dilemma - we have a timeshare available to exchange for seven (7) days which takes care of the lodging (or so I thought) but upon researching the resorts that are available I've found that none are within the city limits. There are a ton of options around the city however; all across Cape Cod (Provincetown, Yarmouth, Barnstable, Falmouth) and in Newport, RI.
We're both from Tampa and neither of us have been to New England so we're not fully aware what the best option might be. In doing a little research it looks like the Boston area has a fairly extensive public transport system but I wasn't sure if it was practical to rely on it from the above mentioned areas.
So here's my thought - we could choose a resort in Newport for example and make it our base of operations. I'm guessing there's a ton of great scenery and worthwhile locations to visit all around Boston (New Port, Cape Cod, Plymouth, etc..) so we could rent a car and spend a few days outside of Boston. And then, take public transportation into the city and stay at a hotel for a couple of nights in order to see all the great locations within the city.
Is this practical? Should we forego the timeshare (which is essentially free of charge) altogether and just stay at a hotel in the city for seven days?
Your thoughts and advice is very much appreciated! Let me know if there's any additional information I can provide that will help!