A night in Boston
Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
41Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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We only had about 75 miles to go to get to Boston and the drive went very smoothly. We had our first experience with a toll road. Pretty efficient when you have an "Easy Pass Box" on the windshield like the rental car had. We dropped the car at the airport just fine - and took a taxi to the Amtrak South Station, thinking we'd see what was in that area for hotels
Then we were directed to the concierge at the South Station. What a character Johnny was! He could multi-task like no one I've seen and he assured us not to worry... that he would find us a place to stay! He made some calls and actually did find us a room. He said it wasn't exactly a hotel, but it was run like one - and it was very nice, clean, and safe. It would be $100 a night! We wondered what we would be getting since that seemed very inexpensive for the heart of Boston but we decided to take it. We also wanted to take the Trolley tour of the city. Johnny told us we could buy a 2 day ticket... put our luggage on the trolley, which would stop in front of the station, take the tour and get off on the #15 stop, which was a few blocks from our Inn. Then in the morning, we could get back on the trolley, at stop #17 and take the rest off the tour, getting off at South Station! What a good idea. So, we got our tickets and did just that. The city tour by double decker trolley was very good. We drove past many historic sights and we actually could've got off anytime we wanted to, then gotten on another trolly to continue the tour The trolleys apparently came every 15 minutes.
The tour lasted about 2 hours and we came to our stop. It was a lovely old neighborhood with beautiful shops and businesses so we were very relieved. We walked the few blocks as directed (which wasn't easy with 5 pieces of heavy luggage), and came to the address we were given. 284 Commonwealth. It is an absolutely gorgeous old historic brownstone and it has been turned into a guest inn - but there is no advertisement or sign on the outside
We wanted to do more exploring and touring, but it was so hot here today. It got to 96 degrees! So we were happy to get out of the heat. We went into a steakhouse on the corner a couple of blocks away and it turned out it was a fabulous BBQ place. I had BBQ chicken and Larry had BBQ ribs. He had 1/2 slab, with cole slaw, fries, corn on the cob, and baked beans for only $6.95! And it was delicious food too! We'd had an appetizer and beverages and our meals and it came to only $32! Best of all, they had TV's and we watched the whole Brazil Vs Chile Soccer game!
After that, we came back to our room and decided to stay in where it was cool, watch TV and just relax. Lucky me that this beautiful old place has WiFi so I could get caught up with the blog.
Tomorrow morning we are going to get up early, walk up to the trolley stop (after getting coffee at Starbucks right across the street from the stop) and go to South Station. We are scheduled to leave for home tomorrow.