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Planning our trip to Boston

We went on a roadtrip to Arizona last August and decided our trip this year would be Boston over spring break. We’re flying out April 9th and coming back the 20th so we’ll be missing Easter with family. I’ve only been to the east coast in the middle of the summer so it should be a little more enjoyable temperature wise. We’re flying in and out of Logan so we’ll be Downtown for about half the trip. We’ll rent a car for the middle half and head up to Maine and then down to Cape Code and Martha’s Vineyard, but that all needs to be planned still.

The only snag we hit so far is that the Boston marathon happens to be on the day we leave. I went to book a hotel for the 17th-20th a couple weeks ago, found out about the marathon and fell over when I saw hotel rates. Nothing under $250 to be found. Your average Hilton or Raddisson were $300 and the nicer places were even more. For our first 3 nights in Downtown I booked a nice King room at the Omni Parker House for $150 a night and the 3rd night free on a Spring special. The next weekend before the marathon that same room was about $400. The only affordable option in Downtown would be a bed and breakfast. Emailed some B&B management companies to see if there was anything available and found a nice affordable room with private bath just a couple blocks south of Back Bay and the marathon route. Much better than the Holiday Inn Express, pretty much the cheapest hotel that whole weekend at $250 a night.

So all we have planned is that we’ll be in Downtown Boston for our first three nights, Maine/Cape Code/Martha’s Vineyard the next 4 nights and back to Boston for 3 nights. I got tickets to see the Presidents of the United States of America at the House of Blues on the 17th, but that’s really all we have set in stone. Just some of the things we’re looking at doing:

  • Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles on 4/18 at 7:30pm
  • Demetri Martin at the Wilbur Theater
  • Samuel Adams Brewery tour
  • Freedom Trail
  • Duck Tour
  • Paul Revere’s house
  • Harvard
  • USS Constitution
  • Lobster for dinner in Maine
  • Walden’s pond
  • Fenway Park tour

If you’ve been to Boston and the surrounding area before post a comment with suggestions of stuff to see and places to eat. Anybody stayed on Martha’s Vineyard before? Debating if we should spend the night there or just go for the day.