Good value B&B ( for the area). Clean and the owner is genuinely caring. Shared bathrooms though. Good location next to Live & Kicking lobsters. Fresh, cheap and local lobsters. Also near fantastic wholefoods supermarket
Puttnam St Cambridge mid way between Central and Harvard Sq on the Red line. 10 mins walk from either. Bus route, 2 mins
Staggeringly cheap way of getting round - $15 for 7 full days - even timed. Connections between buses/subway excellent. Get into Boston/Cambridge for a few dollars from the airport. Machine at the airport.
All subway stations
The Go Boston Card is the perfect pass if you want to visit a lot of Boston attractions. The card can be purchased for 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 day increments. Once you have purchased the card you have the choice of visiting every attraction you can think of in Boston and surrounding areas.
To see a stunning view of the Charles River and, on your left, the BU bridge, the Back Bay area, the Hancock Tower, the Prudential Centre and, on your right, the Museum of Science and the Zakin Bridge, there is no better place to be than the Red Line Train between Chalres/MGH and Kendall/MIT stops.
The train goes over the Charles River, and on a bright day the view is simply amazing. All for the cost of a "T" ride.
Plus, while you're on this train, you may as well stay on it to discover the joys of Cambridge, and all its wonderful squares - Central, Harvard, Porter, Davis, Inman, Teele.
The MBTA train. Charles/MGH station.
www.mbta.com for trip planning.
High class French food near Harvard Square. A great place for a special meal that doesn't have to be expensive. The three-course prix fix neighbourhood menu is one of the best deals in Boston.
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge
Tel: (617) 497 5511
A Boston institution, where you can pick up a designer bargain in an oversized jumble sale. Filene came up with the Automatic Mark Down System, whereby price tags are marked with the date, and the longer an item goes unsold, the more the price is marked down by up to 75%. Simple, and hence sometimes the shopping frenzy of people scrapping over clothes, hiding items to secure a bigger markdown and getting changed in the aisles. This branch of Filene's Basement is closed for two years from September 2007, but the chain also has stores in Columbus, Paramus, Peabody and more. See www.filenesbasement.com for more information.
Downtown Crossing, corner of Summer and Washington.
Restaurant/bar: fabulous thin crust pizzas, great selection of wines and beers. Superbly chilled out, good value and - best of all - flat screen TVs showing the sport but with no sound... fun for the guys and the gals.
27 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
T stop: Harvard Square
This small B&B is great value and really welcoming. The rooms are large and decorated in a charming, quirky manner. The location is great - quiet, safe and close to loads of the best restaurants and bars in the Back Bay and South End areas. Also, for the environmentally conscious, the bathroom has a composting toilet!
56 Rutland Sq. Closest subway station is Back Bay.
The Best Western Terrace Inn is the best deal in Boston. The hotel offers free parking (huge), free continental breakfast, free wireless internet and free local phone calls!
1650 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA USA
Go to Tourist Information in the main park and pick up a Freedom Trail booklet (about $3 or $4) and then follow the trail around the city. It is clearly marked as it is a red painted line that you follow. The booklet will give you the history of Boston as you go. You can take either an hour or a whole day and get to see pretty much the whole city.
Mr Bartley's is a Boston institution, he has been serving great burgers for four decades now. It does fantastic burgers all named after different celebrities and politicians, one example being the Bill Gates - the best of everything! When you arrive at the restaurant Mr Bartley himself shows you to your table. The restaurant is a bit of squash but that just adds to the character of the place. Be warned they only take cash!
1246 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138-3820 (617) 354-6559 Nearest Station - Harvard Square
A real Bostonian restaurant, opposite the fake Cheers, in every sense. Supposedly famed for the surliness of the waiting staff, but they were perfectly civil when I was there. It's popular, crowded, and you will probably have to queue to get in. Once inside, expect to be seated at a large table wherever there's a space. It may not be ideal if you're shy and retiring, but it's a great way to meet people if you're not. Good old-fashioned food like Yankee pot roast, cornbread and, of course, Boston baked beans.
340 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston; Tel: (617) 227-2038; www.durgin-park.com
The best breakfasts in America - the blueberry pancakes are to die for, though my sister swears by the banana and pecan ones. Absolutely no frills, but friendly service and great food make this a must for breakfast if you're visiting Boston.
Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe, 429 Columbus Avenue, Boston; Open Mon-Fri, 6am-2.30pm, and Sat, 7.30am-1pm; Tel: +1 (617) 536-7669; Nearest stations: Back Bay or Mass Ave; www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/food_drink/cheap/documents/04122414.asp
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