If you leave a comment at the bottom of this post and let me know why you love Taylor Swift, you could receive two free tickets to her San Diego or Phoenix shows THIS WEEK! Read through the post to find out how.
If you are: seeking changing leaves and cooler weather, a sports enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking for some authentic Halloween adventure, then set a course for Boston for an autumn weekend getaway.
Boston is a breathtaking mix of historic and modern architectural wonders coupled with vibrant culture, dining and shopping. According the Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com, Boston is the 5th most popular East Coast City amongst both American and international travelers.
Seasonal Suggestions for a fall vacation in Boston
Fall Foliage in Boston is at its peak during the last few weeks of October. You can take in the vibrant leaves all over the city. Turn your kids’ fall break into some educational fun as you stand along the waterfront where the Boston Massacre took place or take in the Bunker Hill Monument site of the famed Revolutionary War battle. Be sure to cruise (by foot or rent a bicycle) the 2 ½ mile Freedom Trail where you can take in 16 historic sites including the USS Constitution and Paul Revere’s house.
Savings on Site-Seeing
The Family-Friendly Value Pass available through the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau through the end of October makes it easy to stay and play affordably in Boston. It is a free pass, which offers substantial discounts and freebies at a variety of venues and eateries throughout the city. Another avenue of savings is the Boston City Pass, which gives you admission to five signature attractions and a significantly reduced cost.
A Brew Tour or Two
For fans of authentic New England brews, tickets are available for the Freedom Trail Pub Crawl every Tuesday at 5:30 P.M. from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall. Call (617) 357-8300 for more details and to make a reservation. For a suggested donation of $2 – all of which goes to support local charities – beer enthusiasts can also enjoy an affordable tour of the Sam Adams Brewery, including product samples and historical factoids about the famed brewer himself.
Boston is one of the most haunted cities in America and with Halloween right around the corner, the tricks and treats are around the city.
Head up the coast just 16 miles north of Boston to the town of Salem, the infamous site of the 1692 witch trials, and join the town’s popular one hour outdoor candlelit tour, led by well-known historian and author Jim McAllister. The tour explores the sites and story of the witch trials, Salem’s darkest hour. Catch the tour Thursdays through Sundays through October 30th at 7pm.
Get your scare on at the The Fear at Fenway at historic Fenway Park with three ‘spooktacular’ attractions and even a lights-on version for the kiddos. Another popular attraction is the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour around Boston led by a host of ghoulish characters.
A wonderful hotel for its location and service is the Omni Parker House Hotel. It’s also Boston’s most haunted hotel. Plan a visit with some of the hotel’s more bizarre and permanent guests. Prices of hotel rooms in Boston are going up, HOWEVER, Americans are also spending more, both domestically and overseas –spending an average of $5 more a night on U.S. properties and $11 more at hotels internationally over last year.
Traveling during the fall is one of my favorite times to explore a new city but don’t let the season keep you from seeing Boston. And when you go: be sure to brush up on your New England speak. If you want to sound like a local in Boston, take some tips from The Wicked Good Guide to Boston English.
I can’t believe we’re already halfway through October and nearing November! November’s ‘City of the Month’ post will highlight the wonderful city of Phoenix, Arizona. In honor of November’s ‘City of the Month’ we are giving away two sets of Taylor Swift tickets for her San Diego (Thursday, October 20) and Phoenix (Friday, October 21) shows. If you’ll be in either of these cities THIS WEEK, leave a comment telling us why you love Taylor Swift and what city you would like to see the concert in for a chance to receive two free tickets. Good luck!