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Overview

Our author, a longtime resident of Boston's North End, hits all the highlights, from Fenway Park to the Freedom Trail. She's checked out the city's best hotels and restaurants in person, and offers authoritative, candid reviews that will help you find the choices that suit your tastes and budget.

Inside you'll find:

Insider advice on experiencing the best of Boston without breaking the bank. Our author will point you to free or reduced-cost entry times at the top museums, the best spots for a picnic or a stroll, dirt-cheap college concerts and shows--and even free concerts by professional orchestras.

Where to find the freshest seafood, the most elegant spots for afternoon tea, the tastiest dim sum in Chinatown, and the best cannoli in the North End.

Up-to-the-minute coverage of shopping and nightlife, from the artsy boutiques on Newbury Street to the lively and chaotic college bars & clubs in Allston.

In-depth coverage of Cambridge

Detailed walking tours; accurate neighborhood maps; and advice on planning a successful family vacation

Side trips to Lexington, Concord, Plymouth, and the North Shore.

Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.

Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118287576
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Series: Frommer's Color Complete Series
  • Edition description: 28th Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Morris grew up in New York and graduated from Harvard, where she studied history. She has worked for the Boston Herald, Boston magazine, and the New York Times. She’s the author of Boston For Dummies, and she covers Boston for Frommer’s New England. She lives in Boston, not far from Paul Revere.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Maps
Boston Neighborhoods     4
You Probably Didn't Know     6
Why Boston is "the Hub"     6
How to pronounce-well, lots of things     6
How the T lines got their names     7
Which Green Line is which     7
Why your compass is going all kerflooey     7
Traffic Rules     8
What's opera got to do with it     9
Where on earth you can park     9
Who serves the best ice cream     10
Where your tax money went     10
The meaning of a Smoot     11
Where the hills of John Winthrop's city went     11
Accommodations     12
Basic Stuff     14
Winning the Reservations Game     14
Is There a Right Address?     15
The Lap of Luxury     16
The Lowdown     16
Are you sure this is Boston?     16
Are you positive this is Boston?     17
Oh, yeah, this is Boston (19th-century division)     17
Oh, yeah, this is Boston (20th-century division)     18
Oh, yeah, this is Boston (21st-century division)     19
For travelers with old money     19
Fortravelers with new money     19
For travelers with money, period     20
For travelers with no money (or not much)     20
Seriously, no money     21
Anonymous giants     21
Not too big, not too small     22
Convenient for conventioneers     22
Where to drop after you shop     23
Landmark restorations     23
Luscious love nests     24
Down by the sea     24
On the river     25
Park your car(cass) in Harvard Yard     25
Sweet suites     26
For traveling families     26
For students and their families     27
For travelers who want to avoid families     27
Front-row seats for theater lovers     28
For sightseers     28
At the airport     28
Where to see a celebrity     29
Maps
Boston Accommodations     30
The Index     32
Dining     40
Basic Stuff     42
Only in Boston     42
How to Dress     42
Where (Not) to Smoke     43
When to Eat     43
Practicalities     43
Where the Chefs Are     43
The Lowdown     44
Where to trap a lobster     44
Something fishy in town     44
Something fishy in a shack     45
Something fishy and raw     45
Further Resources     45
Something fishy on the cheap     46
For oyster lovers     46
Landmarks     46
For special occasions     47
Isn't it romantic     48
Tea Up     48
For same-sex romance     49
Kid pleasers     49
See-and-be-seen scenes     49
Crankiest waitstaff     50
Barbecue joints     50
Beer here     50
Restaurant row (Boston)     51
Restaurant row (Cambridge)     51
Cheap eats     51
The great outdoors     52
For committed carnivores     52
Vegging out     53
Global harmony     54
Solo practitioners     54
Spaghetti-and-meatball Italian     54
Arugula-and-radicchio Italian     55
Pie in the sky     55
The tastiest Tex-Mex     56
Mex without the Tex      56
A French toast     56
Dim sum and then some     57
When in Chinatown     57
Attention, sweet teeth     58
Brunch bonanza     58
Power lunches     59
After hours     59
Maps
Boston Dining     60
Downtown & North End Dining     62
Harvard Square Dining     63
The Index     64
Diversions     76
Basic Stuff     78
Getting Your Bearings     78
The Freedom Trail     79
Tour Time     81
The Lowdown     82
The fast-track Freedom Trail     82
Don't believe the brochures     82
Where to feel like a student     83
Where to act like a Brahmin     84
Rumor Mill     84
Common ground     85
Matters of state     85
Good touristy in the North End     86
Bad touristy in the North End     86
Small wonders on the Freedom Trail     87
Small wonders on Beacon Hill     87
Church and state on the Freedom Trail     88
Back Bay churches even atheists might enjoy     89
Grave concerns on the Freedom Trail     91
Other grave concerns     91
End of the Trail     92
Art museums (the biggies)     93
Learn the Lingo     93
Most underrated museums     95
On the waterfront     96
How to feel like you're in a foreign country     97
Black Boston     97
The shape of things to come     98
The view from above     98
The view from a bridge     99
Look, up in the sky, it's-you     99
Boston by boat     99
A whale of a time     100
Excursions to Plymouth and P-Town     100
Must-sees for second timers     101
Best places for gallery hopping     102
Weirdest bunch of public statuary     102
Bigger isn't always better     103
Best patriotic festivals     103
Beer here     104
Pure fun for little kids     105
Secretly educational stuff for older kids     105
Author, author     106
Kennedy country     107
Free spirit     107
Maps
Boston Diversions     108
The Index     110
Getting Outside      120
The Lowdown     122
Parks to get lost in     122
The islands you've never heard of     123
On Walden Pond     123
Run for your life     124
The Marathon     125
Pedal pushers     126
Swimming holes in the concrete jungle     127
The club scene     127
Whatever floats your boat     127
Ice, ice, baby     128
Hitting the beach     128
Tee time     129
Shopping     130
Basic Stuff     132
What to Buy     132
Target Zones     133
Bargain Hunting     134
Hours of Business     135
Sales Tax     135
The Lowdown     135
Shopping bags to show off     135
Clothes to make you feel young again     136
Clothes to make you feel grown up     136
Clothes for non-grown-ups     136
Everything under one roof     137
World-beat chic     137
Well-heeled wares     137
Obscure objects of desire     137
For bookworms     138
For thirsty bookworms      138
For thrifty bookworms     138
For baby bookworms     138
For special-interest bookworms     139
Those lips! Those eyes!     139
Music meccas     139
Home beautiful     139
Art for art's sake     140
Art for your sake     140
Precious old stuff     140
Funky old stuff     140
Kid stuff     141
Incredible edibles     141
The sporting life     141
Maps
Boston Shopping     142
The Index     144
Nightlife     154
Basic Stuff     156
Liquor Laws & More Vice Regulation     156
Sources     157
The Lowdown     157
Loud and live     157
Lounge lizards     157
If you see shamrocks, it's not a real Irish bar     158
Further Resources     158
The peanutbutter cups of nightlife     159
Spin cities     159
Sin cities     160
Peeling out     160
Eurotrashiest     160
College cheer     161
Lansdowne Street: The Debate     161
One-stop hopping      162
Where the jocks flex their muscles     162
Where the jocks play     162
As seen on TV     163
All that jazz     163
All that blues     163
Where the girls are     164
Where the boys are     164
Worth the trip     164
In the neighborhood     165
Clubbing al fresco     165
Maps
Boston Nightlife     166
The Index     168
Entertainment     174
Basic Stuff     176
Sources     177
Getting Tickets     177
On the Cheap     177
The Lowdown     178
I hear a symphony     178
How Out-of-Date IS the "MTA" Song?     178
Go for baroque     179
What's opera, doc?     179
In (rock) concert     180
Just plain folk     180
Broadway babies     180
High drama     181
The next stage     181
Dinner and a show     181
Men in tights     181
Comedy tonight     182
Making it up as you go along     182
The silver screen      182
The big game     182
Maps
Boston Entertainment     184
The Index     186
Hotlines & Other Basics     193
Airports     193
Buses     194
Car rentals     194
Convention centers     194
Doctors and dentists     194
Emergencies     195
Boston Online Toolbox     195
Events hotlines     196
Ferries     196
Festivals and Special Events     196
Gay and lesbian hotlines     197
Newspapers     197
Parking     198
Pharmacies     198
Radio stations     199
Restrooms     199
Subways     199
Taxes     200
Taxis and limos     200
Telephones     200
Tickets     201
Travelers with disabilities     201
TV stations     201
Visitor information     201
Weather     201
General Index     202
Accommodation Index     207
Restaurant Index     208
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