A night in Boston

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
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Trip End Jul 02, 2010


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Monday, June 28, 2010

I couldn't believe it when we woke up in Wells this morning with no electricity!!!  How could that be?  We didn't have any in the bathroom this time either!  Crazy...  and almost ironical after faring so well at the Trailing Yew, where we were prepared NOT to have electricity.  I don't know what they did about the breakfast that was included with our stay.  I would've been okay with the cold cereal -  but we weren't that hungry and thought we'd better get on the road to Boston before traffic picked up.  Luckily we hadn't overslept being the clock had stopped, of course.  It's good that Larry wakes up early on his own.  We were on the road about 7:15. 

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.  It turns out no one seemed to have a vacancy!!!  There was a big convention in town and every place we called was booked.  Maybe our spontaneity had absolutely finally caught up with us! 

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.  It is beautiful.  I was thrilled with the idea of even going in, much less staying here.  The room is not big... but it is so quaint.  The building was once a single family home and it was built in 1877.  We are on the 3rd floor... and there is no elevator.  It has a beautiful stairway though.  And once when I went downstairs, I went a wrong way and found a very narrow stairway, which must have been the servants stairs at one time.  I can't help but wonder who lived here and what kind of lives they had.  Everywhere I look, I see places just like this!  There were a lot of people with money in this area once. 

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. 

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David on

That place looks very interesting; Not a bad result to the no vacancy problem.

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