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One weekend each year (Aug 16 & 17 in 2008) there is a tax holiday on the 5.45% sales tax througout Massachusettes. Neighboring New Hampshire has no sales tax.
RestaurantsMy favorite restaurants in Boston:
Those purple stickers advertize Dave Andelman's Phantom Gourmet Guide to Boston's Best Restaurants
If you plan on doing the whole town, the $39 one-year CityPass for Boston might save you a few bucks.
There is a derogatory nickname for rude drivers in Massachuttes: "Masshole".
I think the freeways in Boston were designed to annoy people. The John F Fitzgerald Expressway (I-93), was made underground as a result of the "Big Dig", notorious as an over-budget nightmare. Police issue speeding tickets in the tunnel regularly because the curved road makes it very stressful for unfamiliar people to see exits come up suddenly. By the time you read the sign, you've passed it -- and you can't exit again until you're literally out of the city 5 miles away. So my advice: stay WAY WAY behind vehicles in front of you.
But on the other hand, the 8 sq. miles of its center makes Boston a "walkable" city.
The MBTA (Metro Boston Transit Authority) interactively creates routes on trains and calculates amount of walking to your specific address.
There are TWO Longwood stations, four blocks apart. The SouthEast one is on the E Heath Street line. The NorthWest one is on the D Riverside line.
If you're driving, the best way to enter the Back Bay is to come in from the West. on Storrow Drive, and exit on Copley Square, which is on Clarendon Street.
Southwest airlines goes out of Providence, Rhode Island through the TF Green airport that is officially in Warwick, RI. 401.737-8222. It's 59 miles from central Boston down I95.
Southwest airlines goes out of Manchester Airport in NeW Hampshire. It's 53 miles from central Boston up I93.
In many ways, Boston Common is the "heart" of the city.
Exiting the Government Square station on the Green line:
The cemetary at Park Street Church is home of (the bones of) many historic figures.
"America The Beautiful" was first sung there.
From there, turn left for shops along Washington Street and the Downtown Crossing T stop.
Turn right on Washington Street for Boston's Chinatown.
But if you're into seeing upscale, walk around Boston Common toward the Public Garden.
The Four Seasons hotel offers the best brunch (for $70) on their second floor.
The Back Bay Newbury Street is the hippest place to shop and live in Boston.
On the SouthWest side of the Public Garden is a "Cheers" bar. This is the more authentic than the Fenuil Hall restaurant cashing in on the "Cheers" TV bar. It has evening performances in the small piano bar above it.
At the opposite end, walk on old cobblestones in the Beacon Hill area, within which Forbes noted as having the most expensive blocks of homes in America. Ex-presidential candidate John Kerry lives there. It's also home to Upper Crust pizza.
The Gibson House (617-267-6338) at 137 Beacon Street, is open Wednesday–Sunday 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
Exiting the Copley station:
On the 3rd floor in the Coply main library are
murals by John Singer Sargent that span Judeo-Christian history.
All the Back Bay sit on stilts above the water, including the 62-story I. M. Pei-designed John Hancock Building rising above Copley square at 200 Clarendon St. Its reflection makes for a good backdrop to the Victorian, Gothic and French Romanesque styles of the Trinity Church, voted the most beautiful building in Boston.
On the other side of the library is the Old South Church, which is also architecturally interesting inside.
All these buildings sit on stilts over the water (like Venice, Italy)!
Boston's oldest neighbourhood has Copp's Hill Burying Ground, which house tombestones dating back to 1660. Look for headstones pockmarked by Revolutionary War musket balls.
The oldest house in Boston, built in 1680, is the tiny clapboard Paul Revere House,
Larz Anderson Auto Museum Larz Anderson Park, 15 Newton St., Brookline, 617-522-6547. Open Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $5; students, seniors and children (6-18) $3; children (5 and under) free. Admission to the Lawn events: $7; children $5. Fee includes admission to all museum exhibits. The oldest collection of historic automobiles in the nation is displayed in the owner's original home. Special exhibit: L'automobile-A Century of Innovation and Style celebrates the French automobile industry. Special event: May 27 at 8 p.m.-An Evening with musical performaer Priscilla Herdman. Lawn event: June 5-French Car Day.
Within Cambridge, Harvard's Museum of Natural History has over 3000 handblown glass flowers and plants on display. They're lifelike, but they don't have that certain something about living plants.
To give you an idea of Boston's academic proclivities, while other cities have graffiti, on the bridge to MIT from Beacon Hill, there are now-faint markings every few feet, and at one end "81.2 Smotes". That's how many times Mr. Smotes fit on the bridge laid end to end.
The Free Software Foundation, Inc. is at 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
The empty frames and spaces in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (at 280 The Fenway 617-566-1401, open Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) is the result of a still-unsolved heist of 13 priceless paintings (estimated $300 million) which FBI named among the biggest art thefts in U.S. history. It happened on the night after St. Patrick's Day in 1990, two men disguised as Boston police officers handcuffed the two security guards on duty and snatched works of art worth.
The artworks include Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Vermeer's The Concert, and pieces by Degas and Manet.
But the thieves passed over most of the Renaissance paintings (by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael), including the museum's most valuable piece, Titian's The Rape of Europa, which has since been voted the city's most significant work of art.
The space remains because the museum's founder-socialite and art collector Mrs. Gardner, who built the 15th-century Venetian palace to house her extensive art collection-stipulated in her will that nothing about the galleries should change after her death. Note: Visitors named Isabella are admitted free.
There is an Imax 3D Theater in the Museum of Science, but the
TOMB by 5WITS 45 minute interactive adventure (10a-10p) at 186 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215, across the street from the Fenway T-stop on the Green Line (D-Train) and the Landmark Center and the AMC Fenway 13 movie theater.
3D theater north of Waltham off fwy. 95.
Boston Globe newspaper one hour tours Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Children must be nine years of age or older to tour. Contact Laurie Canarie at 617.929.2653
Boston Center for the Arts
Arts Boston Bostix booths advertise that they sell "half-priced" day-of-show tickets.
But beware: on some shows (such as Blue Man Group) they only sell obstructed view tickets at lower prices. Regular seats they sell at face value plus inflated fees (since they are a Ticketmaster outlet).
You may be better off getting tickets at the box office without the fees.
Sporty apparel from Timerland, Patagnia, Lands End, and Rockport shoes are now more frequently seen than "preppy" clothing styles.
The Polariod and early word-processing manufacturer Wang corporation built a large building in Chemlsford.
Educational degrees are a significant export.
Movies filmed in Boston:
TV filmed in Boston:
Famous Bostonians:Buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetary, Cambridge:
Barry Manilow's song
"Weekend in New England"
asks "when will I see you again?".
The term "New England" refers to the five North Eastern US states of (from the North down): Maine, Vermont, Massachusettes, Rhode Island, and Conneticut.
Eastward from the Berkshires on the 90 (where highway exit numbers begin at 1) VB: (800) 237-5747:
Near Stockbridge (North to South):
On the Southern edge of Massachusettes off hwy 91 is the Bershires of Western Massachuttes:
Adherants of Unitarian Universalism make up a higher percentage of the population in New England than in other areas of the country.
Northward in Stowe, Vermont, Ye Olde England Inne (www.englandinn.com) at 433 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont, 05672, 802 253 7064, 1 800 477 3771.
At the end of hwy 89 is Burlington, we took a boat tour brunch around Lake Champlain.
The drive up on hwy 95 along the coast isn't as scenic as the California coast, since much of the scenery is blocked by private homes.
Drive South to New York:
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