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Spring Break 2017: VISIT BOSTON!

Reasons why you should consider Boston for Spring Break 2017

Boston may not immediately come to mind when you are dreaming of escaping to a paradise for some serious partying for Spring Break. However, the town does have some incredible things to offer both students who want a quiet spring break and those who want to party. It’s also a great destination for families too!

Since Boston spring breaks range from late February to early April, spring break 2017 will go on long enough for students from around the country to make it in time.

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There are many fantastic choices of accommodations in Boston. Stay in one of several fabulous neighborhoods like Back Bay, North End, West End, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown and more.

Boston is not that big by “big city” standards so getting around town is really easy. Unlike bigger cities like New York and Chicago, you can see a lot more in a day. Consider more bang for your buck by staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than hotel. You have all the comfort and convenience of home and you can see what it’s like to live in Boston. Plus, apartments are great for groups.

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Shopping in Boston is like no other place on earth. There are so many different areas in Boston that have their own unique shopping experience. No matter what you are looking for you can find it in Boston, and will be sure to have a good time and be entertained along the way. Read more.

Parking in Boston

Boston is not a grid. parking in bostonBoston’s streets were designed in horse and buggy times, not for our current space age of modern gasoline powered automobile times. Finding your way around can be a challenge and finding parking can be frustrating. Read our guide to making it all easier so you can spend more time doing and less time circling the block. However, public transportation, walking and biking are really easy to do in Boston.

Free Learning ExperiencesBoston Museums USS Constitution

Boston has plenty of free museum time and interesting sites if you are more into learning and less into drinking and meeting new people. It is possible to fill much more than a week paying only for lodging, food and transportation.

  • Take a tour of the State House
  • Use the city’s self-guided iPod tours
  • See the USS Constitution
  • Visit the MFA
  • See the stars at the Coit Observatory
  • Walk the Freedom Trail

Party CentralBoston Pub Crawl

Boston may not have endless miles of tropical beaches but we do have an almost endless list of amazing bars, pubs, and entertainment options. There are not many places in the world where you can design your own ultimate Pub Crawl and hit several FAMOUS bars in one day.

Whisky Saigon might be the biggest party that is happening in Boston. Luxury combines with popular music to make this club a great place to drink and dance all night long. Plus, they have an attached restaurant to grab some dinner before hitting the dance floor.
116 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116  Phone: (617) 482-7799

Fire + Ice Boston is a must while you are here. Located walking distance from Newbury Street, the Boston Public Library, and the Freedom Trail – FiRE+iCE Boston is the perfect place for that can’t-miss, wicked awesome, iconic, Boston experience. They are best known for their legendary round grill that allows you to enjoy a dish of your own creation – like “choose your own adventure dining.” This is a great place to eat a lot and party with a large group.

205 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA Phone: 617-482-FIRE (3473)

Have Fun and Be Safe!

We hope you consider visiting Boston for Spring Break 2017. There is so much to do, you will definitely stay busy and create lasting memories. Let us know if we can help you with anything.  Call (877) 795-4387 today to book your lodging.

Things to Do In Boston In February

February Fun in Boston

February is cold but you can warm up with Valentine’s Day festivities and a whole bunch of fun things. Keep in mind that Valentine’s Day is February 14 and President’s Day on February 13. Plus, most schools in New England are on winter vacation for the entire week of the 20th. You will need things to keep the kiddos busy!

Take a look!

Chinese New Year Parade and China Cultural Village

The parade is on Sunday, February 12 and starts around 11am. The main course of the parade is down Beach Street. to do in boston in february year of the rooster

2017 is the year of the Rooster!

China Cultural Village takes place at the the China Trade Building at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets. This event features free fun activities – calligraphy, dough characters, origami, balloons, and more!

Catch a Boston Bruins Game

There are 5 home games in February at TD Garden. You will also be close to  Faneuil Marketplace which as excellent shopping and dining options. Don’t miss the chance to see Boston’s hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

See a Show at the Boston Opera House

Two great shows are coming to the Boston Opera House.

Cabaret is playing January 31st 2017 – February 13th 2017

Artifact is playing February 23rd 2017 – March 5th 2017

Funny Murder Mystery

February 1 – 5, 2017

Awarded “best comedy” by the Boston Globe, Shear Madness is a whodunit with audience participation, set in a hair salon at Charles Playhouse. Discount tickets

Valentine’s Bar CrawlBoston Pub Crawl

February 11, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras with $3 drinks at 10 bars, no cover charges, beads, and souvenirs at Valentine Gras near Faneuil Hall.

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February 10 – 14, 2017

Enjoy a glass of champagne with cheese, fruit, and crackers as actors read The Letters of John and Abigail Adams at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Discount tickets $28.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise

February 11 & 14, 2017

The Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise from Spirit Cruises includes a buffet dinner, a rose, a champagne toast, and romantic views departing from World Trade Center.

Comedy Festival

February 16 – 18, 2017

Watch amateur comedy teams from different schools compete in the College Comedy Fest and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.

Science-fiction Convention

February 17 – 19, 2017

Boskone offers discussions, readings, and workshops about science fiction and fantasy, plus gaming, music, and contests at The Westin Boston Waterfront.

Cartoon Festival

February 17 – 25, 2017

Watch Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Looney Tunes gang at The Bugs Bunny Film Festival, which has three different programs on the big screen at The Brattle Theatre. Brochure for 2017.

Run in Your Underwear

February 18, 2017

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run in the street and a party at House of Blues for charity.

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February 18 – March 25, 2017 (10:15 a.m. Saturdays)

Your reward for taking the one-mile Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour is chocolate samples in various shops and a scenic tour. Discount tickets $20.

Half-Price Tickets to February Events in Boston

Everybody likes a good deal. Check these discounted tickets through Goldstar Events:

Staying in Boston

If you are coming to Boston for any of these great event sin February or have friend and family arriving please consider our short-term apartment rentals as a lodging option. We have several locations around Boston. All the conveniences of home without the hassles of a hotel. Call today!

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Boston

Looking for something to do this weekend for New Year’s Eve?

First Night Boston 2017 – First Day Boston

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Boston at this huge two-day event with lots of activities for the whole family.

First Night festivities include a dramatic fireworks show at midnight over Boston Harbor, a huge Celebrate Boston Parade down Boylston Street, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, and spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists.

Then, kick off 2017 with a First Day Fun Run/Walk on Boston Common.  Look for special museum discounts, more arts performances around the city, and plenty of First Day brunches at Boston restaurants.

Find out more here.

Winter on the Wharf

The Boston Harbor Hotel hosts the annual Winter on the Wharf event on December 31st from 1-4pm.  Enjoy FREE ice-skating, hot cocoa, and cookies. You can also check out the Waterfront Boston’s Ice Sculpture Stroll where art-like sculptures scattered across the harbor. You’ll even see a model of the U.S.S. Constitution carved out of ice. This is a family friendly event.

See the Nutcracker

If staying inside where it’s warm sounds good, you can see the a very special New Year’s Eve performance of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Opera House. The performance is just under 2 hours so you will have plenty of time to ring in the New Year on time.

Parties and Dining

There are several websites available with lists of events, parties, and restaurants that are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations. Here are a few:

OVER 20 AMAZING BOSTON NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTIES

Club Zone’s List of Boston NYE Celebrations

Eventbrite’s List of Celebrations (including a secrete location)

Let us know if we forgot something

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Operation Santa is in High Gear

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Imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have enough money to buy your children gifts for the holidays?

2016 marks the 104th anniversary of Operation Santa by the Postal Service.  The USPS continues to fulfill the dreams of children nationwide. Postal employees, volunteers and organizations remain committed to making children’s Christmas wishes come true.

Operation Santa is a holiday tradition that allows people to read letters to Santa from families in need. Participants can select which family they want to “adopt,” and purchase gifts that will be delivered in time for Christmas.

The post office receives hundreds of letters every year from families in need.

How can you help?

At the Fort Point Channel Post Office off Summer Street, visitors can view letters and adopt children until Saturday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.

Gifts should be brought back to the post office by Wednesday, Dec. 21, so they can be delivered by Christmas.

Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!

Caroling in Boston

Caroling Events Around Boston

Do you like to sing Christmas songs? Did your family go caroling when you were little? The Boston area has a few options for those of you who just don’t get into the Christmas spirit until you’ve sung (or heard) your favorite holiday songs.

There are INDOOR and OUTDOOR caroling options so check them out!

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Boston Holiday Pops

Now Through Dec. 24, 2013
Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1200
www.bso.org

Join the Boston Pops for some INDOOR caroling in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus.

The kids’ matinee performances include post-concert photos with Santa and special treats. Special post-Christmas concerts feature screenings of the unforgettable movie classic, Back to the Future, live with orchestral accompaniment, and New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra led by bandleader Bo Winiker will kick off the new year in style. Don’t miss the most popular seasonal tradition around!

Christmas by Candlelight

Date: Dec. 13-15, 20-22, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(800) 733-1830
www.osv.org

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). This year, be on the look out for a new Santa’s village! 

The Christmas Revels

Date: Dec. 13-27, 2013
Harvard University
45 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-2222
www.revels.org

A holiday tradition for more than four decades, The Christmas Revels is a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, folktales and rituals.

This year’s Revels follows the original French immigrants who settled on the Canadian border but were later forced southward by the British to a new home along the bayous of Louisiana. Filled with toe-tapping fiddle tunes, lilting Cajun two steps, gorgeous anthems, and familiar touchstones like the Sussex Mummers Carol and Lord of the Dance, this will be a Christmas Revels to remember.

The Boston Merry Christmas Caroling Mob

Date: Dec. 23, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Green Street MBTA Station
S.W. Corridor Park
Boston, MA 02130
www.carolingmob.org

Organized by Joel Sindelar in Jamaica Plain, the Boston Caroling Mob is an open invitation to singers from all over Boston, to gather together in Jamaica Plain and sing carols door-to-door, choro-a-mano. Free and open to merry singers of all ages, abilities, races, orientations, denominations, etc.

The Caroling Mob usually numbers more than 100 singers and lasts about 2 hours, starting at 4pm on the Sunday before Christmas Eve. We meet at a stop on the MBTA’s Orange Line; if it rains, we sing on the T; if it’s clear or snowing, we walk through the neighborhood ringing doorbells.

More Caroling Events

Please share any additional opportunities for caroling with us and we will help spread the joy!

‘Tis the Season!

Caroling in Boston

December in Boston: Things To Do

December in Boston

Yep, the 12th month of the year is right around the corner. Can you believe it?

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Check out these fabulous events and happenings for December in Boston.

Theater Shows In December in Boston

There are so many shows going on in the month of December it is hard to narrow down the list.

  • The Nutcracker at the Boston Opera House
  • The Blue Man Group at Charles Playhouse
  • Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at Paramount Theatre
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band & Amy Ray at the Orpheum Theatre – Boston
  • Cirque Dreams: Holidaze at the Shubert Theatre
  • Cast Of Impractical Jokers & The Tenderloins at Boch Center – Wang Theater
  • Pink Martini at Orpheum Theatre
  • Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream at Agganis Arena
  • Boston Holiday Pops Concerts in Symphony Hall

Christmas Trees and LightsDecember in Boston

You can find the two biggest trees in Boston at Boston Common and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Faneuil Hall is also the place to see Blink! holiday lights and music show. This magical and unforgettable light show uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline – to the music of the Holiday Pops. It is a seven-minute show that runs continuously each evening beginning November 20th.

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Shopping is one of the top things to do in Boston in December! The stores and streets are lit up with festive holiday decorations and cheer!

Frog Pond Ice Skating

For many, a spin around Frog Pond at Boston Common is a winter tradition in Boston. Grab family and friends and rent some ice skates and show off your moves.

Skiing Near Boston

Massachusetts ski areas near Boston and beyond provide plenty of downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and cross country trails.

First Night Boston 2017 – First Day Boston

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Boston at this huge two-day event with lots of activities for the whole family.

First Night festivities include a dramatic fireworks show at midnight over Boston Harbor, a huge Celebrate Boston Parade down Boylston Street, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, and spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists.

Then, kick off 2017 with a First Day Fun Run/Walk on Boston Common.  Look for special museum discounts, more arts performances around the city, and plenty of First Day brunches at Boston restaurants.

Find out more here.

November: Things to Do in Boston

Looking for something to do this November?

Boston is never short on fun and interesting things to do and November is no exception.

Last week we provided options for Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston and here have fun things to do throughout the rest of the month. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Not just one, but two 2016 Veterans Day Parades, a special Harbor cruise to Fort Warren to explore Boston’s military history, and several other special events mark the occasion.

Traditionally, Veterans Day sales in Boston provide large discounts. Several area restaurants offer free meals to Veterans, too!

Boston Comedy Fest

November 11th also kicks off the Boston Comedy Fest which runs through November 19th. Click on the link to check out the lineups, see who is being awarded Comedian of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards, and other events associated with this annual good time!

Ice Skating on Boston Common’s Frog Pond

Another annual tradition that usually starts mid to late November.

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Friday, November 25th kicks off the Holiday Shopping Season. Don’t miss these places to pick up some great deals!

Where should you go?  Try these Black Friday suggestions:

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The Boston Ballet presents The Nutcracker from November 25th through December 31st, 2016. Whether you are seeing it again or for the first time, The Nutcracker will capture your imagination and transport you to a magical world of toy solders and dancing snowflakes. Create an annual tradition with family and friends at one of New England’s most beloved holiday events.

Free Things to in Boston in November

Free equals good! Check out this list of fun and free events in Boston.

What are your favorite things to do in Boston?

Let us know and we’ll add them to our list.

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If you have family or friends coming into town for the holidays who are looking for a place to stay, consider short-term apartment rentals. It feels more like a “home away from home” with all the conveniences and none of the hassle. Call us today for availability. 877-795-4387

Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston

Book Your Thanksgiving Day Reservations NOW!

Don’t feel like cooking this year? Have a crowd to feed? Give yourself a break and make a reservation instead. Check out this list of restaurants taking Thanksgiving reservations.

These places fill up fast, so make your reservation early!

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If you have family or friends coming into town for the holidays who are looking for a place to stay, consider short-term apartment rentals. It feels more like a “home away from home” with all the conveniences and none of the hassle. Call us today for availability.

Boston Hotels offering Thanksgiving Dinner

Boston Harbor Hotel

Thanksgiving brunch and dinner in 3 different venues and at 4 different price points.

Taj Boston Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

A Thanksgiving dinner buffet that offers a large array of mouth-watering options in an elegant ballroom overlooking the Public Garden.

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Thanksgiving dinner in its sophisticated dining space at Loews Boston Hotel, former home to the the Boston Police headquarters.

Parker House

The original creator of Parker House rolls and Boston cream pie, offers a lavish Thanksgiving Buffet (including vegetarian options).

Millennium Bostonian Hotel’s North 26

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Dinner at one of the most delightful restaurants in the city, North 26 offers a modern, sophisticated dining experience.  They offer both an afternoon and evening Thanksgiving menu.

Beacon Hill Bistro at Beacon Hill Hotel

Family style Thanksgiving Day feast crafted by Chef Daniel Gursha.  In addition to traditional herb-brined turkey, they offer all of your family favorites including roasted acorn squash, green bean casserole, and smashed Yukon potatoes.

Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel

Cafe Fleuri is know for its lavish Thanksgiving buffets offering a wide range of traditional and innovative Thanksgiving specialties at the Thanksgiving, Carvery, and Seafood buffet stations.

Boston Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

The Merchant

60 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing

Choose from a prix-fixe 3 course Thanksgiving menu – or order items a la carte.  $55/person.

Beat Brasserie – Cambridge

Beat Brasserie’s 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Americana has quickly become a new tradition.   Featuring traditional Thanksgiving foods (and some with a twist), libations and live country, Americana and bluegrass music all day long, this holiday at Beat is perfect for the whole family!

Bistro du Midi’s Provençal Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving over-looking Boston’s Public Garden. The Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu is $75 per person for three courses. Executive Chef, Josue Louis has put together an exceptional menu featuring traditional thanksgiving fare as well as some Provencal favorites. A children’s menu for is available for $32 per child. They are taking reservations for both floors from 1PM to 7:30PM.

Hampshire House

12:30pm-4:00pm

Spend Thanksgiving on historic Beacon Hill at the Hampshire House.  Guests may choose from three course plated menu including a choice of appetizer, a choice of entree, and dessert sampler.  Appetizers range from Harvest Pumpkin Bisque to Autumn Salad.  Entrees include Oven-Roasted Turkey, Char-grilled Salmon Filet and Filet Mignon. Dessert sampler includes a miniature cranberry apple crumble tart, a petit cinnamon cheesecake, a pumpkin pie and a pecan triangle.

$65 per person excludes tax, gratuity and alcoholic beverages.

Legal Seafood

It’s said that the first Thanksgiving featured shellfish and fish.  So enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving, or opt instead for the special turkey dinner.  They serve turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy and cranberry sauce ($24.95 per person and $8.95 for children 12 and under)  Reservations are recommended and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Top of the Hub

Panoramic Boston views from the 52nd floor of Prudential Center provide a sensational backdrop for Top of the Hub’s Thanksgiving dinner. 

Offering a 4-Course Prix-Fixe menu with delicious selections, including a traditional Misty Knoll Farms Vermont Turkey, priced at $75 per person. In addition to the Prix-Fixe menu, each guest will receive complimentary admission to the Skywalk Observatory, located on the 50th floor.

Hours for the Thanksgiving holiday will be from 11:00AM – 8:00PM, with performances by the Marty Ballou Trio from 4:30PM – 8:30PM.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (617) 536-1775.

More Thanksgiving Dining Options

We know we didn’t list them all. If you know of another great place to make Thanksgiving dinner reservations let us know. We’ll add it to the list!

Boston Public Library: Spend a few hours here

The 1st municipal public library in the U.S.

With a collection of over 23.7 million items you can practically hear book pages rustling as you walk up the steps.

The Boston Public Library, BPL, is a municipal public library system encompassing several locations. The Central Library is located in Copley Square in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

It is also the Library for the Commonwealth which means that all adult residents of the commonwealth are entitled to borrowing and research privileges, and the library receives state funding.

The Boston Public Library is Free and Fun!

The architecture of the Central Boston Public Library is another great example of amazing buildings in Boston. Plus, the artwork housed inside is museum-worthy and FREE to enjoy.

Related: Enjoy Boston on a Budget

Public Tours

The Boston Public Library offers daily FREE public tours by trained volunteer guides.

Tours last approximately one hour and begin from the McKim Building vestibule, through the library’s Dartmouth Street entrance.

Private tours, Student Groups and a self-guided walking tour are also available.

Collections of Distinction

According to their website the Library’s Collections of Distinction represent the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of the Boston Public Library’s physical collections.

Featured collections include:

Programs & Events

The Boston Public Library hosts thousands of programs and dozens of exhibitions each year. Find out more about these events, which are free to all.

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Walden Pond: A great day trip from Boston

Take a break from the grind

Grab a lunch and venture just a quick 20 minutes from Boston to historic and beautiful Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.

Walden Pond is nestled protectively in the Walden Pond State Reservation, a 335-acre state park and recreation site managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau made Walden Pond famous in his book, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Thoreau lived in a cabin on the shores

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of the pond for two years which gave him the inspiration for the book.

Due to Thoreau’s relationship with the location, the reservation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

Just north of the pond you will find a series of granite posts which mark the location where Thoreau’s’ cabin once stood.

To Do at Walden Pond

In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, , hiking, picnicking, and fishing.

The fall provides great opportunities for Leaf Peeping too!

So grab your hiking shoes, a fishing pole, a friend and head out for a relaxing day by the shores of the pristine Walden Pond.

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Are you planning on visiting Boston or having friends come into town? Don’t forget about short-term apartment rentals as a great alternative to traditional hotels. For comparable prices you can stay in several Boston historic neighborhoods and have all the conveniences of home. Call Maverick Empire today for availability. 877-795-4387