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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.

Shopping in BostonPrudential Center Mall

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.

Cozy Apartment Decorating Tips

Cozy up this Fall and Winter

Now that the weather is getting colder it is time to create the perfect cozy apartment or space.

No matter how long you will be in your current space, it is important to make it comfortable and homey. Even if you have a short-term apartment rental, own your own condo or house, are living in a dorm, or any other living arrangements, these great tips will be sure to have you snuggling up!

Clutter does not equal cozy!cozy-aparment-messy

One tips that applies to all of us: clutter does not equal cozy!

(Groan) No one likes to clean their apartment or house but it has to be done. You will feel much better and so will your guests.

Related: 7 Decorating Tips for Your Apartment

Layer up your bed!

We don’t mean stuff it full of monkeys “and they all rolled over and one fell out!” Instead, layer your blankets for those chilly nights and add some more pillows for a deep, soft sleep.

cozy-apartment-layered-bedShow Off Your Blankets!

Nothing says cozy like the perfect, soft, blanket. It’s like wrapping yourself in a giant hug. Display your extra blankets near your coach or sitting area so guests feel welcome to grab them and wrap up.

cozy-apartment-blanketsCreate an Art Gallery

Gather up some of your favorite art and photographs and create a mini gallery on your wall. Group them together to create a unique look.

cozy-aparment-art-galleryDiscover the Magic of Candles

While you are in the mood for grouping things, gather up your candles and create a beautiful display on a table top, mantle, or counter. Soft lighting is a quick and easy way to instantly transform any space into a cozy den.

cozy-apartment-candlesMore Cozy Mood Lighting

It might be considered tacky to leave Christmas lights on your front porch all year round, but some simple strands of white lights placed around your sitting or dining area creates a sense of quiet with soft lighting. It’s not considered a decorating no-no unless the lights are actually on your dead tree in the corner in July.

cozy-apartment-white-string-lights One more Lighting Trick

Use lamps in strategic places to avoid the harsh glare of overhead lighting.

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Something Old

Antiques, family heirlooms, old books, and other cool memorabilia lend themselves perfectly to creating a cozy atmosphere. Plus, it’s a great excuse to display your treasures. So break out the dusty boxes and see what you’ve got packed away that is just waiting to be turned loose.

cozy-apartment-antiquesSettle in for a long winter’s nap…

Create the perfect space in a corner of your apartment by bringing all of you favorite cozy things to together. A comfy chair, your favorite snugly blanket, your preferred lighting, a good book or movie, and possibly a great friend to share it all with.

cozy-spot-What is your favorite way to make your space cozy?

We want to know!

12 Famous People from Boston

Are you from Boston? Well, you are in good company. Many famous people are from this great town! Check out your brothers and sisters who all hail from Bean Town!

Historic Famous People From Boston

They may be gone, but not forgotten. How many did you learn about in school?

Edgar Allen Poe. Writer (1809–1849). American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including “The Raven”  and “The Fall of the House of Usher.”Famouse People statue of Paul Revere in Boston

Paul Revere. Folk Hero (1735–1818). Silversmith Paul Revere took part in the Boston Tea Party and famously alerted the Lexington Minutemen about the approach of the British in 1775

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Supreme Court Justice (1841–1935). Civil War veteran Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1902 to 1931. He was considered an expert on the common law.

Related: Free Things to do in Boston

Sam Adams. U.S. Governor, Statesman (1722–1803). American Founding Father Samuel Adams helped organize the Boston Tea Party and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence. And there is the Beer!

Frances Perkins. Civil Servant, Government Official (1880–1965). Frances Perkins was the first female to serve in the U.S. presidential cabinet. As secretary of labor, she helped with the New Deal and Social Security.Famous People Ben Franklin

Related: How to Be a Good Neighbor: Apartment Renting

Benjamin Franklin. Diplomat, Scientist, Inventor, Writer (1706–1790). Benjamin Franklin is best known as one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

Christa McAuliffe. Educator (1948–1986). High school teacher Christa McAuliffe was the first American civilian selected to go into space. She died in the explosion of the space shuttle ‘Challenger’ in 1986.

Famous People in Entertainment

Leonard Nimoy. Film Actor, Television Actor (1931–2015). Leonard Nimoy is an actor who played Spock in both the 1960s TV series ‘Star Trek’ and several movies based on the show.

James Taylor. Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1948–). Singer-songwriter James Taylor creates music that combines folk, rock and pop sensibilities. His hit songs include “Fire and Rain” and “Shower the People.”

Bobby Brown. Singer (1969–). Singer Bobby Brown, known for hits including “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Humpin’ Around,” is also famous for his troubled marriage to Whitney Houston.

Jack Lemmon. Film Actor (1925–2001). The winner of two Oscars, Jack Lemmon was one of Hollywood’s finest actors, known for his roles in films like Some Like it Hot and The Odd Couple.

Donnie Wahlberg. Film Actor, Television Actor, Singer (1969–). Donnie Wahlberg was a member of the 1980s pop group New Kids on the Block (reunited in 2008), and is the brother of actor and rapper Mark Wahlberg.

Visiting Boston

If you are thinking about visiting Boston and these famous people’s stomping grounds we have the perfect place for you stay. Short-Term Apartment Rentals in Boston are really popular, affordable and comfortable. We have locations in many Boston Neighborhoods to fit your needs. Check us out today!

Renting an Apartment – Advice for First Timers!

Renting an Apartment – Advice for First Timers!

Renting your first apartment can be exciting and a little overwhelming! We’ll help you navigate the process so you can find YOUR perfect first apartment.

Budget:  Determine what you can afford. Keep in mind the expense of the move itself- a down payment, furniture and moving costs; in addition to your monthly expenses.  A general rule of thumb is that you should never pay more than 30 percent of your take-home pay on housing, including utilities, Internet and cable.  If you’ve found the perfect place but money is tight, consider a roommate to split the expenses.

Location:  Where you want to live is just as important.  Do you prefer to drive or walk to work or school?  Is public transportation nearby?  How far is the grocery store?  These factors can affect your commute so spend the time researching the neighborhood.

Amenities and Terms:  What are the terms of the rental and what does it offer?  Can Fido join you? Is there plenty of parking and an in-unit washer/dryer? Can you paint the apartment a different color?

Lease:  Little or no credit?  You may need to secure letters of reference, a co-signer or prove a strong income.  Make sure to READ all of the rental agreement and ask questions.  Is there 24 hour maintenance or a penalty if you break the lease?  What about renter’s insurance and tenants right?  If it’s unclear, ask before you sign.

Renting your first apartment doesn’t have to be stressful. Make a plan, do your homework and START PACKING!

Want to read MORE advice for first time renters? There’s even links to resources, too!