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June 23

How to park in downtown Boston 3x per week

I may be starting a new job in Boston, near the Financial District / Quincy Market / Downtown Crossing. I will need to drive 3 days per week, on weekdays. What's the best way to get reliable parking? [more inside]
posted by Winnie the Proust around Boston, MA at 9:37 AM - 14 answers

June 21

What are some good stops along the Mohawk Trail?

We're heading out to western Massachusetts next week (starting from Boston), and I want to make a day out of the drive. What are some interesting places to stop and check out along the drive? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot around Massachusetts at 7:59 AM - 13 answers

June 13

Resturants that deliver to the Boston Logan Hilton

We are staying two nights at the Boston Logan Hilton Hotel (the one attached to the airport), one on each end of a long trip. Can you recommend any places that will deliver dinner to us at the hotel (lobby or out front is fine)? Kid-friendly a must, something like decent pizza would be fine. [more inside]
posted by john_snow around Boston, MA at 8:42 AM - 9 answers has best

April 9

extensive outdoor bulb gardens in Western Mass?

I'm looking for large outdoor (i.e. not greenhouse, I already did those this season) gardens that have nice (ideally *extensive*) spring bulb displays (daffodils, tulips, irises, etc) and flowering trees (magnolia, cherry) in Western Mass. I'm near Amherst/Northampton but willing to drive a bit for someplace nice. In PA I really liked Chanticleer, something similar would be great.
posted by needs more cowbell around Northampton, MA at 7:52 AM - 8 answers

February 25

Please help find a hotel with great bathtub in Boston area

I would like to find a hotel in the greater Boston area that has a wonderful bathtub. It would be great if the other aspects of the hotel are on par with the tub, but the tub experience is the focus. Adequate depth and decent width/length are the main factors - bubbles and other features are nice, but not critical. I'm having trouble coming up with a search query that returns relevant results, and I'm ready to throw in the towel. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule around Boston, MA at 4:32 PM - 5 answers has best

September 22, 2022

Inns near Provincetown

Does anyone have a favorite Inn, or Bed and Breakfast, or AirBNB, or Hotel that they like near Provincetown, Massachusetts? I am trying to narrow down my focus!
posted by around Provincetown, MA at 9:06 AM - 5 answers

August 24, 2022

birthday dinner in Seaport?

hello! My birthday is this Friday and my family wants to celebrate together tomorrow evening. We’re planning on going to Seaport because my parents love the waterfront. We are ovo-lacto-vegetarian, and I’ve been struggling to find birthday-worthy restaurants (ie not sweetgreen) that have more than one app and entree option. [more inside]
posted by cruel summer around Boston, MA at 1:17 PM - 3 answers

July 27, 2022

Best times to drive to Cape Cod on a summer Saturday?

We’re driving to Cape Cod from the west (via the Pike), on a Saturday, in August. What time windows should we aim for to not hit the worst traffic? And do we want to aim for the Bourne bridge and 495, or the Sagamore and 93 to 3? [more inside]
posted by john_snow around Barnstable County, MA at 8:36 AM - 8 answers has best

April 21, 2022

Fun stuff in Marblehead/Salem in June

We are staying in Marblehead, MA in early June in close proximity to Salem. What are the coolest things to do or see? [more inside]
posted by marvelousmellitus around Marblehead, MA at 2:45 PM - 8 answers

March 30, 2022

Boston today

I'm staying in Waltham through Monday helping out with a family situation, and I'm trying to do one or two things a day that are renewing and soothing for me. Stuff I like: Being outdoors/nature, art galleries* and art performances, vegetarian food, neighborhood 'ethnic' restaurants, cafes I can sit and draw for a while and eat some kind of hippy food, special magical places. I have a car and I've been to Boston a number of times so have a basic understanding of the city and the central tourist spots - but that would not be my focus this time. [more inside]
posted by latkes around Boston, MA at 1:51 PM - 24 answers

March 15, 2022

What is the best indoor pool (at a hotel) for a kid in the Boston area?

What is the best indoor pool at a hotel near Boston for a 5 year-old? The hotel doesn't need to be fancy. A Hampton Inn would feel luxurious. There are only two features we care about: Great pool for a kid to chill and easy commute into Boston for touristy activities. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds around Boston, MA at 6:48 AM - 6 answers

October 25, 2021

Weekend in the Berkshires

We're headed up to Great Barrington, MA in the Berkshires this weekend and would love any and all ideas on things to do/see, shops to check out, places to eat, etc. Special Halloween events particularly welcome. Couple in early/mid-40s, no kids, but open to anything. Thank you!
posted by DavidNYC around Great Barrington, MA at 3:17 PM - 5 answers

December 21, 2020

Will the MA RMV send me a replacement license out of state?

I live in MA, but spending the next 6+ weeks with my family in another state. I'm going to need to rent a car to eventually return, but I've misplaced my driver's license. Is there a way to get a replacement sent to me out of state? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms around Massachusetts at 9:22 AM - 6 answers has best

August 23, 2020

Kid-friendly beaches in Cape Cod

We will be on Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA with 3yo and 4yo kids for a low-key week of going to the beach and (cautious, socially distanced) exploring the cape. My understanding is that cape-side beaches are better for kids due to smaller waves and more tidal pools to explore. Any recommendations for specific beaches and/or other activities that are reasonably kid friendly and less likely to be super crowded? We will be there Monday-Friday so hopefully mid-week crowds will be more reasonable.
posted by jpdoane around Massachusetts at 7:11 AM - 11 answers has best

June 22, 2020

Western MA – outdoor swimming season

In western Mass, in an average big lake (I care most about this lake, SW of Greenfield), what range of the year is swimmable without a wetsuit? I'm happy swimming when both air and water temps are at least 60F/15C (and if air and water temps are often different in MA, let's say my standard is a water temp of 60 or above).
posted by kalapierson around Western Massachusetts, MA at 1:04 AM - 5 answers

May 17, 2020

Picnic area half-way between Boston area and Northampton

My grown daughter who lives in Northampton, MA, and I have decided we can't wait any longer to see each other and want to meet--safely--next weekend. [more inside]
posted by primate moon around Massachusetts at 6:34 PM - 8 answers

February 25, 2020

Good B&B or hotel close to Harvard?

Hi, I'm interviewing in the area on Thursday and thought I might stay there on Wednesday & Thursday night. Are there good hotels or B&Bs that are convenient to the Museum of Natural History side of the Harvard campus? [more inside]
posted by internet fraud detective squad, station number 9 around Cambridge, MA at 9:53 AM - 17 answers

December 16, 2019

Boston Suggestions

I will be traveling to Boston soon, and am looking for some more out of the way things to see. In previous trips, I've mostly been to Camberville things, so I'm looking for things in Boston or other areas to look at. No day trips though, I'll only have a day or two to explore wherever and then will be in Cambridge area for the rest of the time. [more inside]
posted by azalea_chant around Boston, MA at 6:43 PM - 20 answers has best

September 13, 2019

(Queer) Boston Tourist Recs

What should a queer person interested in art and food do in Boston next weekend? [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup around Boston, MA at 6:29 AM - 8 answers

June 17, 2019

Eating on Cape Cod with vegetarians and kids

Looking for recommendations for dinner spots within a reasonable drive of Chatham, MA that will appear to both vegetarians and kids (and vegetarian kids). We've already got a pizza place lined up, so non-pizza recommendations will be especially valuable. Thanks, hivemind!
posted by ryanshepard around Chatham, MA at 11:59 AM - 3 answers