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Old 11-22-2013, 05:57 PM
Location: London, UK
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Originally Posted by mlhm5 View Post
Not quite as bad as London during Christmas week.
Yup, especially with the annual Boxing Day Tube strike. Boston has way more options than London open on X-Mas week.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:19 PM
Location: Downtown Austin
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Thanks everyone. We've ruled out Christmas in Boston but will try to make a Fall trip next year.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:56 PM
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Fall is a real nice time and you get to see the leaves and could drive to New Hampshire with no snow to worry about.
You also could see the Red Sox play and visit Cape Cod. I would do the cruise but it is high season and costly then.
Spring is cheaper and except for school vacation week a better time to cruise. I had also thought of Williamsburg which be nice to see at Christmas and there also is the history there
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by austin-steve View Post
My family (me, wife, daughters 17 and 20) and I are considering two vacation options during Christmas holidays. A trip to New England or a Caribbean beach vacation. If we come to New England we've settled on Boston as a base. We've never been to the northeast.

Travel dates Dec 19-28th. Me and daughter2 want a wintery adventure someplace new and different with a lot to explore. Wife wants tropical getaway, dislikes being cold, just wants to lay on the beach, read and relax. Other daughter1 doesn't care and/or won't confess a preference.


1) Will it be too cold? Weather.com says 20s and 30s, which makes me wonder if "hot climate" people like us will in fact be miserable, stuck indoors at hotel, which would be dumb. My wife wants to rule it out after I looked up the expected temps. None of us have warm shoes or anything, though we are willing to outfit ourselves with proper outerwear.

2) Are many of the "things to do in Boston" that I see online shut down and/or unenjoyable during cold weather, or is it pretty much business as usual no matter? Do people just bundle up and walk about like normal?

3) Is Boston a festive place during this season? I know it's a (possibly stupid) subjective question, but will Boston abound with Christmas cheer and activities aplenty? Is it a "special" place to be, or just "AnywhereUSA" during Christmas, with mostly commercialism and shopping as the focus?

4) Recommended hotels that provide walkable destinations and activities without getting in the car? I'm also training for a Marathon (not Boston - I wish!), so proximity to running trails/routes is a "nice to have" but not at the expense of best location for everything else.

I guess those are the biggies. We want to do daytrips too, like Lexington and Concord (daughter2 studying US History right now, is really excited about Boston). I haven't worked out a daytrip/roadtrip itinerary because if we rule out Boston it won't matter. We want a combination of staying put, hanging out in Boston, and some days where we explore nearby places.

Any opinions, advice or other info will be appreciated.

Hey Steve, winter in Boston is absolutely wonderful and there are so many great things to do in the city, especially if you've never been here. There are also great restaurants to try as well as different venues and museums to explore! Check out the MassVacation website before you decide on a Caribbean beach getaway! You won't regret it, if you come to Boston! - http://www.massvacation.comThings to Do in Boston | Things to Do in Massachusetts | MassVacation.com
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