Boston – Day 3

We really didn’t want to leave Newport but Boston reservations had been made. 

I found what ended up being a great place for us to stay in Boston. 

We knew we wanted to stay near the public gardens and when I looked for a hotel last week, they were all extremely expensive. 

I searched for B&Bs and found The College Club of Boston.  A one-night stay in this 1860’s Victorian townhouse was less than $200 with tax.  I was a little worried that the website night be misleading but it ended up being really nice and I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a night’s stay in the big city.

Look for the blue flag in the picture below, it hangs in front of The College Club.

The traffic going into Boston was thick and made me a bit nervous.  Trying to find the B&B after making a wrong turn or two turned me into a bundle of nerves.  We finally arrived and after checking in, I finally calmed down.  Have I mentioned that I am high strung, nervous, and a country girl who really doesn’t care for cities?

Our room was on the 4th floor and was quite pretty.  (Website photo, not mine)

I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures inside the B&B, but I did snap two of the stairs. 

One of Mr. SP’s Massachusetts co-workers along with her husband and daughter joined us for an afternoon of site seeing including a Duck tour.  They quickly arrived and we were off.  We purchased tickets and then rode the T to the science museum to start our Duck tour.  Things went downhill from there.  Clouds rolled in and it poured and poured.  We bought plastic raincoats to wear, but a Duck ride was not happening because of the weather.  As we waited for the tour to start and then as we waited for a weather related refund my ears were assaulted by fifty million screaming kids in the lobby of the science museum.  Screaming kids are not supposed to be a part of any vacation that involves me.  My nerves were definitely shot by the time we got out of there and back to the T.

The assault on my nerves continued when we went to Faneuill Hall Marketplace for dinner.  I quite enjoyed my Gyro but I didn’t enjoy being around so many tourists, especially the foreign ones.  I like being around people with manners and many pushy foreigners have none.  If that offends you, too bad.

Things improved when we began to follow The Freedom Trail back to our B&B.  I really enjoyed seeing the historical sites along way.  The day ended with a bang when we stopped at the bar that inspired Cheers for a nightcap.

It was so nice of Suzanne to come into the city with her family to show us around the town.  Spending the afternoon with them was a treat even if things didn’t go exactly as planned. 

Don’t miss what we enjoyed doing in Boston on day four of our trip.


  1. Paula, I am loving your pictures! We did a similar trip last October. LOVED Newport – although it was chilly and rainy when we were there. We saw the Tennis Hall of Fame as well! And really enjoyed Boston. This B&B looks just gorgeous!

  2. Cheers!! So cool. 🙂 You didn’t run into Norm or Woody did you? 😉 Love that gorgeous B&B!

  3. Cheers-where everybody knows your name and they’re awfully glad you came!

    The last time I was in Chicago, I was in a taxi. The traffic was horendous for me. I am making all kinds of fearful sounds when the taxi driver turns around and says, “Lady, if you don’t shut up, you’re out of here”. I can get nervous traveling on I81 and 64!

  4. Well Paula, I guess you didn’t get there soon enough to get the fish plate. 🙁

    I always say, Boston is the absolute worst place I have ever driven in. And that includes Manhatten. The streets there are CRAZY. So crazy that even those who live there have a hard time giving directions. Hope I never have to do it again.

    Sorry you had a bad experience at FH. It’s been a long time since I was there but it was a fun area to be in then.

    The B&B looks nice!

    I’ve really enjoyed your pictures. Thanks for taking us along on your vacation.

  5. It’s been many years since I’ve visited Boston, but I totally love it! Loved FH, but totally understand how you feel about being around large crowds of people who don’t know how to behave…can’t handle it either!

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