Too many times, traveling seems to take all the fun out of a vacation. But maybe you've been thinking about vacations all wrong—maybe you can take a vacation without ever leaving town. Just because you live in Boston doesn't mean you've experienced everything the city has to offer: find a local rental to experience a whole new side of the city.
Here are the 10 best reasons to vacation every night in your hometown.
Get Out of the House
Find a rental in Davis Square and spend every night doing something new. Find new places to eat, new hangouts, and meet some new people. Vibrant nightlife means you'll need a rental that's close to the action, but you won't need it for much more than sleeping.
It Could Be Nearly Free
Paying for a vacation is no fun. List your own property as a rental while you're elsewhere in the city, and you might be able to virtually eliminate the cost of your adventure. Rent it out as often or seldom as you like, and put your house to work.
Remember Matt Damon's awesome apartment in "The Departed"? That view of the State House was too good to be true, but there's still plenty of great scenery in this upscale neighborhood, with Boston Common and the Public Garden right next door. Faneuil Hall, the Orpheum, and even the opera are nearby, too.
There's a lot more to this neighborhood than just the stadium. Yes, you should catch a home stand, but don't miss the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Symphony Hall, and the Back Bay Fens. The collegiate atmosphere means there's no shortage of great food, bars, and coffee shops, too.
Have a Reunion
Why not bring family and old friends together? If your place isn't big enough to hold everyone, don't send them to hotels: ask everyone to chip in for a bigger rental. Find out what people want to see and do, then find a location that will please everyone.
Live Near the Water
Boston grew up around the harbor—the Tea Party, of course, and the USS Constitution. But South Boston also has the Harbor Walk, amazing restaurants, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Waterfront has the New England Aquarium. Feeling ambitious? Get up early and watch the sun rise over the water.
History Lives Here
Looking for something with a little more character than that brand-new subdivision? Experience life in one of Boston's oldest neighborhoods like the North End or Dorchester. Both date back to the early 1600s, but the former is now known for its Italian influence—amazing food, and the St. Anthony's Day parade. The latter offers the amazing Franklin Park, classic Boston architecture, and food and fun catering to a younger, diverse population, so there's always something new to try.
Act Like a Tourist
FlipKey named Boston the "Best U.S. Vacation Destination." Ask yourself: what brings people from all over the country? Boston Garden? The Constitution? Harvard Square? Make a list, lay it out on the map, and find a rental in the middle. It's easy to take a lot of your hometown's biggest draws for granted. But should you ever move away, you'll regret the things you never got to experience.
Get Outside the City
Live in the city and wonder what all those commuters are going home to each night? Get outside the city limits, or outside Route 128 altogether to find out what you're missing. Slow life down just a bit in a suburb like Bedford, Concord, or Needham. Which one you choose might depend on which part of the city you work in—pick one relatively close so you don't have to go all the way around or through Boston.
Think of It As a Tryout
Maybe you love Boston, but your current neighborhood no longer suits your needs. Don't leave town to find happiness—just try a few different areas around town until you find one you and your family love.
Resources to Help
Wherever you choose to stay, first bookmark Porch.com. It has tons of local home repair resources, so you won't have to wait for the homeowner to contact a plumber in case of an emergency with the pipes. You can get reimbursed for any work to the home later.
If you list your own property, think about adding a home security system. You and your guests will both feel better knowing your home is protected. It's a nice thing to do for your guests, but it's a pretty smart move for you, too.
Traveling in the winter is not everyone's cup of tea however; the great thing about big cities is that there is always something new and exciting to do! That's why we want to shine a light on one of the oldest and most historic cities in the United States - Boston. More commonly known for warmer weather events such as the Boston Marathon, Fenway Park, Swan Boats, and other outdoor attractions we want to promote Boston as a Top Winter Destination.
Take the cold months to experience one of Boston's most popular winter activities , nope not skiing although there are plenty of great opportunities for that just a short drive outside of the city. I'm talking about grabbing a show at the Boston Opera House or the Wang. Shows range from comedy to ballet so there are no doubts you will find something that meets your entertainment needs. Don't forget to follow up the outing with a tasty bowl of lobster bisque or some famed New England clam chowder. Can't really go wrong with either choice but my vote is clam chowder from one of my favorite spots, Durgin-Park right in Faneuil Hall.
More of a museum buff? Not to worry, Boston is home to about 60 museums. With options such as the Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts, New England Sports Museum, or Boston Children's Museum you will be entertained for hours and not to mention out of the cold.
*Fun fact: Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission Wednesday nights
If you're interested in another type of show, the Boston Bruins rarely disappoint. Catch the home team on the ice at TD Garden but make a day out of it by first grabbing a beer at one of our local breweries such as Harpoon or Samuel Adams. Not a sports fan? Interesting but it happens, have your own fun on the ice and go ice skating at The Frog Pond! Tons of fun for a low cost, admission is $5 per person, and children under 13 are free. Skate rentals are $9 and $5 for children under 13.
*Tuesdays are college nights, where students with a college ID only pay $2 for admission
All in all this city is a great time year round but for a unique perspective and experience, join East Coasters in appreciating the joys of winter. You'll be too busy enjoying yourself to even notice the weather!
Other Top Winter Destinations:
Lakes Region (NH)
Panama City Beach
Boston, Massachusetts is a travel bucket list must for any voyager. The only downfall is that you may never want to leave! This historic city has something to provide for all interests whether it be sports, arts, cuisine and more.
Relive the revolutionary era by following the Freedom trail to view the sites of the Boston Tea Party and Boston Massacre and explore one of the oldest parks in the country the Boston Common which was founded in 1634. Make sure you also take advantage of riding the T which was the first subway in America built in 1897.
Culture thrives in this university town. Notable museums include the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Art and the Isabella Gardner Museum known for its beautiful collection and also for being the site of one of the largest art heists in 1990. Boston is also a hub for music, theatre or dance. Make sure to check out events at the Wang, the Wilbur or the Boston Opera House. If you are looking for creative festivals and markets, The Boston Calendar is an excellent source for finding free or inexpensive events such as the SoWa Open market for artisanal products and a farmer’s market. Moreover, Boston is a sports mecca with three championships teams within the city limits: the Bruins and Celtics at the TD Garden and the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. The New England Patriots also play just a short drive away in Foxboro, MA.
Food and drink are a crucial part of any travels plans. Boston baked beans might not be appealing but the culinary arts and craft beverages are thriving in Beantown offering plenty of options. You can find restaurants of all varieties in the diverse neighborhoods of Boston. Grab Italian in the North end, visit China town for some delicious Pho or hit up the trending food truck scene on the Greenway near South Station. Boston is also a hotspot for craft beer, cider and liquor. Visit Trillium Brewing to taste their fresh pale ales, Down East Cider for a thirst quenching hard cider and Grand Ten distillery with their must-have barrel aged gin, just to name a few.
If you have not run out of time, make sure you take advantage of the endless options for exploring Boston. You can rent a Hubway bike to cycle along the Charles River, sail in the harbor to view the skyline or see the view from above at the Top of the Hub in the Prudential Center. Whether you would prefer to admire the city’s architecture, indulge in the food and drink culture or cheer on with some of the most fierce sports fan, you will find yourself in love with this city.
Despite the tragic events last year (and in spite of those same events), the Boston Marathon is more popular than ever in 2014, and this is leading to a huge demand for rentals in Boston proper and the surrounding towns as hotel availability has been full for months. Loews Hotel in the Back Bay (right near the marathon finish line) has been full since November 2013. An estimate of 36,000 runners, along with their friends and family, are looking for affordable (and available) places to stay for the race, which is why they are turning to rentals in full force.
"I'm ready to roll, I'm in shape, I just don't know where I'm going to sleep," said Dan Miner, a 29-year-old salesman from St. Louis, who placed a wanted ad for a room in the city told Reuters. He said the closest, affordable room he could find for the race was in Providence, Rhode Island's capital 40 miles away.
Boston area hotels have booked 18 percent more rooms at nightly rates that are 21 percent higher during this year's Boston Marathon weekend, compared to a year ago, according to a survey of 160 hotels conducted by travel research firm TravelClick. Demand and prices are both skyrocketing, which is why an affordable, easy alternative for runners is renting.
This change in the market is not just beneficial for those looking for last minute lodging, listing your second home or apartment on FlipKey in time for the marathon is extremely easy (and free), you don't pay a dime until you make a booking. It is also a smart long-term investment, not just for major events. Average owners on FlipKey.com make $26,000 per year. Don't miss out on this opportunity to make extra cash during Boston's favorite event: Click here to list.
New England - comprised of six states with thousands of towns and cities, endless historical sites, and activities for all ages in all seasons consistently ranks as a top tourist destination. From hot summers on Cape Cod to gorgeous national parks in Maine and thrilling snow sports in Vermont and New Hampshire there is something from everyone in this region.
So what areas rise above the rest? Well, when you think New England, you obviously think of the capital of its most famous state, Boston, Massachusetts. That’s why we named it to our list of Top New England Getaways.
Let’s start with sports. The most passionate fans in the country live in and around Boston. The Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots are the lifeblood of the city and you can feel the excitement when one of these teams is dominating the league. Fenway Park, no matter where you’re from, is a must-visit attraction in the city. Any time you visit Boston you should catch a game either at Fenway or the TD Garden.
Historical landmarks are endless in Boston, one of the most prominent cities in the creation of our country. From Paul Revere’s House to the Boston Tea Party to the Old State House where the Boston Massacre occurred. Follow the Freedom Trail, a red brick sidewalk that extends over 2.5-miles and leads you to 16 historically significant sites in the city.
From charming neighborhoods like the North End and Back Bay to the public spaces like the Boston Common and Public Garden - it is worth an entire day to just walk and enjoy downtown. Shop for high end products on Newbury Street or head to Quincy Market in Faneuil Hall for some street performers and food.
This city offers so much for solo travelers, couples young and old, as well as families looking for a place to visit that will keep all parties entertained. If you’re planning a trip to New England, start with the heart of it all, in Boston.
The Boston Marathon was recently named to FlipKey's 2014 list of Top Marathons Worth Traveling For in all 50 states.
The third Monday every April, “Marathon Monday” as it is known in the city, doubles as “Patriot’s Day” and is the biggest local holiday in Boston. Thousands of runners train for months to be ready for this incredible day. Both amateurs and professional runners try to conquer the same terrain, in rain or shine, with a mass of Bostonians from Hopkinton to Back Bay cheering them on.
The city is absolutely buzzing throughout the day, with spectators handing out oranges and water to the courageous runners all along the 26.2 mile course. What separates the Boston Marathon from the other road races in Massachusetts, and probably the country as a whole, is the sense of camaraderie among the runners and spectators. Travelers are strongly encouraged to visit Boston during springtime for not only this marathon, but for the perfect weather as winter has thawed out and the city teems with activity.
Hotels are booked almost a year in advance for this date, so consider a vacation rental when you come to Boston to see the race!
Here’s the full list of our top marathons by state:
Alabama (Huntsville): Rocket City Marathon
Alaska (Anchorage): Moose's Tooth Marathon
Arizona (Tucson): Tucson Marathon
Arkansas (Bentonville): Bentonville Running Festival
California (San Diego): San Diego Half Marathon
Colorado (Aspen): Aspen Valley Marathon
Connecticut (Fairfield): Fairfield Half Marathon
Delaware (Wilmington): Delaware Marathon
Florida (Mount Dora): Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K
Georgia (Tybee Island): Critz Tybee Run Fest
Hawaii (Kauai): Kauai Marathon
Idaho (Mesa Falls): Mesa Falls Marathon
Illinois (St. Charles): Fox Valley Marathon
Indiana (Carmel): Carmel Marathon
Iowa (Iowa City): University of Iowa River Run
Kansas (Wichita): Prairie Fire Fall Marathon
Kentucky (Midway): Iron Horse Half Marathon
Louisiana (Baton Rouge): Louisiana Marathon Series
Maine (Lubec): Bay of Fundy International Marathon
Maryland (Fulton): Maryland Half Marathon & 5K
Massachusetts (Boston): Boston Marathon
Michigan (Pinckney): Run Woodstock Half Marathon
Minnesota (Mankato): Mankato Marathon
Mississippi (Columbus): Pilgrimage Half Marathon
Missouri (St. Charles): Mo' Cowbell Marathon
Montana (Missoula): Missoula Marathon
Nebraska (Norfolk): Laugh and a Half Marathon
Nevada (Las Vegas): National Nurses Half Marathon
New Hampshire (Hanover): Chad Hero Half Marathon & Ripcord 5K
New Jersey (Princeton): Princeton Half Marathon
New Mexico (Albuquerque): Duke City Marathon
New York (Adirondacks): Adirondack Marathon
North Carolina (Nags Head): Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon
North Dakota (Bismarck): Bismarck Marathon
Ohio (Cleveland): Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Oklahoma (Stillwater): Remember the Ten Run
Oregon (Portland): Portland Marathon
Pennsylvania (Amish Country): Bird in Hand Half Marathon
Rhode Island (Blackstone Valley): Navigant Credit Union Running Festival
South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
South Dakota (Hill City): Crazy Horse Marathon
Tennessee (Chattanooga): Rock Creek Scenic City Trail Marathon
Texas (Allen): New Years Double Marathon
Utah (Wallsburg): Utah Valley Marathon
Vermont (Stowe): Race to the Top of Vermont
Virginia (Richmond): Anthem Richmond Marathon
Washington (Whidbey Island): Whidbey Island Marathon
West Virginia (Shepherdstown): Freedom's Run
Wisconsin (Eau Claire): Eau Claire Marathon
Wyoming (Thayne): Star Valley Half Marathon
The ICA was recently named to FlipKey's 2014 list of Top Museums Worth Traveling For in all 50 states.
Nestled along a quiet waterfront in the seaport district of Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art fits in with the area, yet also stands out due to its striking architecture. The exterior grand staircase is a highlight of the design. The ICA moved from its Back Bay location in 2006, and the brand new building was the recipient of the 2007 Harleston Parker Medal, awarded to the most beautiful piece of architecture in Boston.
What’s outside is only a small piece of the puzzle though, as the treasures found within are what catapulted the ICA onto our list of top museums. A rotating schedule of buzz-worthy exhibitions, as well as a growing collection of owned pieces makes the ICA a must-visit for art lovers in Boston. The ICA features speakers, film screenings, and world-class dance shows too.
Lastly the museum is quite affordable - with free admission available for members, anyone under 17, and visitors on Thursday nights from 5 to 9pm.
Here’s the full list of our top museums by state:
Alabama (Mobile): History Museum of Mobile
Alaska (Anchorage): Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
Arizona (Phoenix): Children's Museum of Phoenix
Arkansas (Little Rock): Historic Arkansas Museum
California (San Jose): The Tech Museum of Innovation
Colorado (Denver): Clyfford Still Museum
Connecticut (Greenwich): Bruce Museum
Delaware (Dover): Biggs Museum of American Art
Florida (Miami): Pérez Art Museum Miami
Georgia (Macon): Museum of Arts & Science
Hawaii (Honolulu): The ARTS at Marks Garage
Idaho (Blackfoot): Idaho Potato Museum
Illinois (Chicago): National Museum of Mexican Art
Indiana (Indianapolis): Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Iowa (Cedar Rapids): Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Kansas (Hutchinson): Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum
Kentucky (Petersburg): Creation Museum
Louisiana (New Orleans): Degas House
Maine (Waterville): Colby Museum of Art
Maryland (Baltimore): Geppi's Entertainment Museum
Massachusetts (Boston): Institute of Contemporary Art
Michigan (East Lansing): Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Minnesota (Minneapolis): The Museum of Russian Art
Mississippi (Meridian): Jimmie Rodgers Museum
Missouri (Kansas City): American Jazz Museum
Montana (Helena): Holter Museum of Art
Nebraska (Hastings): Hastings Museum
Nevada (Las Vegas): The Neon Museum
New Hampshire (Dover): The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
New Jersey (Asbury Park): Silver Ball Museum
New Mexico (Santa Fe): Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
New York (New York): National Museum of Mathematics
North Carolina (Raleigh): North Carolina Museum of Art
North Dakota (Fargo): Plains Art Museum
Ohio (Cincinnati): American Sign Museum
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): American Banjo Museum
Oregon (Eugene): University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Woodmere Art Museum
Rhode Island (Pawtucket): Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame
South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Encounters: U.F.O. Experience
South Dakota (Rapid City): Museum of Geology
Tennessee (Memphis): Metal Museum
Texas (Dallas): Frontiers of Flight Museum
Utah (Salt Lake City): The Leonardo
Vermont (Brattleboro): Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Virginia (Norfolk): Chrysler Museum of Art
Washington (Seattle): Frye Museum
West Virginia (Charleston): Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences
Wisconsin (Middleton): National Mustard Museum
Wyoming (Jackson): National Museum of Wildlife Art
Mei Mei was recently named to FlipKey's 2014 list of Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For in all 50 states.
It was a difficult choice deciding what Boston-based restaurant to highlight in this space, with many fantastic options throughout the city. There are hundreds of award-winning Italian restaurants in the North End alone. That makes it all the more impressive that our top selection, Mei Mei (pronounced may-may), rose to the top.
With a brick-and-mortar location just outside the Boston University campus, Mei Mei is a sibling-run restaurant and mobile food truck serving up creative Chinese-American cuisine made from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The ever-changing menu is a mash up of favorite foods the Li’s ate growing up, and is also based on what’s in season and available.
The awards keep rolling in for Mei Mei from both local and national press. The food truck opened in April 2012 and was awarded Boston's Best Meal on Wheels soon after. Opening in November 2013, the restaurant features ‘casual truck-style lunch and contemporary table service dinner.’ You should do your taste buds a favor and stop by the restaurant or seek out the food truck next time you’re in Boston.
Here’s the full list of our top restaurants by state:
Alabama (Birmingham): Highlands Bar and Grill
Alaska (Anchorage): Orso
Arizona (Phoenix): Cibo
Arkansas (Little Rock): South on Main
California (San Francisco): Flour and Water
Colorado (Denver): D Bar Restaurant
Connecticut (Stamford): Olio
Delaware (Rehoboth Beach): Go Fish
Florida (Miami): The District Miami
Georgia (Decatur): The Iberian Pig
Hawaii (Honolulu): Alan Wong's
Idaho (Moscow): Sangria Grille
Illinois (Chicago): Acadia
Indiana (Indianapolis): St. Elmo Steak House
Iowa (Des Moines): Proof
Kansas (Leawood): Rye KC
Kentucky (Louisville): Proof on Main
Louisiana (New Orleans): Sylvain
Maine (Kittery): Robert's Maine Grill
Maryland (Clarksville): Great Sage
Massachusetts (Boston): Mei Mei
Michigan (Detroit): Vellum
Minnesota (Minneapolis): Sea Change
Mississippi (Jackson): Parlor Market
Missouri (St. Louis): The Block Restaurant
Montana (Bozeman): The Nova Cafe
Nebraska (Omaha): The Grey Plume
Nevada (Reno): 4th St Bistro
New Hampshire (Manchester): Firefly
New Jersey (Cape May): The Mad Batter Restaurant
New Mexico (Santa Fe): Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
New York (New York): The John Dory Oyster Bar
North Carolina (Cary & Greensboro): Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
North Dakota (Mandan): Harvest Brazilian Grill
Ohio (Columbus): Basi Italia
Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse
Oregon (Newberg): The Painted Lady
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Nectar
Rhode Island (Providence): Farmstead
South Carolina (Charleston): Husk
South Dakota (Brookings): Pheasant Restaurant & Lounge
Tennessee (Nashville): Puckett's
Texas (Austin): Franklin Barbecue
Utah (Ogden): Hearth on 25th
Vermont (Waterbury): Prohibition Pig
Virginia (Alexandria): Hank's Oyster Bar
Washington (Seattle): Joule
West Virginia (Charleston): Pies & Pints
Wisconsin (Madison): Banzo
Wyoming (Jackson Hole): Local Resturant & Bar
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