Long Treks, But Worth It: Boston

Come to Boston and park your car in Harvard yard (not really). The long trip up north will be worth it as Boston has everything one could want in a summer excursion: great food, great shopping and you can't take a step without walking into an arts festival.
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<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 402 miles
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<b>Summer events/activities:</b>
Summer Arts Weekend at Copley Square (560 Boylston St.; <a href="http://www.boston.com" target="new">boston.com</a> or 617-635-4505), features free, diverse musical acts as well as new arts, food and cultural programs; Radical Roxbury on July 25 (<a href="http://www.discoverroxbury.org/biking" target="new">discoverroxbury.org/biking</a>) takes riders through Boston's oldest neighborhoods; Restaurant Week Boston (<a href="http://www.restaurantweekboston.com" target="new">restaurantweekboston.com</a>) returns Aug. 18-23 and 25-30.
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<b>Cool lodging:</b> Overlooking the Boston Harbor, the Seaport Boston Hotel (1 Seaport Lane; <a href="http://www.seaportboston.com" target="new">seaportboston.com</a> or 617-385-4000) includes an indoor pool and fitness center and serves as a MBTA and water taxi stop. If money is a concern, check out Hotel 140 (140 Clarendon St.; <a href="http://www.hotel140.com" target="new">hotel140.com</a> or 617-585-5600), a discount boutique hotel in a great location.
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<b>Eat here:</b> There is a lot of buzz at The Beehive (541 Tremont St.; <a href="http://www.beehiveboston.com" target="new">beehiveboston.com</a> or 617-423-0069), a bohemian New American restaurant with live music performances at night. Also look out for the Salty Pig (130 Dartmouth St.; <a href="http://www.thesaltypig.com" target="new">thesaltypig.com</a> or 617-536-6200), a pub-like joint that specializes in meats and cheeses.<br><br>
<b>Don't miss:</b> Take a walk around Newbury Street (<a href="http://www.newbury-st.com" target="new">newbury-st.com</a>). Come for the world-renowned shopping, stay for the diverse dining options.

( Handout / July 2, 2013 )

Come to Boston and park your car in Harvard yard (not really). The long trip up north will be worth it as Boston has everything one could want in a summer excursion: great food, great shopping and you can't take a step without walking into an arts festival.

Distance from Baltimore: 402 miles

Summer events/activities: Summer Arts Weekend at Copley Square (560 Boylston St.; boston.com or 617-635-4505), features free, diverse musical acts as well as new arts, food and cultural programs; Radical Roxbury on July 25 (discoverroxbury.org/biking) takes riders through Boston's oldest neighborhoods; Restaurant Week Boston (restaurantweekboston.com) returns Aug. 18-23 and 25-30.

Cool lodging: Overlooking the Boston Harbor, the Seaport Boston Hotel (1 Seaport Lane; seaportboston.com or 617-385-4000) includes an indoor pool and fitness center and serves as a MBTA and water taxi stop. If money is a concern, check out Hotel 140 (140 Clarendon St.; hotel140.com or 617-585-5600), a discount boutique hotel in a great location.

Eat here: There is a lot of buzz at The Beehive (541 Tremont St.; beehiveboston.com or 617-423-0069), a bohemian New American restaurant with live music performances at night. Also look out for the Salty Pig (130 Dartmouth St.; thesaltypig.com or 617-536-6200), a pub-like joint that specializes in meats and cheeses.

Don't miss: Take a walk around Newbury Street (newbury-st.com). Come for the world-renowned shopping, stay for the diverse dining options.

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