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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-04-2004, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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O/T - Salem, MA

I surprised Jeepchick with a trip to Boston and Salem for her birthday. Is there anyone in that general area that can recommend neat stuff for us to go to this weekend? Also, how bad is the ride between Hartford, CT and Salem, MA?

I'm flying into Hartford.

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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

The ride from CT to MA is less than 2 hours.
As far as sight seeing is kind of depends on what types of things you like to do. There is tons of historical stuff like the Freedom Trail and old buildings to see. The Boston Museum of Science is cool if you are into that, or the Aquarium. Quincy market is a great place to walk around and get some food. Newbury street has tons of expensive stores. The North End is the place to go if you want real Italian food. Downtown Crossing is another area to shop in that is more reasonable. A Duck Tour is a nice way to see the city by water and land.
Salem has the House of Seven Gables and various witch stuff.
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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

I have been told that I shouldn't drive from Salem to Boston, rather, I should take a subway (?) transit system into town. Do you think that is a wise idea? Or should I just drive myself? I figured we'd hit a few museums in Boston and go to some great places to eat.

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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

Subway / Transit system = MBTA or "T"

www.mbta.com

I take the commuter rail in every morning from Providence RI to South Station, then the red line to Kendall/MIT.

I'm not sure which commuter rail goes out to Salem, but there probably is one. Getting around the City deffinitly the T is the best, in this weather it can be a bit cold.

So, I'm not sure how use to a subway system you are, I've found the T to be rather easy, most to all stops have well marked signs as to where each line goes. Most information you get on a place will tell you what stop it's by.

If you need some more details as to what interests you and what stop it's by, just let me know.

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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

When you are in the city take the "T" around. Just go the MBTA website and print yourself some information and maps of the different lines.
There is very little parking in Boston and it is expensive. The "T" is not confusing like NY's subway.
I see no problem driving to Salem, just print out a map of the town and get yourself an eastern Mass roadmap from AAA or the bookstore. But when you do drive in the Big Dig area follow signs, not maps that are outdated on a daily basis.
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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

Like was said, depends on what kind of stuff you like.

I'd definitely go to Quincy Market and grab a bite to eat, definitely go to the North End and have some good italian food, and be sure to go to Mike's Bakery in the North End for some great Italian Pastry also. You can park at the Aquarium parking garage and pretty much walk to these attractions, but it's not cheap, like $20 for a few hours. Have fun with the construction, it was a nightmare the last time Jeepchick and I went into the North End for dinner.

Coming from Hartford, you'll want Route 84 North/East, all the way until it ends at the Massachusetts Turnpike, (aka Route 90, "the Pike", "MASSPIKE", etc.)
Take the Pike Eastbound into Boston (this is a toll road, probably cost you approx. $1.50 to get into Boston from Route 84). Look at a map from there to get yourself to Salem. 84 and the Pike are highways in good condition for the most part - it won't be a bad ride.

There are also some really good classic Irish taverns in the area of Quincy Market, if you happen to like a drink or 2. I would reccomend the Black Rose. They usually have some good Irish entertainment, and it's a fun hopping place usually. Other area pubs are good too.

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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

Thanks for the link...just so I have this right:

Since we are staying in Salem, we would hop on the Salem Commuter Rail Station, and take that to the North Station. Then from the North Station, we could take the subway to any part of Boston to check out the sights... etc.

Thats what I can gather from the maps. Also, how much do you pay for that? Is it 3 bucks every time I take a subway ride somewhere in the city?

Thanks again for all your help,

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Re: O/T - Salem, MA

Commuter to North Station would work fine.
Then you take the red, green, orange, etc lines around the city.
I think the subway lines (non-commuter rail) are $1.25 a ride.
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