Former Fodor's production editor, Bethany Beckerlegge enjoyed getting back to her roots for this project.
A native of Massachusetts, this Connecticut-based writer and editor rediscovered her favorite Beantown hunts while updating Boston 2012.
When not on assignment, Bethany and her husband Robb travel the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut with their son, Andy.
This book very well prepared job, where the authors and the editor did a magnificent job.
They put together an excellent guide, with a full description of places, that should be handy to fulfill all your requirements for information on that to do, how to do, where to go, how much it will cost, etc.
This guide is filled with beautiful illustrations, photos and maps (including an "On the Go Map" appended on the last page of the handbook) and they go deep into details on every attraction that you can find in the city and its vicinity.
They start the guide with a section named Experience Boston, orienting you on when to go, giving you some important events that happen every year and Top Attractions.
Then they propose some great itineraries that you can do in four days if you are lost and have no clue from where to start during your visit to Boston.
Finally they describe some of the Family Favorite Programs and schedules you can do for free or almost free.
After this introductory chapter, they go into details on some of the top attractions, dedicating full chapters to Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End (Chapter 2).
- Government Center and the North End (Chapter 3)
- Charlestown (chapter 4)
- Downtown Boston (chapter 5)
- Back Bay and the South End (Chapter 6)
- The Fenway (chapter 7)
- Boston Outskirts (chapter 8)
- Cambridge (chapter 9)
Following that sequence, they start discussing Where to Eat (chapter 10) with a vast list of places to dine with a range of prices and a quick description of what the place has to offer.
Then comes a Boston Dining and Lodging Atlas (chapter 11) with a similar approach with reports on where to stay.
After that is a section on Nightlife and Arts (chapter 12) followed by Sports and Outdoors (chapter 13), and Shopping (chapter 14).
The guide finishes with suggestions for Side Trips (chapter 15).
So, overall, a superb job! It is a must read travel guide if you have any plans in visiting Boston!
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