Budget Travel Ideas in Boston

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Boston offers some of the finest foods, hotels and attractions in the country. If you are not careful, however, you can find yourself paying a pretty penny to enjoy such treats. Here are some first-rate deals for your Beantown vacation.

Where to Eat

The Pour House - Located in the bustling Back Bay district, this casual dining hotspot offers an extensive menu with affordable prices. Half-off entrees remain a specialty here, including burgers on Saturday nights, chicken sandwiches on Wednesday nights, and Mexican cuisine every Thursday night. The Pour House is open for breakfast too, serving up hearty portions of delicious delicacies. Try the banana nut or pumpkin pie pancakes for less than $6 a plate.

Falafel King - This downtown hole-in-the-wall operation has generated a lot of buzz for its excellent Mediterranean food and budget-friendly prices. Chicken or lamb shish kabob, as well as beef shawarma, are on hand for less than $7. Vegetarians will also eat well with the falafel and baba ghanouj sandwiches costing around $4.75 each. The owners may also treat you to a free falafel as you wait in line.

Where to Stay

Midtown Hotel - While the guest rooms at the Midtown Hotel may be non-descript, they are also clean, featuring all the necessary modern amenities and are quite affordable. The hotel resides in the Back Bay area, offering tremendous access to the subway, Copley Place Mall and the Prudential Center.

Hotel 140 - This charming hotel sits near the chic shops of Newbury Street, the Museum of Fine Arts and the start of the famed Freedom Trail. All of the guest rooms come decked out in modern decor, complete with a flat-screen television, free internet access and plush linens.

What to Do

Space 242 - Although it may serve as office space for The Dig (Boston's popular newsweekly) during the day, by evening it's a trendy art gallery featuring work by some of the city's most talented "lowbrow" artists. Not only can the actual artwork be had for a reasonable price, the vast majority of the shows are free as well.  

Crossroads Irish Pub - This charming bar has played host to locals for decades now. Large TVs, trivia night, dart board tournaments and tasty pub fare draws in a crowd seven days a week. There are plenty of great deals to be had too. Wednesday nights you can receive a free pizza with the purchase of a pitcher of beer. Thursday nights yield a free basket of wings with a pitcher of beer as well.

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