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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Street in Boston

Public art installations, a growing food-truck scene, and the city’s new bike-sharing program are all reasons to stay outdoors this fall.


1. Where to Stay

One of the more spacious offerings at the Hotel Veritas.  

Splurge on one of 114 handsome minimalist rooms and suites at the Ames Hotel (from $395), which opened in 2009 in a stately Romanesque building built in 1893. It’s located just a few blocks from the harbor and the bustling Fort Point neighborhood, and the hotel houses a sceney in-house tavern, Woodward, where D.J.'s spin on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m.

Trade space for style at Hotel Veritas (from $195), which opened on Harvard Square in 2010. The 31 rooms are small, averaging around 230-square-feet, but the details—understated Deco-style furnishings, Anichini linens, and Etro bath products—up the comfort factor.

Get a great deal at Hotel 140 (from $99), where 55 basic but immaculate rooms are just steps away from some of the Back Bay’s poshest five-star options—as well as Copley Square and the city’s destination shopping streets, Newbury and Boylston.

Published on Sep 16, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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