Hot Deals and Cool Trips—Summer in the City
July 25, 2012 | Permalink
Because many urbanites flee big cities and head to the seaside in the summertime, it becomes eminently possible for the visitor to eat at exclusive restaurants—often at a discounted rate. Additionally, cities offer much free entertainment in the summertime in order to entice you to choose them over their competition. When city dwellers cram into little beach towns, making them just as cramped as the metropolises they have fled, why not take advantage of the many opportunities to experience the good life that this most un-claustrophobic of seasons offers?
Chow and Cinema in Boston
Boston is a world-class restaurant city. It is known world-wide for its wonderful chowder (known affectionately in Boston as “chowda”) and seafood, but it has much, much more to offer in the way of culinary satisfaction. The ideal time to sample all that Boston has going for it restaurant-wise is during Restaurant Week, which takes place between August 19-24 and 26-31. During Restaurant Week, Boston’s cream-of-the-crop eateries offer very reasonably-priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus. You can get a two-course lunch for only $15.12 and a three-course dinner for only $33.12. With prices like that, you’ll have money left over to go see a game at Fenway with baseball’s most dedicated fans.
Dinner and a movie is a classic combination, and Boston has a very summertime way of doing it. The city’s Movies by Moonlight Series shows movies outdoors at Rowes Wharf Sea Grill, which started on June 15 with The Way We Were and ends on August 31 with Roxanne. You can order dinner from Rowes while watching the film if you’d like, but you don’t have to. Feel free to come just for the film and the wonderful summer night air.
Legendary New Orleans Fare at a Fair Price
New Orleans gets very hot and very humid in the summer. It’s a veritable sauna. If that’s not your cup of tea, then New Orleans isn’t your bag. Some people do like it hot, though. If that’s you, then head on down to “N’awlins” for some summer steals.
August is the best time to get the best restaurant food New Orleans has to offer at the best prices. Because of a late-season slump that the restaurants always slip into, they create special menus for this time of year and offer special prices. Their misfortune is your fortune. You’ll have no problem landing a table at legendary French Quarter bistros like Broussard’s, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and Antoine’s.
Recently, restaurants’ practice of coming up with special, low-priced menus has been named and marketed. The city is calling the event the Coolinary. During the month of August, many Coolinary-participating restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $30-35. Andrea’s even throws in a free bottle of wine with their $30 three-course meal. Now that’s both hot and cool!
Cooling Down after a Hot Day
After a fun day of hectic activity in the hot city, you will probably want to chill out with your family at a relaxed, homey hotel. Extended Stay Hotels have the best of home and of vacation. You get all the amenities of home, like a fully-equipped kitchen and free in-room Wi-Fi. You’ve got it made in the shade here—even in the middle of the summer.
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