Sunday, March 7, 2010;
All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Boston? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of March 12-14:
AirTran, JetBlue and Southwest have nonstop flights from Baltimore-Washington International to Boston's Logan Airport, with fares starting at $151 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Avenue de Lafayette, 617-912-1234
Located downtown and an easy walk to Boston Common, the theater district and Chinatown. Rooms start at $199.
Radisson Hotel Boston
200 Stuart St., 617-482-1800
Also downtown; rooms start at $179.
WHERE TO EAT
Hei La Moon
88 Beach St., 617-338-8813
According to our guide, this restaurant is among the more formal. Dim sum dishes start at $2.50.
New Shanghai Restaurant
21 Hudson St., 617-338-6688
Despite its name, New Shanghai focuses on Sichuan and Mandarin food. The menu ranges from $1.50 for fried crispy dough to $34 for a whole Peking duck, but most entrees cost between $10 and $15.
Ho Yuen Bakery
54 Beach St., 617-426-8320
Yummy baked goods that, according to our guide, "blur the line between sweet and savory." Try the moon cakes. The lotus seed variety are $3.70 each.
WHAT TO DO
Boston Chinatown Market Tour
Owned and created by chef Michele Topor. A 3 1/2 -hour eating and walking tour of Chinatown markets and shops that ends with a dim sum lunch, $65 (plus 5 percent tax) per person (includes dim sum). Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purchase tickets online.
North End Market Tour
Three-hour walking tours of the North End, Boston's Little Italy, by the same company that runs the Chinatown tour. $50 (plus 5 percent tax) per person. Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.