Details: Boston's Harbor Islands
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Boston Harbor Islands? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of Sept. 10-12:
AirTran offers nonstop flights from BWI Marshall to Boston's Logan Airport for $99 round trip.
Where to Stay
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
296 State St., Boston
On the waterfront, steps from the island ferry. Rates from about $299.
Westin Boston Waterfront
425 Summer St., Boston
Also near the waterfront in South Boston's new Seaport district. Rooms start at $283.
Where to Eat
Sel de la Terre
255 State St., Boston
Offers such homey options as roasted free-range chicken and Georges Bank lemon sole. Entrees from about $25.
Jasper White's Summer Shack Georges and Spectacle islands
Your only option for prepared food on the islands. Georges Summer Shack offers hot dogs, salads, lobster rolls and fried seafood. Entrees from about $9. Spectacle offers a limited menu of snacks.
What to Do
Most people arrive via ferry from Long Wharf-North in Boston. Georges is the ferry hub; transfer there to Spectacle.
To get to Lovells, Grape or Bumpkin, transfer at Georges, or take a ferry from the South Shore (Quincy, Hingham, Hull).
Thompson Island is served by its own ferry, from Spectacle Island or South Boston.
Round-trip ferry tickets cost $14 adults, $8 children. Best to book ahead. Ferries run May through October.
The four peninsula areas accessible by car are Deer and Nut islands, Worlds End and Webb Memorial.
Boston Light/Little Brewster boat tours will run Friday-Sunday at 10 a.m. (also 1:30 p.m. on Saturday) Sept. 10-26. $39 adults, $29 children 3-11. Book at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.
Reserve a spot in advance on one of the three rustic camping islands: Grape and Bumpkin or Lovells . Group sites also available. Camping season runs end of May to beginning of October. The park ferry gets you and your camping gear to your island and back. Bring food, water, charcoal, etc. Reservations required: www.reserveamerica.com.
All flight and lodging information valid as of press time on Thursday.