Summer is prime tourist time at the beaches and in the Berkshires, but in Boston, there’s often no better month than October. The weather is mild — if we’re lucky — and leaf peepers flock here on their way to watch the hills turn brilliant shades of red and gold. Parents check on children at college, rowing enthusiasts line the riverbanks for the Head of the Charles Regatta, and in good years, like this one, the Red Sox are still playing.
With all the visitors in town, as well as business travelers returning after the summer lull, hotels are full and room rates are higher than at any other time of year. In fact, Boston is the priciest place in the country to stay this October, according to cheaphotels.org, with an average rate of $242 a night for higher-end hotels.