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The best luxury hotels in Austin
As one of the most exciting cities in the US, Austin’s hotels provide the very best in luxury. Bat City plays host to the likes of NASCAR and SXSW, a booming tech industry, and attractions galore, so the appetite for five-star experiences is pretty darn insatiable. If luxury is what you’re after, consider it served right here…with sides! Luxury can mean many things, too. For some, it is the coolest boutique hangout with fine-dining restaurants and an elevated bar; for others, it is a tranquil spa resort tucked away by the hills. It’s fair to say at least that the overall expectation is beautiful interiors, impeccable service, and a chance to indulge. For anyone looking to splurge a couple of nights (or more), take a look at our list of the finest Austin hotels, all of which are an ideal base for exploring the best things to do in Austin. Updated for February 2024: Because we like to always have one ear to the ground when it comes to the best stays, we're always improving our lists. An this time, we've taken the liberty of adding two new favorites, one a gorgeous mansion and heritage site, while the other is steeped in modern luxury with a secluded poolside that will have you in utter bliss. RECOMMENDED: 🇺🇸 Check out the best hotels in Austin🧖♀️Relax at the best spa hotels in Austin Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every hotel featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel
The best Irish pubs in Boston
We’ve got Irish pride – and pubs – to spare. Not only do the best Irish pubs in Boston offer affordable pints of beer—properly poured—and a lively atmosphere, but some also double as the best sports bars around town. Many also serve praiseworthy comfort food and host some of the best trivia nights or live music found throughout the Hub. Whether you are looking for a place for St. Patrick’s Day or just next Friday night, visit one of these classic Boston watering holes. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in boston
The best shopping in Boston
Boston may be a small city, but we have big city shopping. Find designers brands up and down Newbury Street, funky boutiques in the South End, trendy shops in the Seaport and lots of local goodies in SoWa. No matter what you are looking for, Boston has it all. Get dressed up for a dinner date at one of Boston’s best restaurants or put on a new business casual look to network at one of the best coffee shops in Boston, no matter what you are up to, we want you looking your best and this list can help. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston
The best things to do in Boston this weekend
Whether you want to get outside and enjoy the season on a local ski mountain or stay inside at one of the coziest restaurants in town, we have got you covered. But if nothing on this list sounds about right, check out the best cheap things to do or the best free things to do in Boston for fun all month long. And we have also rounded up all the best things to do this weekend right here in the city! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston
Best flower delivery services in Boston
For birthdays and anniversaries, sticking with a classic gift, like having flowers delivered, is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Consider this your early heads up to celebrate your person this year by sending them a bunch of flowers right to their door. Online flower delivery sites offer an array of arrangements that would be fitting for any occasion and personality. From local, sustainable shops to brands that offer nationwide shipping, below is a list of our favorite flower delivery services in Boston. And check out a list of our favorite florists in Boston if you'd prefer to pick them up in person. RECOMMENDED:🍷Complete the evening with a table at one of Boston's best restaurants💐The best online flower delivery services in Massachusetts How do we determine the cream of the crop? Our staff picks combine the top, most recent reviews with some of our personal favorites to make sure you get the best deal on the web. Throughout this article, you may notice some affiliate links – these have no influence on our editorial content – we pinky swear. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.
25 best Boston restaurants right now
The gleam of a cozy restaurant on a dark evening can be enough to help us all get through the long cold winters in Boston. Luckily, we have some amazing new restaurants to check out in Boston this year. Valentine’s Day may be in the rearview mirror, but don’t worry there are plenty of other cold, long nights to treat your special someone. Visit an old favorite or perhaps try out something new (I know we are all waiting for the new Jamie Bissonette spots to open up in a few weeks!) Either way, check out all the spots that we think are worth a visit right now. RECOMMENDED: Guide to Boston's Michelin-worthy restaurants
The best breweries in L.A.
If it seems like a new brewery pops up in a Torrance warehouse or Highland Park garage every few months, it’s because it does. Despite L.A.’s impressive pre-existing selection of beer bars, we’re also a city full of artisans who like taking matters into our own hands—including brewing beer.In fact, there’s so much fantastic craft beer in this city that compiling a list of best breweries had to come with restrictions: Here, we’ve focused on the breweries that have a taproom you can actually visit (hence why Craftsman, a veritable Pasadena brewery with a devoted following but no actual public space, is not on here), and those that actually brew in Los Angeles. So put down your crusty old Miller Lite, get out of the house and raise a pint to L.A.’s growing craft beer scene. RECOMMENDED: Guide to craft beer in L.A.
The best karaoke bars in Boston
Maybe you’re thinking of trying out for American Idol and want to work on your chops, maybe it’s someone special’s birthday and you just want to have a fun and funny night or maybe your gang just loves getting together for a singalong. Whatever the reason, there’s usually a time to find a karaoke bar , and Boston boasts lots of bars and restaurants that have weekly or even nightly sing-along sessions where patrons show-off their vocal and performance skills. If you prefer to forego the karaoke for a more low-key evening, try one of Boston’s best dive bars. Looking for something more romantic? Try one of the best date ideas in Boston. Or, if you want to watch a pro hit the mic, head to one of Boston’s best music venues. RECOMMENDED: See the full list of the best bars in Boston
February events in Boston
February is usually dark and cold, so at least this year the month has brought us plenty of winter sun. And if that isn’t a motivator to get outside and check out the best ice skating rinks, snowboarding destinations and skiing spots near Boston then we don’t know what is. But if you need a few more ideas on things to do this month we have rounded up the best events to check out in and around Boston in February. RECOMMENDED: The 50 best things to do in Boston
Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Boston
This year’s Lunar New Year begins on Saturday, February 10 but there are plenty of ways to celebrate The Year of the Dragon in Boston before, during, and after its official launch. Boston joins cities around the country in hosting colorful festivities including parades, performances, feasts, and festivals. February is a busy month in Boston with Super Bowl watch parties and Valentines (and Galentines) events, but the Lunar New Year offers a plethora of aways to celebrate the Year of Dragon. In celebration of the luckiest sign of the zodiac we curated a few ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Boston.
The best Black-owned restaurants in Boston
The Hub is fortunate enough to have an award winning roster of Black-owned eateries shining within our local dining scene, and we want to celebrate them. With menus that showcase cuisines spanning the globe—from African and Caribbean, to Southern soul and French—we’ve gathered up the best Black-owned restaurants in Boston for you to support. Once you’ve had your fill of spectacular food from these spots, also be sure to support other cultural communities by frequenting establishments like the best Chinese and best Mexican restaurants around.
The best restaurants for Chinese food in Boston
Boasting one of the country’s oldest and largest Chinatowns, Boston has set the stage (and table) to dine on some of the most delicious Chinese food. Diners often hit up some of these spots as late-night options in a city that's notorious for shutting down early, while others do the grab-and-go takeout for dining at home. Several of Boston’s top Chinese eateries are packed after 2am, when many of the best bars in Boston (and best clubs in Boston) close down. Looking for more Asian-influenced eateries? Check out the best Thai restaurants and Korean restaurants in Boston. RECOMMENDED: See the best restaurants in Boston
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St Patrick’s Day Parade Boston 2024: Date, Time, Route
Boston is basically the capital of Irish America... and Southie is the Irish capital of Boston. Thousands of people throw on anything green and head down to South Boston to celebrate St. Patrick’s each year. The day kicks off with a time-honored “St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast”, where politicians sing Irish drinking songs, recite limericks and roast their opponents. This local ritual sets the stage for one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the U.S., complete with floats, marching bagpipers and of course lots of politicians, many of whom actually have Irish blood in their veins. Pubs along the route and throughout Boston overflow with merrymakers and holligans all day long—so be prepared. Be sure to check out our list of other St. Patrick’s Day Events in Boston, keep our list of the best Irish pubs in Boston handy and peruse our list of the best burgers in Boston for a place to soak up everything up when the night comes to an end. When is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 1pm. Where is the St. Patrick's Day Parade? The parade takes place in South Boston. It starts at West Broadway and Dorchester Ave, continues along West Broadway to East Broadway, then turns and heads back west, ending on Dorchester Ave. See the official map of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Other tips *Will it be cold or warm? It's always a crapshoot. Wear layers and don’t forget your green! *Alcohol is not allowed along the route. Keep it at the bars or your house parties. Po
Time Out Market Boston
Like some variety when you go out to eat? Time Out Market Boston has you covered. Boston's first contemporary culinary hub boasts a tantalizing variety of curated food offerings, two top-notch bars and lots more. There is plenty of seating—both indoors and on a roomy, sun-splashed patio with lots of heaters—and some of the biggest culinary names in Boston are delivering a varied assortment of delicious dishes and 'Gram-worthy bites. Housed in the 401 Park Drive building, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929 as a Sears, Roebuck and Company warehouse, Time Out Market Boston follows in the footsteps of the wildly popular Time Out Market Lisbon, which opened in 2014 and is now Portugal’s most visited attraction with more than four million visitors annually.
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Table Caffé is a North End favorite for gelato and is the sweetest offering from founder Jen Royal. Chef-owner of TABLE Restaurant, Mercato & Caffé in the North End, Jen has continued to push the boundaries to offer people a place to come together over food. Table Caffé’s homemade gelato brings a little bit of the North End here to Fenway and it couldn’t be the sweeter treat.
Fairmont Copley Plaza
The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston is truly a sight to behold. From the moment you step into the hotel's lobby, you are transported to another world. The stunning lobby is a true masterpiece, with its high ceilings, intricate molding, and sparkling chandeliers. One of the things that really sets the Fairmont Copley Plaza apart is the attention to detail. Starting in the lobby, its plush seating areas, gorgeous marble floors, and stunning artwork on the walls make it a grand place to start off any trip to Boston. Whether you're here for a business meeting, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, you'll feel instantly at home in this luxurious space. What's truly remarkable about the lobby at the Fairmont Copley Plaza is how it manages to strike the perfect balance between grandeur and warmth. Despite its opulence, the space feels welcoming and inviting, with a rare sense of intimacy in a hotel of this size. One of the standout features of the lobby is the iconic lobby clock, a beloved Boston landmark that has been a fixture in the hotel since it first opened its doors in 1912. The clock is a symbol of the hotel's history and its connection to the city, and it serves as a reminder of the timeless elegance that is at the heart of the Fairmont Copley Plaza experience. The rooms in the hotel are classic, yet bright. Opt for a room with a view of Copley Plaza and you will feel a part of the action. Also, make time to dine or at least grab drinks at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen. Often
1928 Beacon Hill
5 out of 5 stars
1928 Beacon Hill is a new hidden gem on Beacon Hill run by Chef Victor Valencia. Located half a block up from Charles St. on Mt. Vernon, this spot feels as if it has always been there, which is the key to the making of a new classic. The prohibition era cocktails served in a speakeasy-style space is just the place you will want to cozy up in every Friday night.
Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette recently added an Italian-inspired restaurant to their fantastic local line-up (Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey), and we’re so glad they did. The seafood inspired menu utilizes fresh ingredients, including in-season produce from the Copley Square Farmers Market. The spacious Back Bay restaurant serves coastal delights including a half dozen crudos, grilled Scituate lobster and an excellent selection of spritzes.
4 out of 5 stars
Located at the foot of Beacon Hill, Florina serves up extra large pizzaa and sandwiches. Cheese pizza by the slice is $3.75 and a very hefty “That Sandwich”, which is made with breaded chicken, prosciutto, roasted red pepper & fresh mozzarella with white balsamic vinaigrette is $12.25. Barstool Sports, “El Pres,” said in his review on Barstool “it’s a very traditional” quality pizza and we have to agree.
Ducali Pizzeria & Bar
4 out of 5 stars
The North End is home to many pizza places, and we all have our favorites, but Ducali Pizza is especially worth a visit because they have a full cocktail list. So not only can you enjoy lots of delicious and creative pizzas, but you can also enjoy a spritz or two as well. Only downside is they don’t sell slices, you have to buy a full pizza, but there are small personal sized pizzas starting at $10 each and large pizzas starting at $18 for cheese.
4 out of 5 stars
Next Door is another amazing speakeasy that opened this year in Boston. Located in Eastie, just a short walk from the Maverick T stop on the Blue Line, it is accessible no matter which neighborhood you live in. The entrance is just behind Pazza on Porter, and you must know the secret code to get in. Once you enter, you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The chic bar and over the top cocktails make it a wonderful place to spend an evening.
This is the last weekend that Broadway in Boston will present Wicked at the Citizens Bank Opera House. This classic cannot be missed! Please note that attendees are currently required to wear face masks except when eating or drinking. Show times: Friday 8PM Saturday 2PM Saturday 8PM Sunday 1PM
ICA Summer Sessions
On select Fridays in July and August the ICA is hosting an evening of art and live music from 6-9PM. Admission to ICA Summer Sessions is included with a general admission museum ticket, and are always free for members to attend. And if you visit the museum during the day you can come back that evening as long as you keep your ticket! This Friday July 22nd will feature music by Lilah! Get tickets here.
Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Boston Lights is an interactive experience at Franklin Park Zoo that is sure to impress visitors with more than 55 large-scale displays made up of hundreds of colorful lanterns. The lanterns create luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing corridors of lotus and bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns and a stunning 66-foot-long rose corridor. There is even a stunning 82-foot-long “octopus tunnel” that is sure to surprise and delight guests of all ages.
Boston’s Blue Flag Capital expands to Jackson Hole
New Englander’s chasing the snow will now find some familiar faces out west. Boston based Blue Flag Capital, locally known for curating elevated hospitality experiences, including Faraway Hotels on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, recently spread their wings, all the way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With two new hotel acquisitions in Teton Village, Blue Flag Capital is set to make their mark on Jackson Hole. The Alpenhof and Snake River Lodge are two long standing favorites in Jackson Hole according to Brad Guidi, CDO and Co-Founder of Blue Flag Capital, these two properties were a perfect addition to their portfolio, “inspiration at first sight is crucial for any property we consider. We seek a certain indescribable spark in each location. Both the Alpenhof and Snake River Lodge have this." Alpenhof has deep roots in Teton Village and Jackson Hole, first opening for Christmas 1965. When asked what updates or changes guests can expect to this historical property, Blue Flag Capital CEO Jason Brown says, “We want to know from the guests and locals themselves what made the Snake River Lodge and Alpenhof great so that when we make any needed changes down the road, it's coming from a place of respecting the past and building upon it, vs. just scrapping what's been working for years and starting new.” While the team will be bringing fresh ideas and the upscale, soulful hospitality Blue Flag is known for, Brown assures, “At the end of the day, we believe honoring historical properties
Looking to plan a snowy getaway before winter is over?
Get Out of Town is a series where we highlight easy getaways from Boston. These may be a perfect bitesize weekend trip or a splurge worthy weeklong escape. But the main criteria are that the destination is both convenient to access and offers visitors an experience that surprises and delights. If you missed our recommendation last time, read all about why you should book a trip to Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Why drive to Vermont We are smack dab in the middle of a cold, dark, New England winter. And if you are like us, you are looking for ways to kick the winter blues to the curb. Luckily, we have lots of ideas on places to visit for a quick getaway, check out our full weekend guide from Boston. But if you are looking for an especially chic, snowy spot, this boutique hotel in Vermont is worth the drive. Photograph: Courtesy Hermitage Inn The Hermitage Inn is only about 2.5 hours from Boston and luckily the route is one that rarely gets slowed down by traffic on busy days. Once you get out of the city, it should be smooth sailing all the way to Vermont. What it’s like at the Hermitage Inn The original inn on the property at the Hermitage Inn is from the 1700s, but the current owners completely renovated the entire property after purchasing the property during the pandemic. And they reopened to the public last winter. This season the hotel’s lift to the Hermitage Club also reopened. Photograph: Courtesy Andrew Cardwell The inn has a very European feel, when you arrive
All the reasons to book a staycation at the Boston Harbor Hotel
There’s not much we’re bigger fans of than a staycation in the city. Whether coming from one of the local neighborhoods, across the river from Somerville or from an outlying suburb, setting into a luxury room right in the center of it all feels so indulgent and fun. Recently, we had the opportunity to take a weekend break at the breathtaking Boston Harbor Hotel, and beyond those famous views, here’s what to expect. History of the Boston Harbor Hotel A luxury hotel overlooking the Boston Harbor and Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Harbor Hotel, part of the Rowes Wharf building, was built in 1987. With a location that overlooks the stunning harbor on one side, with views of the Harbor Islands, East Boston and flights coming in and out of Logan airport, and spilling out onto the Greenway on the other, this hotel is all about the fantastic location. Photograph: Courtesy Boston Harbor Hotel For a romantic city getaway with your partner, it’s tough to beat being within walking distance of the North End, downtown and the theater district. The rooms at the Boston Harbor Hotel The rooms are all luxuriously appointed with classic modern furnishings, and the hotel offers allergen and feather free floors. While we’ll always choose the harbor views, the city views many of the rooms offer are stunning as well. Sailing and history enthusiasts will enjoy all the nods to Boston’s past with history maps and seafaring art rooting the property with a true sense of the city. Photograph: C
There is a new hotel opening on Nantucket this summer
Have you booked a ferry ticket yet? Beachside Hotel will be reopening with a fresh new look and feel this summer on Nantucket. Blue Flag Capital, the team behind popular Nantucket hotels like Life House and Faraway, has completely renovated and redesigned Beachside, turning it into a seaside family-friendly resort. The hotel will feature upscale, oversized suites, single family hotel rooms, open-air balconies, a newly constructed pool and kid’s pool, gym, meeting space, courtyard, restaurant and bar, and game room perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Courtesy “The Beachside Hotel was designed around the idea of an endless summer. We invite guests to leave itineraries behind and dive into a world of opportunities right here on the property. With that in mind, we designed the hotel to cultivate this connection through recreation for guests to collect spontaneous moments to slow down and savor with friends and family alike.” Said Brad Guidi, Co-Founder and CDO of Blue Flag. “We focused on creating outdoor spaces where discovery is limitless. This self-driven experience is all part of the story. I think we can all relate to the first taste of freedom that summer offered us as children – that was the feeling that we tried to evoke at the new Beachside. We wanted to offer a space where children and their parents alike would equally enjoy the property.” One of the best parts about this new version of Beachside, is all the daily programming the team will host. From movie nights o
Would you go to a steak frites only restaurant?
Like steak frites? Well Rochambeau is hoping lots of Bostonians do! They just launched a “"The Steak Room." The Steak Room is taking over Rochambeau's first-floor dining room and has turned it into a steak frites-only dining experience exclusively serving a prix fixe steak frites-centric menu for guests. The Steak Room prix fixe menu is available daily from noon to 10pm on Rochambeau’s first-floor dining room. The menu features an eight oz. skirt steak, crispy fries, greens, and fresh bread for $36 per person. Photograph: Courtesy Rochambeau While there are also a few apps available for order, alongside cocktails, beers, wines, and dessert, if you want a different main course you will need to move to the upstairs dining room to do so. But if you are in the mood for steak frites, you are in luck, they have plenty! But don’t forget that right next-door to the new “Steak Room” experience, brunch service will continue to be available in Rochambeau's street side cafe daily from 10am-3pm. And regular dinner service is still available nightly in Rochambeau’s second-floor dining room. Rochambeau is located in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay at 900 Boylston Street, MA 02115. For more ideas on where to get some great steak this winter check out our full guide to the best steakhouses in Boston!
Bostonians have been posting hilarious videos about the bust of a snowstorm
We never thought we’d see the day when the mayor of Boston would apologize for the lack of snow in the city, but here we are. Tuesday, February 13 was supposed to see Boston covered in at least eight inches of fluffy white snow, but instead there was barely a sprinkle across town. Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency on Monday, however that ended up seeming pretty unnecessary. Mayor Wu apologized for calling a snow emergency In an appearance on GBH’s “Boston Public Radio” late Tuesday, she explained, “I will take being overprepared than underprepared every single time, but it does come with a lot of disruption and inconvenience for families and people trying to get to their jobs.” She added, “So it’s really unfortunate, but we are glad to be safe, rather than sorry.” Mayor Wu explained how the decision to call a snow emergency is made While a bad call on a snow day can be a pain for everyone, the mayor did explain how city officials arrived at the decision. There was a major change in the storm’s track late on Monday, which is difficult to predict. “I think it goes to show not only is our climate changing in general that we haven’t had a significant snowstorm now in more than two years, but also the predictability of the weather — every storm can change so quickly on its path, the projections, the amounts,” Wu said. The mayor acknowledged that keeping the citizens of Boston, especially children, is a big factor. “It’s basically a calculation of, how likely are we
Boston just won a cheezy award
While lobster rolls, Boston Baked Beans, and Boston Crème Pie usually take centerstage as notable noshes for our city, there’s another dish that’s drawing attention from diners in Boston. According to research done by Clever Real Estate, some might be surprised that Boston is the third-best pizza city in America, with a near perfect overall pizza score of 99 out of 100. To decide who made the grade for this cheezy award, the data team at Clever Real Estate analyzed a multitude of metrics, including pizza “reputation” gained from a survey of 1,000 Americans, average Yelp rating for pizza restaurants, average pizza prices, and more. Boston lost out to Denver and Buffalo, N.Y., which are in spots one and two respectively. With 12.3 pizza restaurants per 100,000 residents (a far cry from the lowest on the list – Dallas which has the fewest pizza restaurants, with just 2.7), Boston is poised with options for great pies. According to the data, we have 46 percent more than the typical city's rate of 8.4 per 100,000 residents. These spots deliver (pun intended), boasting an average Yelp rating of 3.81 out of 5 stars. And Boston is willing to pay - A large cheese pizza in Boston costs $19.65 on average, while a large pepperoni pizza averages $23.05. Boston also scored an 88 out of 100 in the pizza passion metric, based on how often locals search the web for pizza-related terms (e.g., "pizza near me," "pizza delivery," "pan pizza," etc.). That's 22 percent higher than the average city
Fenway's finest fight for the title of 'Time Out's Best Bloody Mary'
Get ready to tantalize your taste buds at Time Out’s ‘Best Bloody Mary in Fenway’ Content on February 18. Join us for an epic day filled with free Bloody Mary samples and brunch specials from the kitchens of Fenway's finest establishments. Participating contenders include: Loco DW French Eventide Fenway Pescador Loretta's Bleacher Bar Big Heart Hospitality Time Out Market Bar Each competing restaurant will showcase their unique twist on the classic brunch cocktail, infusing it with creativity, flavor, and a dash of spice. From bold and spicy concoctions to refreshing and tangy blends, there’s something to please every palate. As you sip and savor your way through the array of Bloody Marys, be sure to cast your vote for your favorite. Every vote counts as we crown the ultimate champion of Fenway’s Bloody Mary scene. Gather your friends, bring your appetite, and join us for a brunch experience unlike any other. Let’s brunch, Boston-style, and celebrate the culinary spirit of the Fenway neighborhood! Come support your favorite neighborhood restaurant and try out a few others. Whether you’re a Bloody Mary aficionado or simply looking for a fun-filled Sunday activity, join us at Time Out Market Boston for a brunch extravaganza to remember. Please note that you must be 21+ to participate in the Bloody Mary tasting, but the event is free for all to attend. The fun goes from 11am-3pm on February 18, please register for a free ticket!
Book a romantic staycation at the Ritz-Carlton Boston this winter
When it comes to hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton brand is synonymous with excellence. In Boston, this commitment to exceptional service is epitomized in their Club Lounge—a haven within the hotel available when you book certain rooms and suites. Treat your special someone this Valentine’s Day or any day this winter to a staycation that is sure to shrug off the winter blues at the Ritz-Carlton Boston. Photograph: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Boston General Manager William Bunce describes the Club Lounge as, “Our guests tend to think of the Club Lounge as an oasis that's often referred to as a 'hotel within a hotel,' where a dedicated concierge attends to their needs in a well-appointed, relaxed lounge setting. Since guests enjoy lingering in this space, for work or pleasure, it was critical that it look and feel like ‘home.’” Photograph: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Boston The Lounge offers an array of complimentary amenities, including breakfast, light snacks, and beverages throughout the day, as well as access to high-speed Wi-Fi and private workstations. Additionally, guests enjoy complimentary access to the Equinox Sports Club, ensuring that their wellness needs are fully met during their stay. This winter there are some extra goodies available in the Club Lounge on certain days of the week. From seasonal craft cocktails to indulgent chocolate fondue and morning mimosas, these experiences are offered to spark just a little extra joy this winter. Seasonal Craft Cocktails Picture you
25 best snow day food & drink specials in Boston
Brace yourself Boston, we’ve got another winter storm watch coming and this one looks like it might actually pack some punch. As of Monday morning, Boston is predicted to receive between eight and 12 inches of snow on Tuesday. How much snow is Boston getting? It’s looking to be the biggest snowstorm of the year, and the biggest since the winter of 2021-2022, when Boston was walloped by nearly two feet of snow on January 29, 2022. Most of the state is looking at a foot or more of snow, excepting, as always, the northwest corner of the state, the southeastern corner of the state, and the Cape and Islands. Where to drink and dine when it’s snowing in Boston So, what to do when you’re stuck in the city and it’s snowing? Walk your bundled up self to the closest eating and drinking establishment for some warm food and warming cocktails – that’s what we’ll be doing. We found the spots around town that are going to be open, and are planning on serving specials like prix-fixe dinners, free clam chowder and $1 chicken tenders. Who needs spring with specials like these? Anoush’ella Courtesy Cold days call for warming drinks and sweet bites, those are the rules. Good thing Anoush’ella will be doing their tahini hot chocolate with a sesame cookie for just $5 on Tuesday, February 13. Atlántico Courtesy Chef Michael Serpa and the Atlántico team will be serving complimentary patatas bravas with any bottle of wine any time it snows. Bambara Kitchen and Bar The restaurant at the Kimpto
This restauranteur knows his coffee, ice cream and pizza
Voice of Boston is our series where we interview local tastemakers on their favorite neighborhoods, restaurants and hangouts around the city. If you missed our last one, catch up on our chat with Mike Lamagna, founder of Long Wharf Supply. This week we are speaking with Michael Kasseris, a Belmont native, who co-founded The Rail Trail Flatbread Co., New City Microcreamery and Less than Greater than. He inherited his passion for the restaurant industry from his father, Teddy, who established eateries across the state. Armed with an MBA from Babson, Michael co-founded his own popular spots over the past few years. Courtesy What are your favorite neighborhoods in Boston? Seaport Harbor walk. My wife Anna was born and raised in Thessaloniki Greece, so we love to walk around in the Seaport, because it reminds us of being back in Greece. Where do you go for a late-night bite? Franklin Cafe is always a go to for me. Food has always been on point and cocktails always hit just right. In general, what are some of your favorite restaurants and bars right now? I love Josephine’s in Somerville, Myers and Chang, Greco Seaport and Lolita’s. Name a “hidden gem” where you always take friends or family when they are visiting from out of town? Not much of a hidden gem, but when friends from out of town come to Boston, they usually want great seafood and I always take them to Row 34. And another favorite is Yankee Lobster, which is also close by in the Seaport. What do you think is
Hidden gems in Vermont to visit this winter from Boston
Throughout the long winter months many Bostonians escape to Vermont for the world-class skiing and boarding that can be found throughout the Green Mountain State. But Vermont’s allure extends far beyond the mountains, sprinkled throughout the state are charming small towns, award-worthy farm-to-table dining experiences, outdoor adventures and much much more. Put these Vermont hidden gems on your winter bucket list this season. The Weston, Weston VT Photograph: Courtesy Katie McAleer Formerly The Inn at Weston, this hotel was recently renovated and rebranded to create a bespoke hospitality experience in the heart of the Green Mountains. Every detail at The Weston has been thoughtfully designed, even down to the scent, we went home and immediately ordered the scent diffuser they had in the common areas because the whole place smelled incredible! The design of each room is unique, but they all provide a luxurious but cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The Weston has an impeccable onsite restaurant, The Left Bank. Guests will be drawn in on chilly winter days by the scent of the real wood burning stove but they will stay for the inspired menu serving French country bistro. The onsite spa is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a rejuvenating treatment this winter. The team at The Weston truly goes above and beyond to assure their guests have a wonderful time, oh and did we mention The Weston is dog friendly?! The Oyster Bar at Pete’s Haven, Brattleboro VT Photograph: Courtesy Ka