A thoughtfully curated list of the best local eating, drinking and doing.
Walk around Burlington’s go-to district for great discoveries and you’ll have a grand time. 3rd Ave is a New England favorite destination for distinctive restaurants, unique shops and noteworthy entertainment.
Anchored by the region’s only Wegmans — a specialty foods store ranked as America’s No. 1 favorite grocery store — 3rd Ave is home to such shop-till-you-drop notables as Jenny Boston Boutique, Xfinity, Boston Interiors, Dover Rug, The Shade Store, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England. Need a workout or touchup? Visit LunchBoxWax, James Joseph Salon or 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon. Enjoy family entertainment at Kings. Then settle in for a memorable meal at Osteria Nino, The Bancroft, Tony C’s or Redstone American Grill and cap off the end to a perfect day with fresh-made pastries, cookies and pies at LaCascia's Bakery & Deli.
The innovation hub of suburban Boston, Northwest Park is conveniently located at the intersection of Routes 3 and 128 and is home to the burgeoning 3rd Ave town center. With multiple company headquarters, the 127-acre Northwest Park offers a dynamic business environment, luxurious living at The Tremont and such healthy lifestyle options as Zagster bike sharing, electric car charging stations and sidewalk jogging trails.
Just 12 miles northwest of Boston is the thriving suburb of Burlington. Along with the 3rd Ave development, the 250-acre Burlington Landlocked Forest provides a green oasis with 13 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, dog walkers and bird watchers. Additional shopping includes Wayside Commons (L.L. Bean, Eileen Fisher, Relax the Back, Not Your Average Joe's, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Starbucks, West Elm) and the Burlington Mall (Apple Computer, Aveda, Aldo Shoes, Cheesecake Factory, Macy's, J.Crew, Bluemercury, Athleta, Michael Kors, Burberry).
One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is rich with history and culture, with a reputation as “the intellectual capital of the U.S.” The city’s gone through gentrification, making it a favorite for visitors with varied interests. Whether taking in such historical sites as Freedom Trail, Boston Common and Public Garden, Beacon Hill, Fenway Park, Harvard and Boston Harbor or dining on world-famous cuisine at Spoke Wine Bar, Cunard Tavern or Bess’s Café, travelers know it won’t be their last time visiting the City on a Hill.
Photo by Lance Anderson on Unsplash.