Best of Boston

BEST Escape

2016 BEST Escape, Urban

Bunker Bill Monument

Charlestown

On step 10, you’re teeming with enthusiasm. On step 90, your thigh muscles begin to sting. On step 160, your heart is pounding and your lungs are begging for mercy. On step 225, a Zen-like trance washes over you. And… read more»

2015 BEST Escape
Photograph by Greg Parson

The Cascade at Middlesex Fells Reservation

Take the Orange Line to Malden’s Oak Grove T station, walk north on Washington Street, then left, up Goodyear Avenue. At the dead end, cross a footbridge into the woods of the Middlesex Fells and follow the Cascade Trail, which… read more»

1999 BEST Escape, Zen Getaway

International Buddhist Progress Society

Cambridge

You’d never know it from the outside, but the Buddhist Society, between Harvard and Central squares, is an oasis of peace, zen, and—great food! Start of with a little mind-clearing in the meditation room, pick up some literature about spiritual… read more»

1998 BEST Escape, Nearby

Yankee Clipper Inn

Rockport

There are surprisingly few seaside inns within an hour of Boston. But when you’ve found this one— and can afford the upper-end price tag— who needs others? Many of the 26 rooms located in four diverse buildings of the inn’s… read more»

1996 BEST Escape, Urban

Common Ground Cafe & Bakery

Dorchester

Outside, it’s simply a corner building in Dorchester. Inside, it’s another world of wooden floors, thatched-roofed alcoves, and muted lighting. Half the space is a casual cafe, the other is a store with handmade shoes, furniture, candles, and soaps. read more»

1996 BEST Escape, Harbor Island

George’s Island

Boston

This splendid island is part of the Massachusetts State Park System and its only residents are two knowledgeable park rangers. In addition to spectacular views of the inner and outer harbor, the Civil War-era Fort Warren on the island is… read more»

1989 BEST Escape

Lunch at the Museum Café, Museum of Fine Arts

Boston

Quiet. Soothing. A casual walk through the Japanese garden does more for you than three sessions with a shrink. The food is delightful. The iced tea is the greatest. And the pictures on the walls ain’t bad. read more»

1988 BEST Escape, One-Day

Bay State Cruises’ Boat to P-town

A round-trip that leaves the city behind. read more»

1981 BEST Escape, Vacation

Chilmark

Martha's Vineyard

But you better hurry; this island is becoming less and less of a retreat. read more»

1980 BEST Escape, Vacation

The Allen House

Cuttyhunk Island

Completely private. Ferry daily from New Bedford. Sport fishing, beaches, elegant dining. And hardly a car to be seen. read more»