The Top 12 Spa Escapes in New England

From historical properties to contemporary seaside escapes, New England has no shortage of resorts with first-rate spas. We hit the road in search of the very best to help you laugh at winter in style.

Features

Wasted

How the craft-beer movement abandoned Jim Koch (and his beloved Sam Adams).

Boston Strong

In this exclusive excerpt from Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman’s forthcoming book—recently picked up by 20th Century Fox—the authors recount the harrowing and heroic stories of Boylston Street’s first responders.

Departments

The End of the Anthropocene

What do you do when you’re over 80 and still at the top of your game? If you’re the famed naturalist E. O. Wilson, you discover something you’ve never had before: a circle of friends.

News

Clean Living

A new Charlestown real estate development was designed to solve a few problems you didn’t know you had.

The Cannabis Connection

Voters said yes to medical marijuana in 2012, but two years later the system still isn’t functioning. This month, the first Boston marijuana exhibition aims to help get it going.

Restaurants

New Year, New Booze

With small-batch distilleries popping up everywhere from Belmont to Plymouth, we’re in the midst of a serious craft-spirit renaissance. Here, a cartload of ways to get your buzz on while lowering your carbon footprint.

Seeing Green

When it comes to texture, brine, and appearance, olives vary widely.

Pay to Play?

To manage the cost of canceled reservations, high-end restaurants are asking diners to pony up in advance.

The Maine Idea

Taking the farm-to-table ethos to an extreme, the groundbreaking Portland restaurant Vinland remains entirely locally sourced—even in the dead of winter.

Family Ties

Sally Ling’s specialized in white-tablecloth, banquet-style fare, Dumpling Daughter focuses on the “classic, Chinese comfort home food”.

Fashion & Style

Hot Seat

A closer look at the powder-coated-steel-and-leather chair from Showroom.

To the Manor Born

This 1897 Fisher Hill manse, straight out of the English Renaissance, just came on the market.

What a Jewel

Holly Golightly’s favorite boutique touches down on Newbury Street.

Health

Nine Healthier Resolutions That’ll Stick

Everyone tells you to lose weight and eat healthy. But what does that really mean? We pored over a plethora of local studies to pinpoint the lifestyle habits that will make us happier all year long.

Arts & Entertainment

Culture Calendar

Your monthly guide to this month’s events including performances by Adam Ezra Group, Sam Smith, and more.