Best of Boston

Best Escape

2015 Best Escape

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 [...] read more»
1999 Best Escape, Zen Getaway

International Buddhist Progress Society

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 [...] read more»
1998 Best Escape, Nearby

Yankee Clipper Inn

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 [...] read more»
1996 Best Escape, Urban

Common Ground Cafe & Bakery

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 [...] read more»
1996 Best Escape, Harbor Island

George’s Island

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 [...] read more»
1989 Best Escape

Lunch at the Museum Café, Museum of Fine Arts

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 [...] 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


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»
1977 Best Escape, Artist

Bob Crane

And we don't mean the star of "Hogan's Heroes." The local Crane show is just as long-running but our Bobby has had better luck getting [...] read more»