Sports guy Steve Buckley holds down four, count'em, four jobs: ESPN2 staffer, Herald columnist, WEEI weekend man, and prodigious freelancer. A little Buckley goes a long way.
Twelve miles of beach, 108 acres of forest with nature trails and bridle paths, two rivers, the marsh itself, and A & W root beer stand, and homes at prices that won't spoil it all. MA
Styling upward of 40 brides per season, Kacie Corbelle is one of the most sought-after makeup artists around—and it’s easy to see why. Her bronzer and highlighter make a bride glow, while neutral-colored eye shadow adds a subtly seductive touch. And whether she’s working with Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Bernie Sanders, or you, she comes prepared: Equipped with foundation for all skin tones, long-lasting lipstick, and false eyelashes, the only thing she’ll ever wing is your eyeliner. 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118, kcbridalbeauty.com.
Only enlightened children need apply. Stellabella, you see, is a completely gun-free shop that specializes in educational toys. But before you start criticizing what political correctness has done to childhood fun, check out the selection: nature projects, musical instruments, colorful science puzzles, and bulk art supplies. Better still, look at what the kids are doing. They're singing songs, painting, listening to stories, riding on oversized stuffed animals: just plain playing. Prices are reasonable, and the staff is beyond helpful. It's like one big PBS special come to life. 1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA stellabellatoys.com/.
There was no question that by remaining stubbornly amateur in a sport that had gone professional, the Marathon was dying. Then David D'Alessandro persuaded his employer, the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, to spring for $10 million to sponsor 10 Boston Marathons. A course record, a world-class field, and hundreds of runners later, today's Marathon is again one of the city's—and the country's—preeminent sporting events. "We've got athletes from 30 or 40 countries," said D'Allessandro, a senior vice president at Hancock. "I've got letters on my desk from the agents of guys who wouldn't even look at us last year."
Fleeing the city seems an idyllic notion, until you find yourself bunking down among doily-strewn antiques and overpowering potpourri at a B&B advertising bucolic "charm." A rare exception is the Porches Inn, set in a row of renovated multi-colored Victorians in North Adams. Its 50-odd rooms are done up in modern décor and feature high-speed Internet and smart service. Out back are a pool and sauna; out front, the stylish Mass MoCA complex. Those still craving a little countrification can kick back in one of the dozens of rocking chairs that sit on the inn's verandas. 231 River St., North Adams, MA 2147, porches.com.
Grungy and loaded with undergrads, Allston isn't exactly known for its restaurants. One place we can always count on, though, is Deep Ellum, where a great meal can be had at any time of day. Start out with root-beer-glazed pork belly or soft pretzels dunked in beer-cheese sauce, then progress to bigger plates like pork schnitzel or fried catfish po' boys. Bar too packed? Swing on over to the restaurant's new sibling, the adjacent Lone Star Taco Bar, for killer chili con queso and micheladas. 477 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 2135, deepellum-boston.com.
The cocktails at this funky-meets-casual spot hit it out of the park—order the mezcal-based "No More Parties in Fenway" to channel your inner ’Ye before weaving through Sox traffic on your way home. 1310 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, citizenpub.com.
Three decades in, this reggae- and R & B-focused music shop on Blue Hill Ave. is still playing the role of cultural hub, hangout, and icon of the neighborhood’s vibrant Caribbean community.
The antique stone barn displays all kinds of produce, but apples are the specialty here—more than a dozen varieties. They appear whole, in tasty pies, doughnuts, pressed into cider; the dry hard cider is a find. 123 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA .
The crust is thicker than usual—almost cobbler-like—flaky and delicious, holding loads of fresh apples; this pie is terrific. We like it Irish-style, without cinnamon. It's also a bargain, at $6 for a 10-inch pie. 793 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA .
There is no better source for caviar in Boston, but you can also depend on Boyajian for a slew of expensive treats, including a whole line of smoked delicacies, foie gras, and especially honeys. 33 Belmont St., Cambridge, MA .
Leave the car at home. Singing Beach—so named for the lyrical sound the sand makes when you walk on it—is just a 10-minute stroll from the Manchester commuter-rail station. 119 Beach St., Manchester, MA 10944, .
With multiple stores that stock everything from elegant bluchers to throwback kicks to luxe work boots, the Tannery offers sweet sole-ace for style-conscious gents. 711 Boylston St., Boston, MA 0711 Boylst, thetannery.com.
Come for the Irish breakfasttwo fried eggs, grilled tomato, black and white pudding, bacon, beans, and home fries. Stay for the seasonal patio. 75 Union Sq., Union Square, MA 2143, theindo.com.