We spend at least a third of our lives in bedwhy not snooze in style with fine linens from this family-run company? Start with the ridiculously soft 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets that left devotees Elizabeth Taylor and Andy Warhol swooning, then feather your nest with plush cashmere-and-silk throws. 110 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, pratesi.com.
An instant hit when it opened in 2014, this ACK spot continues to wow diners with Asian-inspired shareable feasts and small plates, not to mention a stellar cocktail menu. And despite its inland location, you'll still get dinner with a view: The dining room features an open kitchen, so you can watch while chef Liam Mackey and his team whip up house-made udon noodles, savory blue-crab fried rice, or whatever else strikes your fancy. 12 Cambridge St., Nantucket, MA 2554, nautilusnantucket.com.
Peek inside the musty underground caves where Formaggio’s young fromage is ripened (they’ll give you a tour if you ask nicely), and you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for the Comtés and clothbound sharp cheddars you pair with your pinot noir and artisanal crackers. Once you’re back above ground, ask one of the store’s expert cheesemongers to recommend a wedge from their impressive selection, and grab a bottle of vino and a few gourmet accoutrements on the way out. 244 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 2138, formaggiokitchen.com.
The ideal brunch requires the trifecta of good food, good drinks, and good company. Puritan covers the first two in spades, with house-baked pastries (strawberry-almond muffins, cashew sticky buns); not-your-average brunch entrées (sourdough griddle cakes, a gloriously crunchy pork-shoulder hash); and creative hair-of-the-dog libations (the "Church," with gin, Aperol, and lemon). As for the third? That’s up to you. 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 2141, puritancambridge.com.
Whatever your passion—volleyball, basketball, yoga, even bocce—City Sports has the gear you need, including high-performance pieces from its in-house CS line. Ask one of the sporty employees to help you browse the Gore-Tex jackets, or find cleats or sneakers that'll let you hit the field, court, or track running. 480 Boylston St., Boston, MA 2116, citysports.com.
Linda Katz and crew have been pampering four-legged friends on the North Shore for more than 20 years. And when we say pampering, we mean it: In addition to standard grooming services, Linda's offers aromatherapy treatments and a Bathing Beauty power wash that gives your pet a massage while it cleans. Fido has never looked (or felt) so good. 73 Bessom St., Lynn, MA 1902, lindascrittercorral.com.
Oak Bluffs is the antithesis of the Jersey Shore, so why do most of its bar options seem so well suited for "gym, tan, laundry"? Escape to the Offshore Ale Company for its rotating selection of unique house-made brews, like the Flying Monkey, a Belgian-style ale aged in chardonnay barrels. The kind of bar that allows—nay, encourages—patrons to toss peanut shells onto the floor, it's sure to become your favorite stomping ground. 30 Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs, MA 2557, offshoreale.com.
The only drawback is that men get to take advantage of this blissful oasis six days a week while women must condense their restorative needs into a single day (Monday). Male or female, you will feel pleasantly noodle-like when you emerge from this no-nonsense, old-fashioned bath house. One note of caution: This is not some fancy chrome-and-etched-glass spa, so leave your attitude out at Canyon Ranch. 77 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA .
Many day spas promise an escape from city life, but none delivers like Exhale. The two-story, Zen-like space alone is enough to set stress on standby, what with its hushed hallways and dimly lit treatment rooms. Choose from a full-service spa menu (we like the four-hand harmony massage), take a yoga or core fusion class, and let the courteous staff soothe and smooth your worries away. 28 Arlington St., Boston, MA exhalespa.com/.
Okay, so they don't have an indoor track like HighRoad. But they do have great selection, reasonable prices, and best of all, attentive sales and service help, whether you're a Back Bay dowager buying a basket for your 3-speed Schwinn or a world-class rider choosing a new metal steed for the Tour de France.
For those who don't want to deal with Back Bay parking and traffic, Kaps is a welcome solution. This family-owned and operated business has four locations, all of which carry the kind of Italian labels that you might find on the male cast of Ally McBeal: Armani, Canali, Zegna, Hickey-Freeman, and others. Whether you're the wide-shouldered power suit type or prefer banker's grey or pinstripe, Kaps can outfit you in whatever suits your fancy. 5 Main St., Andover, MA .
Sure, the sandwiches are just as good at Michael's Deli, located half a mile down Harvard Street, but what sets Rubin's apart is the atmosphere. Step inside, eavesdrop on the old frummers a booth over, and chomp into a half-sour pickle, and you'll feel transported back to a time when ordering corned beef, pastrami, or chopped liver stacked to the moon on rye didn't make you despair for your cardiovascular system—it just made you very, very happy. 500 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 2446, rubinsboston.com.
Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer's tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing over the reins to the talented Meghann Ward; this year marked Ward passing the torch to L'Espalier and Del Posto alum Michael Bergin. And yet somehow, the place never misses a beat. The classic pizzas are still smoky and rich (our new favorite is dotted with spicy globs of 'nduja sausage); the house pastas are still remarkably creative (see: parsley cavatelli with prosciutto-braised escargot); and the vegetable dishes remain some of the town's finest (Brussels sprouts smothered in robiola; roasted cauliflower bathed in bagna cauda). 253 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118, coppaboston.com.
If the house-made charcuterie at Moody's deli is art, its adjoining restaurant, the Backroom, is the gallery in which chef-owner Joshua Smith's smoky, fatty, umami-rich masterpieces get their finest showcase. Spicy 'nduja is blended into a ragu for strands of bucatini here; Iberico pork belly dots a clam flatbread there. In fact, the entire menu, from the slow-smoked chicken with crisp spaetzle to the melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu brisket, is a master class in meat—and the perfect syrah or sangiovese to pair with it. 468 Moody St., Waltham, MA 2453, moodyswaltham.com.
Grape-juice stewardship is an art, not a science. But it’s empirically proven that a well-informed beverage team increases your odds of success. Sommelier Robert Taylor manages arguably the city’s loveliest Italian lineup—showcasing gorgeous bottles in the two-digit range and exhilarating nebbiolo depth—and GM Megan McKinnon is a seasoned vino vet herself. A deep bench helps: On a recent visit, a clued-in server whisked us away on an impromptu Friulano mini tour. Charles Hotel, One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, benedettocambridge.com.