Tight fairways, manicured greens, and well-marked tee boxes make this inner-city gem a pleasure and a challenge. Nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood, this par 7 course designed by Donald Ross attracts weekend duffers and irksome weekday sneak-ons (where did that threesome in front of us come from?!). So be prepared to cool your heels and your temper: This is urban golf in the Age of Tiger, after all. Still, it's easier than you'd think to get a tee time. Love the Tudor clubhouse, and the reduced fees when you flip a Boston ID ($21 weekdays, $24 weekends). 420 West St., Hyde Park, MA .
With pristine dunes surrounded by windswept marshes, a lighthouse at its far end, public parking, and a refreshment stand that serves a mean chocolate frappe, this is one seriously idyllic place. For nonresidents, there's plenty of reasonably priced public parking. Better yet, there are still areas left where the crowds are relatively thin, so if you don't feel like enduring your neighbor's predilection for Britney Spears, you don't have to. Canal St., Duxbury, MA .
Community Servings believes that “food is medicine.” But what happens when you’re not able to give your body the right dose? That’s where this J.P. nonprofit steps in, delivering medically tailored, homemade meals to those who are chronically ill or unable to shop and cook for themselves. Not only does the valiant team of volunteers do the cooking and delivering, it also offers nutrition courses for vulnerable populations—and plenty of opportunities for those who want to lend a hand. 179 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, servings.org.
From the pleasant people who take reservation to the early-edition daily newspapers, reading lights and phones in each car, Boston Coach has got it covered. Forty dollars will get you from downtown to Logan in the luxury of a snazzy Volvo ($45 from Cambridge). Limos are available as well. $60/ hour for a six-seater, $78/ hour for eight to ten people. You can make international arrangements, too. 1 Airforce Rd., Everett, MA .
Hubert Jessup's decision to hire Rory O'Connor as director of the Neighborhood News Network and its half-hour nightly telecast for Boston cable-TV subscribers.
Don't be fooled by its strip-mall location: Pho Bistro serves up uncommonly good soups, stir-frys, and other Vietnamese specialties. Be sure to order a bowl of pho, with flavor-rich broth that takes hours upon hours to prepare. Add whatever proteins you're craving (squid? flank steak? tripe?), and slurp it up with delight. 8 Pleasant St., Malden, MA 02148, phobistromalden.com.
There are two kinds of colorists: those who will do your bidding, no matter how ill advised, and those who will save you from yourself. Mario Russo’s Amanda Johnson is the latter. She’ll skillfully steer you away from, say, a ridiculous platinum-blond dye job and offer a far more flattering alternative, whether it’s perfectly even all-over color or subtle highlighting in all the right places. 9 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, mariorusso.com.
Your ill-fitting warehouse suits and casual-Friday carpenter jeans are getting you nowhere fast, mister. Time to pay a visit to Italian-born custom tailor Natale Agostino, who's schooled in the ways of the well-crafted suit. Whether it's a piece in Armani or Brioni fabrics tailored to Agostino's specifications or a full-out bespoke creation, he'll make sure you leave his store looking nicely proportioned. Today, a flattering suit; tomorrow, the world! 2001 Washington St., Hanover, MA 2339, natalesofhanover.com.
Cheap canned beer, microwave pizza, and straight cues—this 7-table pool hall is the real thing. Go Monday through Thursday for the special ($6 a head for five hours of play between 3 and 8 p.m.). It's $10 an hour at other times. Sully's is also a bona fide male zone—women should move in groups. 445 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA .
This spot lives by the mantra "Kane’s Donuts Are Love." Sink your teeth into one of its pillowy treats, and you’ll quickly understand why: Delighting dough devotees since the Eisenhower era, Kane’s has mastered flavors both classic (the glaze-drenched honey-dipped) and creative (the "turtle" with caramel frosting, drizzled dark chocolate, and crushed Heath bar). The cake- and raised-style offerings don’t skimp on toppings, either, so whether you pop into the original Saugus outpost or sidle up to the counter at the much newer Financial District spot, you’re guaranteed a mouthful of flavor with each bite. Multiple locations. 90 Oliver St., Boston, MA 02110, kanesdonuts.com.
Don't let those ill-dressed goombas on The Sopranos fool you: Nobody knows stylish sophistications like the Italians. The Napoli Couture collection at Ermenegildo Zegna is a strong case in point—suits and jackets made mostly by hand from superior fabrics exclusive to Zegna, among them superfine merino wool and the full, silky 15 Milmil 15; shoes, too, are distinguished by handwork and fine leather. The magnificent silk ties in micro-jacquard—heavy on assorted blue, pale blue, white, and red combinations this season—may very well knock your socks off. Not to worry: Zegna sells those, too. 39 Newbury St., Boston, MA zegna.com/.
A soothing hour of cleansing in a salon with a lovely ambience. 71 Newbury Street, Boston, MA .
By appointment only. A 1 1/2-hour pounding which will leave you as limp as spaghetti marinated in Adolph's. 1151 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA .
For five bucks an hour, let the good times roll. Free knee pads and tips on staying upright. 135 Charles Street South, Boston, MA .
Open, welcoming, and serving until the wee hours, it has twice the ambience and none of the stage lights or lines. 1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA .