The essentials for a good night’s sleep don’t change with the trends. Since 1987, this Beacon Hill store has been catering to our restful needs with high-thread-count bedding from established brands like Yves Delorme and Sferra, plush robes from Laurence Tavernier, and silk pajamas from PJ Harlow. And to make your waking hours a little dreamier, it also stocks a selection of scented soaps and soft Egyptian-cotton towels. 52 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, linensonthehill.com.
Housed in a building dating to 1776, this Provincetown inn eschews the floral ruffled bed skirts typical of historically minded B & Bs in favor of crisp white duvets, restored hardwood floors, and inspired breakfast options. Add in the saltwater pool opening this summer, and you may never want to take the short walk to Commercial Street. 90 Bradford St., Provincetown, MA 2657, ebenhouse.com.
This highbrow pizzeria may have a few new outposts, but it was here where Cambridge's technorati first learned to love those perfectly charred and chewy pies. For brunch, try the hangover-slaying "Hot Mess" in a screaming-hot skillet. 500 Technology Sq., Cambridge, MA 02139, areafour.com.
Several craft-beer haunts opened this year, but our hops-loving hearts still belong to the Publick House. Draft selections in the triple digits and a phone-book-thick menu don't always make a great beer bar, so we especially appreciate its carefully curated draft and bottle list. The amiable staff of beer experts, excellent food, and dark, oaky ambiance seal the deal. 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, thepublickhousebeerbar.com.
For more than two decades, Angela and Seth Raynor have provided prime people-watching on their outdoor patio. The brunch is top-notch, too, with Sunday-morning saviors like chicken and waffles, lump-crab-stuffed avocado, grilled banana bread, and, naturally, a bacon bloody mary. 12 Federal St., Nantucket, MA 02554, boardinghousenantucket.com.
To find espresso this good—hot and potent, with a nutty crema—served sans withering disdain is a rare thing indeed. 500 Technology Sq., Kendall Square, MA 2139, areafour.com.
Carb addicts, allow us to introduce you to your downfall: Monk's Frites at the Publick House. A mere $6 gets you a shareable portion of hand-cut fries worth their weight in Yukon gold. These not-too-crispy, not-too-soft pommes are lightly dusted with sea salt, wrapped in a traditional Belgian paper cone, and finally served up with a choice of two homemade dipping sauces (we can't get enough of the fresh herb mayo and the truffle ketchup). 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 2445, .
Sometimes a cozy haunt, sometimes a party den, the imported-beer mecca is consistently the square's best bet for elbow bending (and rubbing). 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 2445, .
Boston musician Fran Sheehan has put together an extensive, well-priced list at this North Shore establishment. 9 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA .
Service in this nondescript brick eatery in Quincy Center can be a bit slow, but the seafood dishes are some of the freshest we've found this side of Phuket, and well worth the wait. So are the unusual and savory specials—the Sizzling Combo, for example, a mix of squid, plump shrimp, and juicy tenderloin. 1472 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA .
While the crowds at Ikea load up their minivans with pre-boxed goods, savvy homeowners hunt for their furnishings at family-owned empire Cabot House. Here's where upscale American brands like Ralph Lauren Furniture, Sealy, Baker, and Thomasville mingle in posh, roomlike settings. Can't fit it all into your Land Rover? Sorry, quality like this doesn't come flat-packed. 266 Main St., Weymouth, MA 2188, cabothouse.com.
She'll deliver the spread to your door, and it's delicious. Twenty-four dollars buys quiche, Perrier, French bread, sweet butter, broccoli and eggplant in a shallot vinaigrette, and pears with crème chantilly. She will also prepare more elaborate dishes (cold poached salmon, with sauce verte) and choose your wine (Maxwell used to be the sommelier at the Parker House). 266-8277.
Islanders know that the best fish on the Vineyard isn’t by the harbor, it’s by the airport. (No, they’re not flying anything in.) The Fish House, a new seafood market/takeout spot from a young island couple, is slinging catch so fresh they’ll even tell you who reeled it in. Their com- mitment shows in to-go classics such as fried clam bellies and boiled lobster din- ners, as well as more modern favorites like tuna poke bowls. Tucked off Edgartown-West Tisbury Road right next to the package store, it’s an islanders’ secret—or at least it was. 17 Airport Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539, thefishhousemv.com.
The selection of coveted craft brews has long been the main attraction here. But it’s a good thing that dry, fruity Belgian-style ales—the backbone of owner David Ciccolo’s beer list—also pair so well with food: New chef Joe Cooke has upped the ante on the Publick House’s culinary program big time, sourcing whole pigs and sustainable seafood for menu upgrades such as house-cured bacon and frequently changing crudo. 1648 Beacon St., Brookline, MA publickhousebrookline.com.