Knowledgeable and articulate, he writes his own copy and reads it with the conviction that sports coverage is a serious business. MA
Finally—equal access to tickets for the rest of us! The charming Graham-Gund-designed booth at Copley Square allows residents and office workers in the Back Bay to compete for discount tickets with the tourists roaming Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Hey, when you're good, you're good—and the pulse-quickening smorgasbord of sweets showcased here definitely merits an award of its own. 1621 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 2446, athansbakery.com.
Zero humdrum sundaes here. Dig into exotic shaved ice, crazy mounds of fruit, and Christina's ice cream, scooped by one sweet staff. 141 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 2134, .
Muffin lovers are in for a treat—and some tough choices—at this Navy Yard spot (try the cranberry-almond). 39 1st Ave., Charlestown, MA 2129, americanbakerscafe.com.
Creamy gelato, oh-so-sinful truffles, fudge and candy of all stripes—you name it, and the folks at Bon Bon will dish it out. 197A Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 2115, .
This cheerful shop in Back Bay offers a selection of creative, user-friendly items for the home—hand-painted furniture, small handmade gift items. The staff is particularly helpful, especially if you're trying to pick something up for that person who has everything. 216 Clarendon St., Boston, MA .
This year French-American husband-and-wife team Pierre and Susan Guerin revamped the menu and ratcheted up the service at their Oak Bluffs café, effecting a vast improvement on what was already a pretty sweet place. Vegetarians enthuse over the meaty wild mushroom strudel, while the lemon-infused pasta with fresh shellfish and the tender steak in a Paris-grade bordelaise are can't-miss propositions for carnivores. One thing, though, remains happily unaltered: the romantic white-lit garden patio. 63 Circuit Ave., Oak Bluffs, MA 2557, sweetlifemv.com.
Some family. Even his daughter Ethel disinvited him to her high school graduation. How like a serpent's tooth.
"Majestic" hardly does justice to the landscape at Crane, where sand-swept hills roll sweetly to a pristine shore. To the north, Plum Island creates a welcome barrier from rough surf, while a ban on watercraft and gear keeps man-made disturbances to a minimum. Most visitors are content to soak up the tranquil beauty. However, this beach is also a wildlife refuge, meaning its five-plus miles of trails may reward hikers with glimpses of rare species. 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 1938, .
899 Main St., Cambridge, MA 2139, tosci.com.
In a neighborhood graced with over half a dozen worthy bakeries, peerless Italian pastries and cookies make Boschetto's the king. 4172 Washington St., Roslindale, MA 2131, aboschettobakery.com.
The chocolate chip macaroons alone are worth the trip to the cheerful, family-friendly outpost behind the Boston Children's Museum. 1595 Washington St., Boston, MA 2118, flourbakery.com.
Walking tour flyer available at the Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau information booth, 147 Tremont Street, on Boston Common. If you don't know who Margaret Fuller, Myrna Vasquez, Melnea Cass, and Amy Beach were, you had better take the tour.