Quick, it’s 3 p.m. and you’re peckish from a grueling afternoon bolstering the Newbury Street economy. Where to pop in for pristine bivalves and a chilly glass of curated Chablis? Saltie Girl, open all day every day, is our favorite solution to the first-est of first-world problems. Here’s to the meticulous shuckery, the handy cheat sheets ("small, briny, cucumber"), and the ingenuity of eye-droppers for doling out hot sauce and bracing mignonette. 281 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 02116, saltiegirl.com.
The hardest part of a vacation is making sure everyone has a good time. At Ocean Edge, however, that’s never a problem. Looking to work up a sweat? Swing a club or paddle a kayak. Need to entertain the kiddos? Keep ’em busy with kite-making and scavenger hunts. Longing for some time all to yourself? Lounge on the private beach or check into the spa. No matter how you spend your trip, you’ll want to find time at sunset to roast s’mores ’round the beach fire. 2907 Main St., Brewster, MA 02631, oceanedge.com.
No need for hiking boots and day packs at this nexus of nature and urbanity. A stroll through Medford's Torbert MacDonald State Park provides ample fodder for urban birders, with sightings of red-tail hawks common. And though the stresses of the daily grind are just a few steps away, the sweeping views of the Mystic River and winding walking paths will make them feel a world away. 4253 Mystic Valley Pkwy., Medford, MA 02155, .
When MIT scientists are the brains behind your hair care, you know you’re getting the most effective product. The Cambridge-based Living Proof team invented and patented new molecules that protect your tresses and provide next-level volume. We’re obsessed with the Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo, which removes dirt and sweat from hair without an ounce of water. livingproof.com.
Want a classic chignon with loose tendrils? Or how about soft waves that’ll hold their shape from ceremony to reception? Demiche’s team of stylists specializes in elegant, swept-back looks that perfectly frame and highlight your features. And with a flair for constructing braided bridesmaid styles, Demiche has your A-team covered, too. 7 Lincoln St., Wakefield, MA 01880, demiche.com.
If you don’t like to sweat, B/spoke’s cycling classes are not for you. Those who relish getting drenched in the name of a good, clean workout, however, will appreciate this studio’s state-of-the-art bikes, pump-you-up tracks, and peppy instructors, who use hand weights and core work to target more than just the legs in heart-pounding sessions. Amp up your experience with B/spoke’s "hot" ride, a hilly adventure in sizzling temps, and feel the burn. 101 Federal St., Boston, MA 02110, bspokestudios.com.
Need to grab groceries for your next dinner party? Set up a last-minute car inspection? Don't sweat it—just call Fini Concierge, a small firm that helps busy people all over Massachusetts find the assistance they need. Choose from the _ la carte service list, or opt for a monthly membership—either way, Fini will get it all done, leaving you free to tackle the next 50 things on your mile-long to-do list. 665 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215, finiconcierge.com.
Whether you’re after soft, side-swept curls or a play on the classic French twist, your locks are safe in traveling stylist Stacey Kuehn’s hands. Kuehn, who’s worked with such celebrity clients as Taylor Swift and Gwyneth Paltrow, draws from years of editorial experience to create wedding-day ’dos that look like they came straight out of the pages of a fashion magazine. staceykuehn.com.
Take it off, you say? We say piling it on can be much sexier. In addition to its sweat-inducing shoe and handbag departments, the bilevel Copley Place location packs in a blindingly comprehensive range of shades by Lanvin and Oliver Peoples, wallets by Goyard, and headbands and hats by Jennifer Ouellette, Eugenia Kim, and Zimmerman. In cooler months, you'll find a mélange of cozy-chic scarves, gloves, and socks. Bring it on! 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 2116, barneys.com.
Tired of sweating on prehistoric equipment in dimly lit subterranean weight rooms? Head to Fitcorp at the Prudential Center, where floor-to-ceiling windows lend natural light to rows of treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, and free weights. Convenient schedules—and affordable parking—make it a cinch to get to classes including circuit boxing, power yoga, and tai chi. The clean locker rooms and courteous trainers will keep you running back for more. Prudential Center, Boston, MA fitcorp.com/.
When we're working out to Gaga alongside 20 perfect strangers, we like to follow one rule of thumb: Don't stop moving. And no one keeps us going like Dossas, whose energetic routines—whether in Kettlebell Knockout or Hard Body Meltdown classes—are unfailingly synchronized to heart-pumping beats. If we ever pause while Dossas is teaching, it's only to wipe away the sweat. 131 Dartmouth St., Boston, MA 2116, equinox.com.
A self-described "yoga mutt," Ame Wren borrows liberally from various yoga traditions, and even incorporates music and dance—the result being a more intense, less snoozy workout. Be prepared to sweat when you register for her classes at Equinox, Sports Club/LA, and North End Yoga. Be prepared to have fun, too, especially at her hip-hop yoga class at Back Bay Yoga. Cambridge, MA amewren.com.
Outdoor dining is a great way to see the city from every angle — and that's exactly why we love Eastie’s waterfront Reelhouse, which offers uncommonly sweeping skyline views to accompany its specialty spritzes and global cuisine. Plus, it’s just a short walk away from the Tall Ship, its new sibling oyster bar located aboard an actual 245-foot vessel moored at a pier. 6 New St., East Boston, MA 02128, reelhouseboston.com.
There's a myth that says running requires nothing more than comfortable sneakers and willpower. Untrue: If you're serious about the sport (or are merely trying to look as if you are), you're also going to need some sweat-wicking shorts and shirts, a cardiac monitor, several pairs of cushy socks, a hat and/or sunglasses, maybe a windbreaker, and, oh yeah, one of those belts that holds little water bottles. Marathon Sports has all the gear you need, and some you probably don't. And its running-obsessed staff is clued in and honest enough to help you sort out which is which. 671 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 2445, marathonsports.com.
The Sports Club/LA has staked its claim as the city's most exclusive urban country club. Members have full use of the seemingly countless treadmills, free weights, basketball and squash courts, and swimming pool, not to mention spinning, yoga, and Pilates classes. But it hardly ends there. This club also features dry-cleaning services, babysitting, a full-service salon and spa, and a gourmet restaurant, blu, that serves up a special low-fat, health-conscious menu. And while it may be uncomfortable to break a sweat with so many beautiful people lurking around, that's not a bad thing: The club is one of the best places in town for singles to mingle. 4 Avery St., Boston, MA boston.sportsclubla.com/.