Wellness is about more than just breaking a sweat three times a week; it’s about taking care of your mind, body, and soul. This Zen retreat in Scituate lives by that mantra, tempering its approachable barre and cross-training classes with restorative treatments such as meditation, reiki, and massage (bonus points for therapies tailored especially to clients undergoing cancer treatments). A waterfront perch adds to the gloriously relaxing vibe. bewellstudios.net.
You already know this South End boutique for its modern furnishings and home accessories. Now discover Lekker Home’s softer side, courtesy of a luxe linen collection with everything you need for a lifetime of pampering: Sasawashi scrub towels to keep your skin looking fresh, a super-soft Blacksaw throw for movie nights, and a crisp set of Area bed sheets to sink into later. 1313 Washington St., Boston, MA lekkerhome.com.
Frustrated that she couldn't find bedding to satisfy her fierce aesthetic and quality standards, interior designer Eileen Patterson started her own custom line. The sheet sets, made with stratospheric-thread-count organic cottons, all feature hand- and machine-embroidery options—and put those impossibly expensive off-the-shelf brands to shame. 1 Design Center Pl. #324, Boston, MA 2210, pattersongroup.com.
A good pair of sunglasses possesses a strange power to make you look and feel glamorous, even when you're slumming it in sweats. Lunette Optic has long been our trusted guide to finding such shades. Pros whisk you from case to case, pointing out the right style for your face and the level of protection and price you're seeking. Ready to splurge? Check out the specs from Tom Ford and Barton Perreira. 121 High St., Boston, MA lunetteoptic.com.
Whether you're looking for a gift or for your own personal use, no other store is more fun to browse in for writing, wrapping, and special occasion papers. Rugg Road carries an unusual and beautiful selection— sold by the sheet or by the box— that is a nice departure from the ubiquitous Crane's stationary, and great for customized invitations. Its heavy stock writing paper is email's most valiant enemy. 105 Charles St., Boston, MA .
Egyptian cotton? Please, darling—we only sleep on silk (and cashmere in winter). At the tony Pratesi, no fabric is too soft, no thread count too high, for the extravagant sheets that lay beneath lace coverlets, delicately embroidered shams, and silk-lined cashmere throws. Even babies get in on the action, with fluffy receiving blankets and tiny terry robes. 110 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, pratesi.com.
Peace and quiet don't come cheap. (If you have to ask how much, sweetie, you can't afford it.) But the Ranch's formula for relaxation is worth every buck: no cell phones, no booze, no table salt, and plenty of yoga and pampering. And since the resort's amenities also include nutrition classes and cooking demos, you're guaranteed to leave not only your stress behind, but a few pounds as well. 165 Kemble St., Lenox, MA 1240, canyonranch.com.
A narrow beach used to connect Chappa-quiddick to Martha's Vineyard, but the sea breached the divide in 2007, and a 300-yard channel now separates thetwo. Don't let that deter you. Take the ferry from Edgartown and spend a day exploring "Chappy," which boasts 1,000 acres of preservation land. Sign up for the Cape Poge Lighthouse Tour, and a guide will pick you up at the ferry, drive you along the beach, and take you up into the lighthouse for sweeping views of the area. thetrustees.org.
Amy Finegold knew the suburbs had style before anyone else did—she brought it there. Her two-year-old Andover shop is filled with up-and-coming designers and old favorites such as Filippa K, Charlotte Tarantola, Ted Baker London, Vince, and Ella Moss. Fashions range from sweat suit casual to party perfect, accessible to cutting edge. Whatever and wherever the occasion, Finegold will personally find the outfit that helps you fit in. 2 Elm Sq., Andover, MA 1810, dresscodestyle.com.
Let's be clear: Gyms are not health clubs. They are not about watercooler antics and needless amenities; they are about sweating. Period. And with its slew of state-of-the-art equipment (strength-training machines, free weights, treadmills, Stairmasters, bikes, and ellipticals), that's what Fitcorp's Prudential Center flagship is about. There's also a diverse mix of fitness classes and programs, and a full-time fitness training staff. All of that should be motivation enough for anyone. Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA fitcorp.com/.
Floral innovation is in full bloom at Artemisia, the downtown showcase for arrangements that run from delicately tied bundles of tiny daisies to huge, sweeping bunches of irises, roses, and lilies. Exquisite, spare designs—say, planted hyacinths, pussywillows, and roses—are a specialty. But the real kicker here is the personal service, which includes plenty of one-on-one time with the florally proficient employees. 327 Summer St., Boston, MA .
Mango's shop, The Image Maker, at 28 Boylston St. in Cambridge, is the favorite of our art director, Sam Savage, who should know about these things. For one thing, Savage says, Mango managed to clear up some pictures he could barely see on the contact sheet. "We give quality prints without killing on the price," Mango says. The Image Maker also has one-day developing service. The Image Maker, 28 Boylston St., Cambridge, MA .
You probably think of Avalon as a dance club. Well, okay, it is a dance club. But it's also the perfect venue for live music, large enough to lend an arenaful of adrenaline to some of the biggest names in rock, but small enough so you can get up close and catch the sweat from the likes of Garbage and Rufus Wainwright. A recent multi-million-dollar renovation both increased the size and improved the acoustics. But it's still general admission—so just showing up early scores a spot in the front row. 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, MA .
Where else but in this sketchy warehouse could we find so many films we've never seen before? The scope of the Oasis collection boggles the brain: What do you feel like tonight, honey? Sorority Babes in the Slime Bowl-a-Rama or Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death? Neither, sweetie. Let's just cuddle in front of A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell. 625 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA .
We love the aptly named EcoClean in part because its proprietary supplies are made from sustainable materials, keeping things green, safe, and pleasantly unscented. But we also love them because they arrive on time and get to work in a whirlwind of efficiency. They might even surprise youone day we came home to find our balcony swept of a winter’s worth of debris. Nice touch. ecocleanboston.com.