Boston Magazine Issue

Travel

Falling for Vermont

Yes, there are pretty leaves. Tons of them, actually. But October in the Green Mountain State is about a lot more than merely ogling foliage.

Education

Boston Is Back to School: What You Need to Know

This September isn’t exactly what students, teachers, or parents imagined on the last day of classes in June. Still, at a time of great uncertainty, one thing is sure: The kids are finally going back. If you find yourself riddled with anxiety and asking an avalanche of questions as your child transitions to in-person learning, rest assured you’re not alone.

Feature

City Life

The Battle for Franklin Park

Inside the clash that’s pitting Boston’s progressive activists against one another.

City Life

Crossing the Finish Line

On the eve of their first in-person events since 2019, longtime Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Grilk and Head of the Charles regatta executive director Fred Schoch reflect on the defeats and victories of the past year and a half.

City Life

This Man Created a Monster

Thirty years ago, MIT professor Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and altered the course of human history. Now, in the face of misinformation, malicious behavior, and the exploitation of personal data online, he’s determined to slay the beast it has become.

Life & Style

Bright Lights, Big City

Bold patterns, look-at-me colors, and fun, flirty silhouettes—let fall’s most glamorous looks take you wherever you want to go this season.

City Life

Don’t Nantucket My Newburyport

Famed developer Steve Karp helped transform Nantucket into a glitzy island paradise. Then he set his sights on the seaside jewel of the North Shore. Turns out the townspeople had other plans.

Education

The Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston

We crunched the numbers to come up with our annual guide to the top-performing schools in the region. How does your child’s school stack up?

City Life

Will We Ever Solve the Childcare Crisis?

We live in one of the most innovative and progressive regions in the country—not to mention one of the richest. Yet Massachusetts is also the state with the most expensive childcare in the nation, which is crippling families, mostly working moms. Will we ever figure out how to solve the childcare crisis?

City Life

Lost at Sea

Nearly 40 years ago, five crewmates scrambled onto a dinghy after an unexpected storm sank their ship in the middle of shark-infested waters. Five days later, all but two were dead. Now, survivor Brad Cavanagh stitches together their final moments—and the enduring toll of making it out alive.

Restaurants

Chef Jen Royle Will Cook, Say, Tweet, and Do Anything She Likes

And that’s exactly why the sports jockey turned toque is redefining what it means to be a celebrity chef in Boston today.

Department

City Life

Grayer, but Stronger

After more than 18 months of pandemic life, how I learned to live with me, myself, and whoever this new person in the mirror is.

City Life

Shark Fight

In an ocean chock full of apex predators, two big-name shark researchers are out for each other’s blood. Will Cape Cod’s beaches ever be the same?

Arts & Entertainment

The Interview: Gail Samuel

The new head of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is a California girl with tons of experience and celeb cachet. Can she remake the institution for a new generation?

Education

The Survivor

As a high school freshman, Jamie Forbes was sexually abused by a male teacher at Milton Academy, the elite school that sits on the land his Brahmin family donated. Now he’s out for justice—and to change the culture at private schools in Boston and beyond for good.

Arts & Entertainment

The Interview: Jenny Holaday

After months of pandemic-related ups and downs, new Encore president Jenny Holaday is betting she and her team can bring the crowds to the region’s only casino. Will the odds be in her favor?

City Life

A Voice Unheard

Black sports stars and comics from out of town often argue that the Hub is America’s most racist city. Many white residents disagree. But guess whose perspective almost no one is listening to? Black Bostonians’.

City Life

The Interview: Callie Crossley

From the upcoming mayoral race to racism, the award-winning GBH on-air personality isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.

City Life

Why I Don’t Like Golf but Learned to Play Anyway

Hint: It isn’t because of the recent boom in popularity (and it definitely has nothing to do with the clothes).

Beacon

Restaurants

Dining Out: Just One Small Catch

An unlikely rule of thumb for landing a stellar meal at Atlántico, the South End’s new(ish) seafood-focused tapas spot: Skip the tapas.

Arts & Entertainment

The Show Must Go On

From concerts and musicals to drag competitions, live events are back in Boston—and you’re not going to want to miss out.

City Life

Your Guide to Marijuana Dispensaries in Massachusetts

Whether you’re seeking a slick, high-tech vibe or a more artsy ambiance to buy your pot, look no further.

Fashion + Style

Life & Style

Present Perfect

An eclectic new boutique brings the gift of IRL shopping to Brookline Village.

Life & Style

A Top-Flight Ring, Plus Four More of Sandy Edgerley’s Favorite Things

The philanthropist and cofounder of Boston’s buzzy new members-only club, the ’Quin House, shares a few of her fall must-haves.

Travel

Boston Traveler: North Conway, New Hampshire

Leave the skis behind and get ready to peep the White Mountains’ peaks from a whole new perspective this month.

Style

Tickled Pink

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, five fab beauty finds that’ll help you feel good and do good.

Style

Best Foot Forward

It’s not just kids who could use a fresh pair of kicks come September—everyone deserves to step into autumn with new shoes. Here’s where to score the best.

Life & Style

Liquid Gold

The buzzy, honey-infused personal-care brand Ivyees lands on the South Shore.

Travel

Boston Traveler: Portland

Craft beer, craft coffee, and history around every corner: Maine’s liveliest city is reinvigorating New England’s classic traditions.

Life & Style

Nice Wheels

’Tis the season to make the most of the area’s streets and trails.

Style

Island Style

Summer isn’t over yet—just ask the creator of this new Nantucket-inspired clothing line.

Style

Sweet Sloops, and Five Other Treats Meredith Melling Is Craving This Month

The La Ligne cofounder and former Vogue editor, who spends summers with family on the Vineyard, shares the six things she seeks out in her home state.

Wellness

Get Outside!

A silver lining of the pandemic? Al fresco fitness classes are here to stay.

Other

Arts & Entertainment

If You Keep Turning Right, Can You Make It Out of Any Corn Maze?

The secret to navigating any of the dozens of corn mazes sprawling across New England might not be the method at all— but the execution.

Restaurants

What’s a Massachusetts-Style Hot Dog, and Why Haven’t We Heard of It?

Every seasoned grill professional knows about Chicago and New York dogs. But what about the Bay State variety?

Arts & Entertainment

Where Can I Find Some Great Car Culture in New England?

There are plenty of high-octane day trips right here where you can rev your engines.

Home Design

Home & Property

Spaces: Room for the Imagination

A pair of art enthusiasts welcome an ever-evolving backdrop into their airy living space.

Sponsor Content

VIEW: Coldwell Banker Realty’s Listings of the Month

Buying a home in or around Boston right now? Check out Coldwell Banker Realty’s newest properties for sale.

Home & Property

Real Estate Showdown: A Sprawling Berkshires Beauty vs. an Open-Concept Stunner in J.P.

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market.

Home & Property

Spaces: A Breath of Fresh Air

Autumn’s chill is no match for this couple’s outdoorsy retreat.

Sponsor Content

VIEW: Coldwell Banker Realty’s Listings of the Month

Buying a home in or around Boston right now? Check out Coldwell Banker Realty’s newest properties for sale.

Home & Property

Real Estate Showdown: A Two-Story South End Condo vs. a Renovated Ranch in Winchester

It’s amazing what a few miles will do to the market.

Home & Property

Spaces: Barn Raising

Two New Englanders create a country retreat in their own yard.

Restaurants

Restaurants

Dining Out: A Deep (and Delicious) Dive

The Seaport’s bustling Nautilus Pier 4 scours global coastlines— and comes up with gold.

Restaurants

Dining Out: Less Is More

Dynamite drinks and Thai food are the ball game at Mahaniyom, where the sharply focused kitchen dares to not do everything.

Health

Wellness

Fit for Fall

After a summer of sun, sand, and maybe more than a few cocktails, here’s how five busy locals plan to work out this season.

Arts + Entertainment

Travel

The Guide: Boston Harbor Islands

How to get the biggest bang for your staycation buck.