This trendy location includes beach gear. | Photo via Vrbo
Whether you’re looking to visit Boston in style for the weekend or are a local in need of an unforgettable staycation, we’ve compiled a list featuring 16extraordinary rentals in our city that are worthy of a trip for you, your partner, the bestie, or the whole squad this year.
Just a heads up: Prices may vary depending on dates selected, taxes, and booking and cleaning fees (sorry, Airbnb and Vrbo make the rules, we just follow them).
The Hour of Lead | Friday, Jan. 20-Sunday, March 5 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | SoWa, 460 Harrison Ave., Boston | Free | Explore the fifth annual project by nine artists showcasing the absences, losses, and experiences that weigh on them.
Greensky Bluegrass | Friday, Jan. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | MGM Music Hall, 2 Lansdowne St., Boston | $32 | See the five-piece bluegrass jam band from Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Fenway music venue.
Saturday, Jan. 21
Boston Travel & Adventure Show | Saturday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 22 | Times vary | John B. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston | $11-$18 | Plan your next vacation at this showcase featuring hundreds of giveaways, live entertainment, and activities.
Lunar New Year Celebration | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 12-3 p.m. | Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St., Brookline | $5-$15 | Enjoy authentic Taiwanese style finger foods, games, and traditional art performances at this celebration.
Chunky Knit Pillow Workshop | Saturday, Jan. 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | CambridgeSide, 100 Cambridgeside Pl., Cambridge | $65 | Make two pillows during this workshop — it’s recommended guests have taken the Chunky Blanket or Chunky Stocking classes as preparation.
Sunday, Jan. 22
Pinball Tournaments | Sunday, Jan. 22-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Silhouette Lounge, 200 Brighton Ave., Allston | Free to attend | Calling all pinball wizards — entry to the weekly tournament is $5.
Drag Bingo | Sunday, Jan. 22 | 6 p.m. | Time Out Market Boston, 401 Park Dr., Boston | Free | Play bingo for an hour, watch the show, and win prizes at the food hall.
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The ManRaynightclub in Cambridge’s Central Square has returned after nearly two decades, just down the street from the original location at 40 Prospect St. The revamped club will offer programming as an alternative underground spot with DJs, live music, and weekly themed nights. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
Boston Medical Center and the Celtics have teamed up to create a new mobile health care unit for mothers and babies. The healthcare van will make ~2,000 visits a year to postpartum patients in low income communities across Boston. The program is expected to launch later this winter. (CBS Boston)
Things are about to get spicy at Shore Leave. The South End restaurant and bar is bringing back the Guest Chef Series on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with Chef Alex Nystedt and the Hot Chix Boston team. Make reservations now to try the Nashville hot chicken, hot honey tenders, and Old Bay waffle fries. 🍗
Before the Red Sox travel to Fort Myers to begin spring training, catch them one last time at Winter Weekendin Springfield today and tomorrow. Fans can expect current and former player appearances, panel discussions, photo opportunities with the World Series trophies, and complimentary snacks + refreshments. Tickets start at $50. ⚾
If you just can’t wait to see the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience in Boston, we have good news. The new immersive show will arrive on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 130 Columbia Ave. Tickets start at $40.
Lunar New Year begins on Sunday, Jan. 22. Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit(or the Year of the Cat in Vietnam) at one of these community gatherings in the Greater Boston area through Thursday, Feb. 9.
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The average cost of rent for an apartment in Boston is $3,800. | Photo by @photosbyj2
In a city where approximately65% of the residents rent, it was only a matter of time before the door opened for a rent stabilization plan. This week, Mayor Wu shared a rent control proposal to an advisory board.
Here’s what we know:
The plan would limit annual rent increases to6% plus the consumer price index, and landlords could not surpass the maximum of a 10% raise per year.
It would include “just cause” eviction protection for tenants.
The policy would not apply to newer apartment buildings built within the last 15 years and small owner-occupied properties, like triple-deckers.
This is the first rent control proposal in Boston in 30 years. In 1994, Massachusetts residents voted to ban rent control across the state, which was only in place in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline at the time. Any proposal would require approval from the City Council + lawmakers on Beacon Hill.
Today’s issue was written by Jessica.
Editor’s pick: Celebrate a classic drink at a local distillery tonight. Head to Short Path Distillery in Everett from 5 to 11:30 p.m. for Old Fashioned Night, where you can sip Old Fashioned flights or build your own from a variety of spirits, syrups, and bitters. Cheers to crafty local cocktails. 🥃
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