Whether you’re craving an adventure, searching for some small town charm, or looking to hit the trails, there is no shortage of great towns to explore across the Bay State. In fact, there are 11 “best-kept secrets” featured on this list by World Atlas.
The good news is there is something for everyone within a day trip of Boston. Fill up the tank and journey out a little farther than the “Last of Us” recommends to see some new views.
For the adventure seeker: Adams, ~2 hours, 35 minutes
Reach the peak of our state and summit Mount Greylock, the tallest natural point in Massachusetts.
For the antique shoppers: Sheffield, ~2 hours, 35 minutes
There are more than 10 local antique shops in this town, including the antiques mall with 78,000+ sqft of treasures to find.
For the history buffs: Buckland, ~2 hours, 10 minutes
PAX East | Thursday, Mar. 23-Sunday, Mar. 26 | Times vary | Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston | $67 | Friends, families, and gamers from around the world can play new video games and meet the creators.
Ring in Spring Sip & Script | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 6 p.m. | Time Out Market, 401 Park Dr., Boston | $70 | Learn the basics of using a beginner’s calligraphy kit at the Fenway food hall.
Women in Hip-Hop Film Festival | Thursday, Mar. 23 | 12-6 p.m. | The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, 104 Mount Auburn St., 2R, Cambridge | Free | The Cambridge festival will explore the stories of influential female rappers + the future of hip-hop feminism.
Friday, March 24
Hyde Park Coffee Hour | Friday, Mar. 24 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Las Delicias Colombianas 2, 1231 River St., Boston | Free | Meet the neighborhood liaison Denyel Fonseca over a cup of coffee.
The Boston Turkish Film Festival | Friday, Mar. 24-Sunday, Mar. 26 | Times vary | Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston | $0-$27 | Help the MFA celebrate both recognized Turkish filmmakers and newcomers.
Saturday, March 25
Crane & Turtle Mizuhiki Bookmark Workshop | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. | Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $40 | Create a traditional Japanese craft using stiff paper cords for knots during this 90-minute workshop.
Sunday, March 26
South American Spirits Cocktail Class | Sunday, Mar. 26 | 2-4 p.m. | Fool’s Errand, 1377 Boylston St., Boston | $120 | The team behind Fenway’s “adult snack bar” will host a tasting of spirits + cocktails from South America.
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Dani’s Queer Bar is expecting to open by Thursday, June 1. The new bar for women and non-binary LGBTQ+ community members will be posting job opportunities and updates soon. Follow along to stay up to date and find local events.
A mural in Chinatown titled “Tied Together by a Thousand Threads” was restored by community members after it was vandalized during the pandemic. The Phillips Square mural was installed in July 2017 by the Asian Community Development Corporation. (Boston Globe)
A local startup called Soft Landing is offering edibles that can reduce the effects of consuming too much cannabis. Alice Stone and Eli Stoloff are testing the natural chocolates — the first round of survey responses have yielded ~80% effective results. (Boston Business Journal)
Sampled paint chips from the Tobin Bridge have revealed traces of lead in Chelsea. Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation plan to complete a full assessment and reach out to people living in the neighborhood. (7 News)
The City of Boston is hosting two compost certification programs for residents to gain practical knowledge, practice hands-on activities, and hear from guest speakers. The four weekly sessions at City Hall will be held on Saturdays. Dig in.
No. 2. That’s where the Bay State ranked on a 2023 list of the most innovative states. Massachusetts tied for first in the projected STEM job demand by 2030 + ranked first for the state’s innovation environment. (WalletHub)
It’s that time of year to freshen up your home’s aroma, and our online shop (Six & Main) has the perfect candles. Drift away to scents such as woods + berries by The Rustic House or ripe juniper in a reusable vessel by Plant Based Candles. That smells just about right.
Earlier this month, the US Department of Transportation awarded the City of Boston $1.8 million to create new community spaces in Chinatown. Here’s what we know about the “Reconnecting Chinatown” project.
The community is completing a study to add green space to the area above the highway between Shawmut Avenue + Washington Street. The location in question is also known as Parcel 21.
The study will examine future design guidelines for three other air-rights parcels from Harrison Avenue to Arlington Street — Parcels 19, 20 + 22 — which totalapproximately 1,750 ft.
Why is this important? There is not a lot of green space in Chinatown, which is divided by the highway. Connecting the neighborhood by adding new community spaces has been a long-time goal for local organizations.
The federal funding is expected within six months, then a local project manager can be hired for the two-year grant.
City councilors discussed a proposed ban on mini bottles of liquor at a council meeting yesterday. Chelsea has had a ban in place since 2018 and a recent volunteer cleanup picked up over 10,000 nips from Hyde Park. Let me know if you think the city should ban the mini bottles of booze.