South Kingstown is the newest location opening in 2013 of Rock Spot Climbing’s multiple locations, where colorful footholds and route markers sprawl along artificial rocks create diverse climbing surfaces for every major discipline. Dozens of top-rope stations challenge climbers to scale the wall in safety, whether belayed by a human companion or hooked up to an auto-belay unit that reduces the risk of conversation. Meanwhile, others eschew ropes in order to tackle bouldering routes—low-altitude obstacles littered with arches, steep faces, and caves—and lead climbers set their own anchors as they scale the wall. The climbing courses vary for all skill levels, ranging from sheer faces with ample handholds to cliffs for expert climbers and lemmings. Cardio machines let athletes warm up or cool down between climbs, and instructors lead afterschool classes to teach kids the art of competitive climbing.
Communication is key at Massage Mantra, where a team of seven licensed massage therapists encourages clients to describe their pains and stresses and listens closely in order to structure treatments suitable to their needs. Once they have taken your input to heart, they stretch out their nimble hands and begin to soothe muscles with one of six available bodywork modalities, from reiki treatments that calibrate the body's energy levels to sports massages that methodically extract hockey pucks lodged between muscles. A roster of skin-specific facials complements the massages’ inner healing with infusions of nourishing vitamins that promote a healthy outer glow.
Located at 151 Milk St, Max's is local favorite for deli sandwiches, but is also well known for serving up delicious, affordable catering options to offices in Boston and Cambridge. Delivery is free anywhere within the Financial District. Max's portions are more than generous, and the food is assembled with love from the finest ingredients. They provide all the necessary paper goods, silverware and serving utensils. To save plastic, these tree huggers will even pick up any reusable serving ware. Max's Deli has been making fine deli dishes for 16 years, which in deli years is less like a pubescent teenage driving school pupil and more like a dignified, middle aged chef with youthful energy and gracefully greying hair. The kind of neighborhood chef everyone loves. Did we mention Max's Deli makes Cajun Shrimp Skewers and Rice Pilaf that are out of this world? Why, Max's Deli may be Boston's most eligible bachelor.
Andale quickly and efficiently sates mid-day hungers with quality Mexican fare from its parent restaurant, Zócalo Cocina Mexicana. A grilled chicken or vegetable mole (enriched mild chocolate chile sauce) burrito favorito stuffed with rice, beans, pico de gallo and cheese ($5.95) is a handheld meal unto itself and fits easily into most car cupholders. Ricardo's quesadilla nestles chicken or portabella mushrooms between flour tortillas with onions, pico de gallo, jalapeños on a bed of salsa verde and rojo sauce ($6.25). The nuestras famosas carnitas verdes enchiladas lock braised shredded pork, rice, beans, pico de gallo and sour cream ($6.26) into a cheese-sprinkled corn-coffin so that it can be buried deep inside your stomach. Office escape artists can bring joy to coworkers and mole sauce to their bellies by returning to the cubicle camp laden with Andale's tamales in chicken or vegetable varieties ($3.95).
At the age of 16, Matthew "Matty" Hughes became the youngest-ever licensed captain in the port of Boston. Funneling his passion into a career, he founded Boston Harbor Cruises in 1926 to lead tours up the Charles River. What began as a two-man, one-boat operation has grown tremendously throughout its more than 90-year history, now encompassing a 21-boat fleet and more than 250 employees who transport more than 2 million passengers.
The Boston Harbor Cruises's staff handles all things nautical, from whale watching and speedboat tours to wedding receptions and celebrations for special occasions. Because dolphins are hard to saddle and refuse to obey verbal commands, Boston Harbor Cruises also navigates the waters with ferries and harbor cruises that explore the historic and romantic sights of Boston.
Though the leadership has changed, Matty's grandchildren Rick and Chris Nolan still perpetuate the traditions of Boston Harbor Cruises, furthering one man's obsession with the harbor and inspiring future generations to create their own memories on its calm waters.
This small locally-owned business, with at least three locations in Boston, is a favorite with the lunch crowd that wants high-quality food served up fast. Though service is speedy, Viga, which offers mostly Italian cuisine, is no fast-food joint. Breads and pastries are baked fresh daily, and the owners promise that they use the freshest dairy, meat and vegetable products available. The menu features a variety of pizzas, pasta, salads and pastries. Calzones, perfect for a lunch on the go, are filled with mozzarella and parmesan and can be customized with ingredients like chicken and broccoli, steak, grilled vegetables and much more. Daily specials make sure frequent diners – and there are plenty – don’t get bored with the menu. The Financial District branch runs like a well-oiled machine, with customers pushing through the warm, brick-walled space to grab quick-service meals, cold case drinks and snacks, before heading out the door.