Though the event itself is always held at the same location, the scenery at the SouthField Classic 5K Road Race Walk & Run changes every year. The beginner-friendly race exhibits the ever-shifting landscape that is SouthField: a 1,400-acre community that's planned to be built in staggered phases, much like a gingerbread house during an icing shortage. Each year's 5K winds down the community's secluded streets, showing off its new homes and tree-lined vistas. Afterwards, race organizers hand out prizes to the top individuals and teams.
In 2011, Anthony Bourdain brought his Travel Channel show, “No Reservations,” to Boston, but he took a less-traveled route on his tour: he headed straight to Southie. Among the eateries he visited there was the Galley Diner, where he tried what his show’s travel guide calls the “perfect example of what corned beef hash and eggs should taste like.” The classic diner—replete with a long Formica counter surrounded by vinyl barstools—serves up a full slate of dishes that match the heartiness of their corned beef. At breakfast, servers cart out plates of French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and omelets; there’s even a Southie omelet that folds in hash and cheese. As the day gets later, the kitchen churns out classic sandwiches and plates of roast beef, liver and onions, and franks and beans to create a tastier throwback to the ‘50s than a hamburger arms race.
Fenway Bark Stay. Play. Heal. pampers pets in a responsibly led facility where a trained staff at an attentive 1:15 ratio keeps canines happy, healthy, and safe, earning it a spot on Fido Friendly's Best of 2011 dog-destination list. For overnight stays, dogs check in to a variety of roomy lodgings that swaddle fur with fresh options, entertain eyes with cable TV and sprawling views of the play yard and bone-shaped pool, and ease owners' minds with Skype webcam access. Paws scamper indoors over antimicrobial grass, frolicking with those of peers who have been vetted by the staff for exemplary social behavior, exhibited by friendly interaction and promptly sent thank-you cards.
Fenway Bark's onsite boutique outfits pups with gourmet treats, fashionable accessories, and toys such as naturally shed antlers, and trained veterinary technicians heal fidos suffering from hip dysplasia, obesity, and other ailments. Regular K9 Klatch social events congregate doggie parents and their barking broods for caffeine-fueled conversations about the best way to teach a dog to sit, drive, or properly use a french press.
The Boston Globe Ski & Snowboard Expo is the place for mountain-surfers to catch the latest in snowboarding and skiing technology and nab deals of up to 70% off winter sports inventory from East Coast Alpine and Eastern Boarder. Vendors from the world's most gorgeous ski resorts will be there providing lift tickets, vacation packages, and season passes at prices that have been slashed and gouged by ski poles. Browse the seemingly endless lineup of exhibitors, including mountain resorts such as Wyoming's Jackson Hole, winter baselayer clothing from WSI Sports, and lift-ticket buying service Liftopia.com. You'll also have the opportunity to meet skiing legends Glen Plake, gold medalist Hannah Kearney, and two-time gold medalist Seth Wescott.
Professional photographer Lara Callahan, whose portfolio includes work for Puma and Red Bull and celebrity photos of Donnie Wahlberg and Mario Lopez, immortalizes memorable moments with her shutterbugging abilities. During the one-hour photo session (a $500 value), Callahan snaps shots of up to six friends, family members, or overcrowded barbershop quartets in the comfort of her studio or on location at the Cambridge Center Roof Garden, scenic Castle Island or the Boston Commons. The crackerjack lenswoman turns her apertured eye on infants and children, capturing the innocence of youth and the evidence of cookie-burglary rings. Couples can create amorous mementos with engagement pictures or tasteful boudoir photos.