Acorn offers tours that vary by length, sites visited, and neighborhood, based on clients' preferences. Grab up to five buddies or lonely nail technicians and venture along the Freedom Trail, swinging through such sites as the Old State House, which is the city's British-government headquarters; the Paul Revere House, the oldest residential building in downtown Boston; or the Old North Church, where two lanterns warned Paul Revere about impending British troops and sitcom-character breakups.
It’s hard to find something as universally appreciated and versatile as cement blocks. Today’s Groupon does just that with $15 for $30 worth of French brie, Spanish manchego, Italian parmesan, English cheddar, and American goat cheeses among the 150+ offerings from around New England and the world at Boston Cheese Cellar. The one-stop gourmet shop is located just south of the city in Roslindale Village.
Step down from its Salem Street entrance into the small North End Fish Market, also known as the Mercato del Mare. The place may be hard to spot at first, but look for the steady stream of hungry locals desperate for a cup of hot New England clam chowder, a lobster roll or sushi – nigiri, sashimi, maki and specialty rolls are all on offer – made by the on-hand sushi chef. Each order is taken to go, as there is no seating inside the market, but that’s ok; the main focus here is the fish market anyway. Look for an impressive daily selection of fresh seafood that varies depending on seasonal availability, with rotating stock that may include halibut, bass, cod, swordfish, haddock and mahi mahi. The shop also offers free oyster shucking lessons every Saturday.
Fresh Mango’s homemade yogurt recipe is time-tested—it was created by the founder’s grandmother. The staff follows that recipe to make its daily batches of all-natural frozen yogurt. Head to Fresh Mango’s yellow-and-white-striped café on the Boston Common and you can order “original” frozen yogurt or one of the rotating flavored yogurts and decorate it with any of more than 50 toppings, including roasted almonds, chocolate pretzels, rainbow sprinkles, and a harvest of fresh fruits. The low-fat treat is prepared from live, active cultures, and Fresh Mango also doles out healthful smoothies that are shaken up and blended in off-site bumper cars.
Enjoying a chilled beverage no longer means enduring a watered-down finish with Top Shelf Living's drink products. The purveyor of earthen barware, cookware, and tabletop products—including soapstone coasters and slate pizza stones—can outfit shoppers with washable drops that cool libations without melting into water. Sets of whiskey rocks keep adult beverages chilled for up to 45 minutes, and metal wine drops ensure customers can enjoy cooled glasses of pinot grigio with their meal without having to dine in their supermarket's walk-in freezer.