Faraway Martha’s Vineyard
23 Kelly St., Edgartown
Stay at the Faraway: a 300-year-old Edgartown hotel, recently renovated, and skillfully balanced between a New England sense of propriety and a chic, modern sense of ease. The beachy interiors open onto private decks for lounging, the public spaces are high-ceilinged and swank, and the staff is friendly. It’s also right in the center of town, so you can walk or bike to everything.
55 Lee Rd., Lenox, MA 01240
Tucked into the rolling hills and lush forests of the Berkshires, Miraval’s newest property—a centuries-old Tudor-style mansion—is set on 380 acres of gorgeous New England landscape, with plenty of room for the adventurous to roam and the exhausted to relax (the resort takes its device-free policy seriously, making it the perfect place for a digital detox). In our experience, the best way to do any Miraval experience is to sweat, spa, sip, and repeat, and the options for getting your steps in are abundant: Hike or bike the secluded trails, explore Laurel Lake by paddleboard or kayak, hit the challenge course for some hatchet throwing (really), or take in a yoga or Pilates class. There’s even an aerial yoga studio, complete with an instructor to help you get lifted. Over in the spa, the menu changes with the seasons, but Ayurvedic treatments are always on, and so are masks—Miraval is taking COVID-19 seriously throughout the resort, and as of now, certain spa amenities are closed, appointments are staggered, and masks are required for most services—but that won’t make your kombucha facial any less indulgent. Mix in a beekeeping class,…
Caitlin Marino is an intuitive, a medium, and a certified Usui Tibetan Reiki Master. When she visited our offices a few years ago, she showed up with some crystals and a dowsing rod (an old-school divination tool that she uses to measure a person’s energy field) and completely blew us away with her one-on-one energy-healing sessions. Though Marino primarily works over the phone, she helps people all over the world clear out karma by creating customized distant energy sessions for them. She’s an outstanding healer, and she left us here at goop feeling lighter and more grounded.
40 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
One of Boston’s many charms is its history, evidenced by Symphony Hall, the Freedom Trail, and its other venerable landmarks. Another charm is the city’s willingness to embrace—and encourage—the new. This is evident in the Revolution, a new hotel in Boston’s South End that marries history with a progressive approach to hospitality. Let’s start with the space: A brooding midcentury building, it was once home to the local YWCA. The interiors have been completely transformed into a bright, artistic space, and the lobby features a colossal spray-painted mural by a local street artist. The hotel exudes a global hipster feel reminiscent of east Berlin. The rooms are small, efficient, and very impressive. Every inch of space is accounted for, from the smart placement of the cushy beds to the exposed closets. While some rooms contain a shower and bath, most require that you use a shared bathroom down the hall. (The bathrooms are sparkling clean and give you privacy.) And that brings us to the hospitality: The Revolution is all about inclusivity. The accommodations offer an affordable stay in a very expensive city. Every inch encourages engagement, including the…
There is no shortage of incredible Italian food in Beantown, which makes trekking ten minutes outside the city for eggplant Parmesan a hard sell. But Sinatra is worth it. It’s located in the sparkling new Encore, the sister location of the Vegas-based hotel and casino, which boasts an exquisite spa. The interiors are extravagant—crimson tablecloths, brass chandeliers, life-size drawings of Frank himself—but they make the night unforgettable. Because that’s the thing: You come here to celebrate something. (And when you have several hours to spend on dinner.) Start with the crema de cannellini with fresh lobster, the octopus and salty fried capers, and the arancini finished with truffle oil. Take a minute to sip your glass of Cabernet and listen to “My Way” playing in the background. Then go in for the Parmesan with fresh pomodoro and the spicy cioppino with fresh New England scallops, clams, and lobster. If you have room—and even if you don’t—the chocolate mousse with berries is a perfect ending.
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22 Centre St., Nantucket
Nantucket is a place of singular beauty—part classic New England idiosyncrasy and part salty, breezy, expansive beaches, with notes of fantastic fresh seafood, long bike rides, and inviting boutiques. And not for nothing: The greatest American novel ever written was inspired by these shores. But you hardly need to be a mad whaling captain to appreciate all that. We fell in love with the Massachusetts island the first time we packed a picnic basket and headed out to the lighthouse, so opening a goop pop-up store here was only logical. We tapped the founder of Ronen Lev to transform a former toy store into goop MRKT Nantucket—and the result is a Shaker-inspired haven filled with tonal neutrals and texture. The kitchen is painted the perfect shade of summer blue from Farrow & Ball. Shelves are well stocked with blush GreenPan cookware, Il Buco Vita serving platters, elegant wine glasses, and all the other accoutrements needed for a wonderful summer cookout. Then pick up the necessities for a post-party wind-down. Nothing beats smearing a thick layer of May Lindstrom’s miracle-working Honey Mud on your face while resting in a tub…
This old whaling island off the coast of Cape Cod is where you go if you want time to slow down—but not necessarily stop altogether. A day can be as mellow or as active as you wish: Pick a beach to lie out on or pick up a SUP; wander aimlessly through the immaculate little streets on a self-guided architecture tour or wander into the Nantucket Historical Association to learn a thing or two. With eighty-two miles of coastline to wade through, countless secret beach dunes to climb, three authentic New England lighthouses to gawk at, and one goop MRKT to work your way through, there’s no risk of getting bored. For a home base, choices are limited (the island is small), but the ones that exist—like the White Elephant (a landmark property right in the center of the harbor), Greydon House (designed by Roman and Williams) and a sprinkling of idyllic bed-and-breakfasts—are all perfect in their own uniquely Nantucket ways.
98 Charles St., Beacon Hill
This is the incredibly beautiful world of Good, a jewelry and home goods store as clean, minimal, and simple as its name.
All Too Human
236 Clarendon St., Back Bay
All Too Human is a concept store that was one of the first to put Boston on the radar of fashion’s most discerning shoppers.
Bobby from Boston
545 Washington St., Lynn
You should know from the outset: Bobby from Boston isn’t in Boston. But the place is that special—we had to include it.