The description for Unit 4105 in the forthcoming One Dalton skyscraper says it all: “You can almost see Cape Cod from this sky-high perch.” But if being removed from the street-level fray isn’t enough, there’s more to this Back Bay building that will join the Pru and 200 Clarendon as titans of the Boston skyline when it’s topped off early next year. Outside, a 5,000-square-foot park from landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh (Brooklyn Bridge Park and the under-construction Martin’s Park) will add some life to the formerly windswept parcel near the Christian Science Plaza.
Inside, the Four Seasons will manage the entire building and run a hotel on the first 23 floors, including a restaurant as well as a 20-meter lap pool, a spa, salon and fitness center. The residents-only Club Lounge will be located on the 50th floor, complete with a theater and a golf-simulator room so you can swing your 9-iron from the clouds. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the south-facing Unit 4105 ensure there will be plenty of sunshine in the 2,190-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom condo. In addition to the high-end appliances and finishes, the unit includes a study and a great room. Not sold on this specific price range? Don’t worry—units in One Dalton range from $3.25 million to $40 million.
One Dalton, onedalton.com
Photo credit: Matt Baldelli
Reebok takes the shoe-buying experience out of the box with its YourReebok customization shop. The brand’s new global headquarters in Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building houses its 7,600 square-foot flagship, where this ground-floor shop-within-a-shop focuses on craftsmanship over cookie-cutter kicks by offering one-on-one interactions with the store’s cobbler. Customers can get their hands on various materials and pick out their soles, laces, eyelets and colors. Those feeling crafty can get in on the action themselves, or wait about an hour to pick up their order, which ranges in price from $85 for suede to $115 for the full-grain leather option. “The Classic Leather was chosen as the first shoe for this custom program because of its timeless history,” says Paul Froio, Reebok’s vice president of U.S. retail. Although choosing colors that speak to your soles is a perk, the real treat is the leather. “The leather we use is a fine soft garment leather,” Froio says. “It’s kind of like slipping into a pair of your favorite slippers.”
Eataly Boston’s truffle-centric pop-up Il Tartufo returns this year with a new menu for the season. At La Piazza, guests can sample their way across various Italian regions while enjoying truffle-focused dishes such as salsiccia al tartufo and tajarin al burro through January. “Found underground in northern and central Italy, truffles are called ‘diamonds of the Italian kitchen’ and are considered culinary gold,” executive chef Jason Neve explains. “They add an element of luxury with their pungent, seasonal flavors.” For an extra touch of earthiness, diners can also add three grams of freshly shaved truffle to any plate for $45, elevating options like the uova con pane in crosta, a poached egg with housemade bread and truffle butter.
Il Tartufo, eataly.com
Photo credit: Paul Bowen/Bombardier
If Tom Brady & Co. do their part, Patriots fans can soar in style with up to 12 friends to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII thanks to Magellan Jets’ Super Bowl package ($66,750 for 6-7 people; $157,425 for 1o-13 people). Not only does the Quincy-headquartered company provide transportation to and from the game, but there’s also tailgate-in-the-sky service complete with your game-day favorites and decorated in the style of your preferred team—so lots of Flying Elvis, obviously. This year, passengers can also enjoy Triple Eight Distillery’s Notch 15-year whiskey (only available on-site at the Nantucket distillery) during the Super Bowl flights. Magellan also offers on-ground concierge services to ensure guests are set with tickets, reservations or other extras on the trip. For even more airtime, keep an eye out for Magellan’s Sikorsky helicopter program launching in late spring, offering trips for 6-7 passengers from Boston to Nantucket starting at $13,000—so you can enjoy some more of that Triple Eight whiskey in person.
Magellan Jets, magellanjets.com
Photo credit: Paul Cantrell
Photo enthusiasts, aviation lovers and thrill-seekers flock to Hover Boston’s doors-off helicopter ride above the city. Launched a couple of years ago, Hover Boston allows up to four passengers to enjoy unobstructed, panoramic views from 1,000 feet up with an open cabin/cockpit layout and removed doors. The tour company from Tuckamore Aviation welcomes smartphones and cameras and provides safety harnesses for each passenger to keep them secure as they lean over to capture the perfect shot. The Boston City Tour ($199 per person) is a 30-minute flight over iconic spots such as Fenway Park, Boston Common and the Prudential. But for those who seek even more scenic New England views, the 45-minute Boston Harbor Tour ($299 per person) allows you to get up close with the Graves and Boston lighthouses before circling back to glide over the city. “Honestly, the entire experience is exhilarating,” says operations manager Jeff Hubbard. “From the feeling you get lifting off vertically and taking in the views that stretch as far as New Hampshire, to then feeling like you could reach out and touch the skyline of the city.” The experience isn’t simply for adrenaline junkies: Each tour is led by a pilot with more than 3,000-hours experience in the air, making for a smooth, stable ride for passengers to take in the views and—for those feeling more adventurous—even dangle their toes out of the cabin. “We’re offering an experience from start to finish and not just a quick tour of the city,” Hubbard says. “Helicopters are a fun way to see the city and harbor, but flying with the doors off takes it to another level.”
Hover Boston, tuckamoreaviation.com/hover-on-boston
The Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop and Bar elevates wintertime cocktail sipping with its arctic-inspired igloos. On Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 to 10 pm, the public can pop into one of six domes decked out with area rugs, communal tables, eight to 10 chairs and warmed to a cozy 65 degrees through mid-April. Or customers at the Autograph Collection property can really feel the heat by grabbing a fleece blanket and opting for one of the newest specialty cocktails whipped up by Brian McDougall, including the Mulled Toddy featuring bourbon and red wine with nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. When you’re ready for round two, press the button to light up the igloo and get the attention of your server. We suggest indulging your rosé habit year-round with the Rose Fitz—rosemary-infused Meyer lemon vodka mixed with cranberry and topped with sparkling Campo Viejo cava—that you can drink in with the city skyline views.
Lookout Rooftop and Bar, outlookkitchenandbar.com/lookout-rooftop-and-bar
Classic Sail Boston’s 45-foot Captiva sailboat is a popular pick for those seeking to cruise through the Boston Harbor in groups of up to six people. Built in 2011 with manila lines and canvas sails, it’s a replica of the skipjack vessels that often cruised through the Chesapeake Bay more than a century ago. Although shorter time periods are available, the eight-hour excursion features catering from a local eatery such as KO Pies or James Hook, and guests can tailor the trip to fit their wishes. Owner David Puett recalls bachelor parties that throw anchor behind an island, blast some music and down some drinks or hop into the water for a swim. But other times, the boat is used for marriage proposals, a wedding or to scatter a loved one’s ashes. Puett boasts: “We were in the Tall Ships parade, and we were the only charter boat I know of that hosted a private charter as a participating vessel.”
Classic Sail Boston, classicsailboston.com
The Chuan Body + Soul Spa at the Langham Hotel Boston can help counteract the affects of dry winter weather—and one too many holiday parties—with a facial treatment that taps into the ocean for its ingredients. Focusing on hydration, the Source Marine spa service uses Séve Marine, an active ingredient derived from highly potent algae and seawater that acts as a moisturizing and rebalancing agent. “Chuan is based on traditional Chinese medicine, which is based around the elements and nature,” spa supervisor Karima Scarpa explains. “Using the elements allows guests to reconnect with nature and utilize natural healing.” The multi-step treatment, which is available for $135 a person ($280 per couple), includes a 15-minute massage for the face, neck and shoulders and a Hydro Moisture Source Mask to improve overall texture and leave skin feeling extra soft.
The Chuan Body & Soul Spa, chuanspa.com
Photo credit: Andrea Merrill
There are plenty of fish in the sea at Colin Lynch’s coastal Italian spot Bar Mezzana—and plenty can be sampled with the $30 crudo tasting. The chef/partner offers six two-bite portions from his daily-changing roster for diners who want to dip their toes into raw seafood or a smaller sampling for guests who want to sink their teeth into numerous other menu items—he even suggests it for those flying solo at the bar. And take note: “If there is anything on our crudo menu that guests specifically want to try, we are always happy to make it one of the six selections on the tasting.”
The first serving’s rolled out with three crowd-pleasers and Bar Mezzana staples, like salmon and yellowtail, but when it comes to the second round, Lynch says, “We get a little more adventurous, which gives us the opportunity to introduce guests to fish they may have never had or even heard of.” Think mild mackerel-like Kamasu, Japanese barracuda that’s shipped in weekly from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market and served lightly torched with the skin on. Guests often get an extra luxe element with some topped caviar, often on Lynch’s favorite crudo—shima aji—a striped jack topped with horseradish oil, lemon and hackleback, a wild caviar from Ilinois. But all customers can up the fancy factor with a sparkling Ribolla Gialla that Lynch says pairs well with whatever may make an appearance that night. “It is clean, bright and absolutely perfect with all of the subtleness and acid in our crudo.”
Bar Mezzana, barmezzana.com