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Back Bay bustles in the run up to the holidays. Shoppers flock to Newbury Street, home to high-end designer boutiques, while out-of-towners visit the neighborhood’s cultural treasures like the Museum of Fine Arts and Gibson House. Once all the Christmas lights have been taken down, there’s still plenty to do in this corner of Boston. Here are three places where you can find some type to escape and treat yourself after the holidays.
Address: 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
After a stressful holiday season, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at Gretta Cole, a full-service salon that offers reflexology, body wraps, pedicures, manicures and more. Located near the Boston Public Library, close to 30 Dalton’s luxury apartments in Back Bay, the spa is the ultimate place to unwind; Gretta Cole therapies will leave you ready to tackle 2017. This salon also specializes in 3D customized facials, with signature remedies such as a lemon and lavender purifying cleansing treatment and an intensive kiwi and pomegranate massage. Prices range from $100 to $225.
Address: 774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
L’Espalier serves French fare in the heart of Back Bay – perfect for a post-holiday meal. This restaurant fuses contemporary decor with food staples such as honey-glazed Long Island duck with pumpkin pie and caramelized apple, and Georges Bank scallops with honey nut squash, all of which were selected by Frank McClelland, who received an award for best Northeast chef in 2007. The restaurant’s menu includes locally sourced ingredients from Back Bay and beyond, and diners come here for an authentic meal in a relaxed environment. L’Espalier opens daily at 11:30 a.m. Weekend brunch and Afternoon tea are also available.
Address: 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
Travel to Italy without needing a passport at this incredible mecca of Italian cuisine located just steps from 30 Dalton at the Prudential Center. Escape to Eataly to sample cheeses, enjoy fresh pasta, taste-test wine and enjoy an immersive cultural experience without having to step foot outside of the city. Eataly features 10,000 products, four full-service restaurants, 10 casual grab-and-go restaurants, two cafes, three bars, and a cooking school. Take your time exploring this 45,000 square foot homage to great Italian cuisine with all of your senses, and then be sure to stock up on items to create a feast of your own at home.
These Back Bay locations will keep you feeling exhilarated well after the holidays have come to an end. All three are situated close to 30 Dalton, an upscale apartment community that’s smack dab in the middle of the neighborhood. It’s the perfect base for exploring Back Bay’s shops, restaurants, spas and more.