by By Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2011

Delicious French tinged New England dish from Bostons Boylston StreetMix & match. Elegant, delicious French-tinged New England selections mark the menu at L'Espalier, a high-quality standard on Boston's Boylston Street. Chef Frank McClelland and his team create a daily tasting menu for those who want to have the marvels presented to them, but diners also are welcome to shuffle the elements to get exactly what they want.

Brattle Book ShopShelf life.
Not everyone has drunk the Kindle Kool-Aid, for which the folks at the Brattle Book Shop are grateful. Used is the catchword for this literary landmark, founded in 1825, with two floors brimming with previously owned tomes and a third floor offering antiquarian and rare items. In stock are more than 250,000 books, maps and more. Browse for bargains in the outside lot, weather permitting.

Old North Church


Northern excursion. Head to Boston's North End to find numerous fun spots like Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church, the oldest church in town. When it's time for dinner, try Neptune Oyster on Salem Street, a break from the usual Italian fare in the area.

Taza Chocolate




Sweet. Stone-ground organic chocolate is the base for the delicacies at Taza Chocolate, out on the edge of Cambridge and Somerville. Can't choose? The chocolate-covered hazelnuts won't disappoint.



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