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Massachusetts Attractions 2009

Massachusetts Attractions 2009
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by in May 2009


Best Children’s Clothing:
Find well-made outfits in fun colors that won’t break the bank or fall apart after washing. Accessories are functional and irresistible, plus there’s a thoughtful selection of books and toys. 69 Charles St. 617-523-9402;

Best Furnishings Store:
Tastes may vary from century to century, but Bliss spans almost all of them, seamlessly. Classics like Bernardaud fine china and Graves Limited Edition kettles flank modern marvels such as bamboo rugs and Ferruccio Laviani table lamps. 225 Newbury St. 617-421-5544;

Best Day Spa:
Why do we adore Bella Sante? Maybe it’s the cosseting body treatments, the meticulous manicures and pedicures, the massages that end with nothing left of you but a human puddle, or the amenities-stocked locker room and healthy snacks and tea. Most probably, it’s all of the above. 38 Newbury St. 617-424-9930;

Best Theater:
This ornate jewel box of a theater spotlights popular musicals, legendary acts (Lord of the Dance is coming in May), and hipster bands, as well as family attractions and local traditions (such as Boston Ballet’s beloved Nutcracker). Terrific acoustics. 539 Washington St. 617-259-3400;

Best Antiques:
This small Beacon Hill shop is crammed with a thoughtful mix of European and Asian pieces, hand-picked in Denmark and Sweden. If you’re out Natick way, stop by Danish Country’s sister store, Civilization, at 810 Worcester St. (Route 9); 508-650-1804. 138 Charles St. 617-227-1804;,

Best Bookstore:
With an epic selection of used and new books, this impressively organized shop is the best place to kill an afternoon–flipping through the staff’s always-excellent suggestions, perusing the comprehensive fiction and nonfiction section, or listening to a major author read. 279 Harvard St. 617-566-6660;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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