8 Winter Weekend Getaways in New England

Boston is beautiful year-round, but sometimes it's to escape outside of the city in the winter months

Winter activities in New England are not limited to skiing and snowboarding—there are plenty of outdoor activities to do that would not necessarily draw your attention once summer begins. 

Here are 8 destinations to spend a long weekend trip in other parts of New England:

West Hartford, Connecticut

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 2-hour drive 
  • What to See & Do:
    • Visit Connecticut's Children Museum 
    • Take a short drive to see classic American author Mark Twain's house
  • Dinner Date: avert Brasserie 
  • Where to Stay: Delamar West Hartford 

Stowe, Vermont

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: > 3.5-hour drive; > 6.5-hour bus ride 
  • What to See & Do:
    • Take in the wintry weather at Stowe Mountain Resort's scenic trails
    • Hit the slopes at Mount Mansfield for downhill skiing
    • Tour Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory
  • Dinner Date: Cork Wine Bar & Market
  • Where to Stay: Field Guide 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1.5-hour drive; 2-hour bus ride
  • What to See & Do:
    • Explore the restaurants and shops in Market Square 
    • Visit the Strawberry Banke Museum to see what colonial life in Portsmouth, NH was like
    • Spend the afternoon at Book & Bar, an old-fashioned bookshop that serves light fare and has live entertainment 
  • Dinner Date: Surf Portsmouth
  • Where to Stay: The Hotel Portsmouth

Newport, Rhode Island

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1.5-hour drive
  • What to See & Do:
    • Visit the historic Gilded Age mansions on Bellevue Avenue
    • Explore The Cliff Walk from Easton's Beach to Salve Regina University's campus
    • Wine tasting at Newport Vineyards in nearby Middletown, RI
    • Enjoy local nightlife by bar hopping along Broadway, Newport's main scene for locals
  • Brunch: The Clarke Cooke House
  • Dinner Date: Stoneacre Brasserie, Castle Hill Inn
  • Where to Stay: Gilded

Kennebunkport, Maine

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 2-hour drive
  • What to See & Do:
    • Ski, snowshoe or walk in the National Estuarine Research Reserve of Wells Reserve
    • Shop around Dock Square and Kennebunk's Lower Village
    • Relax during a spa treatment at Whit Barn Inn & Hotel by Grace Hotels
  • Dinner Date: Bandaloop, 2 Dock Square, Kennebunkport
  • Where to Stay: Kennebunkport Inn

Providence, Rhode Island

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 1-hour drive; < 1-hour via Northeast Regional Commuter Rail
  • What to See & Do:
    • Visit Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum
    • Go ice skating in the downtown Bank of America ice rink
    • Take a self-guided walking tour along Benefit Street to see historic colonial homes
  • Brunch: The Duck and Bunny 
  • Where to Stay: The Dean Hotel

Rockport, Massachusetts

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston:  < 1-hour drive;1.5-hour T ride via Newburyport/Rockport Line 
  • What to See & Do:
    • Walk around downtown Rockport along Bearskin Neck neighborhood for unique New England shopping
    • Visit the Twin Lighthouses, among the oldest lighthouses in the United States
    • Grab your camera and explore Halibut Point State Park to see beautiful views of Cape Ann
  • Dinner Date: Feather & Wedge
  • Where to Stay: Emerson Inn

New Haven, Connecticut

  • Estimated Travel Time from Boston: < 3-hour drive; 2-hour Acela train ride
  • What to See & Do:
    • Visit Yale Peabody Museum of Natural Museum
    • See the largest collection of PEZ products at the PEZ Visitor Center 
    • Taste classic New Haven pizza at Frank Pepe's Pizzeria
  • Dinner Date: Olea (Spanish/Mediterranean) 
  • Where to Stay: The Study at Yale


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2018 Boston Housing Market: What You Need to Know

As Boston continues to experience an influx of growth, here's what you need to know about Boston's real estate market in 2018

With the arrival of corporate giants like GE—as well as the much-anticipated arrival of Amazon—Boston is on the fast-track to becoming a booming business and commerce center well beyond 2018. 

There are some sources that speculate metropolitan cities in the United States like Boston are currently overvalued, but it shouldn't immediately deter potential home buyers or renters from investing in the area. With proper research and planning, it can be possible to find the right luxury condo, apartment or home in the Boston area. 

To get an idea of the 2018 Boston housing market, we've picked these articles to provide an overview of what other real estate experts are saying: 


The Housing Market Looks Good Unless You're a First Time Millennial Buyer

The nation’s housing market for 2018 continues to look good, according to two recently released reports. But first-time millennial buyers will continue to struggle with affordability, especially in high-priced areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Washington DC.

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Four Things to Watch Out For in 2018 Boston Real Estate

Every new year brings with it changes to housing markets, consumer preferences and how real estate professionals conduct business, and 2018 is no exception. It’s a year that will see sweeping federal changes take hold, as well as a number of local and regional changes that will impact housing markets in ways both big and small. From tax reform to rising interest rates to the impact of a potential major corporate relocation, here are some of the issues that will have the biggest impact on Boston real estate in 2018.

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Will That Remodel Pay Off? Here's the project payback for projects

Not all remodeling projects are created equal. In fact, some may help you resell your house more than others. In its annual Cost v. Value report, Remodeling magazine tracked the price and payoff for 20 of the most popular professional projects (midrange and upscale) in 100 US markets for 2017.

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Boston-area rent/price ratio tells tale of neighborhood potential

 “Asking price can be seen as a measure of the long-term prospects of a neighborhood,” NeighborhoodX research director Constantine Valhouli said over email. “Asking rent can be seen as a reflection of what the neighborhood is like right now.”

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Top 15 Hotels in Boston Named in Conde Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards

Boston has been getting a lot of attention lately.

With its well-established rapport in higher education and professional industries, as well as the growing opportunities in technology and business, Boston welcomes a positive influx of change that has revived the historical city center and the surrounding neighborhoods. According to the 2016 Boston Housing Report, greater Boston has experienced an even higher growth rate with young professionals moving to the area.

In addition to voting for the top 15 favorite hotels in Boston, Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked Boston as No. 5 for Top 15 Large Cities in the United States.

If you live already live in the city, or greater Boston area, it’s always good to know the hot spots in Beantown for family and friends who plan to visit or check out chic hotel bars, restaurants, and spas nearby.

Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2017

Here’s the list of top Boston hotels that impressed Condé Nast Traveler readers this year:


  1. Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St

  2. XV Beacon, 15 Beacon St

  3. InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave

  4. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H. Blvd, Cambridge

  5. Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave

  6. The Boxer, 107 Merrimac St

  7. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf

  8. The Langham Boston, 250 Franklin St

  9. Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St

  10. Hyatt Regency Boston, 1 Avenue de Lafayette

  11. The Ritz-Carlton Boston, 10 Avery St

  12. W Boston, 100 Stuart St

  13. Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter Street at Boylston

  14. Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston St

  15. The Liberty, 215 Charles St


The New England city has plenty of offer visitors who want to stay downtown, but Boston residents appreciate the how each neighborhood reflects its own unique character—there’s plenty to see beyond Faneuil Hall or FiDi, such as Brookline or Cambridge.

Read Condé Nast Traveler’s full list of 2017 Readers’ Choice award winners online.

A Buyer's Guide to Luxury Condos in Boston, MA

luxury condosWhat you need to know about renting or buying a luxury condo in Boston, Massachusetts and the greater Boston area

Luxury condominiums present a desirable and practical living arrangement for individuals and families living in a vibrant urban center like Boston, Massachusetts. A popular destination for students, intellectuals and professionals in healthcare, business and technology, the city of Boston has a rich American history with a bright, global future ahead.

Here are some things to consider while searching for the perfect luxury condo in Boston:

Find out which neighborhoods you would want to live in

There’s a lot more to Boston beyond Haymarket and Downtown Crossing! Whether it’s historic Beacon Hill within walking distance to Boston Common and the Botanical Gardens or artsy and diverse Jamaica Plain, there is a neighborhood to suit every taste and lifestyle.

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Get a look at the median condo prices in Boston and surrounding areas

As a major urban city, the competitive real estate market correlates with Boston’s higher cost of living. However, there’s no reason to be discouraged—the right amount of research and the help of a professional realtor will go a long way to help navigate the Boston real estate market.

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Examine all of your living options

You may think that a condo is right for you, but depending on your budget and your location, it’s important to explore other possibilities. There are plenty of other living arrangements in Boston—renting an apartment, renting a home, or even researching rent-to-own arrangements, may better suit your situation.

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Studio Apartments in Boston

A studio apartment is a rental unit with everything but the bathroom combined into one main room. It doesn’t contain any separate bedrooms. You may be interested in studio apartments for rent if you’re a single person who doesn’t require a lot of space; or are simply looking to save money. However, even studio rentals can provide luxurious accommodations. Longwood Residential rents and manages several luxury studio loft apartments that we encourage you to check out today.

How to Determine What You Can Afford to Spend on Rent

Food, transportation, and housing costs, make up nearly two-thirds of the budget for most people in the Boston area. However, financial experts recommend trying to cap these costs at 60%. With the high cost of living in Boston, we recommend that your annual salary be at least 40 times your monthly rent. This ensures that you can comfortably afford your monthly rent obligation. Be sure to look at all sources of income as well as all recurring and occasional expenses when creating your rental budget. Cheap apartments in Boston are hard to come by, but Longwood Residential studio rentals are your best bet in finding them.

Decorating a Small Apartment

Just because you rent a small space doesn’t mean you must give up your decorating style. Renters with limited space or funds can get quite creative in this department. Local flea markets are an excellent place to find vintage furniture, pottery, and glassware. You can even shop fabric stores to add chic style to curtains, older furniture, and other personal items in your studio apartment.

Where to Find Studio Apartments Near Me

Longwood Residential offers studio apartments in several of Boston’s finest neighborhoods. Please view our listings to learn more, or contact us directly with your questions. We will help you find the best small apartment for your price range, amenities desired, and neighborhood where you want to live.

Features & Amenities of Luxury Apartments

Just because you choose to live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have the same luxuries as someone who lives in a private home. In fact, your living quarters and amenities are often more luxurious when renting. As the management company for Longwood Condos, we also rent and manage several luxury apartments. You can find luxury apartment complexes managed by Longwood residential in both Boston and Brookline.

What Makes Our Apartments So Luxurious?

Luxury ApartmentsDefining luxury can be subjective. What one person considers a luxury amenity might be a necessity to someone else. At Longwood Residential, it’s our goal to make your life as easy as possible. This includes concierge service and package delivery at one apartment complex, a private pool and workout room at another, and heated underground parking at a third. It’s up to you to decide which amenities you need to live comfortably.

The size of your apartment and the view are additional factors that make it more luxurious than a typical rental situation. Many of our luxury apartment buildings offer high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies each unit.

Participate in Onsite Activities as Much or as Little as You Like

You become part of a community the day you become a resident at one of our upscale apartment buildings. You are welcome to choose to participate in building-sponsored events. There’s no obligation, and we have designed our units to provide maximum privacy for the times you wish to be at home, undisturbed by others.

Please contact us to learn more about available apartments at one of our many luxury apartment buildings in Boston or Brookline.

What Are Condos?

If you’re just starting to look at Longwood condos, you may feel some confusion about the differences between a condo and other types of residences, such as an apartment or private home. The simple definition of a condo is that it’s a cross between these two. Your unit is located within a building with dozens or possibly hundreds of other units. However, you do not pay rent like you would for an apartment. You secure a mortgage and live in your condo until you decide to sell it, just like you would with a house.

Living in a Condo Can Be the Best of Both Worlds

condo poolWhen you own a private home, you alone are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep. This includes both inside and outside of the home. As a condo owner, you have the benefits of owning your own place with less responsibilities. Part of your monthly mortgage payment goes to association dues to help with the upkeep of common areas. As a mortgage holder at one of our Longwood condos in Boston, this could include the pool area, private fitness room, party room, and several other areas accessible to all residents.

You have very little freedom to decorate or renovate as you see fit when you live in an apartment. This isn’t true of life in a Longwood condo. Since you own the entire inside structure of your unit, you can do what you would like to make it feel like home. However, you can’t make any changes to supporting walls since that would affect neighbors on either side of you.

Contact Us to Learn More

Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you still have questions about living in a condo or would like to learn more about our current properties available.

Awesome Longwood Condos for Sale

Before you pursue Longwood condos for sale, it’s helpful to review some basic information about condominium living. When you buy a condo, you own the entire inside of your unit. The condo association owns the exterior, common areas, and the land where the building sits.

You are not responsible for exterior maintenance as a condo owner. However, it’s important to budget for association fees in addition to your monthly mortgage payment. The money collected from all residents covers the cost of maintenance and repair in common areas such as hallways and meeting rooms.

Which Boston Neighborhood is Right for You?

One of the major benefits of Longwood condos for sale is that we have units available in multiple Boston neighborhoods. These include:

Of course, you need to consider several personal factors when deciding where you want to purchase a condo. Proximity to your work, quality of the school district, and access to public transportation are just three of the most important things to people looking to make one of these Boston neighborhoods their new home. You can search by neighborhood, price, MLS listing number, and other categories when trying to locate an available unit sold and managed by Longwood Residential.

Average Cost of Boston Condos by Square Foot

Our prices fall in line with those listed on a report released by Curbed Boston on January 5, 2017. With the new year just weeks old, prices range from $263 per square foot in the Hyde Park neighborhood to $1,467 per square foot for a condo in Back Bay. These figures include condos ranging in size from 812 to 3,247 square feet.

The analysis posted by Curbed Boston includes data from 10 distinct Boston neighborhoods. This is to give buyers an accurate idea of the average monthly payment for a Boston condo in place of using a mortgage calculator.

Featured Longwood Condos for Sale

With a presence in all 14 of the Boston neighborhoods listed above, Longwood Residential is sure to have a condo available to suit your needs. Below are just three of our luxury properties that could be your new home:

  • Ritz-Carlton Condos: Named for the hotel chain that offers such personalized service, the Ritz-Carlton Condos give you more of the same. Whether you’re interested in valet parking, room service, or wake-up calls, you can receive these services and more as a resident here. A picturesque view of the harbor completes the experience of condo living at its finest.

  • Mosaic on the Riverway: Want to live in a building with top floor club space? Then Mosaic on the Riverway is the place for you. Besides the serene view from high above the city, this building is conveniently located in the Longwood Medical Area.

  • Washington on the Square: When you want the convenience of a condo but don’t want or need a lot of space, consider a studio-sized unit at Washington on the Square. One and two-bedroom condo units are available as well. You don’t even have to leave home to exercise since the building comes equipped with a 24-hour fitness center.

Please contact us at your convenience to learn more about Longwood condos for sale.

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Longwood Apartments: Luxury Properties for Rent in Brookline

As part of the Greater Boston area that is close to five other upscale neighborhoods, Brookline has much to offer renters. From the Coolidge Corner retail district to the active nightlife, you won’t be at a loss for things to do in this community. Fortunately for you, several luxury Longwood Apartments are currently available to rent.

Exclusive Longwood Apartments in Washington Square

Washington on the Square, which also goes by the name 1600 Beacon Street Condominiums, offers the upscale living you desire. It has studio as well as one and two-bedroom units. Some of the features you will enjoy inside of your apartment include granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. All bathrooms have been recently renovated. Some of the building’s features include concierge service and underground parking. You can also workout in its private 24-hour facility.

Just down the road from Washington on the Square is the 1440 Beacon Street Apartments. As a renter at this building, you will be close to Coolidge Corner. 1440 Beacon Street Apartments are within walking distance to the Green Line. With in-unit dishwashers, package receipt service, and wall to wall windows among its many amenities, you won’t want to miss these Longwood Apartments.

1443 Beacon Street Apartments are literally a stone’s throw from the 1440 building. Like its neighbor, the 1443 building is on the bus line. Additionally, it has a walkscore of 92%. That means you can walk to nearby shopping centers, medical facilities, grocery stores, and other businesses you visit on a regular basis. You will enjoy a life of luxury using the sundeck, pool, valet dry cleaning service, 24-hour concierge service, and other exclusive services for our renters.

Ready to make Brookline your new home? Just contact a representative of Longwood Residential today.

Retro Furniture Ideas for Your Brookline Apartment

Although you would love to decorate your living room with retro furniture, you’re not sure that you have room for it in your small Brookline apartment. Fortunately, this style of decorating has more to do with patterns and color than with size. For example, brown and creamy colors combined provide an understated throw-back look. Solid wooden furniture can be reupholstered with classic prints and make a fashion statement that will become the envy of your friends and family.

Other Popular Color Schemes for Retro Furniture

Both understated and bold are popular when it comes to choosing colors for retro furniture and household decorations. Purple and violet were the top color choices last year. Gold and silver accents were popular as well, and will always remain in style when used correctly. While bold checkered designs are all the rage, you don’t have to choose any style in particular just to achieve a retro look if you don’t care for it. The ideas are limitless.

A Unique Twist on Modern Design

A retro style can still work for you if you prefer your furniture and décor to look modern yet funky. When it comes to the shape of your eccentric furniture, be sure to think outside the box. A cube bookshelf with curved corners, or a magazine rack that has a letter cutout is different enough that you won’t get bored by the design. A tall skinny lamp with a brightly colored lampshade is another fun idea. You don’t have to select a lamp with a straight pole either; twists and curves give your space that retro look you’re after without blowing through your decorating budget.

Sometimes, all it takes is putting up a poster or painting of people from an earlier era to give a room that classic throw-back look. The “Camelot Era” is an especially appropriate time, since President John F. Kennedy originally hails from Brookline. Alternatively, you can’t go wrong with an oversized Warhol of Marilyn!