Seth Moulton Challenges John Lewis to Super Bowl ‘Service Day’ Bet ‘I look forward to seeing you in Massachusetts.’ .@repjohnlewis I challenge you to a Service Day in #MA6 if the Pats do their job on Sunday. See you in Massachusetts! #PatsNation #Patriots pic.twitter.com/yGKeTl7aBO— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) February 3, 2017Sports bets are nothing new for electeds around these parts. Some, like the cursed Mayor Marty Walsh, know enough to button up, lest they place a hex. Others, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, wager hackneyed hometown comestibles, like a case of Sam Adams.Rep. Seth Moulton issued a challenge to his congressional colleague Rep. John Lewis, who represents Georgia’s fifth district, on Twitter just days before the Patriots and Atlanta Falcons are set to face-off in Super Bowl LI in Houston.“Congressman Lewis, I challenge you to a day of service in my district, if the Pats do their job and send the Atlanta Falcons home,” said Moulton, whose district includes the North Shore and parts of the Merrimack Valley. “I look forward to seeing you in Massachusetts.”President Donald Trump’s public attacks on Lewis has caused the mere name of his district, which Trump erroneously said was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested),” to become a rallying cry for Falcons fans, especially as new details on the exceedingly cozy relationship between the Patriots and the POTUS come to light.“The city is on a high,” Lewis told Sports Illustrated this week. “We’re celebrating who we are.”Lewis has yet to reply to Moulton’s challenge. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 2/3/2017, 12:26 p.m. By Kyle Scott Clauss· Print
6/2/2017, 12:16 p.m. Pay $1 for Rides to the Beach This Summer You can escape to Crane Beach, Newport, and more, thanks to Boston-based startup Skedaddle. By Eliza Sullivan· 001 Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. Print Photo by Valerie Hinojosa on Flickr/Creative CommonsWith Uber, cabs, the T, and even your own two feet, getting around Boston is pretty manageable. But when it comes to leaving town—especially during the dog days of summer—it’s not as simple. Renting a car just to go to the beach is expensive, but now, a startup called Skedaddle wants to change that with its low-cost bus service.Launched two years ago in Boston, Skedaddle is trying to eliminate “clunky and cumbersome” travel, according to founder and CEO Adam Nestler, to make getting out of the city accessible, affordable, and enjoyable. It’s launching $1 service to Boston-area beaches this summer, beginning Saturday, June 3 with a trip to Crane Beach.As long as enough people buy tickets, you and your squad (or just you and a good beach read) can head to Crane Beach, Duxbury, Newport, and other spots for a lazy, low-budget Saturday in the sun. Most beach-bound buses depart around 8 a.m. from downtown Boston and get back to the city sometime around 4:30 p.m. the same day.Skedaddle takes crowdfunding to the road to make their system work. First, a user “starts” a trip, including details about where they’d like to be picked up and where they want to go. Then, nine more riders must sign up at least 48 hours before the trip for it to become a reality. Once a trip has 10 riders, it’s good to go. The charter buses have a limit of 54 seats per trip.In addition to these services, Skedaddle offers routes in New York and other cities, plus rides to events like concerts outside the city and occasionally trips to the Cape. And if you need a charter bus of your own, they can help out with that, too. While this summer’s focus is on beach trips, Nestler says in the fall, Skedaddle hopes to take college campuses by storm. “For us it’s really about allowing those students, while they’re in school, to take advantage of the experiences and things that the Greater Boston area has to offer,” he says.At it’s core, Skedaddle is about experiences. “I think it’s really important for people to have unique experiences outside this city,” says Nestler. “We wanted to remove all the friction of traveling and allow people to be able to really just touch a few buttons and ride somewhere.”Ready to grab your beach blanket and skedaddle? Check out the full schedule of $1 beach rides here.
Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Drinks Far from the Tree Cider Bought an Apple Orchard in Maine The long-term plan is to open a satellite tasting room on conservation land to showcase heirloom apples grown there. 6/21/2017, 4:36 p.m. 809 Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Print Far From the Tree Cider owners Al and Denise Snape worked with a trust to purchase the former Romac Orchards in Acton, Maine. / Photo providedSince launching in Salem in 2014, Far From the Tree cider maker Al Snape has used all Massachusetts apples in his fermentations. But that will change in the next few years: Snape and his business partner and wife, Denise, just finalized the purchase of a 120-acre orchard in Acton, Maine, with the eventual goal of harvesting a variety of uncommon, heritage apples for cider-making.Far From the Tree worked with the Maine Farmland Trust and Three Rivers Trust to buy the property, and Snape hopes to one day open a satellite tasting room on the conservation land.“The intent of the trust is to maintain it as an agricultural orchard, and maintain the forest land,” Snape says. Far From the Tree has been completely transparent about their intentions to open a cider house there someday, and the trusts “think it’s a great use. If we can create something that works with the land—makes what the land produces something that people are willing to pay for—it helps.”That’s really why the Snapes made this move. Owning a cider apple orchard has been in the back of Snape’s mind since Far From the Tree’s conception, he says. Since he dove into learning about cider-making in England, Snape has loved using bitter-sharp and bittersweet apple varieties, like Kingston Black, Redstreak, Yarlington Mill, and a Boston native, Roxbury Russet. But these often gnarly, not-great-eating apples aren’t tremendously popular for orchardists to grow. Furthermore, many northeastern orchards have been grubbed up anyway, as they can’t compete with cheaper, hardier imports from South America, the West Coast, and other growing regions, Snape says.“It’ll be interesting, for sure, to see if it works—if we can create an economy that uses this product in a way that’s sustainable,” he says. “We want to be open and collaborative about the whole thing, to share with other cider makers and orchardists what we learned. It might help the whole industry.”Farnum Hill, Shacksbury, and other cider companies have orchards, but the fact that Far From the Tree’s plot will be entirely cider fruit is unique, Snape adds.Formerly Romac Orchards, the land in Maine was most recently someone’s hobby orchard, though it offered pick-your-own several years ago. Currently it features about 20 planted acres of common Macintosh and Cortlands. Far From the Tree does use Macs in cider-making, but Snape’s plan is to graft the usable acreage into a selection of bitter-sharp and bittersweet apple varieties. He also plans to plant an additional 15 acres, for a total 35 acres, or about 5,000 harvestable trees, give or take. At that point, Far From the Tree would open a tasting room and production facility to showcase only the fruit grown on their land.“I definitely want a place to drink amongst the trees,” Snape says, “[but] I don’t want to throw cider on tap that’s not made there.”So it’s a ways off. Currently, the Snapes are building a yurt so they can live on the property, off-the-grid, while they split their time managing production in Salem, and pruning and cleaning up the orchard. Snape estimates 90 percent of the trees haven’t been touched in at least 15 years.“This year, we’ll probably get a bit of an interesting crop. I’d love to make a cider with these 80-year-old trees, just to see how it comes out,” he says.Late in the winter and early next spring, he’ll start grafting and planting new trees, and if all goes well, some Maine-grown batches of cider could start pouring at Far From the Tree’s Salem taproom late next year. A year or two after that is when any construction would start to make Acton, Maine, a cider destination.In the meantime, there will be “weird and interesting challenges,” like living in a yurt and working off solar power.“I’m hoping people will enjoy consuming the story and the journey for now,” Snape says, “and hopefully people will enjoy tasting the fruits of our labor in a few years.”Follow along at facebook.com/farfromthetreeorchard.Far From the Tree Cider, 108 Jackson St., Salem, 978-224-2904, farfromthetreecider.com. By Jacqueline Cain·
Photo via iStock/RodrigoBlancoThe Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would limit mandatory minimum sentences and ramp up punishments for certain drug crimes.The bill passed by a vote of 144-9 late Tuesday night, after a lengthy debate and the filing of more than 200 amendments. Though slightly more conservative than the State Senate’s crime legislation, it still targets recidivism, particularly among juvenile offenders. It also seeks to expunge some offenders’ criminal records and help them find stable jobs and housing. House leaders praised the bill’s potential to increase equality within the criminal justice system.“Growing up in Boston, many of my childhood friends felt the impacts of an unjust criminal justice system,” Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement. “These bills focus on treating people as individuals, rather than the product of broad-based policies.”The House bill is slightly tougher on drug trafficking than the Senate version, according to the Boston Globe. It lowers the threshold for how much of a fentanyl-laced drug someone must traffic to be hit with a mandatory minimum penalty of 3.5 years. The House legislation also does not legalize sex between teens close in age or change the age at which someone is tried as an adult to 19, unlike the Senate bill.The House debate was not without some fireworks, according to the Globe. Republicans criticized the chamber’s leaders for proposing to further study one amendment—akin to an eternal kick of the can down the legislative road. The proposal stipulated dealers who sell certain drugs that lead to fatal overdoses should receive a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of life in prison. The House ultimately voted 110-41 in favor of studying the amendment further.The House and the Senate will next convene to iron out the differences in the two pieces of legislation and then send it to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. By Hayley Glatter· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 11/15/2017, 1:09 p.m. Print 000 Massachusetts House Passes Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms It doesn’t go quite as far as the Senate version, but it still aims to reduce recidivism and mandatory minimum sentences.
Photo via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassThis penthouse just became Boston’s most expensive rental of the year, and it’s exactly where you think it is.The three-bedroom unit in Millennium Tower, arguably the city’s most luxurious residential high rise, recently rented for $30,000 per month. That made it Boston’s priciest 12-month lease of 2018, per MLS records. The apartment was rented out by Compass agents Antonio Khoury and Brett Derocker in an off-market transaction.Why would someone pay $30,000 a month in rent? (You know, as opposed to buying a place?) That’s a question we don’t have the answer to. What we do know is the apartment measures a whopping 4,173 square feet. That’s larger than most homes in the suburbs, making room for an office, a library, maybe a floor hockey rink, or anything else the new tenant can dream up. It also boasts four and a half bathrooms, soaring ceilings, two parking spots, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city.The kitchen, meanwhile, is outfitted with Christopher Peacock cabinetry, not to mention a wine cooler and top-of-the-line appliances. What’s most impressive is the walk-out deck, offering panoramic views of the skyline and beyond. Millennium Tower residents also have access to the largest in-building gym in Boston, plus an indoor lap pool, hot tub, steam room, spa, and kids’ playroom.While this glass-walled residence is no doubt steeped in luxury, it’s small potatoes compared to the unit on the 60th floor. Called “the Grand Penthouse,” the condo is the crown of the tower, taking up the entire top floor with eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. It’s now on the market for a mere $45 million.Check out photos of Boston’s most expensive apartment below.Photo via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassPhoto via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassPhoto via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassPhoto via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassPhoto via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, CompassPhoto via the DeRocker & Khoury Group, Compass Print Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* By Madeline Bilis· Real Estate The Most Expensive Apartment in Boston Is Exactly Where You Think It Is The price tag? $30,000 per month. 12/12/2018, 11:20 a.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 2152228
By Sofia Rivera· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 011 Travel These Are the Most Popular Airbnbs in Each New England State Treehouses and castles and farms, oh my! 6/17/2019, 12:13 p.m. Looking to get out of town, but don’t want to opt for the same old same old? These quirky rentals are some of Airbnb browsers’ favorites. According to Airbnb’s statistics, these are the New England homes that are most frequently found in people’s “wishlists,” a site feature that lets users save alluring listings for later. Surprisingly, these properties are largely located in lesser-known corners of the region. In some cases, they’re near notable cities, while others enjoy off-grid privacy. From an inviting mountainside dwelling, to a stone castle, to a house in the trees, these eclectic habitats all offer something unique, and the chance to discover a new part of your state.Photo via AirbnbTyringham, MassachusettsHome type: Entire guesthousePrice: $225 per nightAccommodates: 2 guestsBedrooms: 1Baths: 1This former sculpting studio turned dreamy cottage sits out west near the Berkshires. Surrounded by flowers, mossy trees, and a lily pond, this petite home is a fairytale come to life—don’t miss the gauzy canopy bed.Photo via AirbnbSurry, MaineHome type: Entire housePrice: $100 per nightAccommodates: 4 guestsBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Outdoor enthusiasts, rejoice! This rural locale has it all: biking, hiking, bird-watching, and a five-minute walk to partake in water sports such as sailing, canoeing, and swimming. Plus, the studio comes equipped with a grand baby piano, so you can channel all of your nature-fueled inspiration into a melodious concerto.Photo via AirbnbWaterford, VermontHome type: TreehousePrice: $135 per nightAccommodates: 3 guestsBedrooms: 1Baths: 1This cozy Vermont perch sits on a hill, up in the oak trees. With an interior just short of 200 square feet, you’ll enjoy the wood-planked digs in close proximity to your travel companions. The rental features a steamy cedar hot tub, fire pit and Vermont maple syrup ready to pour over a stack of hot waffles.Photo via AirbnbGoffstown, New HampshireHome type: Entire housePrice: $150 per nightAccommodates: 4 guestsBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Built onto the side of Mt. Uncanoonuc, this sequestered two-bedroom is not only incredibly private, but boasts unbelievable views. Gaze out across New Hampshire treetops and, according to the host, all the way into Boston. Rustic vibes aside, the warm interior is fully decked out with AC, cable TV, an adorable and functional kitchen, and even workable WiFi.Photo via AirbnbEllington, ConnecticutHome type: CastlePrice: $175 per nightAccommodates: 5 guestsBedrooms: 3Baths: 2.5$175 a night to live in a castle? Sounds fair. This medievally-inspired home is striking inside and out. From the battlements and gargoyles on the stone-clad exterior to the regal beds, rich red walls, stone arched windows, and even a suit of armor inside, this place is one of a kind.Photo via AirbnbSaunderstown, Rhode IslandHome type: Farm stayPrice: $110 per nightAccommodates: 2 guestsBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Five miles from Narragansett and 10 from Newport, this idyllic farm is perfectly situated near the beach. The property itself is a quintessential New England estate: Built as a “model farm” during WWII, it is complete with a greenhouse, horses, and of course, the bright red barn you’ll stay in. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Print
The Charles Schwab Challenge wraps up action Sunday evening and Jordan Spieth is in contention. One week after a T3 finish at the PGA Championship, Spieth trails leader Kevin Na by just two shots.Spieth and Na will not play together, however. Na’s playing partner will be Mackenzie Hughes, who rode a Saturday 65 into the final pairing Sunday. They will tee off at 2:05 p.m. ET, while Spieth will be in the penultimate group, playing alongside C.T. Pan, teeing off at 1:55 p.m.Also chasing Na will be Jim Furyk and Tony Finau, who make up the third-to-last pairing teeing off at 1:45 p.m. ET.Much of the discussion around the event will naturally surround Spieth trying to win for the first time in nearly two years on the PGA Tour. Check out the full list of final round tee times below.