From a Staycation at the Newly Renovated Mandarin Oriental To Shopping in Back Bay, the Chilly Months Ahead Deliver Plenty of Thrills

By Michael McCarthy | December 7, 2020 | Culture Food & Drink Style & Beauty the latest Style Home & Real Estate


STAY Mandarin Oriental’s $15 million guest room renovation is nothing short of spectacular. New York’s Champalimaud Design led the charge by incorporating both early New England design and classic chinoiserie, the European interpretation of Chinese and East Asian artistictraditions. The Royal Suite blends New England themes with Asian design, including a ceiling art installation of plum blossom petals— creating a dreamy escape in the heart of Back Bay. 776 Boylston St., 617.535.8888, mandarinoriental.com/boston

SHINE Leading up to the holidays, Sienna Patti Contemporary, a design and jewelry gallery located in Lenox, Mass., will showcase a range of modern designers like Darcy Miro, a New England artisan known for her vibrant rings, cuffs and even household items like candlestick holders. Visitors will also find Patti’s collection of jewelry that will make perfect gifts for the modern-art lover in your life. 80 Main St., Lenox, Mass., 413.637.8386, siennapatti.com


SHOP Luxe streetwear brand Concepts recently landed on Newbury Street in Back Bay, joining locations in New York, Dubai and Shanghai. The three-level space reimagines the traditional retail model and takes the form of an art gallery, with the goal to drive social engagement and exploration. Look for footwear and apparel, a headwear customization space, DJs and the launch of Concepts’ VRSNL, a women’s luxury boutique. 18 Newbury St., cncpts.com

LIVE The Smith, a community of 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, recently cut the ribbon in South End. Amenities include a rooftop pool, a 10th-floor sky lounge with catering kitchen, private conference rooms, media and billiard rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pet spa and washing station, private courtyard and green space, and yoga and meditation spaces. 89 E. Dedham St., 844.908.9529, thesmithboston.com


GEAR UP Renowned adventure boutique Helly Hansen recently opened at Seaport. The 150-year-old brand is known for high-performance ski apparel and base layers, versatile hiking jackets and shells, backpacks and accessories for mountain and nautical adventures. 85 Pier 4 Blvd., 617.737.8741, hellyhansen.com

SUIT UP When the Zoom calls dwindle and we eventually resume in-person meetings, looking great in a gorgeous suit will be aided by Kashiyama, which recently moved to Newbury Street. The Japanese made-to-measure clothier offers 800 standard fabrics and dozens of customization options for suits and shirts for men and women. 161 Newbury St., 617.388.6115, kashiyama1927.com


DINE Zuma at Four Seasons One Dalton, inspired by its Miami location’s famed service, recently introduced a brunch program with a spin for these socially distanced times: Instead of a brunch buffet, think endless starters, an entree for each patron and a towering dessert platter for the table. Menu options include everything from black cod wrapped in a hoba leaf to roasted lobster with shiso ponzu butter. DJ Tao provides the afternoon’s soundtrack. 1 Dalton St., 857.449.2500, fourseasons.com/onedalton

RETREAT The Relais & Châteaux Forbes five-star Blantyre resort is one of only 12 Gilded Age mansions remaining in the Berkshires built at the turn of the last century. New this winter: chef Daniel Boulud’s culinary pop-up that mirrors Cafe Boulud in New York’s Upper East Side. The award-winning chef sources locally and offers his take on modern French cuisine—all in an elegant setting with stained-glass windows and Murano chandeliers. 16 Blantyre Road, Lenox, Mass., 844.881.0104, blantyre.com

Photography by: Courtesy of the Brands; Forking with Armani