New Places, Gifts and More To Explore In Boston

Michael McCarthy | April 16, 2021 | Home & Real Estate Food & Drink Lifestyle

Spring delivers everything from luxe living in Lynn to a daffodil art installation at Seaport.

The Caldwell offers luxe apartment living in Lynn. PHOTO BY MICHAEL PROCOPIO/THE CALDWELL
The Caldwell offers luxe apartment living in Lynn.


The Caldwell, a new multiuse community of luxe apartments in Lynn, is ready for its close-up. We love the host of amenities the 10-story complex offers, especially those geared toward spring and summer fitness: an indoor rock-climbing wall, virtual training classes and an indoor TRX fitness area. The apartments feature floor-to-ceiling windows (some with Atlantic Ocean views), quartz kitchen countertops, waterfall islands and Yale Accentra smart doors. Residents will appreciate the technology throughout the building, including the use of Hello Alfred, a mobile app that connects to in-home assistants for services like cleaning, delivery and handyman assistance. Other perks for safety and wellness: All elevators can be called via smartphone to eliminate touching shared controls, and the entire facility features 24/7 continuously self-cleaning NanoSeptic technology for high-traffic public touch points. 34 Munroe St., Lynn, Mass., 781.309.4500, livecaldwell.com


When making summer plans this month, don’t overlook the unveiling of The Claremont in the heart of Maine’s Southwest Harbor. The completely refurbished property, built in 1884, sits on 6 acres at the mouth of Somes Sound, the East Coast’s only fjord. The classic venue will now feature modern twists with 51 upscale accommodations, including 12 one- or two-bedroom cottages, four suites and a secluded three-bedroom waterfront home. An additional 34 guest rooms offer only-in-Maine views. Guests can enjoy a spacious spa, dinner boat excursions, a croquet club and exceptional dining. The property reopens for the next phase of its charmed life Memorial Day weekend. 22 Claremont Road, Southwest Harbor, Me., 207.244.5036, theclaremonthotel.com


The daffodils are back. The massive sculptures will grace Seaport Common this month as the weather warms and we fill our collective Instagram feeds with color. The installation, 20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston, will coincide with the second-annual daffodils for frontline workers initiative. This effort, launched last spring by the team at Seaport and the nonprofit Marathon Daffodils, gave daffodils to frontline workers fighting COVID. bostonseaport.xyz

Art from Eva LeWitt will grace the Institute for Contemporary Art this spring PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Art from Eva LeWitt will grace the Institute for Contemporary Art this spring


The Institute for Contemporary Art welcomes artist Eva LeWitt this spring as she transforms the gallery’s Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. The New York-based artist, who employs manufactured materials like polyurethane foam and latex, will fashion coated mesh fabric for a hanging wall sculpture. The material’s shifting linear composition creates interlocking circular forms and fields of overlapping color. The work responds to ambient conditions, producing an optical moiré effect—causing a continual shimmer throughout the museum’s interior. “I think it’s the perfect work to welcome visitors back to the museum,” says Jeffrey De Blois, assistant curator and publications manager at the ICA. “Eva’s works are always exuberant, and this work is keyed to the particularities of our space, and how it looks changes as you move around it. I think the ICA’s visitors will find it dynamic and uplifting.” Through Oct. 22, 2022, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, 617.478.3100, icaboston.org


Two enterprising and eco-conscious residents of Belmont, Cindy Estes and Monica O’Neil, recently came up with a solution to the mountains of nonrecycled gift-wrapping paper in our lives. Their elegant and environmentally friendly solution: Rapt, a fabric wrap that dates back to the ancient Japanese art of tsutsumi. The women, who have backgrounds in children’s clothing design and teaching, offer their product in an array of patterns and colors, and their website features tutorials for the best methods for wrapping the perfect springtime gift. raptgiftwrap.com

The Claremont, now completely refurbished, reopens on the coast of Maine during Memorial Day weekend. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
The Claremont, now completely refurbished, reopens on the coast of Maine during Memorial Day weekend.


While the pandemic has dented the restaurant industry, the culinary community remains as resourceful as ever. Take WECO Hospitality, run by chef Gavin Lambert, Rachel Amiralian and Jennifer Fremont-Smith, which has turned into a 25-employee operation for fine-dining delivery. Boston-area gourmands visit the company’s website, enter their email to get on an email list and, every Thursday afternoon, receive a menu and dinner request form for the coming week. The healthful meals are locally sourced from sustainable farms; menus change seasonally, but some of our recent favorite dishes include orecchiette pasta with sweet Italian sausage; roasted broccoli and cauliflower with red quinoa, firm tofu, shaved carrot, pickled celery, microgreens and roasted sesame dressing; and yogurt and curry-marinated chicken breast with basmati rice cooked in shorba. wecohospitality.com

Photography by: Michael Procopio/The Cladwell; Courtesy of Brands