Megan Johnson

Features Writer

5 reasons why it's better to move into Boston during the spring

There's nothing like schlepping a couch from a U-Haul to your 5th floor walkup in the freezing cold that makes you wish you'd waited until spring to move. In fact, spring is prime moving time in the Boston area, when listings are plentiful and the weather is bearable. "While the...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:06 AM

The hottest neighborhoods around Massachusetts

With a housing shortage and brutally high price tags, the Boston area isn't the easiest place to find a new home these days. But the best finds come if you're willing to sift through listings and venture into new neighborhoods. Here's a few to check out. Orient Heights, East Boston To...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:01 AM

Why Medford is the new Somerville

Forget Somerville. For Millennials looking to put down roots in the Boston area, Medford is the place to be. In October, realtor.com released its third-annual list of the Hottest Zip Codes in America, with the city of Medford, Massachusetts (02155), scoring the number four slot,...

Monday, November 6, 2017, 12:15 PM

SLT strengthens, lengthens and tones its way into Boston

It may look like a torture device, but the Megaformer might be the workout of your dreams. That's the mantra of Amanda Freeman, creator of SLT, or Strengthen, Lengthen, and Tone, a 50-minute Megaformer workout that's evolved into a cult favorite for stars like Sofia Vergara and fitness...

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 11:19 AM

The ultimate guide to New England leaf peeping

When the leaves begin to turn and the air goes crisp, New England becomes an autumn wonderland that attracts folks from every corner of the world. If you're itching to see the region in its full foliage glory, here's our tips on where to go. Massachusetts: Cruise down Route 2 to...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 3:47 PM

A pain in the foot: How to treat Plantar Fasciitis and more

Spending all day on her feet takes a toll on Rachele Pojednic. But the Flywheel Instructor and Assistant Professor at Simmons College in Boston has a simple tool to combat foot pain: a small, dense, bouncy ball she bought for 25 cents out of the grocery store's vending machine.  "I...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 3:52 PM

Why young professionals are flocking to Charlestown

Forget what you saw in Ben Affleck movies, because in modern day Charlestown, you're more likely to be run over by a $700 stroller than a gang of fleeing bank robbers. "More and more young professionals seem to be migrating to the area to put down roots," says Dana Bull, a realtor...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:07 AM

Say 'I do' at these new Boston wedding venues

The 2017 wedding season may be in full swing, but if you're planning your nuptials for next year, it's time to settle on a space. Luckily, the greater Boston area is flush with new, wedding venues that accommodate ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. Get ready to slice the cake and toss...

Friday, June 16, 2017, 1:13 PM

Local restaurants branch out with booming coffee programs

You can’t swing a dead cat in Boston without hitting a restaurant with a “robust cocktail program.” But it’s not just the alcoholic beverages that get the VIP treatment these days. Full service dining establishments around the Bay State are paying particular attention to the...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 12:30 PM

Where to eat and drink along the Boston Pride Parade route

Grab your feather boas and confetti cannons: It's Pride Week in Boston, and the annual celebration of the LGBTQ community is in full force. With the beloved parade weaving through Back Bay and the South End on Saturday, June 10 at noon, you're going to need some good food and drink to keep...

Monday, June 5, 2017, 5:36 PM

The housing market is heating up in Jamaica Plain

First time homebuyers are flocking to Jamaica Plain, dropping upwards of $700,000 on condominiums. While that number may not seem all that shocking in other Boston neighborhoods, it's certainly a rising price point for JP. "Several years ago, we saw first time home buyers searching in the...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 12:01 PM

11 T-friendly beaches around Boston

Just because you're without a car doesn't mean you have to be stuck jumping through sprinklers with the neighborhood kids to cool off this summer. There are plenty of awesome beaches in the Boston area that are reachable with nothing but your good old CharlieCard. Here's a roundup of...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 4:27 PM

The best outdoor fitness classes in Boston

There's nothing quite like summer in the city of Boston. Trade in the cramped gyms and overpriced studios for some fresh air with these diverse outdoor fitness classes: Seaport Sweat If your bank account is looking pretty sparse, fear not: Seaport Sweat is back in action with 153 free...

Friday, May 12, 2017, 3:19 PM

Where to get the perfect last-minute Mother's Day gifts in Boston

Hugs and phone calls are perfectly fine, but don't leave mama with empty hands on Mother's Day. If you're not the planning type, here's eight gifts available at Boston area stores that you can snag just in time to show up on mom's doorstep Sunday morning. 1. Seacoast Sweets...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:45 AM

Hitting the high notes with Lea Michele

Whether she's on the stage, screen or anywhere in between, Lea Michele knows how to shine brightly. Following the release of her second album, “Places,” earlier this spring, we caught up with the actress and singer to chat about her upcoming show in Boston at the Boch Center...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 3:21 PM

A delicious deal in Dorchester

If you want a taste of the Dorchester's famed Baker Chocolate empire without giving in to your sweet tooth, you're in luck: a stunning Colonial Revival home that was built on the massive estate of Baker Chocolate tycoon Walter Baker is officially on the market - and it's even undergone...

Monday, May 1, 2017, 1:52 PM

On your mark: get ready for Marathon Monday

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 12.0px; font: 12.0px 'Austin Light'} Whether you’re running the big 26.2 or you’re just eager to celebrate a day off from work, race day is one of the holiest party holidays in the Bay State. Here’s...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:48 PM

Boston's best Easter eats

Whether you’re gathering with friends to drink beers or awaiting a visit from the fam, Easter celebration can mean a lot of different things. Here are our picks for Boston's best brunches and dinners no matter who you’re rolling with for the holiday. Staying casual with your crew...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:22 PM

Is the Seaport becoming Boston's hottest new neighborhood?

If living in a neighborhood that resembles The Capitol in Hunger Games is your thing, you’re in luck: Boston’s Seaport is a spotless, futuristic area where you’d expect the Jetsons to put down roots. What used to be a vast wasteland of parking lots is now a spotless vision of...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 3:39 AM

Are you overdoing it in spin class?

The music is pumping, the sweat pouring down your forehead, and you're dead set on reaching the finish line. Legions of men and women swear by indoor cycling classes, thanks to the calorie-torching intensity and addictive rush of endorphins. But while hitting the bike is often praised for its low...

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:13 PM