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What crosses our mind in Boston


LODGING

Bulfinch Hotel, expensive, (617) 624-0202, www.bulfinchhotel.com. It's true that the rooms at this year-old boutique hotel in an old flatiron-shaped warehouse aren't what you'd call spacious, but with the North End, the State House, and other area landmarks less than a 10-minute walk away, we're guessing you won't be spending much time there, anyway. Plus, the rates go down this time of year.

Copley House, moderate, (617) 236-8300, www.copleyhouse.com. “A great value” is the phrase most often used to describe these Queen Anne–style apartments. Combine comfy accommodations, friendly staffers, and affordable prices, all in a cozy Back Bay neighborhood, and you can’t go wrong.

DINING

Kookoo, inexpensive to moderate, (617) 730-5525, www.kookoocafe.com. When we travel, we always like to find a nice little coffee shop where we can write postcards, catch up on some reading, or simply scope out the locals. This brand-new one in Brookline Village looks like it will fit the bill nicely.

Sauciety, moderate to expensive, (617) 532-4670, www.sauciety.com. Donuts in coffee, french fries in ketchup — everyone loves to dip. So who wouldn’t love a restaurant that serves a surplus of sauces with every dish? In fact, with varieties like lobster vanilla foam, amber ale caramelized onion, and green-pepper black trumpet mushroom, who needs plain-Jane entrées?

NIGHTLIFE

Red Sky Restaurant and Lounge, (617) 742-3333, www.redskyboston.com. The vibe is classy and chic (but not overly so) at this new bar/restaurant in the popular Faneuil Hall area, and you can grab a cocktail until two a.m. (The kitchen closes at one.) On Wednesday nights, they bring in a swingin’ Sinatra impersonator.

SHOPPING

Johnny Cupcakes, (617) 375-0100, www.johnnycupcakes.com. If you love cupcakes but are worried about carbs and/or calories, check out the tasty treats at this whimsical boutique. Here, cupcake motifs sweeten everything from belts to bags, not to mention an exhaustive line of T-shirts. And on weekends, this new outpost, on trendy Newbury Street, doles out free cupcakes (the edible kind) with every purchase.