January Headlines


I try to make a list of new places to visit every year (both near and far) and the TOURISTS hotel in North Adams, Massachusetts easily made the cut for 2019. Nestled in the Berkshires, the TOURIST hotel is where retreat meets adventure. Their website provides you with plenty of ‘to-do’s’ for those that are looking to explore the area, but if you’re simply looking for a place to unwind and let your mind go quiet for a bit, their property seems to be the ideal place for that as well. Looking forward to taking it all in in person this year! - JD


If you’re looking for some inspiration to kick off your year, then you may want to head over to The CCP to hear about their mission. The Culture Connection Project, started by Joshua Sims and Tyler James, brings volunteers from around the world over to Uganda to teach, and learn, from the students at Arlington Academy of Hope. Their programs are structured to promote equality and understanding of each other and celebrate the differences in different cultures. Their 2018 group has just returned from their trip, but you can check out their site, and Instagram, @the.ccp, to learn more about this amazing group of people and how you can join the effort!

- JJ



We’re already big fans of Frenchie in the South End, so we were so excited to hear that their team will be opening up a sister restaurant, Colette, in Porter Square at the beginning of 2019! The menu will be similar to it’s siblings (Frenchie & Petit Robert Bistro), and you can currently get a sneak peek of the interiors on their Instagram page, @colette1924! We’ll be making reservations, des que possible!

- JJ


The Financial Gym

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Financial Gym over the last few months from podcasts to a segment on the Today Show, this company seems to be everywhere - kudos to their PR team! The Financial Gym founded by Shannon McLay, offers one-on-one financial guidance to help individuals better manage their finances. If saving more money is one of your new year’s resolutions, this may be the perfect resource for you. Think of it like a personal trainer for your finances. Whether you need to put together a plan to payoff student loans, debt, save money, spend smarter, buy real estate or travel, the Financial Gym helps individuals reach their financial goals. Memberships start at $99/month that you can cancel at any time so you’re not locked into a year long commitment. There are also special rates for students. - JJ


Aspen Snowmass

Skiing out west is a special experience for us New Englanders whether it’s your first time or you’re a frequent flyer to hit the slopes. Though we love our mountains here, there’s just something about that clean mountain air, untouched powder, plenty of open trails to keep advanced skiers and riders out on the mountain all day, and of course beautiful resorts and ski towns with a life of their own. Aspen, Colorado has it all and will always have a special place in my heart since it’s where I got engaged and experienced Colorado skiing for the first time. Whether you’re hitting the slopes or taking a stroll through the charming town there’s plenty to do on the mountain and at the base. The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome or the St. Regis in Aspen are located in the heart of downtown allowing you to walk to the Silver Queen Gondola, award winning restaurants, night life, spas, the Aspen Art Museum, ice skating and a SOULCYCLE pop up (“Destination Soul”) open until the end of March if you’re looking to burn some extra holiday calories. And what’s a ski town without apres ski hot spots? The Little Nell hotel bar and Cloud Nine, a ski-in, ski-out restaurant and bar is where you’ll want to go. Lastly, we would recommend making dinner reservations at Matsuhisa, The Monarch and Campo de Fiori. Note when booking your trip, the X Games return to Aspen January 24-27! - JGW


TIEM Spin Shoes

Needless to say we let ourselves indulge a little bit this holiday season, and so with the start of the new year, there are NO excuses to get back into our workout routines. We’re both loyal to our spin studios, but were looking for some new gear to help motivate us to get back into the saddle. These TIEM spin shoes not only look sleek, but are so comfortable, and work with majority of studio bikes! Now there are really no excuses to kick off the new year on the right foot. -JJ