From the classic Nor’easter to the rare Thundersnow, Boston is no stranger to harsh winter weather. It makes sense, then, that once the ice melts and the parks are flush with vibrant blooms, locals are eager to get outdoors. As a resident of the NEMA Boston Seaport apartments, you’ll be right in the middle of one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city, and the Seaport District is an ideal place to spend the day out and about. So, don your short sleeves and maybe a hat—it’s time to explore.

Start with a sunny, intimate brunch at 75 on Liberty Wharf. The highly anticipated waterfront spot is, as the Boston Globe put it, “a small restaurant with big views.” Indeed, the cozy hideaway seats only 60 people inside, where patrons are treated to dramatic views of the Boston Harbor, courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Mimosa in hand, you can watch a spring shower ripple across the water. Or, better yet, if the sun is shining, head outside to the deck. There, ample seating means you can dine alfresco with the sea glittering around you. The view might have you craving seafood, and, in that case, you’re in luck. Try the Crab Cake Benedict, which comes with a pan-seared crab cake, two poached eggs, herbed hollandaise, an English muffin, potatoes, and breakfast sausage—you’ve got a big day ahead, after all.

Next, once you’re properly fed and caffeinated, hit the local shops. A wide range of upscale boutiques and retail stores populates the neighborhood, meaning you can head straight from brunch to some of the city’s best shopping. For top-notch menswear, swing by Blank Label and get fitted. The custom clothing boutique creates each piece individually, tailored to each unique customer. The result is clothing that is as comfortable as it is beautiful; suits, pants, and shirts that were literally made for your body. If you have a trip on the calendar, swing by Away, where you can find thoughtfully designed luggage that is both stylish and highly functional. By “functional,” we’re not just talking about a suitcase made with durable materials and useful inside compartments, though those qualities exist in spades in the signature Carry-On bag. We’re also talking about a bag with a 37-watt lithium-ion battery for charging your devices, no matter where you are. The battery ejects with the push of a button, just in case you decide to check your bag, but it’s allowed in the cabin of most flights. Lastly, to find some of your favorite high-end beauty products, stop by Bluemercury, which carries brands like Kiehl’s, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and Dermalogica, just to name a few. If you have time, take advantage of their extensive spa services.

Exploring the shops in the Seaport District is likely to take up your whole afternoon. If that happens, and you’re feeling hungry again, head to Rosa Mexicano for dinner. Here, the margaritas are fresh and crafted by hand, from the hand-squeezed lime juice to the organic agave nectar. The menu has all of the beloved standbys you’d expect to see from a Mexican restaurant, like carnitas and carne asada, but there are creative, high-end options as well. For example, the Salmon Poblano is served over sautéed kale, chorizo, and corn and is drizzled with a fresh poblano cream sauce. The atmosphere is festive and modern, with ample natural light flooding in from the windows. With fresh guacamole before you and a margarita in your sights, you may forget you’re not actually on vacation. The good news? It’s only a quick walk home to your luxury Seaport Boston apartment.

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