IN THE ‘HOOD
Lower Mills: Head south via the Red Line and the AshmontMattapan trolley.
Getting to Lower Mills— go south of Boston on the Red Line, then take the Ashmont-Mattapan trolley—is half the fun. Once you’ve arrived in this neighborhood that splits its time between Boston and Milton, fill up at Bred (great sandwiches), Steel & Rye (Americana) and Ester (rooftop veggie garden).
Bred 2255 Dorchester Ave., 617.698.0103, bredgourmet.com
Steel & Rye 95 Eliot St., Milton, 617.690.2787, steelandrye.com
Ester 2261 Dorchester Ave., 617.698.2261, ester-dot.com Lovers of art deco and mid-century modern objects should make a beeline for Streamline Antiques on Washington Street; and don’t overlook The Ice Creamsmith, which has been serving homemade ice cream since 1976. Streamline Antiques 1168 Washington St., 617.298.3326, streamline antiques.com The Ice Creamsmith 2295 Dorchester Ave., 617.296.8567, theicecreamsmith.com Lower Mills Tavern has a great selection of craft beers and New England ciders, and a top-notch clam chowder. Azul@88 is a modern Mexican pop-up at 88 Wharf; and Flat Black Coffee Co. is now known citywide for its excellent specialty coffees. Lower Mills Tavern 2269 Dorchester Ave., 851.267.4461, lowermillstavern.com
88 Wharf 88 Wharf St., Milton, 857.598.4826, 88wharf.com Flat Black Coffee Co. 1170 Washington St., 617.298.1800, flatblackcoffee.com A stroll along the Neponset River Trail offers an instant, all-natural hit of relaxation and many treats for birders, including the occasional bald eagle. Boston School of Music Arts offers songwriting classes, while Milton Hill Sport & Spa has pilates. Neponset River Trail neponset.org Boston School of Music Arts 2258-A Dorchester Ave., 617.690.3391, boston schoolofmusicarts.com Milton Hill Sport & Spa 1 Eliot St., Milton, 617.698.0063, miltonhillsport.com For more things to do in Lower Mills go to wheretraveler.com