Everything Fun You Can Do in Boston This Weekend

Spend the long weekend toasting Betty White and cheering on the Patriots with an epic food spread.

So 2022 has not exactly been the stress-free year we were hoping for so far. But life is not all bad! For starters, it’s a long weekend—and Monday affords us the opportunity to do lots of virtual volunteering in the name of MLK. We also have a playoff game to look forward to this weekend—and a wings special to accompany it. And what better time to toast Betty White than during a whole brunch dedicated to her memory? Here is everything you must do this weekend.

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Friday, January 7
Now is the time to treat yourself. So head into Rochambeau’s cafe to taste what Erin Miller of Urban Hearth is cooking up for one day only. We’re talking buttermilk biscuit sandwiches with bacon-onion jam, Vermont creamery goat cheese, and a fried egg; shakshuka with two coddled eggs, Narragansett Creamery feta, and Iggy's bread for dipping; and a wild mushroom tartine served on grilled sourdough with leek butter, garlic, and thyme.
Cost: A la carte

Friday, January 14
Appleton Farms
This is wintertime fun at its purest: You and up to five of your buds, huddled around a fire of your own making, enjoying s’mores at the end of a lovely carte alfresco dinner. Just bring yourselves and plenty of outerwear; The Trustees supply or sell the rest.
Cost: $60 members, $75 non-members; s’mores and wood included in ticket

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge
Chill Over the Charles | Photo by Laura Ford, Courtesy of HW AmericasRegCorpCo

Friday, January 14 – Saturday, January 16
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Boston–Cambridge
Enough with the Boston Harbor views—it’s time to toast epic views of the Charles. Up to eight guests can snuggle inside the hotel’s rooftop igloos to enjoy Jack’s Abby Framinghammer Baltic porters, spiked cider, or hot chocolate as part of Chill Over the Charles. If you’re feeling peckish, you can make a night of it with dinner offerings like clam chowder and vegetable garganelli—and all huts also allow you to customize your playlist.
Cost: Minimum food and drink order ranges from $150 to $425

Saturday, January 14 – Monday, January 17
Sweet Cheeks Q
Tiffani Faison wants you cheering on the Pats in style. So on Saturday—and in fact, on all three NFL playoff days—you can order her special smoked wings for pickup or delivery. Choose between plain dry rub, buffalo, or bbq gold sauce, and be sure to gather some wings companions, because there’s a two-dozen minimum order.
Cost: $35 for two dozen wings; place orders online

Boston Cares
Boston Cares

Friday, January 14 – Monday, January 17
“A day on, not a day off” has been Boston Care’s motto since 2006; each year on MLK Day, the volunteer organization gathers hundreds of Bostonians for a community outreach project that honors the work of the day’s namesake. And just as they did so last year, Boston Cares has expanded its efforts to offer three days of virtual volunteer opportunities, training sessions, and conversations on race, equity, and community issues.
Cost: Free; register online. You can also donate to Boston Cares directly

Friday, January 14 –Sunday, January 16
Troquet on South
Throw Dry January to the wind—tough times demand a quality wine. Troquet’s sommelier Chris Campbell is digging some true treasures out of his wine cellar to treat diners who might otherwise not splurge. Simply peruse the wine table and make your pick for lunch or dinner; previous finds have included a 1969 Romanee Conti and a 1983 Chave Hermitage. The sale runs through the end of the month, with wine selections changing nightly, so more than one visit certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Cost: Bottles range from $10 to $75 (most are under $40)

City Tap Boston
City Tap Boston

Monday, January 17
City Tap 
Monday is Betty White’s actual 100th birthday, and we can think of no better time to raise a glass or five. Honor her genius with specials like Golden Waffles, Golden Glitter Mimosas, and vodka and hot dogs—yup, that was Betty’s favorite food and drink combo. Betty swag will definitely be on hand, and they’ll also be streaming that day’s tributes.
Cost: A la carte

Sunday, January 16
This place hung on for as long as it could and then some, but Sunday is Coppersmith’s true swan song—and it plans to go out with a bang. Opening at 10 am, the restaurant will be showing the NFL playoffs on its projection screens and bringing back one of its signature brunch items for one last hurrah: hangover tots with peppercorn gravy and chorizo (sounds bizarre, but trust us, it’s delicious).
Cost: A la carte

Sunday, January 16
Thistle & Leek
We could all use a little break from the kitchen and a whole lotta comfort fare; Thistle & Leek can accommodate both needs. This Sunday evening and every Sunday going forward, the restaurant is serving a three-course dinner for two for just 75 bucks allowing you to spring for the $25 wine carafe. Think beef bourguignon, garlic and white bean soup, and pate de campagne, though the menu will change weekly.
Cost: $75

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