Four Fantastic Boston Parks to Explore this Spring | Living the High Life at the AVA Theater District Rooftop Sky Pavilion | Where to Drink Around AVA Theater District | Get in Fighting Shape at AVA Theater District’s On-site Fitness Center | Where To Find Decor For Your New AVA Theater District Apartment

Four Fantastic Boston Parks to Explore this Spring

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the last of the snow has melted! Spring has finally arrived in Boston, and we at AVA Theater District could not be more ready to stretch those weary limbs and get outdoors. A quick game of fetch with a four-legged friend or Frisbee with one on two legs may be the best medicine to cast off any lingering winter blues.

We’ve rounded up four fantastic Boston parks, perfect for enjoying some fun in the long-awaited sun.

Peter’s Park

Peter’s Park in the South End is prime territory for you AVA dog lovers. Located on Shawmut Ave and E. Berkeley Street, Peter’s Park is one of Boston’s best off-leash puppy playgrounds, and also features community gardens, a basketball court, and a kid-friendly “tot lot”. In close proximity to some of the neighborhood’s standout shops, like Formaggio Kitchen, South End Buttery, and Polka Dog Bakery, Peter’s Park is the perfect resting spot after a little light shopping and noshing.

Christopher Columbus Park

Watch the boats sail into Long Wharf as you laze about in Christopher Columbus Park. Part of Boston’s HarborWalk project, this green space along the water is one of the city’s most picturesque locations (a popular site for many a wedding photo). Beautifully punctuated by rose gardens, a granite fountain, and wisteria-covered trellis, and with a stunning vantage point of Long Wharf, Christopher Columbus Park is the ideal venue for outdoor R&R on a sunny spring day.

The Arnold Arboretum

Situated in Jamaica Plain, the Arnold Arboretum is a true urban gem. This 281-acre link in the Emerald Necklace is host to nearly 15,000 individual plants, conifers, 187 species of bird and other wildlife. Guided tours through the grounds are offered, while self-guided tour plans are available online if you’d prefer to set your own pace. Be sure to check their events calendar for gallery receptions, poetry readings, and other special gatherings. Coming up on May 10, pack a picnic for Lilac Sunday, a celebration of the Arboretum’s most prominent blossom.

Franklin Park

Another notable stop along the Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park has myriad options for the most active city dwellers. Tennis courts, playgrounds, cross country tracks, and baseball fields are open for business and pleasure. And if that isn’t exotic enough for you, plan to visit a few wild friends at the Franklin Park Zoo. This 72-acre sanctuary is home to African lions, Masai giraffe, and lowland gorillas. Step into the Aussie Aviary and discover a colorful world of budgerigars in free-flight, or get a taste for the country life at Franklin Farm.

There’s more to this bustling city than meets the eye! Nature abounds throughout Boston, and you’d be remiss to neglect the indigenous splendor waiting just outside your door.

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Living the High Life at the AVA Theater District Rooftop Sky Pavilion

As winter is tiptoeing its way to a certain end, we’re all bursting at the seams of our down-filled puffer coats to spend quality time in the sunshine. Taking Sparky for a jaunty stroll to the South End or curating a picnic spread in the Common are always great ways to get outdoors when the season turns, but AVA Theater District has something novel to throw into the mix. The Rooftop Sky Pavilion at 45 Stuart Street is the best thing to happen to your social life since Marty Walsh extended the MBTA weekend hours.

In a city as densely populated as Boston, the best way to go is up! Unfortunately, public rooftop recreation is a bit of scarcity. Living at AVA, however, you can count your lucky stars from the private lounge at the Sky Pavilion.

Exceptional Views of Boston from the Sky Pavilion

The rooftop features both outdoor and indoor spaces for leisure and play, which is key in a city where the weather can turn on a dime. You can mosey on up to unwind with a glass of wine, or host of a few friends for a kiki with a view. And when Independence Day rolls around, you’ll have the ultimate vantage point to the most celebrated fireworks display in the country.

Speaking of July 4th traditions, get ready to stoke that barbecue this summer – grilling stations are set up on the rooftop for the ideal outdoor dinner party. Fill your pantry with veggies, fresh fish, and savory steaks from Deluca’s on Charles Street, and follow up at Charles Street Liquors and browse their tasty craft beer selection. If you need to stock up on some of the basics, take the green line just 2 stops to Copley, which is just around the corner from Star Market at the Prudential.

Community Lounging 24/7

Want to keep things closer to the ground? No problem – AVA Theater District’s features and amenities include an on-site fitness center and pet-friendly services to keep the fun going from the lobby to the sky.

After the record-breaking brutality of this winter, you’re due for a heavy dose of fresh air. We can’t wait to meet you at the Rooftop Sky Pavilion as we welcome spring’s arrival. Grab a pair of sunnies let’s get lounging! Call us today at (866) 524-8218 to find out more about this next-level property in the heart of Back Bay.

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Where to Drink Around AVA Theater District

Likely, you’ve done some recon around the neighborhood. You know where you’ll be grabbing a burger on Tuesday nights, where to have your best suit dry-cleaned before a big meeting, and the closest pharmacy for when allergy season really kicks in. Now’s a good time to find a few places to kick back, relax, and wet the proverbial whistle. Not every night out needs to be a schlep about town; there’s an AVA-adjacent watering hole to fit every whimsy, and we want thought we’d share just a few of our favorite local bars.

Shojo – The Pre-Game

Big event later on in the evening? If you’re itching to step out early, start your night in the heart of Chinatown at Shojo. Nestled inconspicuously between traditional dumpling houses and noodle joints, Shojo brings a stylish Asian twist to the gastropub movement. Its inventive cocktail list takes traditional tikis and punches to another level, with ingredients like Chinese sweet ginger vinegar and oolong tea-infused vodka. You can also fuel up on tasty bites like their much raved about suckling pig buns, or duck fat fries served with Sriracha aioli.

jm Curley – The Weekday Night Out

It may not be easy to squeeze into the ever-popular jm Curley on a Saturday night, but it’s every bit as good on a Wednesday evening. And what it lacks in square footage, it makes up for in beer. With over thirty bottled brews and six more on tap, you’ll be positively swimming in craft suds.

Highball –The Playroom

Challenge your friends to a nostalgic game of Mystery Date while tippling egg white cocktails at Highball Lounge in Downtown Crossing. Order a rubber ducky floater and not only have you made yourself squeaky new pal, you’ll support One Brick’s efforts to provide volunteer opportunities for Boston non-profit organizations.

The Sevens – The Respectable Dive

This Beacon Hill mainstay hasn’t changed since your parents went here in college, and that’s how we like it. If you’re new to Boston, The Sevens is the place to educate yourself in the art of a well-poured Guinness.

Whether it’s a low-key group hang, or a proper night on the town, you’ve got myriad options just around the block from your apartment at AVA Theater District. So go ahead and break-in those brand new heels; it’s only a short walk home.

Get in Fighting Shape at AVA Theater District’s On-site Fitness Center

Don’t get too down on yourself if your fitness routine has taken a back seat to Netflix and nacho binges this winter. After a long day of work and a chilly commute home, nothing seems more natural than cozying up on the couch and forsaking the gym altogether.

But now that the frost is finally thawing, we think it’s time that you give yourself a kick start. Spring is a season of renewal and the perfect time to revive your workout flow. With its own on-site fitness amenities, AVA Theater District is ready to facilitate, so put down that cruller and let’s get moving!

One of the most convenient features AVA Theater District offers residents is its on-site, private fitness center. Whether you’re a heavy lifter or a light rower, the gym is equipped to fit your workout style. Throw on any old pair of sneakers, and just hit the elliptical for 20 minutes if that’s all you can spare. Having a gym in your own apartment building means there are no excuses not to get those muscles moving. You’re only a few floors away, and if you take the stairs, you’ve got your warm-up out of the way!

And since you aren’t shelling out a hefty monthly gym fee, that means you’ve got a little extra cash to try something new. Boston’s burgeoning fitness community offers unique options to keep you on your toes. In Core Fusion Barre + Cardio classes at Exhale Spa, you’ll transform your body with interval strength training while feeling like a kick-butt ballerina. For high-octane cardio impact, Recycle Studios offers spin classes designed to empower and reboot your spirit. If you don’t mind a trip on the T, check out Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville for the ultimate indoor climbing experience. Learn to boulder with a pal, or practice your balancing act in their slackline series courses.

Living well is a full body experience at AVA. Whether you’re a lean, mean workout machine or it’s been awhile since you’ve even broken a sweat, AVA Theater District has the resources to fulfill your individual fitness needs. Here’s to healthy renting, neighbor!

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Where To Find Decor For Your New AVA Theater District Apartment

We admit, moving isn’t always the most enjoyable experience. But once you’ve loaded, unloaded, and settled into your new space, the real fun can begin. Decorating your new apartment is the best way to make it really feel like home. Fortunately, AVA Theater District is in close proximity to plenty of décor and furniture shops. Your new pad deserves a few new toys!

A stone’s throw away from AVA you’ll find the mother of modern furnishing, Restoration Hardware. Located in the historic Boylston Street building once home to Louis Boston, and the New England Museum of Natural History before that, RH has curated a gallery-style showroom for its high-end recycled pieces. It’s the perfect place for a special splurge, or even just a little style inspiration. If you’re also in the market for a few well-priced basics, check out the Marshalls just across the street. Now’s the time to stock up on hand towels!

For a more unique shopping experience, check out the SoWa Vintage Market at 460 C Harrison Ave in the South End. Every Sunday from 10 to 4, the SoWa Vintage Market hosts a rotating cast of vintage and antique vendors selling curated collections of furniture, art, and décor. Come May 4th through October 26th, you’ll find the SoWa Open Market right outside, featuring local craft vendors offering handmade pottery, wall prints, and other assorted bits and bobs. For fabulous antiquing six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday), stop by the long-standing Cambridge Antique Market. This impressive space features five floors chock full of charming home finishings.

Have you been holding onto a sizeable collection of art work, but just haven’t gotten around to framing it? Around the Corner on Tremont Street in the South End has been voted best custom framing for three years running. Check out their gallery of work on the website and you’ll understand why! More of a do-it-yourselfer? Venture out to the Artist & Craftsman Supply in Cambridge for some unfinished frames. Michael’s also carries an awesome assortment of ready-to-hang options as well as affordable custom solutions.

Of course, I would be remiss not to mention our two furniture heavyweights, Jordan’s Furniture and Ikea in Avon and Stoughton. Hop in that ZipCar and shoot over to both stores in under an hour. And it isn’t just for the unbeatable bargains; we know you’ve been dying to ride the MOM!

Make your new home as individual as you are with a few new items from these fantastic shopping destinations. Mixing affordable pieces from big brand retailers with special finds from local craftsmen and vintage vendors is a thrifty and creative way to design a space that speaks to your personality. And after all, a little retail therapy never hurt anyone.

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