Savor the Summer with $1 Oysters at Rialto | Discover the Perfect Place for You and Your Pet to Call Home | Sample the Restaurant Scene During Dine Out Boston | Moving To Avalon North Point Lofts? Here's A List Of Moving Resources In Cambridge. | Behind the Scenes at Avalon North Point Lofts

Savor the Summer with $1 Oysters at Rialto

New restaurants may come and go, but award-winning institutions like Harvard Square’s Rialto have been anchoring the Boston restaurant scene for two decades. Chef Jody Adams, winner of the coveted James Beard Award, is the woman behind Rialto, which was named of the “world’s best hotel restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine and has twice been awarded four stars by the Boston Globe.

Oysters at Rialtos

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Rialto serves regional Italian cuisine and participates in local events like Dine Out Boston (happening this summer from August 18-29). Rialto also offers specials, like $1 oysters, on Monday nights from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. in the bar and lounge. New England-grown oysters are some of the world’s best and nothing says summer like the fresh-shucked bivalves.

For this summer’s Dine Out Boston event, Rialto is offering a special three-course dinner menu for $38. Diners can feast on summer antipasto, lasagna, ravioli, bolognese, cantaloupe sorbetto and peach and blueberry crostada, among other options.

The regular Rialto dinner menu features inventive dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. To start, there’s a crudo of black bass with tomatoes, pickled peaches and grains of paradise or house-cured salami with house ricotta, basil and stuffed eggplant with black olive and pecorino.

Local favorites like lobster and bluefish sit alongside pasta dishes, soups, Long Island duck and rabbit in the second and third courses. And for dessert, Rialto offers creative takes on classes, like a frozen chocolate and licorice truffle and a strawberry “mimosa” cake.

Cambridge residents are lucky to live in a place that gives them easy access to the region’s top cuisine. And whether you head to Rialto for the $1 oyster special or to dine off of the regular menu, you’ll be glad you visited one of the Boston area’s most renowned restaurants!

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Discover the Perfect Place for You and Your Pet to Call Home

Finding a part-friendly apartment in the Boston area isn’t easy, but there’s a new living space in town that welcomes four-legged residents too. Situated in Cambridge right across the Charles River from downtown Boston, Avalon North Point Lofts offers pet-friendly apartments perfect for you and your furry friend.

Pet-Friendly Apartments in Cambridge, MA

The brand new studio apartments are spacious enough for you to spread out and for your dog, cat or other pet to have space of their own too. And with all of the amenities available at our Cambridge apartments for rent, like access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor heated resort-style pool and a garden terrace, you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort for your pet’s.

Pet Stores

In addition to the welcoming on-site atmosphere at Avalon North Point Lofts, there are several nearby pet stores and dog parks that will your pet feel right at home. Just a half a mile from these pet-friendly apartments, you’ll find a PetCo that’s open seven days a week. The store not only sells everything you need for your pet, from food and leashes to beds and toys, the Cambridge Petco also offers grooming, dog training and vaccinations.

Located in nearby Charlestown, PetCo Unleashed caters to all of your pet’s needs. In addition to supplying all of the usual PetCo products and services, Unleashed also offers pet parties that take place in a free community area and come with plenty of treats!

Dog Parks

When you’re ready to take your pet for a walk, look no further than nearby North Point Park. This waterfront green space is the perfect place to take a long stroll with your dog. In neighboring Somerville, you’ll find an active dog park at Nunziato Field. This popular spot is nearly always full of friendly dogs, so your pup will almost be guaranteed a playmate. And if you don’t mind a bit of a trek, nearby Arlington is home to Thorndike Field, a popular and well-designed dog park.

If you’re looking for a place for you and your pet to call home in the Boston area, look no further than Avalon North Point Lofts. These pet-friendly Cambridge apartments have everything you and your furry friend need to feel right at home!

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Sample the Restaurant Scene During Dine Out Boston

One the perks of living at Avalon North Point Lofts is easy access to the Boston area’s dozens of delicious restaurants. The local food scene has exploded in the last few years, with new places to eat springing up seemingly every week. And there’s no better time to try a few new spots–or visit old favorites–than during Dine Out Boston.

Back Deck Boston

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Formally called Restaurant Week, Dine Out Boston takes place from August 17-22 and August 24-29. During those weeks, restaurants throughout the city offer prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus in a three-tiered pricing structure ($15, $20 or $25 for lunch and $28, $33 or $38 for dinner). The prices and number of courses vary by restaurant and reservations are recommended where possible.

As for where to eat, Back Deck—a barbeque joint in Downtown Crossing—is offering a $15 two-course Dine Out Boston lunch menu with summer corn chowder, pulled pork or a burger (beef, veggie or turkey). Back Deck also has a three-course dinner special featuring hot wings, shrimp and chorizo skewers and s’mores for dessert.

Japanese eatery Haru, located on Huntington Avenue in the Back Bay, has a three-course lunch menu for $25 and a three-course dinner menu for $38 for Dine Out Boston. Diners can expect to nosh on fish tacos, special sushi rolls and cheesecake tempura.

The Back Bay’s Precinct Kitchen and Bar is participating in Dine Out Boston with a three-course lunch for $20 and a three-course dinner for $33. Precinct’s lunch and dinner menu both feature New England classics like clam chowder and Boston cream pie. The lunch entrees have a more casual feel, with dishes like fish and chips, while the dinner menu offers a full clambake.

These are just a few of the dozens of restaurants participating in Dine Out Boston this August. With so many delicious choices, there’s no doubt that wherever you dine, it will be a meal to remember!

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Moving To Avalon North Point Lofts? Here's A List Of Moving Resources In Cambridge.

Avalon North Point Lofts is ready to open its doors to new residents, which means it’s time to think about the logistics of moving to your new home. Most people dread moving, but with plenty of moving resources in Cambridge available, it can be a smooth, simple process.

Moving Boxes

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The first step when coordinating a move is deciding whether you’ll do it all yourself or hire a company to help. Doing it yourself (packing boxes, renting a truck, etc.) can be more economical, but sometimes it’s definitely more time-consuming. Hiring a company to pack and move your things will cost more, but your move will be over before you know it. And you can always settle somewhere in the middle by packing up your stuff but hiring a company to do the heavy lifting.

When securing boxes for a move, the best place to look is at your local liquor store. They often have a plethora of leftover boxes in great condition that you can have for free. Plus, the smaller size of the boxes means you won’t be able to overload them and make them too heavy to lift easily. There are lots of places in Cambridge to get moving boxes, but Sav-Mor Spirits—just up the street from Avalon North Point Lofts—will likely be your best bet. It’s a gigantic store that goes through a lot of inventory, so they’re likely to have lots of leftover boxes perfect for your move.

If you plan to do all the moving yourself, look into renting a truck from a nearby U-Haul location. There are two located within a couple of miles of Avalon North Point Lofts, one in nearby Somerville and another near Cambridge’s Central Square. If you’d rather have someone else do the heavy lifting, Intelligent Labor and Moving is a top-rated Cambridge moving company in the area that charges reasonable rates and does a great job.

Whether you plan to D.I.Y. or hire someone to help, with the right information and supplies, your move to Avalon North Point Lofts can be a cinch!

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Behind the Scenes at Avalon North Point Lofts

Avalon North Point Lofts is made up of a hardworking team committed to amazing service and passionate about the community and city. Let’s take some time to learn more about one of the Avalon team members who helps make Avalon communities some of the best in the country. We caught up with Samantha Meyer, Community Consultant for Avalon North Point Lofts, Red Sox fan and Cambridge expert–read on to learn more!

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About Your Community Consultant

Born and raised in Boston, Ma and attended UMASS Amherst for undergrad, graduated in 2011 with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Samantha Meyer

“I’ve been at Avalon North Point for 3 years, I first came to Avalon North Point when it was still Archstone North Point, directly after graduating. I started with Archstone as Resident Concierge in June 2011, was then promoted to Lead Concierge, and later promoted to Community Consultant in June 2013. My favorite thing about North Point is definitely the residents, they’re very welcoming, always full of pleasant surprises, and you definitely build great relationships with some of the people who have been at the community long term. I can’t wait to see what North Point Lofts brings to our close-knit community!”
– Samantha Meyer

Get to know Samantha!

Obligatory Massachusetts question—Red Sox fan?


In your opinion, what are the hidden gems of Cambridge?

Anywhere around Harvard Square, Cambridge Street is filled with great restaurants and is a great strip to walk. North Point Park, which is right behind our building, is also a great place for families to enjoy the play ground, for runners to run around the Charles River, and to also walk directly into Charlestown.

What’s the best place to unwind in Cambridge?

I would have to say The Middle East or Ryles Jazz Club. Both places have great vibes, with really good music and shows, and the Middle East is also a fantastic restaurant. For anything local, close to train stations and public transportation, I’d have to say The Friendly Toast in Kendall Square. It’s a great restaurant and offers a great atmosphere, with outside seating in the summer and gets very cozy in the winter.

What are your favorite nearby daytrip and weekend getaway destinations?

The Cape, and Assembly Row for some of the new restaurants.

If you only had one day in Cambridge, what would you do?

Probably go to the Natural History Museum in Harvard Square, or check out the Harvard area and walk Storrow Drive.

What’s your favorite dinner spot in Cambridge?

All Star Sandwich on Prospect Street; enormous sandwiches at a great price! The menu is fantastic and offers a lot of great options besides sandwiches.

What are the best spots to check out within walking distance of the North Point Lofts?

North Point Park, Central Square, Memorial Drive for the Charles River, and right over McGrath Highway is the North End which is a great walk; work up an appetite before grabbing dinner in the North End for some great Italian!

Any exciting developments that Avalon North Point Lofts residents can expect?

We are expecting a new building to open up behind Lofts called the 20/20 building that is set to have retail space below some of the apartments. We’re excited to see what that will bring, whether it’s restaurants or shops, which will be convenient to a lot of our residents. Also we have a few more park areas that are being renovated for the families, so kids will have a few more play options.

With so many great spots and attractions nearby and all with the world class amenities Avalon is known for, it’s hard to not to be excited about Avalon North Point Lofts, apartments for rent in Cambridge, MA.

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