Unwinding after a long day of work is crucial to maintaining your sanity, as well as your physical and mental health. Spending long hours at a desk, exhausting all of your mind’s resources can take a toll on a person. Finding a place to relax in Boston isn’t the easiest of tasks. 
We know the first instinct after work is to get home, but according to a study done at University of Southern California, devoting more time to housework is associated with poorer end-of-the-day recovery. So, before you take the trip home, consider unwinding at all the beautiful places Boston has to offer. Here are our some of our favorites:

Charles River esplanade

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One of the most common ways to unwind is to take a walk outside. In a city, a leisurely walk can be hard to come across. The key is to find a green place. The Charles River esplanade is the optimal nature sanctuary for relaxation. Its prime downtown location with water-lining trails provide an easily accessible and peaceful escape.


Cambridge Brewing Company

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Sometimes a drink is the best way to cure post-work stress. In that case, Cambridge Brewing Company is the oldest brewery-restaurant in the Boston area and a pioneer in innovative beer styles. The CBC offers a diverse menu, highlighted by their expansive beer list. Its casual atmosphere is ideal for winding down after a long day.


Boston Athenæum

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Boston Athenæum, one of Boston’s oldest and and most distinguished cultural institutions, is a quintessential getaway. Inside the walls of this ornately decorated building, you will be blessed with solitude as well as surrounded by a wealth of knowledge. You will need to pay for a membership for full access, but it is a worthy investment.


Trident Booksellers & Cafe

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If you don’t have the resources to become a member at the Boston Athenæum, Trident Booksellers & Cafe is a quaint bookstore tucked within the brick buildings of Newbury Street. Besides a place to be alone, Trident provides thousands of books and games to help unwind and a menu full of eclectic dishes, from breakfast food all the way to butternut squash tacos. It’s easy to lose yourself and let go of your stress in this local favorite.



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