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A hip wine-and-cheese shop with free daily tastings



isiting the out-of-the-way Bacco’s Wine and Cheese is like taking a trip to wine country. But you never have to leave the city. Spend time at the tasting table with the owner, Bob Bacco, and enjoy a complimentary flight from his handpicked collection with one of the shop’s fine cheeses or meats, Monday through Saturday. The wine enthusiast stocks his sleek, glass-walled shop with a variety of his favorite vino from around the world, and brings in wine experts a few times a week. There are also American and European cheeses, Sicilian olive oil, fresh-baked bread from Iggy’s, fine Italian and Spanish meats, olives, pate, and gifts for oenophiles. Here’s another secret: Buy four bottles and take 10 percent off. Modica



The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers was opened in 1927 by E.M. Statler, who coined the phrase, “location, location, location.” It was the tallest building in Boston at the time, having violated the city building code by 30 feet, and the biggest independent hotel in New England for 50 years. The hotel introduced the novel innovation of radios in the guest rooms, which rented for $3.50 a night.