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Friday: Go Alfresco After Work
For those staying in the city for the weekend, here’s a tip: Tavern on the Water in Charlestown makes a great after-work find for a cocktail and easy eats like fried clams or lobster mac ’n’ cheese. Since there’s usually a mass exodus of city dwellers this weekend, you’ve got a good chance in snagging a table outdoors with a panoramic skyline view of Beantown. Yessah! (617-242-8040).
Saturday: Empanadas and Eye-Candy
Take in a meal a the Harvard Square outpost of Venezuelan cafe Orinoco, where the charming back patio makes a perfect spot to enjoy arepas, empanadas and more at an umbrella-equipped table (617-495-4700). If it's dinner, heat things up afterward with Harvard Film Archive's "Hot Saturday: The Paramount Pre-Code Marathon," a series of six movies (yes, six) that feature Cary Grant and other eye-candy actors and actresses romping around in shorts, swimsuits and whatnot (9:15 PM; $12; 617-491-3434).
Sunday: Eco-Friendly Eats
Head down to Buzzards Bay's Bay End Farm at 2 PM for a farm tour and then sit down at a communal table for a four-course family-style spread prepared by The Blue Room’s Robert Grant, all paired with wines. The caveat? You'll need to bring your own plate, with the aim of conserving dish-washing water (2 PM farm tour; 3 PM meal time; $85 per person; 617-494-9034 or order your tickets online by clicking here).
Monday: Photos and Fin Fare
Before or after checking out The Peabody Essex Museum's “Ansel Adams: At the Water’s Edge” exhibit, head to Finz, an elegant yet casual seafooder on Pickering Wharf overlooking Salem Harbor (978-744-8485).