Barre to Bar with Exhale – Battery Wharf

Barre class has always been intriguing, yet intimidating to Miss Niss. Not offered at my regular gym, I was always hesitant to splurge on a class at a studio. When Blog and Tweet Boston posted a barre class event, I knew this was my opportunity to find out what barre is all about.

The plan was to first attend a barre class at Exhale Spa at Battery Wharf, and then to walk to Aragosta Bar + Bistro next door, inside the Fairmont Battery Wharf hotel. Exercise followed by food? I was totally on board.

Exhale Spa is more than an exercise studio; it’s also a spa, offering nail services, massages, and other spa services you can read about here. Since it’s a spa, the whole space feels luxurious and relaxing. Even the locker rooms are comforting. Lockers are free to use during your class and easy to operate with a chosen code. The barre class oom had beautiful hardwood floors and floor to ceiling mirrors on the walls with the barre. The room was set up with mats spread out across the floor and we could chose our own weights. Our instructor was welcoming, energetic and made her way around the class helping each girl get the most out of the workout.

Barre class really kicked my butt, in my a good way. I could feel muscles working that I don’t feel during a regular workout on the elliptical. The exercises were a lot harder than expected. My two pound weights felt so heavy after using them just a short time. My body was sore for the next two days. Exhale has me thinking their classes might be worth the $25 per class fee they charge.

After class, we were led to Aragosta. Exhale and Aragosta have a great relationship, helping each other share business since they are both located on Battery Wharf, off the busy streets of the North End in Boston.

We started with a Deep Cleanse cocktail, created for Exhale Spa, containing gin and aloe. It certainly was refreshing!

We started with a Deep Cleanse cocktail, created for Exhale Spa, containing gin and aloe. It certainly was refreshing!

We enjoyed veggie flatbread.
We enjoyed veggie flatbread drizzled with balsamic.

The bruschetta was fresh and delicious, and there was gluten free bread for the bloggers in our group with allergies. Aragosta confirmed they always have gluten free bread as an option.

The bruschetta was fresh and delicious, and there was gluten free bread for the bloggers in our group with allergies. Aragosta confirmed they always have gluten free bread as an option.

My favorite appetizer was the crispy artichoke fritter, made with truffle oil. Anything fried with truffle oil always wins me over.

My favorite appetizer was the crispy artichoke fritter, made with truffle oil. Anything fried with truffle oil always wins me over.

I’ll admit it never occurred to me to dine at Aragosta, but after tasting these delicious appetizers I would be happy to go back for more. I also learned they have outdoor seating on their terrace with fireplaces, which sounds like the perfect environment to enjoy the s’mores dessert.

I’m also really excited about the coupon we received for two-for-one afternoon tea. Blog and Tweet Boston seems to always put together quite the goody bag! Thank you, Blog and Tweet Boston, for organizing such a wonderful event!

The barre class, drinks, and appetizers were provided free as part of the Blog and Tweet Boston event. As always, all opinions are my own.

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2 Comments

  1. Joanne
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been really wanting to go to a barre class!! Sounds like something worth trying at least once! Especially if it’s followed up with some great food and drink!

  2. jaime @laviejaime
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    i need to get involved w/ blog & tweet- this sounds so fun! the flatbread looks relish.
    hope all is well!

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