48 Hours in Cambridge
A few of the finer ways to enjoy the city while in town for this weekend's Head of the Charles regatta.
In New England, nothing marks autumn quite like hundreds of thousands of people lined along the banks of the Charles River for the world’s largest rowing competition: the Head of the Charles. The regatta—celebrating its 49th birthday this year—calls spectators from all over the globe (and just down the street) to savor a weekend of tradition and competition. When not taking in Saturday and Sunday's events, try these Q-approved ways to make the most of 48 hours in Cambridge.
With over 100 stations and more than 1,000 bikes, Hubway, Beantown’s bike sharing system, is the best way to beat crowds. Rent wheels and commute into town on the city’s many bike lanes, enjoy panoramic views cruising the river, or circle Fresh Pond for a workout of your own.
Life Alive is an organic Mass Ave café that boasts a menu of refueling nutrient-packed items. No matter what you’re craving—a full meal, a wrap to go, or a “Jive Alive” juice—a visit promises to rejuvenate while also keeping your healthy eating on track.
Tennis & Squash Shop
Harvard Square’s quaint Tennis & Squash Shop mixes charming old-school décor with top-notch products. The environment is intimate, so staff can help you pick racquets catered to your ability.
Charles Square Farmer's Market
On Friday or Sunday, sneak away from the river for the Charles Square Farmer’s Market at the Charles Hotel’s lower courtyard. New England farmers sell everything from artisan cheeses and organic produce to local maple syrup, a huge selection of meats, and homemade desserts.
At Marathon Sports—a perennial “Best of Boston” winner—footwear-fitting specialists understand the importance of a good pair of shoes. The store’s “Right Fit” process gives customers a one-on-one consultation to determine how your foot bears weight, and what sneaks are right for you.
Toscano—the Tuscan eatery a stone’s throw from Harvard’s esteemed gates—is proud of their cuisine. Pure, strong flavors from ingredients like lemons, garlic, olives, and fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes speak for themselves, and the restaurant has daily specials based on seasonal ingredients. Sit by the open windows to take in the quiet bustle of the street.
By night, trade the sights of rowers and the sounds of crowds for Brattle Street’s new jazz haunt (named after the Paris inn where mid-twentieth century artists once hung out). Get moving to live tunes played nightly by up-and-comers in the industry, and enjoy a wholesome meal — the menu is filled with seasonal ingredients and boasts cocktails made from organic liqueur.