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 Furthermore-approved ways to make the most of 48 hours in Cambridge.

hubway bikes

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.
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life alive

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.
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charles river kayak & canoe

Rent a kayak and head over to the Charles River on a sunny fall morning with friends or family. Paddle under historic bridges and see Cambridge from a completely new point of view.
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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.
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fresh pond reservation

Hit the back nine at the Fresh Pond Reservation golf course, overlooking an historic lake surrounded by runners, cyclists, and families.
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Find this intimate brick building in the heart of Cambridge and enjoy a luxe farm-to-table experience in a cozy setting.
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beat hotel

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.
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48 hours in Milan

There are over 100 miles of cycling paths inside the city.