It’s no secret that autumn is the ideal season for weekend getaways. Cooler temperatures, fall foliage, and back-to-school vibes encourage travelers to explore new cities and get outdoors. This insider guide will share why many consider Cambridge, Massachusetts, as one of the best destinations in the Northeast for a fall getaway.
Cruise Around Boston
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Since 1990, the Charles Riverboat Co. has been the only company offering cruises in Boston Harbor and the Charles River. Many locals claim that you can experience some of the best views of Boston from the water. Guests can get amazing views of the Boston skyline, Harvard University, and Old Ironsides. You’ll discover a variety of Boston tours including sunset tours, architecture cruises, and city sightseeing rides on the harbor.
Catch a Harvard Football Game
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Fall is the season for cozy sweatshirts, football, and afternoon tailgating. Get into the collegiate spirit by experiencing a Harvard Crimson football game. Every year, the hottest event in town is the Harvard vs. Yale game. The two Ivy League schools have been fierce rivals since 1875. This game is typically held in late November as one of the last games of the season.
Enjoy Harvest Time
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Throw on a warm sweater, grab a canvas tote, and enjoy all the fresh produce yields from harvest time. Every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Cambridge Center Farmers Market features stands selling locally grown fruits and vegetables. Fall favorites include apples, corn, tomatoes, and butternut squash. The market runs through late October.
Dine on the Rooftop
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Savor the last nights of outdoor dining at Daedalus Restaurant & Pub. This trendy hangout ranks high among the locals due to its rooftop deck and lovely views of Harvard Square. As the weather turns cooler, the outdoor patio is heated, and the menu transitions to hearty fall favorites such as bisque soup, pasta, and roasted pork tenderloin. Seasonal drink specialties include spiced hot cider, warm cocktails, and hot toddies. Families and larger groups will also appreciate the popular weekend brunch.
Visit a Farm Stand
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One of the best ways to enjoy a crisp autumn afternoon is to explore a local farm. About 15 miles outside of Cambridge in historic Concord, visitors can find Verrill Farm. Since 1918, this family-run farm has offered delicious farm-to-table products to its patrons. Visitors can find a bakery, deli, and on-site restaurant. Throughout autumn, many special events take place, such as free corn picking, an annual harvest festival, cooking classes, and romantic harvest dinners.
Sample Fall Flavors
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In 2016, the Boston Globe Magazine rated Red Apple Farm’s apple cider donuts one of the best local treats in the region. This fall favorite gets made fresh daily in the Red Apple Farm stall in the Boston Public Market. The indoor market operates year-round and features 39 stalls selling items that only originate or are produced in New England.
Celebrate Fall Events
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Check out a local calendar of events spotlighting many autumn-inspired fall festivities. Travelers can take part in wine tastings, costume parties, corn mazes, and visits to craft breweries.
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