Known for its charm and character and for being the home to two world-class universities, Harvard, and MIT. Known as the ‘City of Squares’ as each neighborhood seems to be named after one, you will enjoy many tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, bookstores and bistros and stunning architecture that will transport you back to an earlier time. Recognized as a walker and bikers paradise, you can enjoy the university’s public green spaces, historical sites, museums or head to Charles River for a beautiful view of Boston or perhaps even for a sail. Getting to Boston is simple, you cross the Longfellow Bridge, named after poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, an easy journey by foot, bike or by car. The best part about crossing this bridge by foot is the ability to track how much more bridge you have left with a unique unit of measurement called a smoot. Known forever as pranksters, fraternity brothers from MIT carried Oliver Smoot across the bridge during their pledge and used him as a unit of measurement which you will still see today. One smoot equals 5 feet 7 inches.
Cambridge is a humid continental climate with warm humid summers, cold winters with occasional heavy snowfall and a pleasant spring. Fall is most locals favorite season with dazzling foliage, mild days and crisp, cool nights.
Arts and Culture
Cambridge is a comedy mecca full of hipsters and home to a number of annual street fairs and festivals. Plus you are just a bridge away to Boston which offers world class theatre, ballet, concert halls, fine art and more. The prime attractions of Cambridge are the Harvard Museum of Natural History (26 Oxford St) where you can explore the diversity of life on Earth and the MIT Museum (265 Massachusetts Ave) which offers exhibits for the geek in all of us.
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Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mt Auburn St)
This beautiful 174 acre landscaped terrain, is filled with history, woodlands, gardens, almost 700 species of trees and it is a delight for bird watchers.
Oleana Restaurant (134 Hampshire St)
Outrageously inventive food, an award winning patio, divine desserts, and walls lined with Turkish carpets. Prepare yourself for creativity.
L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates (52 Brattle S)
Serving the best hot chocolate in town, thick and decadent and so much more.
Harvard Book Store (1256 Massachusetts Ave)
Opened in 1932, you can find everything here. The staff is warm and they host regular literary readings.
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