New England is gorgeous in the summertime. And Cambridge in particular is a gorgeous place this time of year. Unlike many cities, Cambridge is quieter in the summer than other times of the year due to the amount of colleges in the area. So enjoy all the sights without the hassle of throngs of students shuffling to their next class this season!
Where to Stay
The Hotel Marlowe is not only conveniently located close to Kendall and Central Squares, but it also beautifully overlooks the Charles River and the Boston skyline, making it the perfect choice for your Cambridge getaway. As a Kimpton Hotel, Marlowe has a wonderfully funky style. From the animal print bathrobes to the eclectic décor, the hotel is anything but cookie cutter. Perfect for either a family vacation or a romantic weekend away, the Hotel Marlowe will satisfy.
The hotel also has a wonderful onsite restaurant, Bambara. With a tasty Mediterranean-focused menu, Bambara is a must. Start with some fresh appetizers, like the steak and tuna tartare and then move on to the grilled ribeye for a main. And of course you have to save room for dessert!
Where to Eat
Cambridge is known for its vibrant food scene. My number one recommendation right now is Pagu. Even as a relative new comer, Pagu over delivers on flavors. Run by O Ya graduate, Tracy Chang, Pagu offers amazing Asian fusion dishes alongside her well known Guchi’s Ramen. Honestly, I cannot rave enough about her most recent menu—each bite is better than the last. Start with something raw, like the Kampachi sashimi or the chilled steamed littlenecks.
Then move on to something crispy, like the bao. You really can’t go wrong here.
Then you must have the ramen, and then steamed halibut. And of course you should pair all of this with some of the creative concoctions from the bar.
What to Do
Cambridge, like Boston is one of those cities that you just need to walk around to get to know. And with the central location of the Hotel Marlowe, you can really get to anywhere on either side of the Charles with ease! If this is your first trip to Massachusetts, you must venture into Boston to walk the Freedom Trail, an actual marked path taking you to the major historical sites scattered across the city.
If you have visited the area many times, stay in Cambridge and walk the streets of Harvard or Central square. Or do as the locals do and lounge on one of the public docks on the Charles River.
Oh and taking a minute to enjoy a glass of wine in the lobby bar is always a good idea too!