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5 Ideas for a Romantic Day in Cambridge, MA

by Silke Elzner

Looking for some romantic ideas for an unforgettable weekend away? Historic Cambridge is a fantastic destination for a quick getaway with your loved one. A progressive city, Cambridge cultivates an atmosphere of freedom, fun, and tradition. Visitors to the city rave about the beautiful parks, the vibrant restaurant scene, and the wealth of shopping opportunities. Couples, in particular, will find that Cambridge is an essential destination in any season.

Looking for the perfect hotel? To book the ideal accommodations for your stay, check out the best hotels in Cambridge, and then get inspired by five ideas for a memorable trip with your partner.

I. A Walk Along the Esplanade to Harvard Square

Bostom Skyline as seen from Cambridge MA

Image via Flickr by rjshade

Start your weekend trip with a romantic walk on the Esplanade. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the lush green along the Charles River or the glowing red of the fall leaves. Start at the DCR Memorial Shell, cross at Charles River Dam Road, and finish your walk with a Red Berry Mascarpone Torte at the Art Bar. This restaurant has one of the best outdoor patios in the city and offers some of the most amazing views of the Boston skyline (40 Edwin Land Boulevard).

II. Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Take the red line to Harvard Square and visit the outstanding Natural History Museum. If you’re lucky, you may see some street performers on your way. At the Natural History Museum, marvel at the outstanding collections of minerals, mammals, sea creatures, and plants. The glass flowers are beautiful, too. You’ll see hundreds of delicate handmade flowers, some of them even decorated with glass bees. (26 Oxford Street)

III. Shop at a Vintage Clothing Shop

Cambridge is a city packed with students, and there are many shops around town that are cheap, fun, and creative. Stocking up on vintage clothing while in Cambridge is a must, and one of the best places to find secondhand bargains is the Garment District. Shop here for high-end purses, designer boots, and floral dresses. (200 Broadway)

IV. Watch the Sunset on a River Cruise

It doesn’t get more romantic than this. Board a riverboat and cruise down the Charles River at a leisurely pace. The cocktail music in the background of a Charles Riverboat Company cruise sets the right atmosphere as you watch the colors of the sky change from blue to orange behind the Cambridge skyline. Have some cocktails from the on-board bar and enjoy the breeze on deck. On rainy days, relax under the canopy. (100 Cambridgeside Place)

V. Have Dinner at a Romantic Restaurant

Cambridge is a haven for food lovers and is known for its Cambridge Cuisine. Finish your romantic day in style with an unforgettable dining experience in front of the fireplace at Bondir Restaurant. Let Head Chef Jason Bond take over, and enjoy a fixed menu in a farmhouse setting, where locally sourced food is the star of the night. (279a Broadway)

As you can see, Cambridge has a lot of things to offer for couples. Its romantic atmosphere is simply irresistible, and you’ll soon lose your heart to this fantastic city.