By Tiffany Thornton
Some cities are made for cycling and Boston is one of them, especially in the fall when the leaves begin to change color and a crispness fills the air. Also known as “Bean Town”, the city boasts a ton of green space, fabulous waterfront trails and a mix of eclectic neighborhoods that are wonderful to explore by bike.
Start your stay at The Westin Copley in Back Bay. The Copley is truly the perfect downtown location; you couldn’t find a better central base for your city-cycling adventure. Many of the modern rooms offer stellar views of Boston’s skyline and the meandering Charles River.
Brownstones & Ice Cream
A minute from the Westin takes you to trendy Newbury Street, filled with funky boutiques and restaurants, all housed in lovely historic brownstone buildings.
It’s also the perfect spot to stop for an ice cream at Fo Mu. What makes Fo Mu unique is that the plant-based ice cream is made with coconut milk and fresh ingredients. Try a scoop of the avocado and sweet lavender – you won’t be disappointed.
Continue to peddle back in time in one of America’s oldest cities through the side streets off Newbury down to the Charles River. There you will find The Esplanade, with trails that go on for miles in and around the city.
If you are in Boston on a Sunday, bike over the bridge to Cambridge and check out the Sunday Flea market in University Park. Several vendors set up there and it’s a great spot to lock up your bike and enjoy the local vibe. One thing you can’t miss taking with you is a slice of Mama B’s homemade Ginger Almond Apricot Cake.
An Afternoon of Art
A must-see while in Boston is the Museum of Fine Art. It is only about a fifteen-minute bike ride from the Westin along a bike lane. The museum opened in 1876 showcasing over 500,000 varied works of art. Allow yourself hours to take it all in, and be sure to check out the Japanese garden when you exit the museum.
Behind Boston’s Museum of Fine Art you will spot a park which goes out towards Fenway. Bike over the little bridge and keep your eyes open for the James P Kelleher Rose Garden, built in 1931. It’s a magical spot that not many know about. Sit down on one of the benches by the fountain and breathe in the sweet scent of roses.
Tiffany is riding the Schwinn Fordham, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Tiffany Thornton is a travel seeker and word wanderer. Her travel features and celebrity interviews have been published in USA Today, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, West Jet magazine, Canadian Traveller and many more. She has interviewed acclaimed chefs, musicians, and actors for USA Today, and HELLO Canada. In addition, Tiffany is a contributing writer on National Geographic’s book ‘Journeys Home’. Follow Tiffany on Twitter: @spinthemap and Instagram: @spinthemap.