Outside the historic halls of Harvard University, this vibrant neighbourhood (a 10-minute train ride from Boston) has everything from vintage wares and poetry to raw honey and small plates.
The small plates at Alden & Harlow deliver unexpected flavour combinations with New American flare. Recent menu offerings include corn pancakes with shishito peppers and clams with smoked pig’s tail, parsley and chili toast.
Below Alden & Harlow, Brattle Theatre has a lineup that includes contemporary films like Cloverfield, classics like North by Northwest and cult favorites like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The theatre’s calendar is dotted with theme weeks and special events.
In addition to the thesis paper and bindings favoured by countless Harvard alums, Bob Slate Stationer sells custom stationery, vintage-style postcards and a wide assortment of fountain pens.
Established in 1927, Grolier Poetry Book Shop may be the oldest all-poetry bookstore in the United States. The shop sells classics and contemporary work and publishes poetry through its own press.
If bees can make it, you can find it at Follow the Honey. This basement boutique stocks beeswax candles, honey-infused soap, books on beekeeping and vats of sustainably sourced honey (available on tap). Sidle up to the store’s “raw bar” for a tasting.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Boston four times a day from Toronto and Halifax.
Why to Visit Cape Cod in the Fall
Most of Cape Cod’s 4 to 6 million vacationers visit in the summer. Come September, numbers plummet, especially on weekdays. But if you want to save money, take in the seasonal colours and gorge on shellfish, fall is the best time to visit this seaside spot near Boston.