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Offering unique accommodations and meeting venues plus a smorgasbord of international cuisine, Cambridge, Massachusetts is located just across the Charles River, less than a 10‐minute drive from downtown Boston.

Cambridge has a neighborhood that’s perfect for your group. Each of Cambridge’s five main neighborhoods (or squares, as locals call them) has a personality all its own. Whether you’re searching for a futuristic venue for your organization’s big event or planning an off‐the‐clock itinerary for young professionals, getting to know these vibrant squares can help you decide where to plan your next gathering.

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Central Square 

Eclectic doesn’t even begin to describe this tiny‐but‐tenacious patch of the city. Attendees will find that expertly brewed coffee, Prohibition‐inspired cocktails and healthy smoothies are always close at hand here. This is an area where tech start‐up offices commingle with brightly‐colored Indian restaurants—a diverse vibe that team members will appreciate.

Harvard Square

A trip to Cambridge isn’t complete without a visit to historic Harvard Square. Arrange for a guided stroll through Harvard Yard to give attendees a healthy dose of the Ivy League between meetings, and host an elegant dinner or reception in the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums. From marveling at fine works of art to walking the same streets as some of the brightest minds in the country, Harvard Square is ripe with inspiration.

Inman Square

Head a little off the beaten path to this hidden gem of a neighborhood. On Inman Square’s Cambridge Street, experience authentic small businesses serving up lots of local and ethnic fare. Your group can try traditional Portuguese dishes at Casa Portugal or The Portugalia Restaurante. Then enjoy a properly poured Guinness at The Druid, a popular Irish pub housed in the oldest wooden mercantile building in Cambridge. Plan to also catch a performance at the award‐winning music venue, the Lily Pad.

Kendall Square

Kendall Square has made headlines as the headquarters of Moderna, producers of the highly effective vaccine distributed globally to combat COVID‐19. Between a dense cluster of biotech companies, tech giants such as Google and Microsoft, and the cutting‐edge research happening at MIT, Kendall Square is, simply put, a venerable playground for innovation. Host your event in Eero Saarinen's ethereal MIT Chapel or the Frank Gehry‐designed, tangle‐of‐angles Stata Center.

Porter Square

The 46‐foot‐tall, bright red “Gift of the Wind” kinetic sculpture greets you as soon as you step out of the subway station in Porter Square, a densely‐packed commercial district where international restaurants abound. This is a great area to meet for casual group lunches. You can choose from savory options like Mediterranean fare at Baraka or the ramen menu at Yume Wo Katare.

Cambridge offers your meeting attendees state‐of‐the‐art meeting spaces plus a variety of historic, educational and entertaining options to enjoy in their leisure time. Imagine the possibilities Cambridge will inspire in your meetings. Start planning today…for tomorrow.

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