Here, there, everywhere

Cycling and wilderness adventures for the kids nearby; hiking and dining options a bit farther away



Take your kids on a family bike-touring adventure with Cycle Massachusetts, a Cambridge-based group that runs an organized and fully supported cycling trip in the Northeast. This year’s annual adventure, July 30 through Aug. 5, explores parts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, and includes stops at landmarks from Arlo Guthrie’s famous song “Alice’s Restaurant.” A two-day weekend option that’s perfect for families includes short rides on quiet roads to Old Sturbridge Village (with a handy shuttle service, just in case) and the Publick House, known for its bakery, plus an outdoor kid-friendly movie, ice cream social, and campfire with s’mores (weather permitting). An added bonus: Kids 11 and under ride and eat for free. Cyclists can also choose from 4-, 5-, and 7-day options. This year’s ride begins and ends at Nichols College in Dudley, and offers daily routes ranging from 30 to 70 miles. $175-$795; all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. 617-599-8509,

AMC teen program. (handout)
Teens hiking with the Appalachian Mountain Club.


The Appalachian Mountain Club celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Teen Wilderness Adventures program with new trips and a chance to pay rates based on prices from 25 years ago. During the new girls-only mountain biking adventure, June 27-July 2, participants will ride some of the White Mountains’ best bike terrain, ending each day with a refreshing dip in a wilderness swimming hole. Riders will learn how to shift like a pro, cross streams, hop over logs, make field repairs, and climb and descend varied terrain with confidence. The club offers 40 summer trips for teens, from backpacking and rock climbing to multisport outings, in Acadia National Park, the Catskills, the White Mountains, and beyond for adventurers 12 to 18 years old. Book by May 6 to enter to win a throwback rate from 1991, for programs of 10 days or less. 603-466-2727,



Hike through cliff-top towns and secluded fishing inlets on the Amalfi Coast, then enjoy private meals prepared by celebrity chef Dante de Magistris, the executive chef and co-owner of Cambridge’s Restaurant Dante and Belmont’s Il Casale. Ciclismo Classico’s new seven-day tour, Sept. 17-23, includes a hike around the cliffs of Positano, a private walking tour of Amalfi’s historic cathedral and cloisters, a boat ride on the Mediterranean, and a ferry ride to the isle of Capri, where you will explore the ancient Roman ruins of Villa Jovis. Chef Dante will provide picnic lunches, offer cooking tips and lessons, and welcome travelers into his family’s home. Rates start at $4,295, not including airfare. 800-866-7314,



The other Portland (the one in Oregon) — known for its bicycle culture, brew pubs, and food carts — opens the city’s first food hall May 1 in Old Town Portland’s historic Carriage and Baggage Building. The Pine Street Market will have nine food and beverage vendors in the fully renovated 10,000-square-foot space, and communal seating. Take your pick from Trifecta Annex, which will offer a toast bar in the morning and Roman-style pizza in the evening; Sol Food + Juice, a juice bar with grab-and-go salads and sandwiches; Wiz Bang Bar, a 1950s-style soda shop with experimental soft-serve ice cream flavors (think smoked Oregon ham dipped in a chocolate raspberry shell); and Marukin, the first stateside version of the famed Japanese ramen chain. Or go for Mediterranean street food at Shalom Y’all, “wacky” hot dogs at Olympia Provisions, or Mexican-inspired rotisserie chicken and tapas at Pollo Bravo.



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