Getting to know a city isn’t easy. there
are public transportation maps to
decipher, roads to navigate and tennis
shoes to break in. that’s where andrew
Prescott and Urban adventours, his
boston-based, eco-friendly biking
business, step in—to lend a ride.
it wasn’t supposed to be like
is. Prescott, “chief Wheel officer,”
studied psychology and sociology in
college, but dreamed about biking for
a living. he made that happen in 2004,
when he founded the company, which
is the Goldie locks of city tours—not
too slow, not too fast, and just the right
amount of intimacy with the city.
today, Urban adventours has new
digs in the historic Mercantile Wharf
building in the city’s north end, placing
it at the heart of the city and in proximity
to the essential places-to-know.
and with a variety of tours, from
corporate outings to personalized
family getaways to group rides, there
is something for everyone. riders
give it high marks, often deeming it
tripadvisor’s no. 1 attraction in boston.
Prescott attributes this success to the
unique approach he takes in introducing
the city to his guests.
“i would say you just see more
an you see on any other tour ... you
can touch things and see things in a
different way,” he says. “our tours
cover more ground, and you can see
that boston is a city of neighborhoods.”
above all, the Urban adventours
experience provides an affordable,
earth-conscious manner in which vis-
itors and residents alike can develop
a personal connection with the city.
in addition to the tour, riders get
the bike, helmet, guide, workout and,
Prescott says, a water bottle they
tea party not included.
Present-day patrons savor
the cuisine and customs of
18th-century America at Phila-
delphia’s City Tavern, where
George Washington and
other founding fathers sipped,
supped and planned a nation.
Now, history buffs and home
cooks can enjoy the eatery’s
fare with The City Tavern
Cookbook: Recipes from the
Birthplace of American Cuisine
(Running Press) by chef Walter
Staib. On the menu are West
Indies pepper pot soup, sweet
potato and pecan biscuits
inspired by Thomas Jefferson,
Martha Washington’s chocolate
mousse cake, Ben Franklin’s
spruce beer and more than
200 other recipes. Also served
up are fascinating facts such
as this: On July 4, 1777, the first
Independence Day celebration
was held at City Tavern.