Harwich MA is a wonderful blend of quiet seaside neighborhoods, historic villages, picturesque harbors, and scenic countryside dotted with cranberry bogs, conservation lands, and sparkling clear kettle ponds.
Wychmere Harbor - Harwichport, MA
Geographically, the town is smack in the middle of Cape Cod. It's about 30 miles from the Cape Cod Canal to Harwich, and another 30 miles out to Provincetown.
Convenient for day trips? You bet!
If you're looking for a busy, touristy vibe, you won't find it in Harwich.
What you will find is a charming, somewhat upscale (but not at all pretentious) town that's perfect for a relaxed adults getaway.
Harwich also a favorite Cape Cod destination for families who can do without an abundance of touristy razzle-dazzle.
Here are some recommended things to see and do in Harwich ...
Cape Cod Lavender Farm (41 Weston Woods Road) is a lovely place to spend some quiet time wandering the footpaths through acres and acres of lavender fields.
In June and July, when lavender plants of all colors and varieties are in bloom, its a true delight for the senses.
Kids love the farm's Enchanted Garden with its medieval castle and faerie houses hidden amongst the plants. And the little rose-covered gift shop is a treasure trove of unique lavender gifts and treats. [More info ...]
Fishing charter boats cruise from the towns three harbors to some of Cape Cod's most productive fishing grounds.
For families, the 2-hour fishing trip on the Cap'n Kid is geared especially for youngsters. For the party boat crowd, the Yankee offers half-day bottom fishing trips.
And for the avid sportfisherman, a variety of sportfishing charters are available for half and full days on the flats, inshore, or offshore. [More info ...]
The Cape Cod Rail Trail, one of the best bikeways in the USA, passes right through Harwich on its way from Dennis to Wellfleet.
If you're ambitious, take the ride all the way out to the National Seashore and back. For a shorter jaunts, pedal a few miles to Long Pond for a picnic and a swim. Or make your way to Chatham for lunch and sightseeing.
However near or far you choose to ride, you won't be disappointed! [More info ...]
Go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages ... they're the quintessential summer fun for the whole family.
Traveling down Route 28 through Harwichport you'll find Bud's Go-Karts (9 Sisson Road, off Rt. 28) and Grand Slam Entertainment (322 Rt. 28).
Bud's has been a go-to go-kart favorite for as long as I can remember. And Grand Slam's bumper boats and batting cages are not to be missed when you're looking for an hour or two of summertime giggles.
Cranberries have a long history in Harwich.
In 1845, the nation's first commercial cranberry bog was planted here, in the Pleasant Lake area of town. Today, some of the original bogs are still producing, yielding truckloads of cranberries every autumn.
For a fascinating inside look at the year-round cranberry farming operation, Cape Farm & Cranberry Company (374 Main Street in Harwich) offers guided tours from spring through fall. Advance reservations are required. Call (508) 432-0790 or (508) 364-6474 for more info.
Here are a few of my top Harwich lodging suggestions ...
Enjoy your visit to Harwich MA!
Photo Credits: Wychmere Harbor, cranberry bog, bike trail, and lavender farm photos are copyright Affordable-Cape-Cod-Vacations.com; remaining photos courtesy of TripAdvisor.
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