Harwich is a New England town located midway between the Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown. The town was originally known as Satucket, then was incorporated as a town in 1694 and named for the famous seaport in England. The quaint town offers a nostalgic feel with summertime music strolls, arts and crafts fairs, as well as a wide array of year-round dining and shopping. Harwich hosts an annual Cranberry Festival every September that features a parade, arts and crafts show, and family beach day at Red River Beach that ends with a bonfire. Sports fans also enjoy visiting Harwich, which is home to the Harwich Mariners – a Cape Cod Baseball League team.
Harwich is known for its many beaches on the Nantucket Sound side of Cape Cod, which include Red River, Long Pond, Sand Pond, Bank Street Beach, and Pleasant Road Beach. Harwich also has conservation land for hikers to enjoy, and the Harwich Conservation Trust offers guided walks and walking guides for trails in the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands, Coy’s Brook Woodlands, and many other areas. Another popular place to walk and bike ride is the Old Colony Rail Trail, and visitors also enjoy gold at the town-owned Cranberry Valley Golf Course, which features 18 holes and was given 4 stars by Golf Digest. Catch a live theatrical performance at the Harwich Junior Theatre, or indulge in a history lesson at the Harwich Historical Society, which offers summer walking tours, lectures, and other special events.
Other nearby places that make for great day trips from Harwich include Dennis, Orleans, Chatham, and Nantucket Sound. Harwich shares Long Pond, which is the largest lake on the Cape, with the town of Brewster. Barnstable is located 12 miles from Harwich, Provincetown is 35 miles away from Provincetown, and Boston is 80 miles away.
One great area to stay in is Harwich Port, known by locals as “The Port”. It is an affluent beach resort area situated along Nantucket Sound and is a popular vacation spot that is home to the Wychmere Beach Club. Harwich also has several villages that visitors enjoy renting homes in during their stay, and these include Pleasant Lake located off the Mid-Cape Highway, West Harwich located on Massachusetts Route 28 which is a major route on Cape Cod, East Harwich which is bordered by the towns of Brewster and Chatham, Harwich Center which comprises the central settlement in Harwich, North Harwich which has many cranberry bogs, new neighborhoods and developments, and South Harwich, which is home to attractions such as the South Harwich meeting house.
The most common forms of transportation around Harwich are the Cape Cod Rail Trail (a paved rail trail for hiking and biking), and two bus services, which help cut down on traffic especially during the summer months. The Flex reaches nearby villages and towns including Harwich Port, South and West Yarmouth, while Route H20 extends to Chatham, Orleans, Harwich Port, and others.
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