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How to Spend a Perfect Day in Harwich

Updated: Nov 12, 2023


Nestled on the picturesque Cape Cod Peninsula, Harwich, Massachusetts, is a quintessential New England town that offers a perfect blend of historic charm, natural beauty, and coastal tranquility. With its idyllic beaches, rich maritime history, and diverse attractions, spending a day in Harwich promises a delightful experience. In this article, we'll take you on a virtual journey through Harwich and outline a well-rounded itinerary to make the most of your day in this enchanting destination.

Morning: Embrace the Coastal Serenity

1. Breakfast at a Local Café: Start your day with a leisurely breakfast at one of Harwich's charming cafes. Places like the Capeside Kitchen or the Perk Coffee Bar & Kitchen offer freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, and a cozy atmosphere to kick-start your morning. 2. Explore a beach: After breakfast, take an easy walk down to Bank Street Beach, or drive 5 minutes up the road to Red River Beach. With its expansive shoreline, soft sand, and breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound, this beach is a prime spot for relaxation. Enjoy a peaceful walk along the shoreline, collect seashells, or simply bask in the gentle sea breeze. Weekly parking passes are available at the Harwich Chamber of Commerce next to our resort for $68. 3. Harwich Port Center: Stroll through Harwich Port Center (steps from our resort!), where you'll find a mix of boutique shops, art galleries, and quaint shops. Explore the unique offerings and perhaps pick up a souvenir to remember your day in Harwich.


Afternoon: Immerse Yourself in History and Nature

1. Lunch at a Local Restaurant: Refuel with a delicious lunch nearby options. The Port Restaurant, known for its fresh seafood and $1 oysters daily from 3pm-5pm. The Hot Stove Saloon is another fantastic restaurant with great burgers, homemade chips, and award winning stuffed quahog. 2. Cape Cod Lavender Farm: Indulge your senses at the Cape Cod Lavender Farm. A visit here immerses you in the fragrant beauty of lavender fields, providing the perfect backdrop for photos and a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle. 3. Harwich Historical Society: Explore the town's rich history at the Harwich Historical Society. The Brooks Academy Museum showcases exhibits that highlight Harwich's maritime heritage, early settlers, and local artistry. 4. Pleasant Bay Community Boating: For those seeking adventure, Pleasant Bay Community Boating offers various water activities, including kayaking and sailing lessons. It's an excellent way to experience the stunning waters of Pleasant Bay.

Evening: Dining and Sunset Views


Evening: A Perfect End to a Perfect Day

1. Dinner at Brax Landing Restaurant: For dinner, head to Brax Landing Restaurant, known for its seafood-focused menu and waterfront dining. Savor a delicious meal while watching the sun dip below the horizon over Saquatucket Harbor. 2. Allen Harbor Marine Sunset Cruise: End your day on a magical note with a sunset cruise offered by Allen Harbor Marine. Relax on the water and enjoy the breathtaking views as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant colors.

A day in Harwich is a journey into the heart of New England's coastal charm. From its serene beaches and historic sites to its vibrant town center and maritime activities, Harwich offers an array of experiences that cater to every traveler's preferences. Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or a blend of both, Harwich is sure to leave you with cherished memories and a desire to return to its inviting shores.



John Tierney

General Manager

Harwichport Resort Club



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