What You Should Know
Located midway between the Cape Cod Canal and Provincetown, Harwich (pop. 12, 243) offers a bit of the classic Cape Cod vacation to everyone. A ferry boat leaving from Saquatucket Harbor goes to Nantucket and there are beautiful saltwater beaches along Nantucket Sound.
The commercial growth of cranberries began in the Pleasant Lake section of Harwich in 1844. Cranberry farming is still a big industry here.
Cormorants hang out at a harbor marker at Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport. Photo by John Fitts.
Why You Should Go
Harwich has some wonderful conservation land set aside for your hiking enjoyment. 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. You should also check out the Old Colony Rail Trail, a side trip off the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
Harwich is home to the town-owned Cranberry Valley Golf Course, featuring 18 holes rated "4 Stars" by Golf Digest. Like several of the Cape's other towns, Harwich is home to a Cape Cod Baseball League team--the Harwich Mariners.
Those who like history and the arts will find themselves instantly at home in Harwich. For history buffs, the Harwich Historical Society operates at the Brooks Academy Museum and offers summer walking tours, lectures and other special events throughout the year.
The Villages of Harwich are all impressive, but Harwichport offers an old-time Americana feel with summertime music strolls, arts and craft fairs, and art guild shows and a wide array of dining and shopping year-round. Wychmere Harbor in Harwichport is a photographer's delight. If you are into entertainment and the arts, check out the Harwich Junior Theatre which features live plays and performances for all ages.
Harwich hosts an annual Cranberry Festival in September featuring a parade, arts and craft show and a family beach day at Red River Beach which ends with a bonfire. Fall for Harwich is an annual event in September and October and features activities of all kinds for all ages. Harwich also gets into the holiday spirit each year as inns, stores and restaurants open their doors to holiday visitors and of course, Santa.
Herring River in West Harwich. Photo by John Fitts.
At First Crush Winery, wine enthusiasts are welcome to visit for an educational tour and tasting of their award-winning wines. Watch as the fresh grapes are crushed and processed while sipping on signature wines only available in Cape Cod.
For a treat for the senses, make a trip to Cape Cod Lavender Farm to stroll through the idyllic natural settings, from the enchanted garden to the fields of lavender. Learn the benefits it can provide to the mind and body, and treat your special someone to lavender bath salts, essential oils, and more.
Churches: First Congregational Church UCC, Cape Cod Bible Church, Pilgrim Congregational Church, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Harwich United Methodist Church, Christ Church Episcopal, Holy Trinity Church
Beaches: Red River, Long Pond, Sand Pond, Seymour Pond, Bank Street Beach, Pleasant Road Beach, Brooks Road Beach