If you have visited Cape Cod before, you may think you know everything there is to know about our slice of paradise, but we’re betting we will manage to surprise you with this list, and we promise not to take the fun out of your exploration of Harwich as we do it! Whether you’ve dreamed of visiting for years and this is your first time traveling here, or you’re an old hat at Cape Cod life, your vacation can only be improved by learning these five things prior to your Harwich vacation!

Swimming Holes

Remember when you were young and visited your grandmother’s farm on a hot summer’s day? The first thing you wanted to do, after eating her cookies, of course, was head to the swimming hole! Harwich is home to more than a couple of kettle ponds (22 to be exact) which make perfect swimming holes, offering sandy beaches and cool water that feels great against overheated skin.

Cranberry Bogs do Exist

You’ve probably seen the commercial where the two spokespeople are wearing waders and standing hip deep in a sea of cranberry bogs. Well, believe it or not, cranberry bogs do exist,
and one of the best cranberry farms is located in Harwich! Offering tours starting in April and costing $15 per person, these colorful tours are fascinating and beautiful!

The Ocean is Warmer on the Harwich Side

Nantucket Sound and Martha’s Vineyard provide a barrier that keeps the Harwich side of Cape Cod warmer, including the water! This makes Harwich a popular place to swim for families, so our beaches will often be a tad more crowded than the ones on the other side of the Cape.

We Really Don’t Like Change

If something is working fine, we don’t see a reason to fix it. The Pleasant Lake General Store, a staple along the Cape Cod Rail Trail for quite a few decades, closed down in 2015, but instead of tearing down the historic building, it was purchased and reopened as a sandwich shop, keeping the historic flavor of the building as the new owners added a little flavor of their own!

The Population Jumps from 12,000 to 37,000 During the Season in Harwich MA

Harwich is a popular vacation destination, and it shows in the numbers, but still never seems to lose its quiet ambience and homey appeal, just like our New England Vacation Rentals vacation escapes! Exploring the port city of Harwich is simple when you stay in town, and our Harwich MA rentals offer the same charm and quiet beauty as all our other Cape Cod rentals. Reserve yours today!