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This year has been difficult for everyone, as we adjust to a new way of doing things in order to protect our fellow Americans. Restrictions on travel, dining and more have pushed people to their limit, including the many upstanding business owners on Cape Cod. Safety measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic had many businesses worrying if they could keep their doors open, and although revenue was down, for many businesses it was better than expected. The Boston Globe recently highlighted the trials faced by Cape Cod businesses, and our own Joanne Logie helped shed some light on the situation on the Cape. You can read the full article below.

For Cape Cod business owners, summer was ‘10 times the work for half the money’

As much as we love to travel, for us, the worst part about every vacation is packing. Trying to plan ahead for every happenstance and packing accordingly means we cross our fingers and toes when it comes time to weigh our bags at airport check-in. But when you choose New England Vacation Rentals for your rental needs, you, dear guest, have the advantage: This guide to Cape Cod travel tips isn’t shared with just everyone, you know! We want our guests to enjoy every minute of their Cape Cod getaway, and that includes the pre-vacation moments of packing and travel!

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Washers and Dryers Included

You probably noticed on the listing that most New England Vacation Rentals getaways include a laundry room, or at the very least a washer and dryer, but did you really consider why this is so important? Even though no one enjoys chores on vacation, easy access to laundry facilities allows guests to pack the bare necessities, leaving room for all those fabulous souvenirs and gifts you find during your Cape Cod explorations!

Spend Most of Your Time at the Beach

The beaches on Cape Cod are designed to be enjoyed, and if you spend a lot of time there, you can pretty much live in your bathing suit. Everyone knows that swimsuits don’t require a lot of packing space! A sweatshirt at night may be required, but if you wear that on the plane and use it as a pillow, you’ve solved another packing issue; no need to carry around one of those bulky and unsightly neck pillows! This tip works for heavier coats as well when visiting during the cooler months; nights on Cape Cod can get more than a little chilly, and a coat may be necessary!

Purchase an eBook

As much as we love the feel of a real book, the eBooks that are popular these days offer a way to slim down your packing needs. Offering the chance to load your favorite magazines, keep up with your social network sites, and read as many books as you can without adding more than a few ounces of weight and even less bulk to your luggage, these compact devices can be a traveler’s best friend.

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As the vacation season begins to race into view, choosing New England Vacation Rentals for your rental needs is our favorite tip. We can’t wait to see you on Cape Cod in the spring. Reserve your beachfront hideaway today and happy packing!

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!