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As Memorial Day and the endless days of summer draw closer, we begin to think of how we want to celebrate the day that honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. Many years we simply spend it at home, celebrating with the family and being grateful that we can sleep in an extra day. This year, however, we think we should all shake things up a little and step out of comfort zones. It’s time to celebrate on Cape Cod in the Harwich village of Pleasant Lake!

Small Town with a Big Heart

Pleasant Lake is the kind of town that will bring a smile to your face long after your adventures here have concluded. You may not party the night away or run into celebrities, but a picnic on the beach in one of our kettle pond swimming holes offers more gratification. The melting of glaciers formed the kettle ponds thousands of years ago, and the scenery will take your breath away. Long Pond and Seymour are just two of the more popular ones, but tucked away as they are, you won’t have to fight the crowds for a good spot.

Enjoy a Lunch in Our 150-Year-Old General Store

Even though we were a part of the biggest change of all—the fight to become an independent country—we New Englanders are not a fan of change, as evidenced by our General Store. In business for over 150 years, the General Store offers an idyllic spot to enjoy a simple Memorial Day breakfast or lunch. Featuring everything from bagels to burritos and hot dogs to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the food is simple, hearty, and delicious.

Commemorate Our Heroes in Chatham’s Special Ceremonies

The sacrifices made by our soldiers is what this special holiday is all about, and Chatham offers a progressive walking ceremony to five different sites. At each stop there will be a ceremony, a wreath placement, rifle salute, and finally, Taps will be played. Solemn and sweet, these brief ceremonies teach us the importance of remembering.

Stay Home for the Day

Our New England Vacation Rentals Harwich homes offer quiet places to enjoy your day with your family. Rent a waterfront cottage on Long Pond and spend the morning fishing for the evening’s dinner; nothing tastes better than a Memorial Day meal that you caught, prepped, and created with your own two hands! Sit in colorful Adirondack chairs on wooden decks with a tropical drink in hand watching the sun set over the horizon, or spend an evening watching patriotic movies with a fire in the fireplace. There’s no rules on this Memorial Day getaway, just fun, laughter, and the joy in realizing that memories are being made—reserve yours today!