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The Town of Harwich for Couples

Located on the south side of the Cape with saltwater beaches facing Nantucket Sound, the town of Harwich boasts 22 fresh and saltwater beaches, beautiful harbors, conservation and biking trails and some very good restaurants and galleries.

But when I think of Harwich, I immediately think of the cranberry, that uniquely American fruit that appears on our holiday tables because it was in this seaside town that the cranberry was first cultivated in 1846. Although Harwich remains committed to its cranberry heritage, it recently cancelled its highly popular Cranberry Festival because of budget cutbacks.

If you find that you can’t end your vacation without knowing more about this tiny bitter fruit that bounces when it’s fresh, head over to the Brooks Academy Museum, home of the only dedicated cranberry exhibit on the Cape.

Three very active harbors, Saquatucket, Wychmere and Allen Harbor are not only bustling but beautiful - a great way to spend a couple of hours watching the boats head out to sea. There are several private fishing charters that head out of these harbors as well as rental slips for ‘transient boaters’ (Note that there is a three day minimum and two week maximum rental period during the hectic summer months)

Covering over 740 acres between Harwich and Brewster, Long Pond is the largest contained body of water on the Cape and is a great place to enjoy several outdoor activities. The Cape Cod Rail Trail winds along a section of Long Pond and you’ll want to make sure that you’ve packed your swim suit to take advantage of its warm waters.

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