Local Cape Cod Attractions and Day Trips
We are located 30 miles from each end of the island in the charming Historic District of Harwich, Harwich Center, which as many guests say “The location was fantastic too and allowed us easy access to all of the hotspots on the Cape.”
Within Walking Distance of the B&B: Your days may be filled with relaxing around the property, enjoying the neighboring coffee house and discovering a treasure at the local antique store or Church thrift shop. You may also want to rent bikes and explore thelocal bike trail, play a round of golf at Cranberry Valley golf course or simply walk the bike trail to a nearby cranberry bog or Lavender Farm. You can visit the neighboring Harwich Historical Society museum and the Old Powder House.
Right down the street, Brooks Park offers a gazebo, picnic tables, public tennis courts, a basketball court, and a new playground. During certain weekends in the Summer, the nearby Brooks Park offers craft fairs.
Home of the first commercial cranberry bogs in the country, Harwich is still a leader in cranberry. In the fall, you can watch as the cranberries are harvested. To celebrate the cranberry history, each September Harwich sponsors a two-week Cranberry Festival with a variety of activities including a parade, fireworks, craft show and hundreds of exhibits. You can easily walk to the Festival and to several cranberry bogs from the B&B.
In Your Car: You are welcome to borrow the beach chairs, towels, a beach blanket and umbrella when you head to the any number of beaches – either saltwater or freshwater.
Bank Street Beach, 1.5 miles from the B&B, is the closest salt water beach and is part of Nantucket Sound. The Sound is between Cape Cod and the Islands and is famous for its natural beauty and abundant, diverse and unique wildlife. It also offers great recreational boating and fishing. A number of beautiful beaches can be found on Nantucket Sound.
On the North Side of the Cape, a 10 minute drive, you’ll find Cape Cod Bay. Probably best known for it’s dramatic low tides, and bathtub warm water in the Summer, the Bay is perfect for a day on the beach. High tide provides wonderful clear warm water for swimming and low tide offers amazing diversity in the tide pools, and bird watching. Either time is great for relaxing or walking. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, located on the salt marshes of the Bay, is a great way to learn about this important body of water. They also provide a live video feed of an Osprey nest where you can watch the daily goings on in the Raptor world.
The ever changing Pleasant Bay, and all it’s inlets, is an area of extraordinary natural resources and beauty, and represents one of the most biologically diverse and productive marine habitats on the East Coast of the United States. Pleasant Bay is a 15 minute drive and offers many unique beaches to enjoy.
Cape Cod is famous for its National Seashore which offers days of activities including beaches, walking, biking, dune explorations and more. In addition to the Seashore the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sponsored by Massachusetts Audubon Society, offers great walking and birding. The Seashore spans a large portion of the Cape, and can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes to get to, depending on your choice of beach.
The Cape offers the premier Striped Bass fishery in the continental U.S. offering hundreds of charter boats and guides as well as excellent beach fishing for a variety of seasonal species.
Cape Cod is also a top bird watching spot with hundreds of different local and migratory species to observe at all times of the year. Check out the Bird Watchers General Store in Orleans for advice, any gear you made need or a unique gift for that birding fanatic back home.
The village of Harwich Port, about 1 mile from the B&B, offers shopping and restaurants. The Freedom Cruise Line, also in Harwich Port, offers a fast ferry to Nantucket, seal/seabird cruises and sightseeing off Monomoy Island. And a variety of sport fishing charters can be scheduled out of Saquatucket Harbor, also in the Port.
For the golfer the Cranberry Valley Golf Course or the Harwich Port Golf Course are both within a 2 minute drive.
For those who love nautical history, the many historic Cape Cod Lighthouses, offer a day of exploration.
Many people like to spend a full day in Provincetown to do some shopping, eating, walking, bike riding, people watching, beaching it and/or whale watching with the Dolphin Fleet. Make sure to make reservations for the whale watching in season.