Why own real estate in Harwich
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Harwich real estate owners enjoy a quiet seaside resort town with beautiful scenery and diverse recreational opportunities. There is something for everyone whether your interests lie in active outdoor pursuits or simply enjoying the quiet serenity of the natural environment. Golf, fishing, cycling, bird watching, hiking, canoeing and kayaking can all be enjoyed without ever leaving town. A nice selection of shops and restaurants can be found in East Harwich and Harwich Port.
Harwich’s south facing beaches along Nantucket Sound are great for swimming and sunbathing. If you prefer big waves and a pounding surf, the National Seashore is just a 15 minute drive away. Or if you want to stroll the tidal flats of Cape Cod Bay, a short 10 minute drive will get you there. The best sunsets in the Harwich area can be seen from Skaket, Rock Harbor and First Encounter Beaches.
Harwich’s scenic landscapes attract a year-round population of about 12,250 which grows to 40,000 in summer. There is eleven miles of tidal shoreline along Nantucket Sound and Pleasant Bay; four harbors; many bogs which are scattered throughout town; twenty-two freshwater ponds and two reservoirs; two scenic river corridors: Herring River and Muddy Creek; and numerous conservation areas around town for nature walks.
Since 1976, the annual headlining event in Harwich is the Cranberry Festival. This is always held on a weekend during September – cranberry harvest season. This festival has evolved over the years and now features an eclectic musical lineup and a variety of art and crafts vendors. This event is a great fundraiser for local charities.
During the winter holiday season, there is an annual Harwich Port Stroll featuring a tree lighting, Christmas concert, caroling, carriage rides, arts and crafts sales, and refreshments served at many of the local participating vendors. There are also performances given by the Cape Cod Theatre Company “Home of Harwich Junior Theatre”.
In the summer, Harwich has an Outdoor Summer Concert Series on Monday evenings in Brooks Park, nearHarwich Center. The music spans all genres from rock, blues and country to classical and jazz. These shows are great for the whole family – pack a blanket and chairs, kick back and enjoy the music.
Things to Do in Harwich
From Saquetucket Harbor you can go on a seal tour, a fishing charter boat, a tour of Monomoy Island, or a day trip out to Nantucket. Ride your bicycle on the Harwich-Chatham rail trail to Brewster, Dennis, Yarmouth or all the way up to Wellfleet. Harwich is also home to three golf courses and borders the 36-hole Captains Golf Course right next door in Brewster. For baseball fans, the Cape Cod Baseball League plays often at Whitehouse field. Games are free to attend (donations accepted) and refreshments are available.
Enjoy bird watching on a nature walk in one of the nine Harwich Conservation Areas around town. Explore scenic woodlands, a wildlife sanctuary, bogs and marshes. The Herring River in West Harwich is perfect for a relaxing day of canoeing or kayaking. Don’t forget your binoculars!
Take the kids on a fun tour of a working organic cranberry bog at Cape Farm Supply & Cranberry Company. The 90 minute guided tour provides a great overview of the cranberry process. There is also an assortment of farm animals: sheep, goats, horses, ducks, geese and cows. Don’t miss the cranberry chocolates in the gift shop.
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