Day & Night in Harwich PortAdd to My Luxx Living
Follow the Luxx Concierge as we journey through this delightful Lower Cape village along Route 28 side-by-side with Nantucket Sound.
Alice Bonatt has restored her family’s long tradition by recently repurchasing this Main Street landmark restaurant and bakery. Whatever else you order, treat yourself to the iconic “Meltaway.” Is it pastry? A roll? Don’t try to categorize it; just enjoy it as a side to whatever else you order. And if you are too full, take out is a good strategy for later in the day.
Walk off your meal
Like most towns and villages across the Cape, nature is abundant. The Harwich Conservation Trust has a very useful website for you to visit and plan your morning hike. Here are some trails to consider: Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands Janet DeFulvio Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary Boardwalk Coy’s Brook Woodlands Lee Baldwin Memorial WoodlandsTexeira Conservation Lands William & Barbara Hacker Betsy Wildlife Sanctuary and the Town Island Pond Conservation Lands Thompson’s Field Conservation Area
If you’re looking for local art, you can find plenty of it in Harwich Port. Begin your day at the 820 Main Gallery, which serves as a conjunction of two fine art galleries in one location. It features numerous artists including: Laura Balboni Craciun Sharon Z. Ferguson Joyce Hawk Edward R. LilleyWilliam J. Maloney Vivien Oswell D. Julian Spillane Milton Welt Right across from the Harwich Chamber of Commerce downtown, you will find the Art Gallery of the Guild of Harwich Artists, which is a cooperative of 22 artists. They display oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels and mixed media. The artists themselves staff their gallery, which gives you an opportunity to discover them personally and let them share their knowledge not only of painting, but also of the local environment, so often the focus of their art. The Hopkins Gallery is home to admirable watercolors, prints, and note cards, run by local artist Patricia Hopkins. At the gallery, you’ll find numerous works of Hopkins’ on display including watercolor landscapes, florals, nautical scenes and seascapes. This elegant cottage art gallery will make you feel right at home on Cape Cod.
Whether you were strolling for art or taking a more vigorous hike, chances are you’re getting hungry. The Mason Jar is right downtown and is a convenient, reliable sandwich stop. It also serves soups and salads. Sit at one of their picnic tables outside to enjoy the Main Street activity. If you are interested in a more leisurely lunch, consider Brax Landing overlooking Saquatucket Harbor on your way toward Chatham on Route 28. You shouldn’t go wrong with the lobster roll and a half dozen oysters.
Start from one end of Main Street and enjoy the walk.
Whimsy Consignment Boutique sells high-end clothing ranging from dresses to purses and everything in between. Offering a wide variety of stylish women’s clothing, from work outfits to accessories.
Neighboring Whimsy is the quaint gift shop, Sativa, selling items ranging from jewelry, candles, lotions and soaps to home décor including chimes and holiday ornaments. You can also find maritime-themed jewelry here such as the Cape Cod bracelet and nautical charms. The shop is as serene as its name. The Picket Fence features items ranging from paintings to soap, many made by local artists as well as family and friends of the owner. The Luxx Concierge found handmade soap and a birthday card with a tea bag inside. This shop is environmentally conscious, selling baby clothing, hats, and scarves that are made from recycled T-shirts. Ffind productsfrom the Cape Cod Lavender Farm in Harwich, plus artwork made from seashellss.
If shopping isn’t your thing, or your family wants to divide and conquer for the afternoon, consider some on-the-water ventures. Monomoy Island Excursions remains open at least through Columbus Day, and September is an exceptional month for enjoying ventures to see seals and whales. The boats are relatively small compared with the giant whale watch vessels out of Provincetown. This pretty much assures an intimate encounter with the sea mammals. Tours last about 90 minutes, which lets you fit a cruise into your busy day. This is an ideal way to appreciate the fragile beauty of the Monomoy barrier island and wildlife refuge. Thousands of seals make this their home, and that recently has meant the appearance of Great White sharks. Maybe, you will be fortunate enough to spot one of these predators. Just keep your hands inside the boat, which will take you around Stage Harbor in neighboring Chatham and to its lighthouse. Expect to pay about $36 per person. Kids under 12 are $30
Time for dinner
Harwich Port offers a wide range of dinner options, from casual to elegant. The Cape Sea Grille, as its name implies, specializes in seafood from tuna tartare and grilled wild shrimp to pan-seared salmon and oven roasted local cod and claim pie. It’s located in a sea captain’s home built in the 19th century, overlooking the water. If elegant is your choice, consider the French bistro, L’Alouette just beyond downtown on your way to Chatham. Seafood includes its Sea of Love, including lobster, shrimp and scallops over linguine. It also features a robust meat and poultry menu. Slightly beyond Main Street, on Sisson Road heading toward Harwich Center is Moncussers Tavern. It features a wide tapas menu from pork bellies and charcuterie to duck sliders and Drambuie mussels. A full dinner menu is served as well. You can also finish off your busy day enjoying the tavern’s entertainment– keeping the day alive a bit longer. Beyond its wide selection of wines and craft beers, including the locally-brewed Moncussers Ale by Cisco Nantucket, the tavern’s bartenders serve an array of martinis including the Boston Arnold, Peggytini, Ruby Red and “The Vermonter.”
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