24 miles E of Sandwich; 32 miles S of Provincetown
Harwich Port, the village in the town of Harwich, where most vacationers find themselves, is the quintessential sleepy seaside village, not too mucked up -- as yet -- by the creeping commercialization of Route 28. The town's main claim to fame is as the birthplace, in 1846, of commercial cranberry cultivation: The "bitter berry," as the Narragansetts called it, is now Massachusetts's leading agricultural product. The curious can find elucidating displays on this and other local distinctions at the Brooks Academy Museum in the inland town of Harwich. The incurious, or merely vacation-minded, can loll on the beach.