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- Winstead Inn & Beach Resort’s Cape Cod
- 4 Braddock St - Harwich Port
- Massachusetts 02646 - United States
- (508) 432-4444
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The Beach Resort is on a private, sandy beach on Nantucket Sound. Reminiscent of a turn-of-the century seacoast resort, it features turrets, wraparound porches and decks, plus 14 beautifully-appointed guest rooms and elegant suites. Continental breakfast is served with panoramic ocean views.
The Winstead Inn is a Gothic Victorian style home located in the heart of historic Harwich. It features 17 exquisite guest rooms and suites on two floors. Many overlook a sparkling pool, fountains, lush gardens and shade trees. Continental breakfast is served with a garden view and poolside during the warmer months.
Guests are welcome to use the amenities of both properties, regardless of where they may be vacationing.
Harwich has neither factories nor industries, in the usual sense. It does, however, have many homes owned by those who vacation here, as well as businesses that cater to the needs of an increasing Summer population. Beyond their contribution to the tax base, these homes and businesses provide employment for skillful service people in the area. Without destroying traditions, Harwich, a conservative fishing-farming community, has successfully made the transition to a progressive tourist/residential, retirement economy.
The Cape & Islands VINS is part of the Massachusetts Visitor Information Network Service (Mass VINS). VINS is a service of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, funded in part by the Mass Turnpike Authority as part of a state wide Visitor Information System, and administered by the Visitor Information Services Travel Alliance.
Bathed in the extraordinary light reflected off the waters that totally surround it, Cape Cod beckons. There is a special aura here, one that envelops you as soon as you breathe in the fresh, salty air. Two slender bridges over the Cape Cod Canal are the only access from the mainland – and they require our guests to slow down and relax upon arrival. After all, isn’t that the main reason to visit?
Keenly aware of the need to rest and recharge, we specialize in helping our guests adopt a slower pace. From fine dining and the best antique shops to the newest day spa, our hosts are experts on what to do and see. Cape Cod is a large, stretched out place, so don’t hesitate to ask for directions or recommendations. However, few visitors can resist the siren song of the sea. And many days all you will need is a blanket, a book and a box lunch to fill your day.
The sea permeates everything Cape Codders do – and we celebrate the seasons and our maritime heritage throughout the year. In the autumn, the harvesting of cranberries and bay scallops sets us into a flurry of festivals. Why not return to the Cape in December to stroll our decorated villages and greet Santa’s arrival by tugboat? Our most romantic season is late winter – when crackling fireplaces in our inns and B&B’s draw couples who want to experience the best of New England.
The Cape Cod area is abundantly rich with activities for children and adults alike. Spend the days enjoying golf, biking, boating, and the evenings enjoying theater and live music! And this is just a few of things to do on Cape Cod!
Cape Cod National Seashore - Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,557 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach, dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds, and upland scenes that depict past cultural influences on the land. A variety of historic structures are within the boundary of the seashore, including lighthouses, lifesaving stations, and Cape Cod architectural style houses. Six swimming beaches have been established, ten self-guiding nature trails, and a variety of picnic and overview areas. The park was established in August 1961.
Pilgrim Monument and Museum - The Pilgrim Monument: Built 1907-1910, the Monument commemorates the Pilgrims' first landing in the New World at Provincetown. A unique arrangement of 60 ramps and 116 stairs help make the climb easy and entertaining. The view from the top is the best on Cape Cod! At the Provincetown Museum you may learn about Provincetown and Lower Cape history through featured exhibits on the Pilgrims, maritime history, whaling, and the early days of American theater in Provincetown with Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players.
At the Cape Cod National Seashore there are six developed beaches with rest rooms, changing facilities, and cold showers. Lifeguard services are provided at these beaches in the summer season (generally July through Labor Day).
There is such a variety in Provincetown-- the ocean, the beaches, the dunes. Town beach stretches along the harbor the entire three-mile length of town. The water can be waist deep at the sea walls at high tide, or a hundred yards away at low tide, exposing golden sand flats and clam beds. High tide occurs approximately twelve and one-half hours apart, so the high tide is an hour later each day.
Windsurfing is allowed off Falmouth public beaches prior to 9 A.M. and after 5 P.M. Trunk River Beach and a portion of Chapoquoit Beach are open any time. Parking is limited. Further information may be obtained by calling the Surf Drive bath house daily during the summer season.
Visit Nauset Beach, located in East Orleans, and you'll find that heavy surf makes for an excellent surfing/body boarding experience. Plenty of parking, for a fee. Windsurfing is one of the most popular activities enjoyed at Craigville Beach in Barnstable. Warm water and plenty of parking, but get there early if you want a space.
Feast your eyes on dunes that stretch over 7 miles here at Sandy Neck Beach in Sandwich, located just off of Route 6A.
Cape Codders generally refer to the different sections of the peninsula as Upper Cape, Mid-Cape and Lower Cape.This sometimes gets a bit confusing to the visitor, who may occasionally wonder if they're doing it on purpose. It's really simple. Upper Cape is at the upper end near the bridges, and includes Wareham, Bourne, Sagamore, Sandwich, Falmouth and Mashpee. The Mid Cape is the central part of the Cape, including Barnstable, Dennis, Yarmouth, Brewster and Harwich.
The Lower Cape, also called the Outer Cape, is from the forearm to the fist, and encompasses Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown at the very tip. So where is Hyannis? you ask. It's actually a village of Barnstable, right in the heart of the Mid Cape. You can get anywhere from Route 6 which runs right through the middle of the Cape, and is paralleled by Route 28 on the south side and Route 6A on the north. The islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are to the south of Cape Cod, and are served by several ferry companies year 'round. The historic town of Plymouth is about 15 minutes from the Sagamore Bridge.
Each one has its own unique character and its own distinct look, so you can pretty much pick a locale to fit your vacation plans or personality. Whether you're seeking the wilderness of Wellfleet, the bustle of Barnstable or the tranquility of Truro, you'll find what you're looking for. And when you're here, no place is more than a few minutes away. So get out there and explore, there are 16 towns, each with its separate villages, plus the Islands, and Plymouth only 10 minutes over the bridge, so you've got an endless tapestry to please your senses.
The charm of Chatham, the delights of Dennis, the ease of Eastham, the pizazz of Provincetown... each fresh jaunt is like discovering a new, fascinating friend. And each town has an impressive slate of things to see and do. We've given you some highlights and some insiders' tips on what treasures are just waiting to be discovered.
Harwich - Favorite claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of the cranberry industry, and every fall, it holds a "Cranberry Harvest Festival" to honor this delicious, most Cape-y native berry. The Brooks Academy Museum has a wonderful exhibit on the history of this fabled fruit, and traces the story of the men who made it a part of the American holiday season. The Museum is a fascinating trip into Harwich's past with a nostalgic look at the old Exchange Building. Don't miss it! Harwich is blessed with 3 naturally sheltered harbors, which make it popular with boaters cruising the Sound, and also makes it the ideal spot for a regatta--every August, Harwich Port hosts "Sails Around the Cape," a 140 nautical mile boat race circumnavigating Cape Cod and ending back in Harwich Port. The south side has a lovely stretch of beach, boasting some of the most exclusive real estate on the Cape. There are excellent fresh-water ponds, such as the sparkling 743-acre Long Pond, great for swimming, canoeing and bird-watching.
And for more urbane pursuits, all along Route 28, art galleries feature a fine variety of styles. For the younger set, the unique Harwich Junior Theatre presents plays for kids with kids in starring roles. In the summer, delightful band concerts are held Tuesdays at 7:30 in Brooks Park.
Brooks Academy Museum. Sisson Road in Harwich Center. Built in 1804, this former school taught navigation during the Cape's Golden Age of sail. Visit the Cranberry Room for the history and cultivation of the famous red berry, plus many of the old tools and equipment used in the harvest. There are also great old vintage Harwich photographs, a C. D. Cahoon exhibit and a Revolutionary War powderhouse.
Brooks Free Library. Main Street, Harwich Center. An excellent collection of books, including many on Cape Cod, share the spotlight with some exquisite statuary by John Rogers. Also exhibits of local artists including Cahoon charming work. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, and Tues.