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Harwich Historical Society

Don’t-miss dining

Breakfast lovers swoon at the Harwichport mainstay Bonatt’s Bakery and Restaurant (508-432-7199), where sugar-coated Meltaway sweet rolls have been reeling folks in for years. Breakfast and lunch is served here, with an emphasis on breakfast, which is served all day. Don’t miss the raspberry-stuffed French toast.

Brax Landing Restaurant (www.braxlanding.com, 508-432-5515) offers diners a view of Saquatucket Harbor and hearty Cape Cod fare at a reasonable price, like Day Boat Chatham Scrod with an herb crumb topping.

Dan Cutrona For dessert, stop at the Sundae School (www.sundaeschool.com) in Harwichport (there are additional locations in Dennisport and East Orleans). Enjoy authentic ingredients like fresh local raspberries. The Coffee Heath ice cream is to die for. Or try a slice of ice cream pie with your choice of toppings.

Insider’s tip

Harwich takes credit for cultivating the first commercial cranberry bog and celebrates the tart fruit in many ways. An annual festival pays homage to the berry, as does a half-marathon, baking contest, bog walks, and even lectures on how the red berry became a “green” or cash crop. Also, the Brooks Academy Museum (www.harwichhistorialsociety.org, 508-432-8089) features the Cranberry Culture exhibit, a look at the history of the cranberry industry and its impact on Cape Cod. Where does the berry get its name? How did Native Americans use it? What are the necessary growing conditions for the ruby-colored fruit? Get answers to those questions here.

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