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#2 Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Photo: Christopher Seufert

2. Harwich Port, Massachusetts

Quiet, charming, and nostalgic: That's the tone struck in this upscale village of 1,644 locals along Cape Cod's southern shore. "The Port," as it's known, has been the home of seamen and fishermen since before the American Revolution, and sea captains' homes still dot the streets.

Summers in Harwich Port, one of seven villages in the city of Harwich, are distinctly old-fashioned, with music strolls, band concerts, and crafts and art guild shows livening the scene, while the warm waters of Nantucket Sound offer carefree swimming. Nearby Red River Beach is a favorite with easy access for boaters, plus ice-cream truck visits.

Where to stay: Located on 27 acres of gardens and marshes, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club looks out on beach, bay, and sea. Rates start at $420; wequassett.com.

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