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Life is Good on the Right Side of the Bridge!

Welcome to 29 Monomoy Road, Harwich Port, MA 02646



Enjoy the beach! The wooded path to the beach is before the bend in Monomoy Road.  In the Summer, the beach guard should check in with you. Tell them you are guests at 29 Monomoy Road and give them your name.
FYI: launching a boat is not permitted. 


Beach chairs, beach floats, toys, and the beach cart are there for your enjoyment. Please rinse sandy items before returning to the garage. Bicycles are available for your enjoyment. There are two adult bikes and one child’s bike.

Please water the plant on the deck! If you are interested in glimpsing some hummingbirds, please refresh the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder.  1/4 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water.


Plenty of sheets and towels for your convenience. Please put your dirty towels and sheets through the laundry. If you run out of time on checkout day, you can leave the last load of laundry in the washer for the cleaning people to put in the dryer. 


The 2017 kitchen is fully equipped. The coffee maker is a combo espresso maker and coffee pot.  The toaster oven is also an air fryer. There is an old sandwich press in the corner cabinet. The lobster pot and other large pots are in the garage. Swan River Fish Market (see below) will cook to order. Lobster utensils are stored in the cabinets. The 2023 gas grill is on the deck. Please feel free to use pantry items. 


Comast Internet access is installed. The password is on the desk when you arrive. The television is set up with streaming.

Trash Pickup and Landscaping 

Trash pick-up is on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Rubbish is removed from the driveway. Please leave the bins out in the morning. During the week, the garbage bins are kept in the front of the garage. The lawn is mowed on Wednesdays. Please keep the lawn clear of beach items, balls, etc. If the Property Manager needs to clear the lawn to mow, we will be charged for the time.


  • After beach visits, please rinse off sandy feet and legs with the hose or outside shower. This will protect the hardwood floors and keep sand out of your sheets. 😉
  • This home has a septic system, so please put all garbage in the trash and avoid using the garbage disposal.
  • Please keep garage doors closed, especially at night, to avoid raccoons, chipmunks, bunnies, etc.
  • Make sure you turn off the hose after use.

Contact Janet Porcaro for any questions at 617-797-9497 or Janet@Janetporcaro.net


  • Leave the garage door opener on the hanger in the kitchen. 
  • Return the key to where it was left.
  • Please strip all beds and put all linens and towels through the laundry.
  • Run the dishwasher if there are any dirty dishes.
  • Leave the deck umbrella down.
  • Make sure the heat/cooling is set to Econ.
  • Make sure the windows are closed.
  • Ensure the hose is turned off and the gas on the grill is turned off.
  • Please return any furniture you may have moved to where you found it when you checked in. 
  • Leave deck pillows inside in case of rain.

ONE MORE REMINDER:  Please leave the garage door opener and the key.


This is only a partial list. You could spend days strolling Harwich Port Center. There are many local shops and places to find food and drink. Please let me know if you try something spectacular that I should add to the list. By the way, Harwich Port is only one part of the Town of Harwich. There are plenty of areas to explore.



Swan River Fish Market


  • Sunday School offers two locations, Harwich and Dennis – best ice cream around!
  • Woolfies – This small, primarily to-go seasonal family breakfast bakery serves delicious muffins, breakfast pastries, and grilled breakfast sandwiches. (Order one of their fantastic breakfast sandwiches online a day in advance, I’m not kidding, people line up for these sandwiches. Same with the muffins.)
  • The Weather Deck – Fresh seafood, burger, excellent sweet potato fries, on-site mini-golf course
  • Kream and Kone – Great fried and broiled seafood and more
  • Brax’s Landing is casual dining with many tables overlooking the water
  • Clancy’s Restaurant – great food with outdoor dining overlooking the river
  • Wee Packet Family Restaurant has awesome breakfasts and great food!
  • Mad Minnow Bar and Grill – The Gullottis and Strangfelds partnered together in 2015 with a goal to bring high-quality, local products to Harwich Port. With a passion for the community, their aim for the Mad Minnow is to join people together for amazing food, scratch cocktails, and awesome beer.
  • The Port Restaurant and Bar – Contemporary Bistro Dining in the heart of Harwich Port
  • Bucas Tuscan Roadhouse – Italian Trattoria – make your reservations well in advance
  • Cape Sea Grille – Located in quaint Harwich Port, Cape Sea Grille offers the freshest creative American cuisine
  • Ocean House named one of the top 100 scenic restaurants. reservations must be made 30 days in advance


The Trampolines – We are an outdoor, seasonal, recreational facility. This is our 61st season of making memories that last a lifetime! Pure fun for the whole family!

The Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Rock Climbing, Zipline – Open for our 33rd Season – Open 10 am – 9 pm Every Day


Scenic Shopping has the full list of shops in Harwich Port Center.

Sativa – Boutique gift shop located in picturesque downtown Harwich Port. Open year-round, 7 days a week. Offering something for everyone!

Dr. Gravity’s Kite Shop – More than kites, floaties, beach toys, and accessories.

Whimsey – New and Consigned women’s clothing – Whimsey carries an assortment of new merchandise consigned by regional clothing boutiques and designers and unique items purchased directly from artists and wholesalers.


Paradise! This was the perfect home and location for a wonderful Cape getaway. Great location to so many Cape experiences. The house was spacious, immaculate and had everything we needed including a beautiful kitchen and wonderful deck and outdoor space as well as all the beach apparatus you would need. The close, private beach access was perfect and we enjoyed many walks looking for treasures and enjoying the view. The owner was so responsive and receptive. My 6 year old daughter especially enjoyed the “seashell” bedroom with the assortment of books and the little dollhouse. Overall just a fantastic experience!” ~Amy M. VRBO 7/25/2023

“Great house close to the beach! Well maintained property, comfortable, great kitchen and deck, with responsive owner.” Gary H. VRBO 7/4/2023

Perfect Cape Cod Vacation We enjoyed a wonderful stay at this lovely Harwich Port home. It is just as pictured with a spacious updated kitchen and comfortable furnishings throughout. The property is very well maintained and the beachside location can’t be beat. The host responded immediately to any questions and was a pleasure to deal with.” ~Janet VRBO – August 27, 2022

“Great house and beach! Enough said!! We loved our Cape stay. We have been coming to HarwichPort for 25 years. Watched our children grow up here. And it was great to return after a few years off for graduations and pandemics. The house and host were lovely and helpful. And the beach was special. Would happily return!” ~Peter VRBO 8/23/2022

“Great house in a great location! Our family had such a great time in this house. It is a super short walk to a PRIVATE beach. We came the 2nd week of August and had the private beach to ourselves the entire week, it was amazing. The house also has tons of items to bring to the beach, chairs, sand toys, boogie boards, etc. The house was very clean, and had tons of amenities that we made use of on a regular basis. The kitchen was amazing, fully updated with a huge island and lots of counter space. The oven wasn’t working at the time of our visit, but there was a toaster oven / air fryer available for use that met our needs. The living space was great, there was one room with a TV and another room with games and a large table and couch for the games and puzzles. It would be nice to have another TV in one of the bedrooms, but we made due with our phones / ipads on the rainy day when we exhausted the games and puzzles. The outside shower was very nice, and you could use separate faucets for just washing your feet off after the beach. The inside bathrooms were nice, although a bit outdated, and the toilet in the master bath was very small with a slow flush that you have to hold the handle down to get it to flush. However, this is nothing that would hold us back from renting this property again. The bedrooms were very spacious, which you can’t tell from the pictures. We would absolutely stay here again, the location is amazing, close to the grocery store, mini golf, go carts, restaurants, and walk to beach. Thanks for the great week!”
~Tara VRBO 8/17/2022

“We had the best experience staying here – the beautiful home was truly better than we could have expected. Beautiful kitchen and open layout and huge yard for our kids. The location was great and such an easy walk to the most beautiful private beach.” ~ David B. VRBO July 2022

Great House / Great Location
“Nice clean and bright house with a short walk to a private beach. Roomy 3 bed room ranch and great outdoor space. We had a nice week.” Gary VRBO July 2022

“5-Star All Around”

“The only bad thing about this house… is that it’s not ours! We loved our stay: the welcoming and spacious layout, the sleek kitchen, comfortable furniture at every turn, birds in the beautiful yard, the quiet & privacy, and (of course) proximity to the beach. It was a treat every single day to walk down the path to the ocean. Janet is also the ideal host: thoughtful, friendly and responsive from start to finish. Thank you again for opening up your beautiful home. You made our summer!” Eric R.  August 28, 2021

“Hydrangea Heaven”
“A comfortable house, clean, well-stocked, nicely decorated, with a new kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The large yard is beautifully landscaped with gorgeous hydrangeas and other plantings, in a quiet neighborhood, an easy walk to a private beach. The owner was responsive, helpful, and easy to deal with. We’d rent here again.” Mary S. VRBO

“Great Stay”
“Wonderful house and very convenient location to private beach!” ~Joe H. VRBO

“Perfect Family Vacation Property”
“The property far exceeded all of our expectations. The expansive gourmet kitchen is connected to the dining room and two great rooms enabling our family to do different things but still be around everyone. The Master bedroom has a private deck accessed by a sliding door. Very private and great for viewing the many foxes chasing rabbits. The other two bedrooms were fine. The yards are professionally manicured with beautiful flowers. Tons of beach chairs, beach towels, games, bikes, beach games, and more. The second deck off the kitchen was quite large and has appropriate furniture. The hammock is a nice touch. In summary, we would absolutely recommend the property and will come back next year.” ~Jeffrey S. VRBO

“Perfect Summer Getaway Minutes Walking from a Beautiful Sandy Beach”
“Our family had a wonderful week staying at this amazing house in Harwich Port, conveniently located off the beaten path yet close to everything at the same time. It has all the creature comfort we ever wanted in a summer house. The kitchen is well stocked with all the amenities, including a wide variety of seasonings for at-home cooking. The coffee-and-expresso machine was incredibly convenient for our daily use. The house comes with 3 spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds and clean linens. It was wonderful to see a closet full of bath and beach towels. The private beach was a short walk from the house; kids really enjoyed swimming in the ocean. We went biking a couple of times, once around the rail trail nearby, then drove to P Town to ride around the sand dunes. We brought 4 bikes; our daughter got to use one of the bikes from the garage. Our kids rated this as one of the most comfortable stays and they are picky!” ~Jing M. VRBO 7/31/2021 at 10:03 PM



Digging Clams on Cape Cod

Digging Clams on Cape Cod

Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod is a beautiful spot on the east side of Harwich also bordering Chatham and Orleans. During low tide, shellfishing is fairly abundant but only by permit with regulations that are strictly enforced. Permits can be purchased from the Harbor Master see ThreeHarbors.com. One-day permits may be purchased for non-residents prior to “digging.” Even if you don’t want to dig for clams, it is worth the trip because Pleasant Bay is so beautiful and the water is warm and lovely for swimming for playing in tide pools.

Soft shell clams are dug up from the sand during low tide. The digger first starts in with a rake, then uses their hands to find the elusive clams. We like to steam our soft shells and little necks and serve them with melted butter. The little neck also makes a great clam sauce.

Quahogs are larger-sized little neck clams who have been growing longer. To find these guys one must wade out into the water and search. These are too tough to eat alone but can be chopped and served stuffed into the shell.Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod “Harwich Shell fishers must obtain a full-year permit from Town Hall. Family Shell fishing through September is permitted on Wednesday and Saturday only with a limit of one ten-quart pail of shellfish for the week. Please check the regulations at the Harbormasters Office, at Town Hall or at this website. The role of the shellfish constable is very important to managing the resource for its good. Spend a moment with one of our wardens and learn how to measure quahogs and meet the team.” ~excerpted from the Harbor Master’s website, at ThreeHarbors.com.

Outstanding Opportunity Build Your Dream Home Cape Cod

Outstanding Opportunity Build Your Dream Home Cape Cod

?1129 Great Island Road in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02673
Offered at $5,550M

This is your chance to build your dream home on one of the last undeveloped lots on Outer Great Island, Cape Cod. Escape the noise and pace of the outside world.

Great Island is a private and gated island community that remains exclusive, tight-knit and social, generation after generation. HOA benefits include private sandy beaches, 24-hour gated security, 10 hole golf course, clay tennis courts, daily lunch at the summertime “beach club”, summer programs for kids, marina with floating docks amongst other things. Bike everywhere on quiet & private country roads or walk around the “band path” that wraps around the island. Forget about your car, your keys and lose site of your daily routine.

This 2.72 acre parcel of currently undeveloped wooded land faces east and boasts approximately 200 feet of waterfront frontage. One single-family home and also one guest cottage can be built here. You are welcome to visit the property’s virtual tour at? 1129greatislandroad.com.

Listing broker is Chris Vietor, Keller Williams Realty

If you would like a Buyer Agent’s advice as you tour the home, contact me at Janet@JanetPorcaro.net or call 617-797-9497

The information in this listing was gathered from third party sources including the seller and public records. MLS Property Information Network and its subscribers disclaim any and all representations or warranties as to the accuracy of this information. Content ©2011 MLS Property Information Network, Inc.

Summer in the City of Boston or Beach time on Cape Cod – It’s Nice to Have Choices!

Summer in the City of Boston or Beach time on Cape Cod – It’s Nice to Have Choices!

Boston WaterfrontThere is so much to do in Boston Proper during the summer months, Duck Tours, New England Aquarium, Harbor Tours, Trolley Tours and more. The best thing to me is that within a 1 1/2 hour drive, you can be on the beach on Cape Cod.

If you are new to Beantown, Cape Cod is a penninsula located approximately 90 miles south of Boston. As native Bostonian, one of my earliest memories is playing paper dolls in the dunes on “Old Cape Cod.”


The scene is completely different. Rustic patches of sand and scruff pines, sprawling beaches, lobster shacks, fishing, kayaking, boating, golf, and Summer Baseball.

Cape CodBostonians have a great opportunity for a “Change of Atttude.” It’s an easy summer commute. Life is good on the “Right Side of the Bridge.”

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Harwich Port, MA – Rated 2nd Happiest Seaside Towns

Harwich Port, MA – Rated 2nd Happiest Seaside Towns

Harwich Port, MA – Rated 2nd Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living

Boating in Harwich Port

Boating in Harwich Port

Cape Cod is the great summer escape for Bostonians and the International vacationers as well. Harwich Port is my favorite mid-Cape destination. Beaches are clean and white with warm water swimming with water temperatures averaging 70 degrees starting about July into September when temperatures change seasonally.

There is something for everyone in Harwich Port, which is a village city much like Newton, MA, with seven villages. The town slogan, “Three harbors, one Port.”  Shores lines are dotted with boaters, fishermen, and windsurfers.  rivers leading to harbors are ideal for kayaking. Local shops and restaurants are many and varied. Fresh produce is available through the P&D Fruit Stand as well as through the local farms.  And if you have ever been to Harwich, you will remember the Sunday School, epitome of the old fashion atmosphere found in this colorful seaside haven.

Wichmere Harbor

Wychmere Harbor

Find our 2013 annual list of the best places to live on the coast, ranked by you! And the winners are…|By Tracey Minkin

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. 

Coastal Living


Harwich Port Center

Harwich Port Center


Boston Strong Celebrates 4th of July

Boston Strong Celebrates 4th of July

Fourth of July

Fourth of July

Bostonians celebrated 4th of July with a special spirit this year. On the banks of the Charles River hundreds gathered to view the fireworks and enoy the Boston Pops Spectacular event (See http://www.july4th.org/).  My friends and family enjoyed watching more homegrown firework displays along the Cape Cod shore.

Bostonians are tough and Bostonians are proud. The Marathon Bombing solidified our communities in a way that is characteristic of our Yankee spirit.

“Freedom to pursue one’s goals and to be a fully-engaged citizen with both rights and responsibilities is perhaps one of the most compelling versions of freedom.  May more people both here in the U.S. and around the globe find such freedom.” David B. Crowley, Social Capital Inc.

What does freedom mean to you? HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!