Tis the season for cranberries. I just had a guest ask me about the tours this morning and thought it’s a perfect time to blog about our favorites. Over the years of living on Cape Cod we have grown to love our cranberries- not only the history of this delicious fruit which you can read about here, but also the joy of being here for the harvest season. Each year Byron and I purchase enough fresh cranberries to place in our freezers to last us the entire year.
I just love this picture we took several years ago when we visited Thacher Farm. Harrison was especially delighted as he got to play around the bogs.
Three of our favorite Cranberry Tours
Cranberry Bog Tours-
Leo & Andrea Cakounes operate the largest organic cranberry bog on Cape Cod. Located in Harwich, MA, daily tours of the bog are offered seasonally. Learn about the 12 month operation of a cranberry bog. See the equipment and visit with the farm animals.
Tours are $15 and reservations are a must. Call for information and to book your tour- 508-432-0790
Cape Cod Cranberry Bog Tours-
This is a fun, intersting and educational tour of one of Cape Cod’s most historic and important industries. You will learn about history and cultivation of cranberries, and will see cranberies bogs blooming, growing or being harvested, depending on the time of year.
Tours are given by a grower with 28 years of knowledge and experience.
It is a walking tour, so wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
Tours are given daily in season at 4 pm, and can also be arranged by appointment 24 hrs in advance, based on availability and weather.
The bogs are in bloom mid June to mid July. Cranberries are growing mid July to mid September. The harvest is mid September to mid December. Fresh cranberries are available for sale (to pick up or be shipped) mid September to the end of December. We often see interesting local birds and wildlife. Bring field glasses or binoculars if you have them, and bring a camera.
We meet at the Governor Prence Inn in Orleans and will carivan by car to a bog in neighboring Chatham, or another nearby area.
Tours are $10 per person–minimum group size is 4 persons for a tour.
An endearing little bog in Dennis that has a fantastic gift shop that is open during the harvest season, They sell fresh fruit (check the web site for availability) Bogside Honey, Beeswax Candles, Jams, Soaps, Cranberry Recipes, and Annies’ Crannies Gift Boxes.
The gift shop will be open on Saturday and Sundays form 9am-5pm starting October 12th through November 10th. Tours are at 11am
When to visit
Cranberry bogs have a surprisingly long growing season, from April to November, and benefit from the freezing of the ground for a brief dormant period. Fall is the best time to come observe the berries in all their ripened glory. The bright red berries floating en masse during a wet harvest make for some striking Cape Cod imagery. The cranberry harvest season begins around Labor Day and usually runs into the middle of November, depending on weather conditions. The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association has created a cranberry harvest trail guide – which shows you the locations of all the bogs mentioned above.
Come Stay with us
and enjoy everything fall has to offer. Our inn is decorated with plenty of pumpkins and mums and our fireplaces are all on to keep you warm. Our breakfasts always include many yummy recipes using fresh fall cranberries including our popular Cranberry Biscotti and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies.
Check out our Boutique Guest Rooms that are oh so comfortable and romantic. You may also want to consider our new Quiet Season Dinner Package which is such a great value and includes a welcoming tray of fresh baked bread, cheeses and wine.
Book a stay with us today here and enjoy all that fall has to offer on Cape Cod with a tour of a cranberry bog, where you can also bring some home fresh to enjoy later.