Fodor's Expert Review Winstead Village Inn

114 Parallel St., Harwich, Massachusetts 02645, USA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

With its graceful columns and welcoming front veranda, the regal Winstead Inn sits along a quiet street on the edge of downtown Harwich. Greenery surrounds this Gothic Victorian house, and many of the rooms have a view of the heated, outdoor saltwater pool, a real oasis with potted palms, fountains, and flowers. The inn has a sister property called the Beach House, with 14 rooms on a private stretch of beach fronting Nantucket Sound; free shuttles will take guests here to hit the beach.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you care more about the beach than a pool, book your stay at the sister Beach Resort. That way you won't have to wait for a shuttle or drive there.

Crows Nest
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Rooms feature triple-sheeted pillow-top beds, private bathrooms, refrigerators and beach towels.

The Pool Suite can accommodate up to five people, perfect for families, and it has its own private entrance, kitchen and deck.

Crows Nest
Photo: Crows Nest
Crows Nest
Photo: Crows Nest


The bathrooms vary from room to room. Some have two-person whirlpool tubs, while others have large showers or shower/tub combos.

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Photo: Crows Nest
Dining/living area looking out over heated pool
Photo: Dining/living area looking out over heated pool


The Great Room at the Inn features comfortable couches and chairs around a fireplace and other seating areas with tables and chairs.

Dining/living area looking out over heated pool
Photo: Dining/living area looking out over heated pool


An outdoor heated, salt-filtered pool is open from June through Columbus Day.


A generous complimentary continental breakfast buffet is included. From mid-June through Labor Day, lemonade and cookies are offered in the afternoon.


Getting Around

The Winstead Inn is located in the village of Harwich in a residential area one block from the town center. You probably won’t need your car, unless you want to visit other Cape Cod attractions.


The Cape Sea Grille (4-minute drive), located in a 19th century sea captain’s home, is an elegant spot to enjoy a seafood dinner. The Mad Minnow Bar & Kitchen (4-minute drive) is another great option.


Hot Stove Saloon (4-minute drive) is a typical pub and sports a baseball themed décor. Ember Coal Fired Pizza & Wings (5-minute walk) serves up, you guessed it, pizza and wings, and offers live music Wednesday through Sundays nights.


Guests staying at the Winstead Inn have full use of the amenities at the Beach Resort situated 1.5 miles south on Nantucket Sound, so between the pool at the Inn and the beach at the Resort, there is plenty of time to play in the water. A private car shuttles Winstead Inn guests to the Beach Resort during the high season. In addition, the luxurious rooms and service are topnotch.


Casual Chic


Phones: 800-870–4405;508-432–4444

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