Time slips away as you enter the old whaling port and fishing village of Wellfleet, a tranquil community where the town clock set high on the church steeple still strikes on ship time, white clapboard cottages and flowering gardens line the streets and the narrow stretch between the cold Atlantic Waters and Cape Cod Bay are dotted with beautiful beaches, historic kettle ponds and the stunning Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
Surfing & Sunbathing on the Shoreline
The beaches of Wellfleet draw all kinds of sunseekers. Surfers hang out and ride the wild waves of the Atlantic at White Crest Beach (aka Four Mile Beach or Surfer’s Beach) and Marconi Beach, also popular with anglers casting their lines for striped bass and blue fish. One of the most popular is Cahoon Hollow Beach accessed only down a steep 75-foot dune! Don’t let this put you off, the majestic dunes are stunning and it’s a great family-friendly beach, till sunset when the Beachcomber begins to buzz with live music and sun-kissed beach bunnies looking for a party. For warmer waters, families head to Duck Harbor on Cape Cod Bay and the ever popular kettle ponds strewn across the landscape with shady beaches and secluded waters. Gull Pond, Long Pond and Great Pond are all time Wellfleet favorites. The calm protected Wellfleet Harbor offers boating, wind-surfing, kayaking, sailing and fishing.
Panoramic salt marshes, pine woodlands and sandy beaches promise nature lovers a true escape to explore nature's unparalleled beauty. Wellfleet lies at the heart of both the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary. Follow the boardwalk through the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp or step off the beaten track and surround yourself by water as you explore the trails on Lieutenant Island, connected to the mainland only by an old wooden bridge. Take a wildlife cruise, seal-watching or birding tour at the Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary, discover colorful marine life at the aquarium or wander through the butterfly gardens. Encompassing nearly 1,000 acres, the sanctuary is the perfect escape.
A Cultural Haven
Wellfleet has long been a Cape Cod cultural haven. Unique and eclectic art galleries filled with painted treasures and bookstores and boutiques convert historic homes into well-loved stores. Admire the works of art and gardens at the Kendall Art Gallery, find your inner Zen at the Blue Heron Gallery or hunt for quirky gifts at Left Bank Gallery. Take a self-guided gallery tour or feed your cultural side with a brilliant performance at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. The Wellfleet Historical Society Museum is another great cultural visit with an eclectic collection of odds and ends.
Oyster Feasts & Oyster Shooters
Lest we forget that Wellfleet is famous for its oysters and the annual Wellfleet OysterFest in October is a great celebration of the town’s deep-rooted shellfishing traditions. So, grab a shellfish license and get clamming and oystering to enjoy a good home-cooked seafood feast. If cooking on vacation is not your thing, head on down to the nearby fish market to sample the fresh catch of the day or nosh on a Cape Cod classic at Macs on the Pier.
It’s now time to head for the dunes for a sugary Goombay Smash or oyster shooter at the Beachcomber, one of “America’s Best Beach Bars” according to Travel + Leisure. And of course, an old time evening favorite of all our guests is the retro Wellfleet Drive-In, grab your vintage welcome reel and snacks to settle in for a good old-fashioned nostalgic night at the movies.
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