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Guidebook for Wellfleet

Cove View Cottage

Guidebook for Wellfleet

Arts & Culture
Incredible entertainment available within walking distance. The Bolshoi ballet was just in town. Howz that for fancy?
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Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
2357 Old Route 6 Road
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Incredible entertainment available within walking distance. The Bolshoi ballet was just in town. Howz that for fancy?
An eminently browseable gallery showing works from locally and nationally known artists working in various media, plus a gift shop of stylish, quirky gifts and homewares. In off-season months check its website or call ahead for hours of operation.
Left Bank Gallery
25 Commercial St
An eminently browseable gallery showing works from locally and nationally known artists working in various media, plus a gift shop of stylish, quirky gifts and homewares. In off-season months check its website or call ahead for hours of operation.
This museum harbors a fascinating mishmash of odds and ends, from a vintage bank-teller cage to Native American artifacts.
Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum
258 Main St
This museum harbors a fascinating mishmash of odds and ends, from a vintage bank-teller cage to Native American artifacts.
A Zen-like gallery with museum-quality contemporary art over two floors. On most Saturday evenings in July and August, the gallery hosts artists' receptions, with the opportunity to meet the artist exhibited.
Blue Heron Gallery
20 Bank St
A Zen-like gallery with museum-quality contemporary art over two floors. On most Saturday evenings in July and August, the gallery hosts artists' receptions, with the opportunity to meet the artist exhibited.
Food Scene
This is our list of our favorite places to eat! There are so many on the Cape, so hopefully this will help narrow them down!
You have to admit their coffee is pretty good, and it's at the end of our street!
Dunkin'
2393 U.S. 6
You have to admit their coffee is pretty good, and it's at the end of our street!
People drive from Boston to eat here. Make a reservation as far in advance as possible especially in the high season.
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PB Boulangerie Bistro
15 Lecount Hollow Road
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People drive from Boston to eat here. Make a reservation as far in advance as possible especially in the high season.
So yummy. You have to have the Wellfleet oysters during your stay. Fine dining
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The Wicked Oyster
50 Main Street
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So yummy. You have to have the Wellfleet oysters during your stay. Fine dining
Amazing cup of coffee, the fancy stuff is never too sweet. If you are looking for a sweet, they make gourmet chocolates and other sweets there on the premises.
Chocolate Sparrow Wellfleet
326 Main Street
Amazing cup of coffee, the fancy stuff is never too sweet. If you are looking for a sweet, they make gourmet chocolates and other sweets there on the premises.
Sushi with a hip vibe.
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Mac's Shack
91 Commercial Street
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Sushi with a hip vibe.
Great casual dining. Another great place to get local seafood.
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Bookstore & Restaurant
50 Kendrick Avenue
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Great casual dining. Another great place to get local seafood.
I can't get over how many great restaurants we have in our little town. This is another great one with outdoor seating and great food.
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Wellfleet Pearl
250 Commercial Street
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I can't get over how many great restaurants we have in our little town. This is another great one with outdoor seating and great food.
At this Mac's you can get fresh seafood to take home and prepare yourself. Good stuff.
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Mac's On the Pier
265 Commercial Street
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At this Mac's you can get fresh seafood to take home and prepare yourself. Good stuff.
Shoreline restaurants don’t get much more archetypal than the Beachcomber. The bar and restaurant, housed in a former life-saving station, overlooks the dramatic dunes of the National Seashore, pours potent cocktails, contains a separate raw bar, and hosts live music at night. They are open during the summer season only. Check them out on Facebook
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Beachcomber in Wellfleet
1120 Cahoon Hollow Road
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Shoreline restaurants don’t get much more archetypal than the Beachcomber. The bar and restaurant, housed in a former life-saving station, overlooks the dramatic dunes of the National Seashore, pours potent cocktails, contains a separate raw bar, and hosts live music at night. They are open during the summer season only. Check them out on Facebook
For homegrown wine & tasty treats, this is only about 15 mins up route 6 (with no traffic) and is a lovely experience.
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Truro Vineyards
11 Shore Road
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For homegrown wine & tasty treats, this is only about 15 mins up route 6 (with no traffic) and is a lovely experience.
You can stop in this charming cafe for a coffee fix on your way down to the waterfront. It also has a small menu of burritos and sandwiches ($7 to $12).
The Fox and Crow
6 Commercial St
You can stop in this charming cafe for a coffee fix on your way down to the waterfront. It also has a small menu of burritos and sandwiches ($7 to $12).
If you happen to be in town on Wednesday morning, stop by the farmers market, where you can enjoy live music, fresh coffee and produce from the trucks of local farmers.
Wellfleet Farmer's Market
If you happen to be in town on Wednesday morning, stop by the farmers market, where you can enjoy live music, fresh coffee and produce from the trucks of local farmers.
This open-air stand on the side of the highway is your stop for beach plum jelly, rosehip jam, and cranberry marmalade.
BriarLane Jams and Jellies
3073 US-6
This open-air stand on the side of the highway is your stop for beach plum jelly, rosehip jam, and cranberry marmalade.
Best Beaches in the Area
Here is our list of the best beaches nearby. Be sure to look in to the beach sticker requirements ahead of time and order yours in advance!
Wellfleet Beach party central with a drinking institution sitting atop its dunes Here’s who Cahoon Hollow is not for: those seeking quiet; those seeking warm waters; those seeking not to exercise. Access to this wide-sand beach requires a 75-yard trek down a steep sand dune; reasonable enough, but it’s the trek back up that can fell many a beach goer. (This likely explains the demographics of the beach, which skew younger and fitter.) But the journeys down and up are well worth it, for an iconic Atlantic-side, wide-sand beach complete with dozens of seals popping their heads out of the water just offshore. Just prepare yourself for the nightmare parking scene, which is even worse this year after storms and erosion shut down the main parking lot. Bike or Uber
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Cahoon Hollow Beach
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Wellfleet Beach party central with a drinking institution sitting atop its dunes Here’s who Cahoon Hollow is not for: those seeking quiet; those seeking warm waters; those seeking not to exercise. Access to this wide-sand beach requires a 75-yard trek down a steep sand dune; reasonable enough, but it’s the trek back up that can fell many a beach goer. (This likely explains the demographics of the beach, which skew younger and fitter.) But the journeys down and up are well worth it, for an iconic Atlantic-side, wide-sand beach complete with dozens of seals popping their heads out of the water just offshore. Just prepare yourself for the nightmare parking scene, which is even worse this year after storms and erosion shut down the main parking lot. Bike or Uber
This is the closest beach to our home, within walking distance. It is a smaller off the beaten path beach that mostly locals go to so the crowds aren't as bad. It is a bay beach with views of the Wellfleet harbor, and quiet gentle bay water. Great for families with younger children.
Indian Neck
This is the closest beach to our home, within walking distance. It is a smaller off the beaten path beach that mostly locals go to so the crowds aren't as bad. It is a bay beach with views of the Wellfleet harbor, and quiet gentle bay water. Great for families with younger children.
Wellfleet Another National Seashore gem with iconic dunes waiting for their closeup Bostonians day-trip to this beach in the summer -- that’s how irresistible it is. And John F. Kennedy recognized it early: In 1961, he signed a bill authorizing the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the first time a national park was created out of previously private land (don’t tell the libertarians). A little more history: The beach is named after Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1903 sent the first US-originating transatlantic radio transmission right from the Cape. OK, enough social studies: this is a massive, gorgeous beach, with towering dunes, intimidating waves, and endless views in each direction. It’s always crowded but never overwhelmingly so, owing to its sheer size. One more selling point: it’s dog-friendly year-round. One drawback: a lot of stairs to get there. (Note: The Marconi beach steps were damaged during the winter owing to the storms; the beach reopens to the public on June 17 this year.)
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Marconi Beach
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Wellfleet Another National Seashore gem with iconic dunes waiting for their closeup Bostonians day-trip to this beach in the summer -- that’s how irresistible it is. And John F. Kennedy recognized it early: In 1961, he signed a bill authorizing the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the first time a national park was created out of previously private land (don’t tell the libertarians). A little more history: The beach is named after Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who in 1903 sent the first US-originating transatlantic radio transmission right from the Cape. OK, enough social studies: this is a massive, gorgeous beach, with towering dunes, intimidating waves, and endless views in each direction. It’s always crowded but never overwhelmingly so, owing to its sheer size. One more selling point: it’s dog-friendly year-round. One drawback: a lot of stairs to get there. (Note: The Marconi beach steps were damaged during the winter owing to the storms; the beach reopens to the public on June 17 this year.)
Truro Serene, hidden beach with rich history and seals galore Want nature? Want semi-seclusion? Head of the Meadow is a rare bird: a beautiful, wide Atlantic side beach that stays strangely uncrowded. Part of that owes to the fact that the bathhouses burned down a few years back, so yes, you’ll want to change beforehand. You also get a little history with your tanning session: A vessel named the Frances ran aground off this beach in 1872, and during certain low tides you can still catch a glimpse of the wreck’s remnants. Guests will need to buy a daily permit, but it’s a twofer that also grants you access to Corn Hill Beach, an equally beautiful spot on the bay side of the peninsula.
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Head of the Meadow Beach
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Truro Serene, hidden beach with rich history and seals galore Want nature? Want semi-seclusion? Head of the Meadow is a rare bird: a beautiful, wide Atlantic side beach that stays strangely uncrowded. Part of that owes to the fact that the bathhouses burned down a few years back, so yes, you’ll want to change beforehand. You also get a little history with your tanning session: A vessel named the Frances ran aground off this beach in 1872, and during certain low tides you can still catch a glimpse of the wreck’s remnants. Guests will need to buy a daily permit, but it’s a twofer that also grants you access to Corn Hill Beach, an equally beautiful spot on the bay side of the peninsula.
Provincetown National seashore treasure on the tip of the Cape Herring Cove gives you everything you crave in a Cape Cod beach: picturesque dunes, miles of deep, hot sand, clean bathrooms and changing rooms, and a healthy mix of families and couples, both gay and straight. Parking can be a bear in July and August (especially during Bear Week), so the far better choice is to hit the nearby bike trail for a bit, then lock up your two-wheeler for a well-earned dip. If you crave even more pre-beach exercise, there are dune hikes aplenty (with far fewer clandestine sex acts than in decades past).
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Herring Cove Beach
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Provincetown National seashore treasure on the tip of the Cape Herring Cove gives you everything you crave in a Cape Cod beach: picturesque dunes, miles of deep, hot sand, clean bathrooms and changing rooms, and a healthy mix of families and couples, both gay and straight. Parking can be a bear in July and August (especially during Bear Week), so the far better choice is to hit the nearby bike trail for a bit, then lock up your two-wheeler for a well-earned dip. If you crave even more pre-beach exercise, there are dune hikes aplenty (with far fewer clandestine sex acts than in decades past).
Activities
Heralded as Cape Cod's oldest golf course and America's Oldest Golf Links 1892 and perhaps its most scenic, the Highland Links in North Truro is one of America's golf treasures. Any serious golfer or novice alike should play this historic course.
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Highland Links
10 Highland Light Road
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Heralded as Cape Cod's oldest golf course and America's Oldest Golf Links 1892 and perhaps its most scenic, the Highland Links in North Truro is one of America's golf treasures. Any serious golfer or novice alike should play this historic course.
One of the last remaining outdoor drive in theaters, this will bring back the nostalgia of the old days and give you an opportunity of what it was like in your youth.
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Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre
51 U.S. 6
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One of the last remaining outdoor drive in theaters, this will bring back the nostalgia of the old days and give you an opportunity of what it was like in your youth.
Sightseeing
Birders flock to Mass Audubon's 940-acre sanctuary, where 5 miles of trails cross tidal creeks, salt marshes and beaches. The most popular is the Goose Pond Trail (1.5-mile round-trip), which leads out to a salt marsh and offers abundant opportunities for spotting marine and bird life. The sanctuary also offers guided walks and kayaking tours, seal cruises and summer kids' programs.
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Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
291 U.S. 6
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Birders flock to Mass Audubon's 940-acre sanctuary, where 5 miles of trails cross tidal creeks, salt marshes and beaches. The most popular is the Goose Pond Trail (1.5-mile round-trip), which leads out to a salt marsh and offers abundant opportunities for spotting marine and bird life. The sanctuary also offers guided walks and kayaking tours, seal cruises and summer kids' programs.
Cross the bridge to a self-contained little world. Wonderful waterfront stroll with views of the village and harbor. Alternate route over the small hill. Low tide offers more walking, but to me, high tide is more appealing. Walk here from Cove View Cottage around Chipman's Cove at low tide, cross Uncle Tim's Bridge right in to the heart of the Old Town Wellfleet.
Uncle Tim's Bridge
75 E Commercial St
Cross the bridge to a self-contained little world. Wonderful waterfront stroll with views of the village and harbor. Alternate route over the small hill. Low tide offers more walking, but to me, high tide is more appealing. Walk here from Cove View Cottage around Chipman's Cove at low tide, cross Uncle Tim's Bridge right in to the heart of the Old Town Wellfleet.
In Provincetown, the Province Lands and sand dunes in the surrounding area are some of the most beautiful on the Cape. Here, you’ll find some of the largest dunes and most spectacular views. Art’s Dune Tours offers narrated off-road tours that last about an hour. To access the Province Lands, drive to Race Point Road and look for brown and white signs marking the Beech Forest area and Province Lands Visitor Center. The Head of the Meadow Area is one of the most scenic drives on the Cape with spectacular sand dunes and views of the Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The Province Lands Bike Trail goes through the forest and dunes with openings to public beaches. The Province Lands Visitor Center provides the opportunity to learn about the history and observe the dunes, which range from a few dozen feet tall to over one hundred feet in several locations.
Dunes of the Provincelands
In Provincetown, the Province Lands and sand dunes in the surrounding area are some of the most beautiful on the Cape. Here, you’ll find some of the largest dunes and most spectacular views. Art’s Dune Tours offers narrated off-road tours that last about an hour. To access the Province Lands, drive to Race Point Road and look for brown and white signs marking the Beech Forest area and Province Lands Visitor Center. The Head of the Meadow Area is one of the most scenic drives on the Cape with spectacular sand dunes and views of the Bay and Atlantic Ocean. The Province Lands Bike Trail goes through the forest and dunes with openings to public beaches. The Province Lands Visitor Center provides the opportunity to learn about the history and observe the dunes, which range from a few dozen feet tall to over one hundred feet in several locations.
Provincetown is at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The seaside town is on the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620, commemorated by the towering Pilgrim Monument and neighboring Provincetown Museum. P-town is known as a longtime haven for artists, lesbians and gay men. Numerous galleries plus restaurants, nightclubs, cabarets and specialty shops are clustered on and around lively Commercial Street.
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Provincetown
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Provincetown is at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The seaside town is on the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620, commemorated by the towering Pilgrim Monument and neighboring Provincetown Museum. P-town is known as a longtime haven for artists, lesbians and gay men. Numerous galleries plus restaurants, nightclubs, cabarets and specialty shops are clustered on and around lively Commercial Street.
Shopping!
While nautical themed homewares and gifts may not seem too surprising on the Cape, the taste level of the selection at Curiouser & Curiouser sets it apart. Everything for sale, even the graphic tees, feels high-end and special.
Curiouser & Curiouser
361 Main St
While nautical themed homewares and gifts may not seem too surprising on the Cape, the taste level of the selection at Curiouser & Curiouser sets it apart. Everything for sale, even the graphic tees, feels high-end and special.
Wellfleet Town center has a wonderful collection of shops and galleries, not to mention restaurants. It is historic, quaint and lovely.
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Wellfleet
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Wellfleet Town center has a wonderful collection of shops and galleries, not to mention restaurants. It is historic, quaint and lovely.
One time-honored throwback in this town is the Wellfleet Flea Market, held in summer at the drive-in. This is the largest flea market on the Cape, with 200 dealers selling everything from antiques to newly made objects, and from treasures to junk. Most vendors take cash only. Winter markets are weather dependent.
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Wellfleet Flea Market
51 U.S. 6
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One time-honored throwback in this town is the Wellfleet Flea Market, held in summer at the drive-in. This is the largest flea market on the Cape, with 200 dealers selling everything from antiques to newly made objects, and from treasures to junk. Most vendors take cash only. Winter markets are weather dependent.
Set in an old Victoria home, the stationary shop has a vast and well-edited selection of cards and journals.
Jules Besch Stationers
15 Great Hollow Road
Set in an old Victoria home, the stationary shop has a vast and well-edited selection of cards and journals.