Cape Cod Jet Lag Journal: Wellfleet
Happy Birthday, Wellfleet! This year, the village of Wellfleet, MA on Cape Cod turned 250 and she looks great. My sassy-partner-in-crime Lindsay is marvelously generous and invited me to the beach for the week, where we basked in the sun, revisited our favorite restaurants, and had cocktails anywhere and everywhere.
Wellfleet is a wooded hamlet of rustic homes and multiple places to swim – ocean, harbor, bay, freshwater pond. To hit the beach, we drive along winding roads through the woods until we come upon the 150-foot high sand dunes. Putting beach chairs on our backs and walking down these cliffs to the water’s edge is no small task. The beach is so far east that tanning in the sun usually means turning our chairs around with our backs to the water and facing the cliffs. At the top of Cahoon Hollow Beach is The Beachcomber, a great spot for a rawbar and a beer. This is an eclectic crowd – biker chicks, wholesome families, drunk singles (us).
Intellectual but unpretentious, Wellfleet is a community for artists and writers. A rainy day at the beach is actually a treat as you can put on your rain boots and visit the many galleries all over the village. Ceramics, stained glass, metalwork, and paintings all find a home here. This is also a retreat for writers, including Thoreau, John Cheever, and Mary McCarthy (who named Wellfleet the “seacoast of Bohemia”).
Here are a few scenes from this idyllic town:
How cute is the Wellfleet Marketplace? This is the grocery store in town, complete with ubiquitous American flag and handpainted foods in the glass windows. My favorite is the bag of Cape Cod potato chips and the oyster with glass pearl.
The symbol of Wellfleet is a quahog oyster which can be found along the Eastern coast. I think this should be the symbol of my gyno’s office, and not a beach town, but OK. Everyone walks around town and along the beach with these Wellfleet oyster shirts.
This is the beautiful front door to Our Lady of Lourdes church:
Nothing more American than a beach day and an ice cream shop. Or a Nice Cream Stop. Behold the Purple Cow and the Wellfleet Mix.
We spent morning brunch at The Wicked Oyster for pancakes and mimosas. Oysters are featured in oil paintings and stained glass throughout the restaurant.
Much of our time was spent at the house having coffee on the front porch or getting dressed up for dinner. In true Wellfleet fashion, our host channels his inner artist by creating people and scenes from rocks he finds on the beach.
Hollla!! Newcomb Hollow and Cahoon Hollow Beaches:
Check out a few articles on the town that I will be reading during the winter as I yearn for the beach:
1. T Magazine wrote a great article about the 10 Bauhaus-style cottages called The Colony of Wellfleet. The Wellfleet Ten
2. The New York Times travel section on the simplicity and history of Wellfleet. New England All the Way
3. Travel + Leisure on going local. The Best of Cape Cod
Intro Photo Credit: Boston Magazine