Background photo by Don Sylor


Ron Wilson

Things to do

Don’t miss the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (, 508-349-2615) off Route 6. Enjoy more than five miles of trails where you’ll see shorebirds, songbirds, and a butterfly and hummingbird garden.

Not far up the road at the Wellfleet Drive-in and Flea Market (, 508-349-7176) is a different outdoor scene altogether—one that feels like a throwback to the 1950s. The theatre was built in 1957 and shows first-run double-features from May through Labor Day. The flea market features up to 200 vendors during high season.

For a look at exquisite art, visit one of Wellfleet’s many galleries, like the Blue Heron Gallery (, 508-349-6724), where you’ll find a collection of contemporary art. Dan Cutrona

Beach it

Marconi Beach, an outer beach within the Cape Cod National Seashore, is known for its dramatic, 44-foot-high sand cliffs. The towering cliffs and wide expanse of shoreline lend a sense of solitude and openness for the beachgoer looking for sweeping vistas and room to roam. Nearby are the remnants of the Marconi Wireless Station, where Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi sent the first successful transatlantic wireless communication between the United States and England in 1903—the exchange was between President Theodore Roosevelt and England’s King Edward VII. Besides the concrete foundation of the transmitter house, little else remains at the site today.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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