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2017 Life Annual Guide: Outer Cape


South Wellfleet, Wellfleet

2017 Life Annual Guide Outer Cape

Wellfleet’s Atlantic coastline by Cory Lovett

With a unique geography that includes miles of beaches along the Atlantic coast and a vast harbor that opens into Cape Cod Bay, Wellfleet has endless attractions for those who love nature and the outdoors. The town is also home to the world famous Wellfleet oyster, and has long been a haven for the arts.

On the ocean side, Marconi Beach presents visitors with towering dunes, lengthy views, and robust waves. It’s a great spot for surfing and sunbathing. To the north, visitors can enjoy sand and sea at White Crest Beach, Lecount Hollow Beach, and Newcomb Hollow Beach. Across town, Great Island serves as Wellfleet’s western border; the peninsula runs north to south, protecting Wellfleet Harbor from the bay. For the adventurous, the Great Island Trail features perhaps the Cape’s most rigorous walk through soft sands and woods to the end of the peninsula at Jeremy Point. Inside the harbor, Mayo Beach is a gentle swimming spot and, at low tide, the beach flats are great for explorers in search of shells and marine life.

With cold waters and strong tides, the harbor’s unique ecosystem is an environment where oysters flourish—and the town has gained international renown for its tasty shellfish. One can observe the oyster harvest off Mayo Beach, or enjoy the local catch at The Bookstore & Restaurant, Pearl, and Mac’s on the Pier. The Wicked Oyster also serves the delicacies by the half-dozen, and diners can wash them down with a sweet cocktail called Harbor Sunset.

Wellfleet’s Main Street and its surrounding neighborhoods offer a collection of art galleries, gift and clothing boutiques, cafes, and more. It’s an inviting area for walking and shopping. Also on Main, Preservation Hall presents films, concerts, and other events during the year, while the Wellfleet Historical Society Museum shares exhibits on the town’s past, including industries of old like whaling and salt making. Wellfleet Marketplace is a good spot for coffee, snacks, and reading material. Artists’ note: The galleries often host extended hours on Saturday evenings in summer.

Other must-visit attractions in town include The Wellfleet Drive-In, The Harbor Stage Company, and The Beachcomber of Wellfleet, a legendary hot spot for food, drinks, and music—and views overlooking Cahoon Hollow Beach.


Looking for a place to stay?

A warm welcome awaits at the Wagner at Duck Creek

2017 Life Annual Guide Outer Cape

Leo and Erica Wagner bought the Inn at Duck Creeke in 2015, renaming the historic guesthouse The Wagner at Duck Creek. Parents of four adopted daughters—sisters Cindy, Elisa, Joana, and Gigi from Puerto Rico—the couple bought the inn with the girls in mind. “We did it for the girls,” Erica says. “We are laser focused on providing them with a work ethic and a nice environment to grow up in.”

The Wagner comprises three distinct buildings, each constructed in a different century. The Carriage House, c. 1930, has a suite and three guest rooms. The Captain’s House, built around 1822, offers 18 guest rooms. Newly renovated, the c. 1771 Cottage has five guest rooms, four of which are named for the Wagners’ daughters, along with a restaurant and tavern known simply as the Well.

The Wagner at Duck Creek

70 Main Street, Wellfleet

508-349-9333 •

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