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Chequessett Yacht & Country Club: Enjoy friends, family, and the beauty of Wellfleet

Wedding venues, May 2017 Cape Cod LIFE | capecodlife.com

Photo by Edward Winter/Ready Luck

The natural beauty of Wellfleet literally envelops the Chequessett Yacht & Country Club. And like its surroundings, the Chequessett gives off an unassuming vibe, with its laid-back atmosphere and well-off-the-beaten-path location. This semi-private waterfront club, which offers golf, tennis and sailing on 105 acres abutting the Cape Cod National Seashore, is ideal, events director Tia Scalcione says, for couples looking for a quintessential Cape Cod wedding experience.

“On the Outer Cape, there tends to be more of a connection to nature and having space to breathe,” Scalcione says. “That goes along with our philosophy here. We offer a casual environment for guests to take in the amazing natural beauty.”

Couples can immerse themselves in the all-natural surroundings with an intimate ceremony on the club’s private beach, which overlooks Wellfleet Harbor and Great Island. Just steps away, the party often moves to the boathouse, where guests can enjoy a cocktail hour and appetizers. The boathouse’s fairy-lit, barn-board interior makes for a romantic spot for both ceremonies and receptions, with room for up to 100 guests.

For larger weddings, the reception can be held just a short golf cart ride from the beach at the clubhouse. Built in the 1930s, the clubhouse features original wood beams and can accommodate parties of 175. Nearby, the 1,800-square-foot tented deck overlooking the ninth fairway is a perfect perch to watch the sun set. Guests can then return to the boathouse for dancing—or to watch the moon rise over the water.

In the planning phase, the club’s staff works with couples to customize their big day, helping them choose local vendors from a preferred list. Scalcione says she encourages couples to embrace the club’s simplicity. “I can’t overstate the casualness of this place on a day as high-key as your wedding,” she says. “To be in a setting that is so peaceful and grounded, that adds to the experience and brings a level of comfort.”

Chequessett Yacht & Country Club • 680 Chequessett Neck Road • 508-349-3704 • cycc.net