From its world-famous namesake oysters to its tranquil kettle ponds to its wealth of nationally protected land, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, is a nature lover's paradise. Situated in Barnstable County in the middle of Cape Cod, the town is small and quaint in flavor but swells nearly tenfold in population come summer, when Wellfleet vacation rentals fill with travelers looking to relax and reconnect.
First settled by Europeans in the early 1600s, Wellfleet has long been a fishing and whaling mecca, employing thousands in fisheries for generations. Today, the town encompasses 21 square miles, of which 61 percent is on the Cape Cod National Seashore, making it one of the most popular summer playgrounds for Northeasterners looking for beautiful coastal views and tranquil sunsets. Art galleries, cozy restaurants, and mom-and-pop shops abound, and you'll get to experience them all from our inviting Wellfleet vacation rentals.
Wellfleet is known for nature, and with so much protected land, you'll never want for something fun to do outdoors. The 1,000-acre Wellfleet Bay sanctuary is operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society and boasts trails through a salt marsh, pine woodlands, and a barrier beach with an array of wildlife on display. There's also a green nature center and exhibits for the whole family.
The town offers plenty of public and protected beaches to while away the days. Duney and massive, Marconi Beach lies on the ocean and is operated by the Cape Cod National Seashore. Newcomb Hollow, Cahoon Hollow, White Crest, and Maguire's Landing all have lifeguards on duty, and feature sand dunes and plenty of places to look for sea life and wildlife. Power's Landing and Duck Harbor are less tourist-heavy, and offer many warm kettle ponds at which to relax.
Cultural offerings abound in Wellfleet. The Wellfleet Preservation Hall features film and music performances and readings for the whole family. The Wellfleet Historical Society & Museum focuses on the history the 350-year-old town and its residents; admire the many tools, household objects, furniture, toys, and textiles from the town's past. The Payomet Performing Arts Center hosts theater, music, and circus arts performances throughout the spring and summer. The Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theater and Wellfleet Harbor Stage Company showcase local talent on stage throughout the warmer months at low cost.
With an enviable location midway between elbow and tip, this Cape Cod town is close to all the area has to offer. Cultural and sports-centric Boston is only 102 miles away. The towns of Chatham and Eastham, both popular small towns on the Cape, are 40 and 15 minutes away by car, respectively. Gay-friendly Provincetown boasts myriad dining and nightlife options at the tip of the Cape. The tony and celebrity-friendly islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are also a stone's throw away from historic and Kennedy-friendly Hyannis, the area's main transportation hub.
Glorious beaches and warm kettle ponds on protected land await you at our Wellfleet vacation rentals!
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