For the past two summers, I’ve been spending my vacation at my boyfriend’s family home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod. There are lots of beautiful Bauhaus homes, art galleries, and a crunchy-50s-psychoanalyst-vacation-home vibe that’s unlike any other town on the Cape.
Here are a few of my favorite things to do…
The Beaches: We like to park the car at White Crest beach, where all of the surfers go, and (eventually) walk over to Cahoon Hollow beach to have lunch at the Beachcomber. It’s the only restaurant located on the beach and they have a great raw seafood bar and some heavy handed cocktails—the Goombay Smash is their signature drink.
The beaches are all about a 40 foot dune drop from the road, so be prepared to get a good leg workout walking up and down.
The Ponds: Because Wellfleet is towards the tip of the Cape, a lot of the land up there is national seashore and forrest. There are a few big fresh water ponds surrounded by trees that are perfect for a dip after a day at the beach. The water is a lot warmer than the freezing cold ocean, and you can kayak, paddle board or bring pool floats and just laze around. My favorite is Gull Pond—it’s the biggest and has a little beach where you can ditch your stuff while you swim.
The Pier: It wouldn’t be a trip to the Cape without (fried) seafood and Mac’s Pier is hands down the best. They have every variation of lobster, clam and scallop that you could want—fried, on a sandwich, even in a quesadilla. You can hang at the harbor and eat your lobster roll while you watch all of the boats bring in fresh oysters. Then, you can top off your meal with some ice cream, also from the Pier. I treat myself daily with an Orange Whip—soft serve vanilla ice cream and orange juice blended like a milkshake.
Hatch’s Market: If you tire of the fried seafood, you can get it fresh at Hatch’s market, along with some of the best produce you’ll ever find. They were selling organic fruits and veggies before organic produce was even a thing. And as much as I love the Pier, we usually cook most of our meals at home while we’re up there.
Wellfleet Drive In: This place is super old school and I love going, even if we get stuck watching all kids movies. We like to back in for a double feature and bring blankets and pillows to lay on in the back of the car. You have to get there early to get a good spot, but it’s fun to kill time with a game of Scrabble and a huge bucket of popcorn from the concession stand.
On Sunday mornings, they use the parking lot for a huge flea market with tons of great junk.
P-Town: On rainy days, the best thing to do is drive to the Provincetown at the very tip of the Cape. There’s good shopping at Marc Jacobs, hysterical sex toys at Spank the Monkey, and even a theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Bottoms ;)