Wellfleet in a nutshell:
WHY? Wellfleet was chosen as one of the 10 most perfect summer getaways by the Fine Living Channel. The town is bounded by spectacular beaches and towering sand dunes, with the roaring surf of the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the tranquil waters of Cape Cod Bay to the west. Known as the Cape’s “art gallery town,” Wellfleet is also famous for pristine kettle ponds and oysters. 61% of Wellfleet is within the Cape Cod National Seashore, which means fewer houses and more nature trails.
WHAT? Wellfleet is a former fishing village. Today the 3000 residents make a living from tourism, shellfishing, and service trades. There are also many artists and writers, as well as an active theater community. The Summer 2006 Annual Guide issue of Cape Cod Life says, “Wellfleet … has largely escaped the progress of strip shopping centers, beachfront condos, and suburban sprawl. It is, for many visitors, a step back in time, more similar to places where they grew up than to what they now call home.”
WHERE? Location, Location, Location …. Chez Sven is centrally located on Old King’s Highway, a “scenic road,” unpaved as in colonial times. It is a quick walk to Long and Dyer Ponds or into the village (1/2 mile to Long Pond; .8 mile to Wellfleet center) and only 2 miles to spectacular Cahoon Hollow Beach.
WHEN? Natives know that the best time to be in Wellfleet is spring or fall, when the village resumes a slower pace. April and May offer the excitement of a drowsy town waking up for the rental season. The flowers are out; the beaches and trails deserted. By June, the rhythm has picked up. In July and August, Wellfleet is in great demand, so reserve early. In September, the ocean is warm and garden tomatoes are ripe. October offers international travelers a chance to admire fall foliage. Wellfleet holds its Oyster Fest the week end after Columbus Day (in October).