Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Dozen Reasons to Vacation in Wellfleet

I cannot remember a year when my yearning for summer has been so strong. Too many wind-swept days, with ice cracking underfoot, have taken a toll on this winter-worn innkeeper, but then also on most New Englanders, so it’s reasonable to think bookings will take off once the warmth spring promises finally gets here, wouldn’t you think? Online presence at bed and breakfast association sites usually brings a steady flow of interested folks to our Web site. Not in 2009. Thanks to the recession, the number of visits is way down, with people checking Specials in priority. That being said, Chez Sven is doing relatively well, all things considered. We are almost fully booked July 16 - August 18, but May is empty and the calendar for June has no Green Room bookings at all. Strangely enough, we get the most hits thanks to a European site, with a majority of the initiators being in Britain. The British at least dream of going on holiday, even if the pound makes the United States out of the question this year. In America, people do not even seem to be dreaming. So, today, let’s conjure up some fond memories of summers past and reflect on why Wellfleet remains the very best destination on Cape Cod:

1.) Our town offers a multitude of beach/swimming options: bay, ocean, ponds, ideal for small children.
2.) Beauty is everywhere with rolling landscape, the air smelling of pine, blueberries, and salt from the sea.
3.) Our former fishing village retains its small-town atmosphere.
4.) We have amazing restaurants like Wicked Oyster and Mac’s Shack, soon to be joined by Pearl and a French Bistro.
5.) There are varied options for relaxation, including Quiet Mind Studio, which offers both Yoga and massage.
6.) We have a great public library where even tourists can borrow books.
7.) A large part of Wellfleet is in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park, which means miles of deserted sandy beaches, dunes, and forest to explore.
8.) Evening entertainment can be found at the Drive-in, WHAT, or the Beachcomber.
9.) Wellfleet’s flea market is the very best on Cape Cod.
10.) The Wellfleet Oyster is available at restaurants and our two fine fish shops, Mac’s Seafood and Hatch’s. (One winter guest this year went home with 100 oysters.)
11.) Wellfleet offers the opportunity to kayak, surf, or fish.
12.) The friendly people of Wellfleet, an eclectic mix of intellectual retirees, poets, artists, writers, as well as shellfishermen and service trade folks of all ages, are sure to make you feel glad you came.