Our family of 4 rented the Wellfleet "Cape Coddage" for almost a week in June of 2016. Attempting a beach vacation with a 3 and 1-year-old was risky, but the location of this cottage could not have been more ideal for us. Positioned directly across the street from Mayo Beach, and a stone's throw from the town playground and athletic courts, we had endless options for entertainment, all within walking distance... not to mention, we could easily divide and conquer when it came to nap time. The kids loved discovering treasures and creatures in the bay at low tide, and watching the fishing boats come in and out of the harbor at high tide. The water was always calm in the bay, and we were comfortably wading in June...don't forget your water shoes, though!
The house is smack-dab in between a handful of great restaurants and bars. Our favorite was Mac's on the pier (we could walk over and eat lunch or dinner on picnic tables outside while the kids played in the sand and ate ice cream- it's also BYOB). They have a great seafood market, too. Moby Dick's on rte. 6 was another perfect family friendly option - just a quick drive. We also ate many meals on the back deck of the house. There is a charcoal grill, and the kitchen (while small) has everything you could possibly need for a proper lobster bake, etc. The house is very clean, comfortable and left us wanting for nothing! There were beach chairs and toys available for our use (sooo nice not to have to travel with them). The house also has a washing machine and dryer in the basement, which made packing a lot easier! Mattresses were even comfortable ;)
On the days that weren't ideal for the beach, we were able to easily wander into town to shop and explore. We decided to drive up to Provincetown one afternoon and it only took about 20 minutes. The Beachcomber was also another fun lunchtime excursion & allowed us to explore the ocean-side beaches.
Pam, the owner of the house, was such a pleasure to work with throughout the rental process. Incredibly kind and accommodating...she even allowed us to extend our stay a few days when our travel/work plans changed. She is very familiar with the area, and has great recommendations. There is a helpful binder at the house that has a ton of local information, as well.
We are looking forward to returning to this cottage in 2017, and hopefully for many years to come! I would recommend it to any group of four. It was great to be there with the kids, but we would love to stay with another couple sometime. While the location isn't "secluded," we were never really even aware of street traffic. It was plenty private for us, and the convenience can't be beat!
Thank you so much for the lovely and complete review! It helps us to hear about the cottage from a family with little children as ours are all grown now! Your detailed description of your stay helps confirm in our minds what we will do when *cough* grandchildren *cough* arrive - in the distant future.
We are so very happy that the cottage worked out so well for your family and we look forward to having you return.
And thank you for the suggestion regarding the chimney starter for the grill! That is on our list to find before the start of the 2017 summer season.
Happy Holiday to your family!