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Wellfleet Vacation Rental home in Cape Cod MA, ....2 minute walk to edge of water at Windswept | ID 3600
4 BR
2 ½ baths
Sleeps 8
Beds: 2 kings, 1 double, 4 twins, pack and plays ( 2)
Beach: ....2 minute walk to edge of water at Windswept
Guest Reviews: 108 reviews 108 reviews
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Summer 2024
 
Off-season 2024/25
 
Summer 2025
 
Summer 2024
$6,000 - $7,000
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$2,000 - $45,000
Summer 2025
$7,000 - $75,000
Summer 2024
$28,000 - $31,920
Off-season 2024/25
$10,000 - $24,000
Summer 2025
 
State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply
Listed by Windward
Active
18+ years
Property ID 3600
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Description

Description

With amazing water views (some of best on Cape) this wonderfully comfortable house is lovingly furnished (Persian rugs, antiques, authentic cottage furniture, custom made coaches, chairs, day bed,and stuffed rocking chairs) and as such has a unique ambiance. Unlike the typically constructed house, Windward is a post and beam structure (all wood inside and out) that is also an incredibly bright/light home. In addition the homeowners wanted a house that was a quintessential cape cod house from the street side view but wanted much glass on the water side of the house to to take advantage of the amazing views. It has an open floor plan (but also with niches and crannies), 15 ft. cathedral ceilings and enormous numbers of 6 ft by 6 ft windows showcase the amazing panoramic water views and spectacular sunsets. The living area is essentially a huge screened porch (if the gliders are open and the A/C off).

This house provides it all. Windward offers you a ''turnkey'' home to start your summer vacation. You need only bring yourself and your own personal items as Windward is totally set up for you to start your vacation from the moment you arrive. No making beds,lugging beach gear,or anything else for that matter. Only SHED LESS dogs are permitted unless specifically agreed between homeowner and vacationer.

At high tide, you look right ...out at a mesmerizing view of sailboats, skiers, and other watercraft... whether the sea is calm or in a there is ''chop''. At low tide, you will be struck by the plethora of amazing flocks of water foul (not to mention more than a few oyster gatherers). Windswept's view is looking out toward Great Island.

Windward is close to many of Wellfeet's ocean, bay, and pond beaches, including its own. There are more bay , ocean, and pond beaches in Wellfleet nearby...more than any other town on the cape.Accessing any beach is easy because Wellfleet is narrowest town on cape.
for example, you can access a bay, ocean, or pond beach all within 5 minutes from one another.

Windward is within biking distance of the entrance to the Cape Cod Bike Trail. You can ride directly to trail from house without using a car. The Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary ( largest Audubon Society in MA. . Every day and evening you will have an abundance of activities from which to choose. There are the Shakespeare performances, nightly concerts, poetry readings, historical lectures, book signings, outdoor movies and inside cinema, a large combination of both cuisine eateries and family restaurant. All watercraft is available to rent for your use individually and there are many chartered options ( sail, fishing, sightseeing) as well.There are two amazing theaters in town that produce some of the most innovative and spellbinding performances all with professional actors. Every night, there are multiple professional offering making it difficult to choose which one to choose. Also, laying low at Windward watching the sunset from the deck is often a popular choice after spending all day at the beaches.

The Windwardt home itself has a very large open living space (LR, DR, and kitchen.) It has multiple clusters of seating areas so groups with differing agendas may enjoy an assortment of activities.... while remaining together on one floor. All floors are covered with authentic Oriental Persian rugs or hand made area rugs.

In the sitting/dining room there is a huge (4 seater) coach, a day bed, Morris chair, platform rocker, and Bose music system. This room also has a claw and ball antique table that can seat from 6 to 14 people depending on your needs. Unless watching TV or needing different rooms for different clusters of family members, this is ''everyone's'' favorite living space.

The LR also has many gliders and has equally fabulous water views. It has a seating arrangement that has 2 couches, a large matching stuffed chair and a rocking chair. This room has the upstairs TV with an extensive cable subscription.

The new (2012) gourmet kitchen has hand made wooden counter tops, custom built shaker style cabinets made of white ash, a huge island with recycle bins, new commercial grade stainless steel appliances (gas stove), and a lovely new slate floor. ( The woodworker had this kitchen featured in Fine Home Building Magazine. The amazing lighting artwork/ fixtures in the kitchen is the signature piece of the kitchen. The kitchen is provisioned for even the most sophisticated gourmet cook (between the pots and pans, baking dishes, every gadget imaginable, and more spices than you could imagine.

In both primary living spaces, you will feel like you are sitting right ''on top'' of the bay.

In 2013 we added a ''one of a kind '' double room outdoor enclosed shower with a dressing suite as well. The new outdoor shower has a private entrance from the master bedroom. There is a second outdoor shower adjacent to the back door.

The first floor has four bedrooms. The MB has a king size bed with a Temper-Pedic mattress and three 6 foot by 6 foot glider windows showcasing more fabulous water views. Also, the MB has its own sitting area, cable TV, a second Bose Music System, and its own master bath. The other three bedrooms all have access to the main bath off the center hall. One bedroom can be set up with a king size bed or two twin beds, another bedroom has a set of twin beds and the fourth bedroom has a double bed. All beds (other than MB have either custom made mattresses which are usually comfortably and always commented on.The latter was necessary because much of the furniture is authentic refinished voltage furniture or 1800 antiques.

There are two bathrooms on the floor with the bedrooms. The main bathroom was totally gutted and redone with the latest and most upscale products in 2015.This bathroom has a huge standing shower with glass on tow sides and abuts a huge tub ( both in height and length. Where there isn't hand plained wooden ( copied from master wood builders in the 1800 century ( all tongue and groove), the walls are white subway tiles.

The master bedroom private bath was just completed this summer ( also gutted at outset) It has a built in seat at end of shower that you can choose to heat. It also has a ceiling radiant heater in ceiling and an incredible amount of custom built cabinets. Many are built into walls so bathroom still feels airy and the glass door on shower is a practical and aesthetic choice that further enhances the MB bath. The till in shower, and floor is made of stone.

At Windward, the vacationer will have access to umpteen non fiction books about Wellfleet and Cape Cod. There are always plenty of top ten recent fictional books and fictional books either written by local authors and/or set in local cape cod settings.They are located next to a daybed that ask has magnificent views of the bay.

Our goal is to provide a unique home to Cape Cod vacationers. We are committed to insuring that Windswept provides a feeling of casual luxury, a home with exceptional water views, and a home that is exceedingly welcoming upon arrival. The house has a team of cleaning people including the owners who spend at least 24 hours between departing and arriving guests, cleaning/readying the house for our incoming guests. You, the vacationer, need only begin your relaxing, special and comfortable vacation. Every bed is made up with 600+ percale cotton sheets. Every room has been cleaned from top to bottom. Windward provides beach towels, bathroom towels, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, and other items upon request. It is our hope and wish that, with the fabulous breezes, the comfortable and luxurious feel of the house, and the majestic views, you, our guest, will feel immediately upon arrival. ACCEPT NON SHEDDING DOGS ONLY except when mutually agreed to permit otherwise.

There are 4 outdoor seating areas with tables, chaise lounges. One is in the pines in front of Windward where it is cool but not so breezy. One is specifically designed for use by those that are the renters in the MB. Another is one the second floor and while it is directly exposed to sun, the breezes off the water make it a favorite outdoor space. Those that want the same view and comfort can choose a patio directly below the deck.
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Location

Location - Wellfleet

Nearest beach: ....2 minute walk to edge of water at Windswept

41.906602 -69.995488 0
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Pricing & Availability

Pricing & Availability

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Additional availability info: Usually, Windward is booked by the previous winter holidays, preceding the vacation year,. This is a Saturday to Saturday vacation rental.

Payment Methods: PayPal (3.49%); and personal checks

Other Fees:

Additional Pricing Info: Windward is a 'turnkey' vacation home. No need to bring anything but personal items and provisions. State and local taxes of 14.45% will apply

Amenities

Amenities

  • On a salt water beach On a salt water beach

  • Central air Central air

  • Outdoor shower Outdoor shower

  • Washer&dryer Washer&dryer

  • Pets considered Pets considered

  • Internet Internet

  • Linens provided Linens provided

  • Deck, porch or patio Deck, porch or patio

  • BBQ-grill BBQ-grill

  • TV TV

  • Cable/satellite TV Cable/satellite TV

  • Coffee maker Coffee maker



    Green Amenities

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    • LED lighting LED lighting

    • ENERGY STAR appliances ENERGY STAR appliances

    • Reusable grocery totes Reusable grocery totes

    About our green amenities: Also, there is a very (made easy) specific recyclable area built inside a large pull out cabinet size drawer. This contains a tall basket for each: glass, tins and plastic, and cardboard and paper. This allows vacationers to sort recyclables with ease.

    Reviews

    Guest Reviews

    108 reviews
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    Spectacular views!

    I just spent a very relaxing week at Windward. The home is equipped with everything one could possibly need with all the comforts of home. My family loved the deck and the wonderful ever-changing views of Blackfish Creek. I spent a lot of time in the reading nook with a beautiful view of the water. Even if someone was watching tv, the nook was quiet, comfortable, and peaceful. The home has space for everyone with a thoughtful layout. This is the perfect home for a family to spend time together as well as relax in your own space. The beds are amazingly comfortable too! The quiet surroundings and a walk along Nauset Trail adds to the charm of this splendid location. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: June 2024
    Date Submitted: July 2024
    Judith C.
    Simsbury, CT
    Member since Apr 2008
    Expectations

    As advertised this house has an amazing view of the Wellfleet bay area. The sunsets can be amazing. However there are some issues with the house and the owners that you should be aware of. First let me say the owner Elisabeth emailed me on two occasions that she would return my security deposit after I wrote a 5 star review and she detailed some of the requested points I should emphasize. She may deny much of this but I have the emails.
    The amenities mention a "screened in porch". There is no screened in porch , instead a careful reading mentions "The living area is essentially a huge screened porch ". The. pictures are accurate in that two walls of each living area have windows with screens. The porch area is totally open and at sunset , the mosquitos and gnats are to be expected as always on the Cape. The house is very cluttered and the living spaces are all small. I suspect the entire house is less than 2000 square feet (common on the Cape). The bathrooms are very nice as is the outside shower. The kitchen is very well appointed and the owners go out of their way to keep all items stocked. The airconditioning downstairs is borderline for hot cape weeks and the warning is not to turn the thermostat to less than 72 degrees or the system will freeze. One of the bedrooms does not cool adequately at this setting. We were warned about the upstairs unit failing and warned again not to set below 72 . On the hot days it struggled but apparently it will be replaced. It is not a good house for a toddler (and we had one) as the owners have many items that are breakable . This should be noted . Overall I think for 4-6 adults, the house is quite beautiful and well appointed.
    However there is a caveat. As I intimated above, the owner Elisabeth is a very unusual character. She will undoubtedly have many rebuttals to what I say , as she already has told me that we were the 'worst renters" she has ever had. This was well before we left . We were offered three rooms for the "crib". but on arrival,we were told that we would not be allowed to move it . Only she could move it. Elisabeth insisted on meeting with us on arrival for 45 minutes detailing everything, She later complained that I changed the time from 4pm to 5pm arrival (giving her 24 hours notice). She and her husband came by everyday to water plants and on one occasion entered the house without knocking. She warned me to put the umbrella down on the porch to avoid wind knocking it down. We left it up for an hour one evening and a totally unexpected wind gust knocked it over , broke it and cut a screen. I offered to replace both but she insisted on taking care of it along with her husband. I agreed to pay for the damages . She wanted to enter the house but I said I would take the screen down myself , which I delivered to her. She was literally inconsolable . I did not want to let her in to the house because the toddler was sleeping and and some things had been moved around .We left the house in excellent shape with everything put in its place. I asked Elisabeth to detail any damages she found . She exaggerated findings , like claiming flimsy gates that were useless anyway , required 30 minutes for her husband to repair. I had done it several times in 2 minutes. She claimed they needed additional cleaners. The house was in =excellent shape . The dogs were not allowed upstairs and I did a first vacuuming of the downstairs before I left. First , Elisabeth said I should determine the damages (I offered 150 for the umbrella and 50 for a shade she first claimed we destroyed and later said we were not responsible for). She then totally backtracked and decided to buy a 500.00 umbrella and charge 185 for other items . She then offered a 50% discount which I accepted and paid (338 total). She had long emails with multiple ad hominum attacks. Lets just say Elisabeth is omnipresent and she is highly irascible. Be forewarned.
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    Date of Stay: June 2024
    Date Submitted: July 2024
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    For those of you that read this review, please also read the 106 5-STAR reviews that precede it, and check back for the reviews that will come after this one.

    Neville C.
    Suffern, NY
    Member since Apr 2009
    Return to Serenity

    Our family returned to this cottage a second season because of the unsurpassed view and peaceful surroundings. The upstairs contains a fully-equipped kitchen with modern appliances. Since the cottage is minutes from Hatch's fish market, we chose to cook fresh seafood every evening. We enjoyed sitting on the upstairs deck every morning with our coffee and to view the wonderful sunsets. The king sized beds on the lower level are so comfortable we all slept comfortably from the first night. The location also makes it easy to bicycle from the cottage to the rail trail, the Old Wharf and ocean view drive. show more show less

    Date of Stay: June 2024
    Date Submitted: June 2024
    Karen S.
    Victor, NY
    Member since Jan 2015
    Breathtaking water views and sunsets!

    We spent a wonderful week at Windward. The water views and sunsets were unbelievable. The post and beam style upside down house was beautiful. There were fresh cut flowered in every room. Also, potted plants that didn't need watering. The house was extremely clean and the kitchen had every utensil, pot and pan, bowl, and spices, etc. you would ever need. The house is in close proximity to bay, ocean, and pond beaches. Also close by were restaurants, grocery stores, galleries, shops, boutiques, rail trail, and Audubon Sanctuary. Doug and Elisabeth were available at any time. My husband and I spent the most relaxing week in a beautiful setting. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: September 2023
    Date Submitted: November 2023
    Debbie H.
    Nyack, NY
    Member since Jan 2012
    Delightful!

    Four of us had the immense pleasure of staying at Windward in September of this year. The house is simply charming and obviously well loved and cared for by its owners. It's location on the bay allows for spectacular views of the water and we enjoyed many evening meals on the deck while admiring unfailingly gorgeous sunsets. The floor plan of the house is reversed so that the numerous bedrooms downstairs allow for optimal views of the bay in the ample yet cozy living area upstairs. My favorite inside spot was the "magical" readind nook complete with upholstered chaise lounge and a small window overlooking the bay! Our hosts were extremely accomodating in every way. The kitchen was well stocked for cooking and serving meals and included not just complimentary coffee but also basic cooking needs such as sugar, flour, oil and a vast array of spices. In addition, each bedroom was thoughfully supplied with shower caddies full of useful toiletries for the newly installed outdoor shower. There were even small tubes of toothpaste in each remodeled bathroom - just in case you forgot! My favorite welcoming touch, however, were the fresh flower arrangments in several of the rooms! We found the location of the house to be ideal - close to town, to numerous beaches, to local shops, galleries and restaurants. Next time, (and we hope to return!) we will avail ourselves of the nearby bike trail as well. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: September 2023
    Date Submitted: September 2023
    Nancy W.
    Member since Sep 2023
    Another Great Vacation at Windward

    After spending one week at Windward in 2022, we decided it wasn't enough and booked two weeks in 2023 and thrilled again with our experience. The property is lovingly cared for by the owners and every amenity is taken care of. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked with essentials, there are plenty of towels and beach towels and all the beach items you could possibly need. I particularly like the comfort of Windward...there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and not be on top of each other and many cozy options for curling up to read a good book, watch the gorgeous sunsets, the ever changing tidal marsh views or tune out to TV. I also appreciate the modern bathrooms and the TWO outdoor shower spaces. The location is perfect...very quiet and peaceful but a short ride to restaurants, ocean and bay beaches and the Wellfleet Kettle Ponds. We even brought our bikes this year and easily biked to the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
    Elisabeth and Douglas are super conscientious hosts and want to ensure that your stay has everything you need for comfort and relaxation.
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    Date of Stay: August 2023
    Date Submitted: October 2023
    Kristin H.
    Sudbury, MA
    Member since Feb 2008
    A True Gem

    My family recently had the privilege of staying at this lovely home, and it truly exceeded all expectations. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by the most breathtaking sunsets which we enjoyed every evening.

    The rental itself was a source of comfort and convenience. It was abundantly clear that the owners had put a lot of thought and care into making sure every guest's needs were met. The place was incredibly well-stocked – from the kitchen essentials to the bathroom toiletries. This attention to detail made our stay so much more enjoyable, as we didn't have to worry about running out for basic supplies.

    What truly sets this vacation rental apart is its prime location right on the bay. The proximity to the bike trail was another highlight – we spent our days exploring the area on two wheels, surrounded by nature's beauty. It was a quick ride to the beautiful Marconi Beach. Our daughter and son-in-law were even able to travel there by bike from the Provincetown ferry.

    But what truly resonated with us was the care that seemed to have been poured into every nook and cranny of this place. It's not every day that you come across a vacation rental that manages to combine comfort with warmth, but this one pulled it off seamlessly.

    In conclusion, our stay at this vacation rental was wonderful. The stunning sunsets, the well-thought-out amenities, the bay-side location, and the evident passion that went into its creation made it a true gem. If you're looking for a place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and bask in the comfort of a home away from home, this rental should be your top choice.
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    Date of Stay: August 2023
    Date Submitted: September 2023
    Owner Response:

    Nancy,

    Thank-you, for the most lively review. Douglas and I are so pleased, you enjoyed Windward so very much!

    Best, Elisabeth and Douglas Ingram

    Nancy K.
    Lincoln, MA
    Member since Mar 2023
    Heaven On Earth

    The owners of Windward went above and beyond to ensure we had an unforgettable two week vacation. First, the setting on the water is spectacular with views for days! The location is fantastic- close to beaches and a quick drive to town. The house is completely stocked with anything and everything you would need. The kitchen has anything a gourmet chef would need, including dozens of spices. We were also provided with coffee pods for the Keurig and new coffee for the regular coffeemaker! The bedrooms all had clean sheets and towels, plus fully stocked bathroom caddies for each person that included new shampoo, soap, bug spray, sunscreen, and many other items. The home is also stocked with everything you need for the beach including beach towels, blankets, chairs, umbrellas, coolers, etc. The owners are readily available for any questions or concerns and could not be nicer. The house had vases of fresh cut flowers upon our arrival in every room! The decor is cozy and comfortable, with beautifully updated bathrooms and kitchen. The outdoor spaces are also great, and there are very handy outdoor lines to hang towels after a day at the beach. We loved the large, newer outdoor shower as well. The owners have thought of everything and we cannot wait to return. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: August 2023
    Date Submitted: September 2023
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    Rosemary,

    Thanks so much, for the most lovely review, you provided about Windward. So delighted that you, and the family enjoyed Windward so much.

    Best, Elisabeth and Douglas Ingram

    Rosemary D.
    Stamford, CT
    Member since Jun 2017
    Windward forever!

    My extended family just spent a spectacular week at Windward. It is even better in real life than in photos. Perfect setting where you can watch the sun move across the marsh and water all day. Super comfortable and charming bedrooms, living spaces. Spectacular (everything you need ) chef's kitchen and lots of outdoor spaces where you can seek shelter from
    Sun- or sunbathe depending on your preference. Elisabeth and Douglas are the perfect hosts. It is clear how much they cherish Windward and you will too after spending time there. Wellfleet delights with its ocean, bay beaches and lovely ponds. Perfect spot - enjoy! show more show less

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    Date of Stay: July 2023
    Date Submitted: August 2023
    Tara M.
    Roslindale, MA
    Member since Aug 2023
    Spectacular vacation home

    This was truly the most magical vacation home we have ever stayed in. The views alone are enough to recommend this home, but there is much, much more. The house is fully stocked with absolutely everything you could ever want or need - from cooking supplies to towels, extra blankets, plenty of beach reads, and even a personal caddy for every guest that includes all the things you might forget, like sunscreen, shampoo, aloe, and razors. The decor is casual and elegant with plenty of seating for a spectacular view of the marsh - whether from inside on a cloudy day or sitting on the deck, or on the hammock in the ample front yard. The owners have thought of everything to make guests feel welcomed and cared for. We have already booked our stay for next summer and cannot wait to return. show more show less

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    Date of Stay: July 2023
    Date Submitted: August 2023
    Eizabeth H.
    Washington, DC
    Member since Aug 2023
    About

    About Windward

    Member since:
    9/17/2001
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    108 reviews
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    Within a day
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    I have been renting Windward through WeNeedaVacation for 12 years. Before this rental site was launched, I was fearful of renting Windward because I wanted to have a direct connection with the vacationer to be sure Windward was the most well suited house for the needs of you, the vacationers. It is very important to me that vacationers experience at Windward exceeds their expectations.

    I keep the house unusually well maintained both inside and out. Every year, I spend a huge amount and expense on making Windward even more special than it was year before. I feel this is a never ending adventure to create new concepts for Windward's interior and exterior. This is a passion for me that translates into an amazing plus for vacationers. Returning vacationers are always equally anticipating the new completed projects completed each year.

    What is special about this property?
    Windward's greatest asset is the compliation of many facets. !) its locations with amazing views and sunsets, 2) It is a non rental location wherein it is quiet and tranquil 3) It has amazing breezes ( if neither of 2 central A/C units are utilized 4) the post and beam construction itself and wide planking which came from wood centuries of years ago 5) the house's main living space lay out which lends itself to having people being able to do many different activities without being 'cut of'' in different rooms 5) all the custom furniture and original refinished cottage furniture and antiques which create a special ambiance. 5) its quintessential cape cod feel coupled with all new state of the art rooms like its kitchen, overhanging deck, bathrooms 6) the meticulous care provided to this house on an annual basis. 7) the 24 cleaning spent on readying the house between vacationers. 8) the attention to detail in so much that you, the vacationer can arrive without bringing the typical beach gear or linens and enjoy that the owner has provided the work to completely ready the house for your arrival.

    What is special about your town?
    Wellfleet is situated on the narrowest width of Cape Cod. This means that it ( in some situations ) only a bike ride away from the huge and rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean beaches to the more calm and warmer waters of beaches on the bayside. Also, Wellfleet is known also for the abundance of Kettle ( freshwater) ponds which also have beaches to which you have access.

    Wellfleet actually has a quintessential town center that presents very much as it did a century ago. Most of the same homes and other structures are in tact and lovingly restored to show as they did at the formation of the town. There is a local market ( with almost anything you could need), ice cream shoppe, liquor store, pharmacy just before entering town, bakeries, restaurants, many gift and boutique shoppes.

    Wellfleet has an an unusual number of spaces wherein activities are planned almost all the time 1) Preservation Hall, WHAT, Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater, Audubon sanctuary, Cape Cod 30 plus mile bike ( Rail Trail), ) Art Gallery town, amazing
    recreation facilities for children,

    Wellfleet the town that is the exact middle town of outer cape. Truro and Wellfleet are in one direction and Eastham and Orleans are in other.

    Windward is in the center of it all ( albeit tucked in off on a sand road). One can walk, bike to all three types of beaches ((ocean, bay, pond) , bike to Rail Trail and Audubon sanctuary, theaters, restaurants, and is only a couple of miles from the town center.







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