A Three Generation Moms’ Getaway:
By Kathryn Abbott and Kate Cosme
Busy working mothers don’t often get the chance to find relaxation close to home. So when the opportunity struck for this mother, daughter, and three-month-old granddaughter to take a three-day vacation in early April, our options were limited.
Where could two moms go to getaway and relax in the early spring in New England?
We decided to head to the Outer Cape, the last leg of the journey out on the forearm of the Massachusetts peninsula that is Cape Cod. There was some concern about the possibility of cold weather.
It has been known to snow on many an April day in this region, but was that enough to tamper our adventurous spirits? Definitely not.
At Chez Sven we had a choice of rooms in the main house that come with a full breakfast, but we opted for Seagull Cottage, a lovely two-bedroom cottage next door to the main house. Sven, one of the proprietors, is from Sweden, and Sandy, his wife, is from New England.
The owners of Chez Sven pride themselves on being one of the only totally “green” B&B on Cape Cod. From energy-efficient light bulbs, Trillium organic products (body soap, oils, etc.), and the “green” cleaning products, Chez Sven was an eco-tourist’s dream.
The most luxurious part for us was the bedding — down comforters and plentiful pillows. The owners even supplied a pre-packed complimentary fire in the fireplace, making the Sea Gull Cottage experience a cozy treat.
Massage at Quiet Mind is a luxury no vacationer should miss out on while visiting Wellfleet. Therapists David and Sharon were warm, friendly, and wonderfully accommodating for our massage sessions.
Even with the baby, Kate was able to enjoy an hour-long massage with David as baby Sofie slept on her mommy’s belly for most of the time!
We awoke the next morning with a chilly start to sun glistening over the sparkling blue Atlantic as we set out to explore the town of Wellfleet.
Chilly spring mornings are where the layers come in. If you are heading out to the Cape during the off-season, it’s almost impossible to overpack when it comes to outerwear.
You may have packed away those gloves and ear warmers, but, even in April, take them back out and put them in your suitcase! A good, windproof jacket is a must.
We visited Great Island in Wellfleet, part of the beautiful Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) .CCNS was established in 1961 and is one of the real bonuses for the Outer Cape for two reasons: first, it is breathtakingly beautiful and very well maintained; and second, it ensures that the Outer Cape will remain relatively undeveloped in a tourist-driven area. Great Island offers miles of hiking trails with ocean views along the way, perfect for any season.
Other Wellfleet Attractions
During the off-season it is best to visit Wellfleet on the weekends, as many of the local galleries and shops are not open during the week.
Staying in Wellfleet offers a convenience to the bustling hub of Provincetown’s shops,
restaurants, and nightlife, while giving you a quieter setting to come home to.
To beat the traffic and enjoy the tranquility that comes from being in a great place with fewer tourists, the off-season is the way to go.
If you’re looking for a mom’s getaway or just a chance to relax closer to home, Wellfleet and the Outer Cape is the place to be.
The Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre on Route 6 in Eastham/Wellfleet: (508) 349-7176. The only drive-in movie theater on Cape Cod, hosting a flea market on the weekends and including mini-golf and a snack counter for goodies.
Uncle Tim’s Bridge on East Commercial Street in Wellfleet. This often-photographed and painted boardwalk over a tidal marsh leads to beautiful hiking trails in a serene setting.
Wellfleet Oyster Fest in mid October: Enjoy local oysters, chowder, and other shellfish on Main Street in Wellfleet. Yum yum!
The Wellfleet Beachcomber: Voted possibly the best bar on Cape Cod this restaurant and bar at Cahoon Hollow beach overlooks the bluffs on the Atlantic.
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