Wellfleet is a small, laid-back town filled with charming restaurants and shops, many of which are a short distance from Thalassa Cottage.

It is known for its many art galleries, making it the ideal spot for artists looking for a DIY artists’ retreat. Saturday night is “gallery night”, when many of the local galleries are open later to welcome strolling summer patrons.

If you’re interested in theatre, the Harbor Stage Company is located next to Mayo Beach, about a mile from the house. The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre is a short drive away off Route 6. During the spring and summer, WHAT puts on shows for both adults and children, and also hosts musical events.

There is a small farmers market off Main Street on Wednesday mornings from May to October, as well as an artisan market on Fridays in July and August.

You can get basic groceries at the Wellfleet Marketplace. For larger shopping runs, we recommend stopping at one of the grocery stores along Route 6 on your way up to Wellfleet: the Market Basket just past the Sagamore bridge, the Shaw’s off Exit 12 in Orleans, or the Stop & Shop near the Orleans roundabout. If you want to shop after you get here, there is a Stop & Shop about half an hour north in Provincetown, just off Route 6.

Near the Wellfleet Marketplace you’ll find the Wellfleet Spirits Shoppe, which carries a full selection of beer, wine, and liquor. (We especially recommend the local Dry Line Cape Cod gin!) The Spirits Shoppe has wine tastings on Fridays from 5 to 7.