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Wellfleet Audubon – The Perfect Fall Escape

I often have to live my days vicariously through guests. As an innkeeper and mom, I have little time to explore and enjoy all the Cape has to offer. Just the other day, a guest was raving about his experience at the Wellfleet Audubon Sanctuary. I listened wistfully and added it to my ever growing bucket list. But while my time is somewhat limited, the time of vacationers is endless and I thought I’d share this tip for anyone planning an upcoming itinerary.

The sanctuary is situated along Wellfleet Bay and features over 1,000 acres of salty marsh, sandy beach, pine woodland, and freshwater pond. With five miles of trails and a wide array of wildlife including song and shore birds, the scenic sanctuary is a perfect way to spend a restful and peaceful afternoon. Don’t miss the hummingbird and butterfly gardens and take advantage of the knowledgeable volunteer staff who offer guided bird tours.

After all that walking and fresh air, stop off in downtown Wellfleet for a bite at one of my favorite casual waterside eateries – the Bookstore Restaurant. With a great menu, outdoor seating, and water views, the Bookstore Restaurant is perfect for a bowl of New England clam chowder or raw bar sampler on a brisk fall afternoon. Stop in the adjoining shop afterwards to browse the dusty collection of rare books – perhaps you will find a Cape Cod souvenir to add to your book shelf.

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