Set on 5 wooded acres by a pond, a creek, and a salt marsh, this old inn, with 27 rooms, consists of a circa-1815 main building and two other houses from the same era. The two-room Carriage House is cabinlike, with rough barn-board and plaster walls. There's live jazz at the Well Tavern + Kitchen next door which boasts a full martini bar, light bites and desserts.
The owners are always upgrading and adding amenities. Plans are in the works for a pool, gym and much more in 2018 and beyond.
Rooms in the main inn (except rustic third-floor rooms) have a simple charm; typical furnishings include claw-foot tubs, country antiques, lace curtains, chenille spreads, and rag rugs on hardwood floors.
YOU SHOULD KNOW For the most privacy, book a room in the Carriage House or the Cottage.
Pristine bathrooms boast clawfoot tubs or showers.
The bright lobby/living area features couches and chairs, but most guests like to hang out outdoors on the expansive deck or on the Sun Porch
A generous continental breakfast is included. The Well Tavern + Kitchen serves typical pub fare.
You can get around on foot, or easily by bike, to Wellfleet’s beaches, restaurants, shops and more.
The Wicked Oyster (1-minute walk) offers excellent fresh seafood, as well as other dishes like steaks and burgers, in a cool 1750s structure which was formerly a house. Located right on the water, The Bookstore & Restaurant (19-minute walk) has been serving up seafood since 1964. One specialty is the Cape Cod clambake, with boiled lobster, corn on the cob and steamers. The secondhand bookstore is a treasure trove and the perfect place to pick up a beach read or rediscover a classic.
Mac’s Shack (10-minute walk), offers creative cocktails with homemade infusions, draft beers on tap, a decent wine list and freshly shucked Wellfleet oysters and clams. Head to the Winslow’s Tavern (9-minute walk) for oyster happy hour (3-5pm) and bloody Marys on the lovely patio or head upstairs to the bar for a cocktail or glass of wine. The Beachcomber (6-minute drive) is one of the best bars on the Cape and a great place to get a drink right on the oceanfront.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Ideally located close enough to Wellfleet to walk to town, but with a setting on acres of grounds, woods and a marsh to make it feel private, the Wagner at Duck Creek is a charming place to stay. Staff are professional and courteous, rooms are comfortable with modern amenities, and having the Well Tavern on site is a nice perk. When new planned amenities like a gym and a pool are installed, there will be even more to like about the inn.