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42 miles NE of Sandwich; 14 miles S of Provincetown

Wellfleet -- with the well-tended look of a classic New England village -- is the favored destination of artists, writers, off-duty psychiatrists, and other contemplative types. Distinguished literati, such as Edna St. Vincent Millay and Edmund Wilson, put the rural village on the map in the 1920s, when Provincetown's bohemian heyday was fading.

To this day, Wellfleet remains remarkably unspoiled. Once you depart from Route 6, commercialism is kept to a minimum, though the town has plenty of appealing shops -- including a number of distinguished galleries -- and a couple of excellent New American restaurants.