570 Commercial Street

570 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

570 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

Detail of sign, 570 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Detail of sign, 570 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Members of the Mayo family have owned No. 570 for more than a century, and have run it as an accommodation at least since the 1930s, when it was called Mayo’s Cape Codder. At the time, Charles Atkins Mayo lived here with his wife, Mary. He was a fisherman whose son, Charles A. Mayo Jr., was nationally renowned for his pursuit of the giant bluefin. The Cape Codder is now owned by his son, Charles A. “Stormy” Mayo III, a founder of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies who currently directs its right whale habitat studies. The modest accommodation has what few upland bed-and-breakfasts can claim: its own private beach directly across the street, No. 573, an open waterfront lot that the Mayos also own.


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