Provincetown

Eclectic and colorful "P-Town" at the tip of Cape Cod

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At Cape Cod’s most extreme point lies the village of Provincetown, the original 1620 landing place of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims and broadly known for its colorful artist and LGBT community.  A love of the arts can bring visitors to “P Town”, with a myriad of galleries.  But outside of the galleries, along the town’s neighborhood streets, is what can only be called “yard art” — sometimes vernacular and sometimes sculpture that belongs in a museum of fine arts.  A stroll through the neighborhoods can be relaxing, entertaining, and sometimes even uplifting.  In addition to the arts, dining, shopping, and outdoor fun that makes Provincetown a treat location to visit, even in the off season.

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The cornerstone of the arts scene is the PAAM, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, with over 2500 art objects and about 40 art exhibits rotated through the year. Another focal point of art in Provincetown is the Fine Arts Work Center, a nonprofit educational endeavor. Since 1968, it has encouraged the growth and development of emerging visual artists and writers through residency programs, to propagate aesthetic values and experience, and to restore the year-round vitality of the historic art colony of Provincetown.

The performing arts equivalent of yard art — street performances, are common in the summer months. But for more predictable entertainment, consider the Art House, with numerous shows during the summer season, in particular Varla Jean Merman, Miss Richfield 1981, Ms. CoCo Peru, and other town favorites. In off season, the Art House remains open providing nightly entertainment that includes a Wii Bowling League, Trivia Night, and similar events.

Provincetown, once home to whaling fleets that hunted the huge animals with wooden ships and harpoons, now is home to a fleet of the Dolphin Fleet, taking nature enthusiasts out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to observe living whales up close. The fleet takes tourists to see humpbacks, fin whales, the smaller minke whale, and even the endangered right whales.

For dining, very casual fare like fish and chips or lobster rolls are readily available, particularly in the heart of downtown near Macmillan Pier, where the ferries arrive and depart across Cape Cod Bay to Boston or Plymouth. The Mews Restaurant & Café comes highly recommended by visitors and local residents alike for their upscale “New American” dishes, water views, and expansive bar.

History buffs will make sure to stop at the towering Pilgrim Memorial commemorating the landing of the Mayflower and the signing of the historic Mayflower Compact. Then true history buffs will seek out the Pilgrim landing market at the north end of the town, marking the spot where the pilgrims first stopped in the New World, after abandoning their attempt to sale to Virginia. And as they say, “the rest is history”.


Select Lodging in Provincetown

Admiral’s Landing B&B

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Beaconlight Guest House

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Benchmark Inn

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Elephant Walk Inn

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Enzo

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Harbor Hotel Provincetown

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Inn At The Moors

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Lotus Guest House

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Prince Albert Guest House

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Revere Guest House

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Romeos Holiday And Spa

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Salt House Inn

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Snug Cottage

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The Boatslip Resort

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The Provincetown Inn

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