Have you ever made it to the end of the rainbow and found that pot of gold? Well, you have if you’ve been lucky enough to set your sights on Provincetown. For, located at the very tip of Cape Cod, is a magical town unlike any other. Unique in its history, its beauty, and its endless possibilities for adventure and fun, Provincetown has something for everyone, whether you’re visiting for just 24 hours or spending a week in wonderland.
For centuries, Provincetown www.provincetowntourismoffice.org has been beckoning the most adventurous and free spirited to her shores. The Pilgrims first landed here and established camp before moving on and settling in Plymouth. Later, fishermen and seafaring souls made Provincetown their home living off the bounty of the oceans. As word spread of Provincetown’s natural beauty, her majestic natural light, and power uplift the human condition, artists flocked to this cradle of inspiration establishing their own communities and helping to shape the town’s future. Soon the tourists would come, eagerly searching out the freshest seafood in local restaurants and visiting vibrant art galleries. Those who once made their living off hunting whales turned to watching them, bringing wide-eyed neophytes along to experience epic whale pageantry.
Today’s Provincetown offers all the charms of its historic past while providing visitors with the modern amenities they desire. From upscale mini-resort style Provincetown hotels www.brasskey.com to more traditional bed and breakfasts to retro motels, there are lodging accommodations for every taste and budget. With your settled to a spot, it’s time to explore. Nature lovers will be surely want to check out the Cape Cod National Seashore www.nps.gov/caco/index.htm , just minutes from the center of town. Here, miles of biking and hiking trails await with splendor around each twist and turn. A favorite is the Beech Forest Trail, a one-mile loop known for its bird watching opportunities. Visit the Province Lands Visitor Center for some educational information on the local flora and fauna as well as amazing views in every direction. Want to explore the area in a little more comfort? Book a trip with Art’s Dunes Tours www.artsdunetours.com who has been offering guided excursions through this area for over 60 years.
Beyond the dunes, miles of stunning coastline boast beautiful beaches dotted with famous Cape Cod lighthouses. Provincetown is one of the unique places that offers both sunrises and sunsets over the ocean at Herring Cove in the early morning and Race Point Beach to close out the day. A rock jetty connects Herring Cover beach with town allowing visitors to hike out to the very tip of Cape Cod. In season, Flyer’s Boat rentals offers a small ferry service from McMillian Pier to here for easier access. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all sorts of marine life, including seals and even whales which can be spotted from shore in the spring season. For a more up close and personal experience with these giants of the deep, Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch has 3-hour tours guided by experienced naturalists for a truly special experience. Provincetown is also know for being the most pet friendly city in the United States. Be sure to visit our local Provincetown Bark Park www.provincetowndogpark.org and the Provincetown Pet Resort and Supply for all your pet care needs www.provincetownpetresort.com .
Back ashore, history abounds with perfectly preserved architecture telling the story of this quintessential New England fishing town. For a more in depth look into the past, visit the Pilgrim Monument www.pilgrim-monument.org located on a hill in the center of town and the adjoining Provincetown Museum. Here you will find exhibits highlighting the arrival of the Pilgrims, the rich maritime history, and the early days of modern American theater. Feeling adventurous? Climb to the top of the 252-foot tall Pilgrim Monument for unparalleled vistas. Looking to get hitched or have a big blow out wedding? The Monument offers a large lawn for your perfect Provincetown wedding www.brasskey.com/weddings If you are in the mood for something more intimate, several hotels and restaurants are available for your special day.
Ready to explore town? Two main streets, Commercial Street and Bradford Street run in parallel for about 3 miles comprising the center of town. Commercial Street is the main business district offering access to a variety of restaurants and shop while Bradford is a bit more residential with hotels and and inns found throughout. Along the East End of Commercial Street visitors will discover countless art galleries displaying works by both local and internationally renowned artists. Here you will also find the PAAM, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, which showcases numerous local and traveling art exhibits throughout the year. Beyond art, visitors will find ample shopping opportunities for everything from clothing and home goods to locating the perfect Provincetown souvenir.
After a long day exploring town, you deserve some pampering. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial at one of the local Provincetown spas www.shuispa.com . Find some time before or after your treatment to experience the benefits of soaking in a warm mineral tub, relaxing in a steam room, or soothing those muscles in a hot sauna. All can be found at Shui Spa and are available complimentary with any treatment.
Dining in Provincetown is so much more than just saltwater taffy and ice cream, although we do both extremely well. Myriad of Provincetown restaurants www.provincetown-restaurant.com await from casual counter service options to waterfront dining appeasing the most discerning palette. Of course when dining on the Cape, it’s a great opportunity to sample the local bounty often coming direct from the pier to your plate for the freshest seafood found anywhere. Tuna, halibut, squid, mussels, oysters, and of course lobster (in all its forms – lobster salad, lobster roll, steamed whole lobster, etc.) are not to be missed and sure to delight.
When the rest of the Cape is heading off to slumber with bellies full, Provincetown has other appetites to satiate. Provincetown’s artist community comes to life with performance art in all its forms showcased throughout town. From street performers to professional drag shows, and piano bar cabaret to theater with local talent as well as Broadway stars, entertainment options abound. Equally abundant are Provincetown’s many famed watering holes providing gathering spots for all walks of life such as the well favored Shipwreck Lounge www.ptownlounge.com . Need a little more movement to in your life, visit one of the popular dance clubs in town, including the A-House which is commonly referred to as the oldest gay bar in the country.
With so many things to do on land and at sea, during the day and at night, Provincetown www.provincetown.com truly is a wonderful place to vacation. Whether it’s a relaxing, nature-filled getaway designed to rejuvenate the soul or a high-paced, action packed adventure filled sojourn you are after, Provincetown has something for everyone to get the blood pumping and keep you coming back for more year after year.