“There is so much to mine here, to discover, to explore...”
Provincetown conjures up strong associations and images: the first landing place of the Pilgrims; an early fishing capital; second home to famous writers and artists; miles and miles of beaches; antique colonial homes and Cape Cod architecture; abundant summertime flower gardens; sunrises and sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean; long nature walks in the cool Beech Forest; eight miles of paved bicycle trails from Herring Cove Beach through the Province Lands. For water enthusiasts there is schooner sailing and wind surfing, fishing and whale watching. The renowned "Cape light," most brilliant in Provincetown, draws painters and photographers.
Our vibrant community is comprised of a truly unique mixture of native and city slicker, artist and tourist, straight and gay. And we all get along brilliantly. Our small town of 3,000 year-rounders happily welcomes 30,000 day-trippers, vacationers, and part-time residents. It would be selfish of us to keep all this magnificence to ourselves.
Cape Code National Seashore Beaches
Provincetown's beautiful beaches are a big attraction. The beloved Herring Cove Beach, within the Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS), is just a fifteen-minute walk or a short shuttle ride from the Inn at The Moors--you will save 15$ on daily parking fees. At peak times, you will see hundreds of bikes parked at the side of the road half way to Herring Cove Beach. This is a pathway through the moors to a more secluded end of the beach. Race Point Beach, also part of the CCNS, is an open ocean beach, and it's especially dramatic for summertime sunsets and when the whales are playing offshore.
Shopping, along two miles of Commercial Street, might as well be theater, as pedestrians have a clear advantage over snail-paced traffic. As you meander in and out of shops, galleries, and cafes, you can't help but appreciate the street entertainment that runs non-stop day and night.
Dancing is a big draw and several clubs cater to a raw explosion of energy. Don't miss afternoon tea dances and nighttime frenzies; they're an integral part of the summertime magic.
You could spend two weeks in Provincetown, make a reservation at a different place every night, and still have places that you didn't have time to sample. Local seafood and fish, prepared in sophisticated nouvelle and traditional Portuguese or Italian ways, is a major raison d'etre.
Provincetown also boasts more than 50 art galleries and museums. On the short list not to be missed: the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (East End), for original works by Hawthorne, Motherwell, Hofmann and others who had put Pגtown firmly on the world stage by the 1920s as a famous art colony. Arrive in time for Friday night gallery openings and meet the artists over a glass of wine. Live theater has been alive and well in Provincetown since 1915 when Eugene OגNeill's Bound East for Cardiff was staged here. It wasn't until 2004, though, that the Provincetown Theater Company finally had a home of its own. You might also drop into the Unitarian Universalist Church (a Christopher Wren Architectual beauty) for sunday afternoon classical and operatic series and for performances by the Outer Cape Chorale.