Sharktastic: Sharks on Cape Cod


Dawn at Long Point

Many of us who grew up on Cape Cod have a special place in our hearts for “Jaws,” Steven Spielberg’s late 70s classic thriller about a killer great white shark tormenting an east coast community.  The movie was shot on Martha’s Vineyard and “Amity,” the imagined seaside vacation town in the movie, was based on life here on the Cape and Islands.   The movie, in turn, spawned a new wave of tourism to the area.


Growing up, the great white shark was our monster.  Our shark-filled imaginations tormented us every time we stepped into a body of water, be it stream, marsh, or open sea.  I distinctly remember my best friend asking me—literally every time we set foot in the water—are there sharks here?  Technically, the answer has always been ‘yes.’  Basking sharks and dogfish are common around Cape Cod.  White sharks have always been part of the aquatic ecosystem here¾just not in the numbers we are seeing now.


Over the past decade, the arrival of more and more white sharks to Cape waters has stirred up a mix of excitement, curiosity, and fear.  It is quite the phenomenon.


For scientists, it is a rare opportunity for close observation.  Sharks have often been found in great numbers in other parts of the world.  But is only recently that they have been in the North Atlantic in such high numbers.  The fact that they are following a somewhat predictable pattern makes it enticing for scientists.  They can reliably study these animals for the foreseeable future.


For some, the sharks are a conversation point. For most of us, the main impact has been that occasionally, the beaches are closed.   Rangers patrol the ocean side beaches a little more closely and have been known to call everyone out of the water if a shark is nearby.  Not surprisingly, Cape Codders have jumped at the new eco-tourism boom.  You can find shark themed gifts and t-shirts in almost every shop.  But I do think it also reflects a genuine interest and innate curiosity that we have about these animals.


If you are looking to learn more about the growing White Shark population on Cape Cod, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is a great place to start.  The non-profit supports shark research and offers all kinds of educational programs from a “Shark Week” summer camp to boating expeditions.  You can also visit the Chatham Shark Center, the home of the AWSC where you can learn more through their exhibits and programs.  Chatham is the place to be when it comes to white sharks, thanks to the huge grey seal population on Monomoy and the surrounding areas.


The AWSC just launched Sharktivity, a smartphone app that tracks shark sightings and warnings and allows users to submit their own.  I checked it out the other day and I have to say, it’s pretty cool to see all of the recent sightings.  Now, the next time my friend (that same one from childhood) asks that burning question, I can simply take out my phone and check for her.


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Vegan’s Guide to Ptown

By July 29, 2016 FOOD & WINE

Veggie Diet

Eating vegan on Cape Cod can be a challenge.  One of my close friends (we’ll call her ‘S’) is vegan and every time she visits (her father lives in the mid-Cape area), I witness her struggle to find solid, vegan options for herself and her children.  She usually has to carefully plan her day to make sure she can hit up a vegan spot for lunch.  Luckily, S would feel downright pampered with the number of vegan choices in Ptown.  From breakfast to dinner to snacks, desserts, and basic grocery needs (for a longer stay)–you can find it all here.  While I am not vegan, I love variety and I try to eat healthy, so vegan dishes are a regular feature of home cooked meals at my house. I am always on the lookout for restaurants and cafes that go beyond typical Cape Cod fare of fish ‘n chips and clam chowder.  I have noticed that those establishments that cater to vegans often are also pretty innovative in the rest of their menu offerings (an added bonus!).  Below are some of my favs but it is by no means a complete list.


Grab n Go Health Bar
Ask around and you will quickly discover that this small juice bar is every vegan’s first stop.  It has a selection of juices, bottled beverages, smoothies, sandwiches, and snacks.  Staff is friendly and knowledgeable.  But by far, the highlight of this place is the vegan soft serve ice cream. 212 Commercial Street, 508-487-1827.


141 Market (Bradford Natural Market)

The folks behind 141 Market believe in the importance of supporting organic farming methods, sustainable agriculture and ecologically sound land management.  You’ll find a wide variety of wheat-free, gluten-free and other options for those with special dietary needs. The kitchen cooks up ready-to-eat veggie foods for their hot bar as well as sandwiches, soups and home-baked goods with an assortment of GF and vegan desserts.  141 Bradford Street, 508-487-9784.



Fresh off a makeover for 2016 season, Devon’s is a great spot, with vegan options on the dinner, lunch, and breakfast menus.  Highlight are the breakfasts–think vegan French toast, fresh fruit, and granola. 31 Bradford Street, 508-487-4773.


The Pointe

While specializing in local seafood, the Pointe’s focus on fresh ingredients and great taste extends to every offering on their menu.  Vegans in your party will enjoy their seared tofu dish with brown rice and fresh veggies. 82 Bradford Street, 508-487-2365


Big Daddy’s Burritos

Bring the vegans, the meat lovers, and even the dog to this place!  There’s plenty of herbivore-friendly fare and gluten-free choices.  Their signature vegan dish is a saucy tofu burrito; filled with greens, carrots, rice and pan seared marinated organic tofu, with a choice of 4 sumptuous sauces.  The carnitas are popular with the carnivores and for the canines, they have the PAWrito™ (a veterinarian-approved dish deemed safe for dogs accustomed to eating human food).  Aquarium Marketplace, 205-9 Commercial Street, 508-487-4432.



Headed down to the West End of Commercial Street? You can’t pass up Relish with their delicious offering of home baked goods and sandwiches. Oh and they just happen to offer a number of mouth watering vegan, gluten-free and organic options to quench your hunger. 93 Commercial Street, 508-487-8077

Provincetown’s Secret Gardens


Secret Garden Tour

July is a happening month here in Ptown.  The party pretty much doesn’t stop until, well, September?  We just finished up July 4th of course, another memorable parade down.  And the bears have arrived on their yearly migration to town.  Girl Splash is coming, along with Family Week and more.  But I have to be honest, the event I am anxiously awaiting?  Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s annual Secret Garden Tour.

What can I say?  I’m not the party animal I once was (if I ever was one).  And I was brought up by a gardener, who came from a long line of gardeners and farmers.  So I was doomed.

I am a geek when it comes to gardens.  I have rhubarb growing in my vegetable garden that has been in my family for probably about 100 years now and has traveled from house to house to house.  We don’t have heirloom jewelry.  We have heirloom plants.  Every girl’s got her thing, right?  My mom and I have a hard time—a really.  hard.  time—going to a nursery and NOT filling up the entire back of the car with plants.  My mom has started filling up my garden because she’s all out of room at her house.  It’s a problem.  Sort of.

Not Just Another Garden Tour

In the past ten years or so, garden tours suddenly became THE thing.  Like, every single town on Cape Cod had their garden tour.  It has died down a little but for a while, they were popping up like dandelions.  And my mom and I?  We’ve been to many of them.  I wish I could say they were all fabulous.  They weren’t.  Too often, it was a disappointing display of what I call landscaper insta-gardens: the same plants in a different order—hostas, daylilies, hydrangeas, knockout roses.  Yawn.   No offense to you workhorses of the perennial garden, I love you, truly!  But I don’t need to see boring old foundation plantings done by a guy who would rather be mowing.  And I certainly don’t need to PAY to see that.  There are plenty of similar plantings in my own neighborhood.

Thankfully, the PAAM Secret Garden Tour (now in its 19th year!!) is never that.  It is a chance to walk through and enjoy some of the most original, stunning, and immersive gardens on Cape Cod.  Basically like stepping into the pages of Fine Gardening magazine.  In my many visits, I have seen cottage style colors masses pouring over the picket fence of an antique Cape, Asian inspired meditations of green, formal, European style gardens, and a yard full of serious dahlia cultivation.  Often, the houses are open as well⎯double score!  My mark of a good tour?  When I get that feeling that I just want to run home and dig in the soil.

If You Go

  • A hat, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes are basic essentials. You can walk as much or as little as you want, as there are shuttles that take you from garden to garden but inevitably you will be standing and in the sun quite a bit.
  • Don’t miss PAAM’s current exhibit of William Evaul’s white line woodblock prints (your garden tour ticket gets you admission to the Museum).
  • Bring your design enthusiast parent/friend/significant other. They will love you forever.
  • Looking at gardens is like looking at art in a museum—a little goes a long way and it’s exhausting. Sustenance is definitely needed to carry the day, so be sure to stop for lunch (and perhaps bring water and snacks).

Some years are better than others but every year is an inspiration.  I can’t wait to see what this year holds.  Added bonus?  Money from ticket sales supports PAAM, an exciting, locally grounded cultural organization.  For more information visit


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Provincetown Gallery Tour


Across the Marsh oil on linene

Art and Ptown.  The two words are inseparable and the first is quite central to the identity of the second.  As Ptown artist Edward Walsh recently described to me, “art is just an integral part of being a human here.  Even if you are not a painter or an artist, you can’t walk down the street without being affected by it.  In casual conversation, it’s just part of the norm.”  A visit to Ptown’s many galleries is definitely worth a look.  Most of them are clustered at the East End of Commercial Street but a few are sprinkled throughout town.  If you want to go the museum route, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill have exhibition programming throughout the year.

Below are a few of the galleries I try to visit every season.  This list is my personal opinion and by no means exhaustive or complete.  To see all Ptown has to offer in terms of art galleries, check out the Provincetown Gallery Guide, which has a great website and is usually available in magazine form at most of the galleries in town.


Simie Maryles Gallery “Representing Traditional Art with a Contemporary Point of View” is this gallery’s tag line and their curated selection focuses on representational genre painting such as still life, landscape, or portraiture–all with a 21st century twist.  To see their offerings, you don’t have to go far; we feature their artists in the hotel’s public spaces.

435 Commercial Street, 508-487-7878.


Alden Gallery Don’t be fooled by its small, intimate space.  This gallery shows a broad range of contemporary work from the visceral, emotionally charged drawings of Raul Gonzalez III to the bright, modernist wood constructions of Ptown native Mike Wright.

423 Commercial Street, 508-487-4230.


William Scott Gallery This well-established gallery shows predominantly painting, with a dash of sculpture.  It is a bit of an awkward space, but the quality of the works–quirky portraits by Daphne Confar and austere, haunting landscapes by John Dowd, as two examples–speaks for themselves.

439 Commercial Street, 508-487-4040.


Four Eleven Gallery Painter Liz Carney opened this storefront gallery in 2011 in a building that has been a Ptown studio for over 50 years.  She presents a small, focused selection of artists, all painters.

411 Commercial Street, 617-905-7432.


Berta Walker Gallery As the “grand dame” of the Ptown art scene, Berta Walker has been showing and supporting artists virtually her entire life.  She shows a classic cadre of past and present artists—all with strong Ptown ties—including Sal Del Deo, Varujan Boghosian, Robert Henry, Judyth Katz, (estate), Peter Watts, and Nancy Whorf (estate).

208 Bradford Street, 508-487-6411


ArtStrand Owned by well-known Ptown artists Bailey Bob Bailey, Breon Dunigan, Maryalice Johnston, Francis Olschafskie, Jim Peters, Anna Poor, and Bert Yarborough, ArtStrand has a strong commitment to showing works that represent Ptown’s past and present as an art colony.  The art shown is at once vital, experimental, serious, and not so serious.

494 Commercial Street, 508-487-1153.


AMP: In a town full of the avant-garde, this is one of the only galleries in town showing conceptual, experimental, performance based works by a robust slate of artists, writers, and filmmakers.

32 Commercial Street, 646-298-9258.

Guide to the Cape Cod National Seashore



Salt Pond

Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa

The Cape Cod National Seashore is, in my opinion, a must-see on any visit to Provincetown.  Even folks from other towns on Cape Cod make sure to visit the “Outer Beach” when they venture to the outer arm of the Cape.  Why?  By far, some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.  Other added perks: exercise, nature watching (specifically birds, whales, and seals), special programs and exhibitions, bike trails.  Spanning several towns, with six beaches and twelve trail systems, CCNS never disappoints.  It is Cape Cod at its most rugged¾and its best.  Here’s what you need to know to check it out:


Start at a Visitor Center

Cape Cod National Seashore

There are two.  The Salt Pond Visitor Center, 50 Nauset Road, in Eastham, is the main one and has a well-stocked bookstore, restrooms, and a museum with special exhibitions on local geography, history, and culture.  The Province Lands Visitor Center, 171 Race Point Road, about a mile from the center of Provincetown, has a 360-degree observation deck to see views of the dunes and beaches.  Both visitor centers have trail guides and additional information on tours and activities, so they are an ideal first stop.


Take a Tour

Dawn at Long Point

Lighthouses, nature walks—take your pick!  There are three lighthouses in the CCNS and all offer daily tours (in season): Nauset Light (Eastham), Highland Light (Truro), and Three Sisters (Eastham).  Highland Light is also next to a fabulous, well-known links golf course, so bring your clubs.   If nature is more your style, the park has a diverse schedule of Ranger guided walks/hikes, lectures, and exhibitions.  For a full list of activities, click here.


Get to the Beach!

Herring Cove Sunset

The CCNS beaches are some of the most memorable on the Cape—and that is saying something.  The two Ptown beaches: Race Point and Herring Cove, are spectacular.  Race Point has ample parking, handicap access, a short walk from parking lot to beach, and the chance to see whales offshore.  Herring Cove, located on the West-facing side of Ptown, is an ideal place to see the sunset.


If you are looking to explore beyond Ptown, Coast Guard Beach and Marconi Beach (Wellfleet), and Nauset Light Beach (Eastham) feature massive dunes, expansive beaches and fun waves (depending on the weather).  Since all of the CCNS beaches are on the Atlantic Ocean, expect brisk winds, decent waves, plenty of seals, and often, a strong undertow.  Head of the Meadow Beach, in Truro is the most kid-friendly, with no stairs or dunes to walk down and plenty of sandbars at low tide for easy swimming (free from the undertow).  Marconi is a convenient option for those on the Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT).  Many of the beaches are handicap accessible, with parking and thick mats that lay atop the sand.  Even folks who may not be that sturdy on their feet are now able to enjoy the beach.


Daily fees for any of the CCNS beaches are $20 per vehicle or $3 per pedestrian/bicycle.  A season pass is $60.  The CCNS website is a great resource to plan your visit.  Click here for more information.

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5 Must See Activities in Ptown


I love meeting folks who are visiting Provincetown for the first time.  A few minutes into those conversations, said visitor always asks the perennial question: what are your favorite things to do here?  What can’t we miss?  Personally, I love playing this game and while your preferences will change depending on your interests, here are some of my go-to answers to the question:


Must See #1: Whale Watch



Yes, it’s a bit clichéd, but for good reason.  Whales are amazing creatures.  Best seen in person.  There’s only one way to do it: by boat.  And the kitschy/touristy vibe of the whole experience (think uncomfortable deck seating, naturalist guides in polo shirts and chino shorts, and cheap processed food as snacks)?  An added perk if you ask me.


Musts See #2: Sunrise on the Cape Cod National Seashore


If you are not the early rising type, just stay up all night instead.  Believe me, it’s worth it.  Cape Cod is the eastern most tip of the United States.  It sticks way out into the Atlantic Ocean.  So you get to see the sun before anyone else in the country¾wrap your head around that for a moment.  Seeing Mother Nature at her most glorious is also just stunning, awe-inspiring, and rejuvenating.  Plus, you’ll probably have the beach all to yourself…well, you may have to share it with the birds…and seals.


Must See #3:  Sunset at Long Point Light


You simply cannot leave Cape Cod without taking in at least one spectacular sunset and this west-facing vista, complete with lighthouse is the perfect way to do it.  The walk to Long Point Light provides the classic Cape Cod day: beaches, birds, ocean, etc.  It’s a long walk so timing is critical.  If you prefer a less physically taxing option, there is a ferry.


Must See #4: Commercial Street


Ptown wouldn’t be Ptown without Commercial Street.  The shops, restaurants, galleries and other small businesses that make up Ptown’s main thoroughfare celebrate the quirky, joyous, eccentric, eclectic, individual, artful, and charming.  Find a vintage clothing shop tucked away in a corner, enjoy acclaimed art exhibitions at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) or pose for a selfie with one of many flamboyant characters you may meet. Commercial Street is a new adventure every day.  It never gets old.


Must See #5: Provincetown Public Library


To say this library is full of surprises is an understatement.  Housed in a former church, the library is a cultural center for the 21st century featuring programs and speakers, a robust archive and art collection, and…wait for it…a half-scale fishing schooner (the Rosa Dorothea) inside the library (in the children’s room).  Yes, you heard me right.  Just go see it.


This just scratches the surface of the best things to do in Ptown.  What’s on your list?

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Hiking Around Provincetown



Provincetown’s unmistakable landscape has a wonderful way of transforming even the most reluctant city slicker into a veritable nature lover. Who can resist those crazy dunes, the classic lighthouses, and the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets? While you can, most likely experience the beauty of the ocean out of virtually any window in town, it’s still nice to get beyond the village to enjoy Mother Nature at her best. Take a walk on the ocean side (or bayside, if you prefer)! Here are three of our favorite hikes in and around Provincetown:

1) Long Point, Cape Cod National Seashore (6.6 miles)

As the perfect way to enjoy the best of Ptown’s scenic vistas including Ptown Harbor, Wood End Light, and Cape Cod Bay, this out-and-back walk brings you to Long Point Lighthouse, which stands at the very tip of Cape Cod. It’s a challenging walk but worth it. Dogs are welcome.   Be sure to time it right as parts of the route are impassable at high tide. Choose a wind-free day and bring your scope if you are a bird lover. Wanna enjoy the Lighthouse with a little less walking? There is also a ferry:

Directions: Go to the very end of Commercial St., where it meets Province Lands Rd. The hike begins at the Provincetown Breakwater.

2) Race Point Lighthouse (4 miles)

Birders, dog walkers, and whale watchers, this old Ptown Fire Road is for you. It’s also an easier route to Race Point Lighthouse than trekking across the soft sand of the beach. People know Race Point Lighthouse as one of the quintessential symbols of Provincetown and the outer cape.  What is less well known is that it is also one of the best spots on the Cape, and most likely the East Coast, to see Right Whales up close. Right Whales typically arrive off our shores anywhere from February to April. Bring bug repellent and choose a calm day.

From Route 6 take a right onto Province Lands Rd. heading towards Race Point.  In about ½ mile, just after the bike path crosses the road, there’s a small dirt parking lot on the left.  The trail starts from the parking lot.

3). Beech Forest Trail (1.22 miles)

(NPS Trail Guide:

Offering a unique ecosystem of brackish swamps and beech forests, this trail is in the Province Lands area, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Some of the trail is soft sand making it a decent workout, despite the shorter distance. At the wood walkway at the beginning of the trail, chickadees have come to expect sunflower seeds. Fill your pockets before you head out and the birds will take the seed right out of your hand.

Directions: Beech Forest trailhead is located on Race Point Rd

For more great walks/hikes around Cape Cod, check out

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Off the Beaten Path




There are essentially two types of people who live on Cape Cod year-round: those who were born here (you know, the 13th generation Cape Codder whose great-great-great-whatever came over on the Mayflower) and those who came for a visit and stayed. I am one of the latter. We affectionately call ourselves “wash-ashores.” The sand got into the shoes and never left. Of course, I don’t know about you, but I never really tried to shake it out. I spent virtually every summer weekend of my childhood making a pilgrimage with my family down to Cape Cod. And the older I got, the longer I stayed.


The Cape captures the imagination. Don’t tell anyone, but that sugar smooth sand has some kind of mystical power. What is that power—that pull—that seems to creep over the bridge like fog, wafting in on cold spring days? Escape. Pure and simple. No phone calls. No junk mail. No vacuuming. No laundry. No one from home trying to find me.


It used to be easier to unplug. There was no Internet, no smartphones¾no connections that can, if you let them, follow you all the way out to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, we do get cell service on the Cape Cod National Seashore…unfortunately. So that just means that today, escaping takes a bit more intentionality. To get off the beaten path is more of a mental exercise than a physical one. Although a change of scenery is certainly a good place to start.


And Provincetown, our magical village clinging onto the edge of the continent, is the ideal spot to give it a shot. Even for Cape Codders, Ptown feels like an otherworld. It’s more cosmopolitan, less provincial perhaps, than every other town on the Cape. To me, it has always felt a little bit European¾something about the small streets, the houses tightly packed, the gardens overflowing, the colors—with a dash of New York City thrown in. And then there are the endless miles of sun-bleached beaches. Those are nice too.


Ptown is a state of mind. A deliberate leaving behind. It has all the pieces of the puzzle for you. The outdoors. A soft bed and a cozy comforter. A stiff, salty breeze. A delectable, unhurried meal. A leisurely afternoon bike ride. A steaming cup of tea. Brisk, refreshing water pooling around toes. And that intoxicating light.


All you need to do is turn off your phone, park your car, and look up.


…Are you coming?

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Why Provincetown Makes The Perfect Honeymoon Destination For The LGBT Community


Provincetown is a small coastal resort town located at the tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It is alternatively called “Land’s End” and more affectionately referred to as P-town. It has a year round population of 3,000, which grows to 60,000 in the bustling summer months and is well known for its status as a vacation destination for the LGBT community. With its welcoming shores and wealth of activities, its no wonder that many gay and lesbian travellers make Provincetown their first choice as a honeymoon destination.

Provincetown, which got it start as a quiet fishing village in New England, suddenly transited to a ‘Mecca’ for artists, painters and poets in the 1950s and 1960s. The evolution of the town from its early history as a mid-nineteenth century colonial village to its present stature is largely due to the fact that many cultures and groups of people with dynamic backgrounds, orientation and statuses have influenced Provincetown. The presence of the

se factors have in conjunction with larger economic and political forces come together to create a favourite vacation, relaxation or honeymoon destination for the LGBT community.

What makes Provincetown the perfect and ideal location?

Countless LGBT couples have made Provincetown their favorite destination for their honeymoon. Why is this so? In this town, there are events scheduled throughout the year. From the quieter spring and fall seasons with with events such as Cabaret Fest and the Tennessee Williams Festival to the very famous Carnival which is the height of P-town’s summer celebration, there is something to suit all travel tastes. Also the folks in Provincetown observe religiously Holly-Folly, which is the world’s only LGBT’s holiday festival.  Provincetown is famous for its drag shows and amazing restaurants, quaint and beautiful guesthouses, and a vibrant local LGBT community that has been there for decades. It is also the perfect place to do nothing at all if you choose and just be you’re your new betrothed. There are tons of charming gay friendly guesthouses and inns, but the Crowne Pointe Inn offers exclusive services and luxurious amenities. Also when in town, the ideal place for your skin treatment should be Shui Spa. They offer an extensive and wide range of body treatment services.

Our Wedding Pavillion

Our Wedding Pavillion


It is quite difficult not to love Provincetown, the location is one that is as inviting as it welcoming to all travelers. Massachusetts was the first state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage and almost instantly, gay wedding bells started ringing in this seaside town. With gay weddings come gay honeymoons and Provincetown was first in line. Here its easy for same-sex couples to fit in, enjoying and celebrating their new love openly and freely. Along with its long history of acceptance, Provincetown has every tourism infrastructure needed to create an ideal romantic vacation. With great dining and classy accommodation options, you can settle in with your new lover and forget the rest of the world.

Accommodations: There is a guesthouse or hotel for every budget. There are small bed and breakfasts or intimate boutique hotels with amenities ranging from indoor saunas, to private decks with amazing views. One of such hotels is the sophisticated Crowne Pointe Inn, which is located just a block off of P-town’s commercial street and is practically close to everything in P-town. At Crowne Pointe, you’ll also find the wonderful Shui Spa. Here you can enjoy the company of your newlywed in their steam room, sauna, and warm mineral soaking tub – perhaps after a relaxing couple’s massage – away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Dining: Finding good food in Provincetown is never a problem. You can easily get really amazing restaurants when you go to the right places. Besides seafood and Portuguese specialties that are readily available, the town offers amazing top notch restaurants, which churn out creative and delicious meals. When in town, be sure to enjoy a meal at The Pointe Restaurant and Wine Lounge serving creative cuisines that celebrates local flavors with its farm to table and pier to plate approach to dining. Its sophisticated dining room is also known as as one of the most romantic spots in town.

Entertainment: Provincetown really goes agog with different forms of entertaining activities, most especially during summer. When you are ready to leave the confines of your hotel room you will have no shortage of entertainment options. From drag show to music acts to top notch Broadway performers, many talented entertainers are attracted to Provincetown and perform for the adoring crowds.

Culture: For a small resort town like Provincetown, there is some unique culture available. Most shops and boutiques are found along Commercial Street which is the main hub of the town running from east to west through the center of town. Along with many world class art galleries these specialty boutique shops provide the perfect mementos to remember a Provincetown honeymoon. When you tire of shopping be sure to catch a show in one of the town’s many theaters. Be sure to enjoy a glass of wine at the Shipwreck Lounge before or after and cuddle up by their fire pit.

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Traveling With Pets To Provincetown

Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniel

Year after year Provincetown has been named one of the most pet friendly towns in the U.S.  Dogs love the freedom found on Provincetown’s year round, off-leash beaches and trails. Pets are also welcome to roam the Province Lands Bike Trail Loop, a 5 ¼ mile trek that begins on Race Point Road and winds through the town’s dunes and forest. In addition, more adventurous pets are welcome to join their owners for whale watch tours, sunset cruises, kayaking, parasailing, a sightseeing trolley, sailing charters and walking tours.  If you are traveling to Provincetown with your four legged friends here are some great resources:

The Pilgrim Dog Park – Opened in 2008 by the Provincetown Dog Park Association, Inc.,a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Pilgrim Bark Park is located on an acre of land where dogs can run free and socialize off leash. There is a general dog section and a section exclusively for small dogs under 25 pounds. The park is home to many beautiful sculptures and structures donated by local artists.

Provincetown Pet Resort & Supply  79 Shank Painter Road Provincetown  – Provincetown Pet Resort is a family owned and operated business offering high quality, convenient doggie daycare, grooming, cage-free dog boarding and cat boarding, and premium pet supplies. This facility was designed especially for your pet’s safety, health, happiness, and comfort. The manager lives on-site and ensures your pet’s safety and security at all times.  Your pup will enjoy over 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play areas all under the watchful supervision of the caring, trained staff.

Herring Cove Animal Hospital  – 83 Shank Painter Road  Provincetown  508-487-6449  This full service Vet is located on Shank Painter Road right next to the pet resort and offers parking.

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