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Provincetown Play Day

October 2, 2013

We spent our last full day on Cape Cod roaming around Provincetown, the town at the very tip of the Cape.  There must be something liberating about living at the end of a point of land, because Provincetown reminded me of Key West in a lot of ways.  It is a funky, liberal, artsy town with a thriving gay and lesbian community.  It also had much more of a party vibe than the other towns on the Cape we’d visited.

Provincetown Harbor

We arrived hungry for a seafood lunch, and our wanderings paired with Yelp reviews lead us to the Lobster Pot.

The Lobster Pot Ptown

As soon as we walked into this busy, multi-level restaurant I thought about turning around because the atmosphere screamed “tourist trap.”  Before I could listen to that voice in my head, we were directed to a table upstairs overlooking the Provincetown harbor.  It was definitely one of the best seats in the house.

Lobster Pot View

I was also pleasantly surprised by our food.  I enjoyed my fish taco chock-full of a generous portion of locally caught fish, and I’ll never complain about a side of sweet potato fries.

The Lobster Pot Fish Tacos

Stanley’s fried seafood platter was epic.  I don’t think I capture the scope of it very well here, but it meant business.  As an entrée, it also came with fresh bread (including delicious pumpkin bread) and a green salad.  Despite my initial reservations, it turned out to be a really good meal.

The Lobster Pot Seafood Platter

After lunch, we walked down to the harbor to scope out the boats and the artists who were set up along the boardwalk selling their work.

Provincetown Harbor

Provincetown Whale

Then we took to the streets with no aim beyond walking around and taking in this unique town.

Provincetown

Provincetown

We stopped for ice cream in this adorable little blue house.

Ptown Icecream

Soft Serve

Then, the shopping began.  This store, Luxories, had the coolest selection of imported knick knacks, souvenirs and jewelry that I’ve ever seen.  We each picked up something to take home here.

Luxories Provincetown

Luxories Ptown

How cool are these posters?  They’re actual movie posters from Vietnam (or somewhere in Asia).

Luxories Ptown

From there, we stopped into a wonderful variety of stores, most of which were attended by friendly and interesting owners and staff.  I really enjoyed the people we met in P-town.  A couple of my favorite stops were a really great hat shop and this hammock store where we got a little too comfortable.

Ptown Hammocks

Provincetown Hammocks

Provincetown Hammocks

Feeling ready for a nap after lounging in those hammocks, we stopped into The Wired Puppy for a cup of coffee.  If that’s not the cutest coffee shop name ever, I don’t know what is.

The Wired Puppy

Wandering around town, we saw a lot of men decked out in fabulously ridiculous pink costumes.  At first I assumed that was just the thing to do in Provincetown, but eventually we passed the annual “Pink Party,” which is apparently quite the event.

Provincetown Pink Party

Provincetown Pink

At that point it started raining pretty steadily, so we made our way back to the car.  We’d parked a few blocks away from town because parking in Provincetown is really expensive.  The lot where we parked cost less than the places right in town, and as a bonus parking there included one admission to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.  We decided to spring for a second ticket and check it out.

Pilgrim Monument

The monument commemorates the Pilgrims’ arrival in America and is the tallest granite structure in America.  There are stairs inside that you can climb to get a birds-eye view of Provincetown.

Pilgrim Monument stairs

Along the series of stairs and ramps, there were plaques honoring some of the oldest settlements in Massachusetts.  My family will appreciate this one:

Peabody Plaque

The climb got my heart pumping a little bit, and when we reached the top we found the view largely blocked by the walls of the tower.  Where we could see out, it was a pretty nice view.

Pilgrim Monument

Provincetown View

All in all, we loved Provincetown and even talked about how we’d like to stay there on our next trip to the Cape.  It’s a vibrant town with a more lively atmosphere than the other parts of Cape Cod we visited, and would definitely make for a totally different vacation than our stay in Chatham.  That said, we adored Chatham and weren’t upset at all to make our way back down the Cape to our home base.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2013 7:54 am

    Peabody! Haha, I wish I knew how to do type out Stan’s phonetic pronunciation…it really can’t be captured. 🙂 Love this post! Sounds like it was an awesome trip! xoxo

    • October 2, 2013 10:20 am

      I knew you’d get a kick out of that – I about died laughing when we came across that sign! It was SO fun. We need to plan a sister trip sometime soon!

  2. October 2, 2013 11:19 am

    Reblogged this on provincetown / cape cod, ma / 02657.

  3. October 2, 2013 2:36 pm

    I loved Provincetown! Still looks almost the same too, makes me keen to do a return visit soon.

  4. October 3, 2013 7:25 am

    Thanks for this quick photo vaca to Ptown, my favorite place anywhere! My dogs all wear “Wired Puppy” collars :))

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