Provincetown By Bike

Biking on the Beach at Sunst in Oceanside - November 2, 2012

Provincetown’s unmistakable landscape has a wonderful way of transforming even the most reluctant city slicker into a veritable outdoors person. Who can resist those crazy dunes, the classic lighthouses, and the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets? Despite the fact that many windows in Ptown offer a glimpse of the ocean, it’s still nice to get beyond the village to enjoy Mother Nature to the fullest. Ptown offers plenty of flat roads and trails for casual biking. Just be sure to avoid Route 6 as it has no bike lane and no safe shoulder to ride on. For cyclists of all levels, here are two of our favorite rides:

1) Province Lands Bike trail

The Province Lands is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. For the history buffs out there, the land was originally set aside as a fisheries reserve in the 1600s by the Plymouth Bay Colony. The Cape’s early colonists were keenly aware of the importance of protecting their marine resources. It’s a hilly loop a little over 5 miles, with another 2 more miles of extensions to be added (Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach, Bennett Pond). This trail winds through the otherworldly dunescape of the Outer Cape. You can easily bike from town or park your car at the Province Lands Visitor Center. Maps are available at the trailhead.

2) Cape Cod Rail Trail: The Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) is a 25 mile, paved bike trail built over a 19th century rail line. Stretching from Dennis to Wellfleet, it’s the best way to see many of the Cape’s towns, with plenty of places to stop for snacks, shopping, swimming, etc. It’s fairly flat and a family-friendly ride. For those staying in Ptown, it’ll be a little bit of a drive to get to it.

Here are some additional resources for our cycle-minded visitors:

1) Cape Cod Bike Guide (www.capecodbikeguide.com): Easy website with an extensive list of trails/paths (including directions) and bike shops.

2) Ptown Bikes (www.ptownbikes.com): Full-service bike shop on Bradford Street just west of the Brass Key

3) Gale Force Bikes (http://www.galeforcebikes.com/): Full-service bike shop in Ptown with rentals, sales, and repairs. Also offers a convenience store to stock of up sandwiches and drinks. Conveniently located just off the Herring Cove Beach extension of the Province Lands Bike Trail.

4) The Bike Shack (www.provincetownbikeshack.com) Located on Shank Painter street headed into town, it offers biker rentals, repairs, sales, and service.

5) Arnold’s Bike Shop (http://provincetownbikes.com/): Another of Ptown’s full-service bike shop located on Commercial Street, also offers rentals, sales, and repairs.

6)  Provincetown Bike Rentals (http://www.provincetownbikerentals.com/): Provincetown’s newest bike rental store.

Summers Hottest Events In Provincetown

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It is still the off-season here in Provincetown, but already glimmers of activity are beginning to show as more and more folks arrive and businesses awaken after their annual winter hibernation. While we are busy opening the storm windows, repainting the deck furniture and waiting for the temperatures to break into the 60s, it seems like an ideal time to daydream about the fun-filled summer still to come.

May to August, the P-town social calendar is packed. With so much going on, you essentially can’t go wrong with when you visit. Here are some of this season’s highlights that we are looking forward to!

May

Monumental Yard Sale    May 20-22   Ptown.org

The yard sale to end all yard sales, stretching up and down Commercial Street and at residences throughout the town. Who knows what treasures are awaiting discovery!

Single Women’s Weekend

May 21-24   www.ProvincetownForWomen.com

Unsatisfied and fed up with your typical dating routine? Get your single self to Ptown! Featuring speed meeting, dance parties, wine tastings, entertainment, and more.

June

Cabaret Fest  June 2-5  www.CabaretFest2016.com,

Now in its 15th year, CabaretFest celebrates the master songsmith Cole Porter. With performances every day, parties, and master classes, this is a must-see for every Broadway buff! Happening concurrently is the Women of Color and Friends Weekend, www.ProvincetownForWomen.com

 

Provincetown International Film Festival

June 15-19  www.PtownFilmFest.org

As one of the country’s top film festivals, the PIFF seeks out a diverse array of films and prides itself on supporting edgy and innovative work. This year’s festival honors director Ang Lee.

Provincetown Portuguese Festival & Blessing of the Fleet

June 23-26   www.ProvincetownPortugueseFestival.com

A weekend long celebration honoring the Ptown’s heritage as a haven for Portuguese migrants and as a hub of maritime activity. Features food, a parade, and the Sunday ceremony to bless and protect Ptown’s fishing fleet.

July

July 1 – 7  Independance Week

The parade and fireworks on July 4th are the icing on the cake during this week of raucous revelry. If you love a good party, this will fit the bill.

Bear Week in Provincetown

July 9-17   www.ptownbears.org

And the party continues as thousands of bears from all over the globe descend upon Ptown. The vibe is friendly, happy, and loving. No matter how you take your tea, Bear Week has your flavor. Party, dance, chill, relax, you can do it all.

Girl Splash

July 19-23    www.girl-splash.com

A great excuse for a girls’ weekend, featuring an all-star comedy line-up, dance parties, whale watches, and more. Don’t miss “Girl Splash IDOL,” the ultimate karaoke contest on Wednesday night.

21st Annual Family Week

July 23-30   www.familyequality.org/familyweek/

Family Week is the largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families in the world. The 2016 fun-filled Week will include more opportunities than ever to build community and to get empowered on today’s issues.

August

August 11  Ptown Jazz Festival

August 13-19   Carnival Week “Back to the 80’s”

Carnival is one of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts. We get in on the action too with our annual “Boys Just Want To Have Fun” pool party. Get your tickets in advance cause it sells out!