Ptown like a local—5 sites to check out


Carriage HouseOne thing I have always loved about Ptown: it’s a pretty welcoming place.  That’s probably a bit of an understatement, but at any rate, Ptown gives us New Englanders hope that we can, if we choose to, be friendly, out-going, even downright jolly!  If you’re not sure what I mean there, you probably haven’t lived in New England.  We locals have this reputation for being a little, well, reserved.  We keep to ourselves and it takes us longer than most to open up.  Most of us, myself included, are quite proud of this fact.  We are not superficial.  We are not phony.  We may not go gaga over you from the get go, but that’s just because we don’t know you yet.  I think this approach has its plusses, as you can be sure, once we have decided that we like you, that we are in it for the long haul and we won’t change our minds (other fine qualities of New Englanders are that we are stubborn as hell and fiercely loyal).  If you visit other Cape Cod towns, particularly this time of year when the locals actually venture out of hiding, you may come across us being quiet and, well, reserved.  But I have never felt that way in Ptown.  Ptownies are just an all-around friendly lot.

If you are coming to Ptown for the first time and are unsure of what to do, it is only a question away.  Almost anyone you meet will be ready and forthcoming with suggestions.  This works great for those of us who are fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants travellers.  If you are not one of those and you like to plan, there are some online resources you can check out to get a feel for the town and a lay of the land.  Here are some of my go-to blogs and websites to find out where to go, what to do, where to stay, etc.

This relatively new site has perhaps the most comprehensive (and most readable) calendar of what’s going on in Ptown every day¾with everything from coffeehouses to small fundraisers, performances, and more.  It has a nice blog and also highlights the great local shops that are the heart of Ptown commerce.


The YearRounder’s Guide to Provincetown

This narrative blog covers everything from local food and restaurants, history, events, art, and human-interest stories.  It’s updated about twice a week so there’s plenty to keep a reader busy.


Provincetown Business Guild

The PBG is the central hub of promotion and support for Ptown to the GLBT worldwide community.  Their website has a comprehensive events calendar and plenty of info on local businesses.  The non-profit also sponsors some of Ptown’s signature events such as Carnival in the summer and Holly Folly in December.


Ptown Events

This community calendar is easily searched by date or genre (i.e. art, entertainment, community, etc.).  The site’s blog features tons of beautiful Ptown pics and weekly roundups of Ptown related newsstories¾a great way to keep up to date with what’s going on.


Provincetown Gallery Guide

If you are an art lover, this website is a must.  It has an arts-centric calendar with gallery openings, exhibitions, and theater events.  It also features a comprehensive list of museums and galleries with links to their websites and articles on artists, recent exhibitions, and more.

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Amanda Wastrom

Amanda Wastrom is a Cape Cod-based writer, artist, and curator. She is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod LIFE and Cape Cod Magazine. For more on Amanda's work, click here. Thanks! Amanda