Provincetown’s Best Off Season Eats


Yup, it’s getting pretty quiet around these parts.  Will be even quieter after New Year’s, when Ptown goes deep into hibernation. There is at least one perk to this seasonal slumber: it is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the year-round restaurants that remain open.  No crowds, no waiting, impeccable service.  Most locals don’t even bother eating out from July to September.  So we get excited for this time of year so we can venture forth and treat ourselves to an excellent meal (and no dirty dishes to clean up afterwards!).   The Provincetown Chamber of Commerce has a nice list of Ptown’s year round restaurants here.  Here are three worth a visit:


Squealing Pig, Commercial Street

I love their burgers.  I love their fried chicken.  I love their curry (thanks to the Nepali cooks in the kitchen).  I love their shellfish.  This casual, Irish bar does comfort food so well and is a great place to catch a game and a beer.  The menu has just enough variety and I’ve never had a bad meal.


The Pointe Restaurant, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, Bradford Street

Going a little more upscale, The Pointe specializes in serving fresh, local fare (great seafood, meat, and vegetarian options here).  They are known for their fabulous wine list.  Best-loved dishes are the Lobster Ravioli and the Lobster & Chive Gnocchi.


Sage Lounge, Sage Provincetown Inn & Lounge, Commercial Street

This is the ideal place to unwind in the off-season.  And the small plate style menu is made for sharing and sampling.  While we are obviously partial to our own cocktail offerings at the Shipwreck Lounge, we also appreciate the cocktails and craft beers that Sage is offering.  The lamb sliders (actually, all the sliders) are a highlight, as are the assorted fry options.

Ringing in the New Year – Ptown Style

First Light monument 3

New Years weekend is a big one here in town.  It’s sort of the last big party and after that, everyone goes into hibernation (or to warmer climes) until May.  We’re having our own countdown party at Shipwreck Lounge.  Here are a few of the other signature events that piqued my interest.


The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on Friday December 30 is going to be the marquee event for me.   There’s popcorn, Maria and Georg Von Trapp, singing and the invite says to come in costume.  Oh my heavens, this event was meant for me!!  I L.O.V.E. The Sound of Music.  Every year I bust out this tatty old VHS cassette (yes, I still have a VCR) on which I recorded the movie off the TV circa the early 1980s.  I love the movie, I love the music, I’m off to find my goat herder costume.


Because we can’t go too long without talking about food…the Provincetown Farmer’s Market is on Saturday December 31 at the Town Hall.  Let’s kickoff the New Year by shopping and eating local, shall we?


On Saturday and Sunday is a bit of a scary treat for those who like their holidays with a twist of the wicked.  It’s the WICKED WINTER WONDERLAND, an Interactive Holiday Fright Maze for Naughty Kids & Adults of All Ages.  Produced by the DEAD SILENCE team at the Provincetown Art House.  It’s a 10-15 minute show to raise funds for the Friends of the Provincetown Public Library.


The POLAR BEAR PLUNGE takes place early afternoon at high tide at the Johnson Street Lot.  I will do this someday before I die.  Not sure if this year will be the year.
Hot chocolate is included in the registration fee and proceeds go to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod.


You can’t have New Years without fireworks, and this year, the First Light Fireworks will be on January 1st at dusk.


The other parties, performances, brunches, etc. are too numerous to mention but the Provincetown Business Guild has the entire itinerary, you can check it out here.