Provincetown By Boat: Kayaks, Schooners, and Whales—Oh my!

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You may have noticed that Provincetown has a lot of…water.  Not the fresh water stuff¾although we’ve got that too.  I’m talking salty stuff.  Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of a peninsula pretty much guarantees that you are surrounded by it.  Ptown has fabulous beaches and a bustling main shopping district well within feet of the ocean.  You can walk to see lighthouses; you can visit the harbor and pier.  But by far the most memorable way to really experience the ocean is to get out into it!  Unless you arrived with your own water bound mode of transportation, you may need a little help.  Here are some of our favorite ways to immerse yourself in Ptown’s great big blue.

#1 Whale Watch

Whales are amazing creatures.  Best seen in person.  There’s only one way to do it: by boat.  Ptown has several different options, from small, boutique boats to larger, ferry trips.  There are dog-friendly options too.  Just be sure to bring warm clothes¾no matter how hot it is onshore, it’s always cooler out on the water.

#2 Sail Aboard a Wooden Schooner

Want to experience what it feels like on a 100-year-old wooden sailing vessel?  I’ll answer for you: yes, you do.  The Hindu, originally built in 1925 as a pleasure yacht, will always be one of my personal favorites (we spent the afternoon of our wedding on it) but there are others too.  There’s a reason these sailboats never retire.  A leisurely sail around Provincetown Harbor is magical and soothing—just about as timeless as it gets.  Plus, today, in the 21st century, the boats are cleaner, rodent-free, and only go out on nice weather!

#3 Kayaking & Stand-up Paddling (SUP)

Whether on your own or as part of a tour, a kayak ride or a paddle around Ptown’s waters offers exercise and scenic beauty, all in one.  No need to lug your own kayak or board all the way out here.  Provincetown Aquasports, located conveniently on Commercial Street, provides rentals, lessons, and tours.  Provincetown Harbor is the safest place for a paddle, as it is on Cape Cod Bay and has calm waters and currents.  For the more adventurous, a paddle out to Race Point offers some of the best whale watching in the U.S. (just make sure you keep your distance¾it is illegal to get within 200 yards of a whale).  Time of year matters for catching the whales¾spring is the best time to see them inshore.  To be sure, the Center for Coastal Studies usually posts recent sightings on its Facebook page.

Provincetown By Bike

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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 ( Easy website with an extensive list of trails/paths (including directions) and bike shops.

2) Ptown Bikes ( Full-service bike shop on Bradford Street just west of the Brass Key

3) Gale Force Bikes ( 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 ( Located on Shank Painter street headed into town, it offers biker rentals, repairs, sales, and service.

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

6)  Provincetown Bike Rentals ( Provincetown’s newest bike rental store.

Summers Hottest Events In Provincetown


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!


Monumental Yard Sale    May 20-22

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

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.


Cabaret Fest  June 2-5,

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,


Provincetown International Film Festival

June 15-19

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

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 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

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

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

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 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!



Brass Key Hotel poolLooking to do a long weekend on the Cape mid-April to early May, and not sure what area to choose as our ‘base”, then Provincetown is the best place to spend this spring. I know you might have doubts in mind and want convincing reasons. Don’t worry, in this article we will address the top Irresistible attractions that are in Provincetown.
Put on your seat belt while I analyze them categorically:

First Attraction: The Cape Cod National Seashore:

This is the main national site of attraction and unarguably the best. It is one of the high ranking beaches which exist in Cape Cod and it’s indeed a treasure. Spanning an area of over 40,000 acres of the waterfront, historic buildings, old lighthouses, picnic areas, nature trails, swimming beaches and of course can be found along this beautiful piece of natural shoreline.
Ascending from the national seashore where it begins in Provincetown to the end adjacent Chatham, there are six beautiful beaches to explore. Eastham’s Coast Guard Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod hands down. Eastham is also home sick Light Beach. Wellfleet Marconi Beach, Truro’s Meadow Beach and Provincetown Herring Cove and Race Point beaches are all on the national seashore.
I’m not sure what kind of historical and cultural things you have in mind, but I assure that you got a lot to enjoy on the Cape Cod National Park.
Second attraction: Exotic accommodations and great dining experience.

When it comes to world-class accommodation, Provincetown sit there staring at the top to you, the accommodations are so charming to the point of not wanting to return home. A perfect hypothesis of such hotels and accommodation suites is Brass Key Hotel (why not book accommodation before spring begins on our website with an incredible stay, great staff and a wonderful site that will satisfy your taste hip and chic to elegance and antique. And not to forget the twin Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, the interior uniformly compliments the spectacular Provincetown landscape of dunes, marsh grass, blue-green waters and sandy possession. Natural materials with fine craftsmanship abound throughout the hotel, including hardwood floors, soothing wall colors and gently rotating ceiling fans. Did I mention the historicity of the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa in Provincetown? Forgive me! It’s a classic 140-year old Cape Cod Sea Captain’s good. This Provincetown hotel consists of 40 rooms and is located in six major architecturally restored historic buildings. Incredible, is it not? Yes of course.

Amazing Dining Experiences:
 Want some memorable dinners this spring? Then Provincetown is the best place for you.
Remember to check out THE POINTE RESTAURANT + wine bar (visit the website to see for salivating menus); located in the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa, offers modern-coastal cuisine with a strong local undercurrent Pointe in an innovative restaurant and wine bar which channels the creativity of Provincetown. This inspired spirit, lively atmosphere, and focus on bringing guests and neighborhood local’s unprecedented food and beverage menu makes it unique amidst Provincetown restaurant scene. We also have Mews Restaurant, Jimmy’s Hideaway, Red Inn Restaurant, Bayside Betsy’s Restaurant and many other breathtaking dining centers, so you nearly would not want to return home after this spring visit to Provincetown.

Third attraction: Best Whale Watching In the World

Provincetown whale watches are an adventure that will serve as lifetime memory, in fact, you wouldn’t forget the spectacular experience in a hurry! Sightings are guaranteed during your trip to Stellwagen Bank’s, nice to see the world’s largest mammals. You will be glad when you see the great whales of the North Atlantic: the humpback, Finback, Minke, Law and Pilot whales. Dolphins, porpoises and seals are common sightings too. Our experienced crew makes an excellent educational tutor for the entire family. They are very knowledgeable about whales and wildlife, as well as local history of Provincetown. Our ships provide maximum visibility and comfort. Enjoy the cruise on the open deck or lounge in the air-conditioned cab. Your comfort is assured with complete kitchen equipment service offering food and your favorite drinks. Your captain and crew bring you a first-class on-the-water experience.
Art Galleries In Provincetown:

The business territory is filled with galleries (at least forty of them) and is very dynamic in the months of summer; these galleries, you can create a variety of fine art from local artists, but also national and international ones to find. Do not miss the art openings every Friday, the ideal opportunity to meet the artists, possibly the host and directors – in a more convenient style with a glass of wine in hand.
We have galleries, including:

1. Packard Gallery
Two artists, Anne and Cynthia Packard have artwork on display here, and this is a wonderful gallery for so many reasons.

1. The unique styles of the duo- Anne and Cynthia
2. The actual building in which the gallery is housed – beautiful.
3. With the Enlarge attractive display that you can just feel contented watching from a distance.
4. Also visible is the Wheaton terrier snoozing at the entrance which is soft coated.

2. Simie Maryles Gallery

An artist-owned gallery represents traditional art with a contemporary point of view. A small group of selected representative painters from across the country, styles ranging from classical to Renaissance painterly impressionistic graphic design fun.

3. Tom Johnson Photo Gallery
At Whaler’s Wharf a stunning photo gallery, to amazing scenes from Provincetown, the local landscapes and seascapes, lighthouses, whales and enjoy the Cape Cod National Seashore. It might also make a perfect souvenir home.

4. Berta Walker Gallery.

5. Julie Heller Gallery.
Just to name a few.

Fourth Attraction: Topnotch pet friendly cities.


One of the friendliest pet resorts can be found in Provincetown. A good example is the Provincetown Pet Resort & Supply. Co-owned by Tom Walter, David Sanford and Kenneth Masi, these owners all love what they do. Along with Provincetown consistently named as one of the top where pets are cities in the country, there is a real need for luxury pet accommodations. And that is why at Provincetown Pet Resort & Supply, our goal was an element of luxury accommodations for pets, as they bring their health and safety is our primary concern, “said Tom Walter.”
Vacation activities for your dogs do not stop at just a stay in a luxury hotel for pets: if you prefer to keep them with you in your apartment or guesthouse, you can take them to the resort for the dog equivalent of day camp. “We offer doggie with both indoor and outdoor playgrounds, dogs constantly supervised by trained personnel that separates them by size and temperament. In fact, check out breathtaking features of the pet resort.”

Fifth Attraction: World Class Spa.
Provincetown also has a world class Spa, the Shui Spa; our elegant spa offers guests a peaceful setting with unisex full service treatment rooms, staffed with highly trained, licensed therapists. In the center of Shui Spa is a warm mineral therapy tub in a relaxing understated meditative environment. The entire spa is intimate and unisex and facilities include a lounge and a sauna and steam room. The spa also has a finishing area for manicures and pedicures, as well as a retail environment for you to take home your spa experience.


With all these attractive and breathtaking features of Provincetown MA, no doubt you are convinced of where to spend this spring. Well, I will repeat the fact that you should not forget to rejuvenate your body and senses at Shui Spa, Provincetown, and Cape Cod.

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