Historic Provincetown

All of our Cape Cod towns do a great job when it comes to preserving the past and making their historic locations accessible for the public to enjoy. Provincetown just happens to be at the top of my list for places to see a number of sites all in one day. Here are three notable locations that will give the inquiring traveler a bit more insight into our local Ptown history.

1) Pilgrim Monument – Built between 1907 and 1910, this is the tallest all granite structure in the United States.  On a clear day you can see these from across Cape Cod Bay so it’s pretty hard to miss when you’re in town. The Monument commemorates the 1620 landfall of the Pilgrims and signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor.

2) Race Point Lighthouse – This historic light has been keeping vessels from running aground since 1816 and sits in the beautiful sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. For a really unique treat, accommodations for about 10 people are available if you want to stay overnight.

3.)  Old Harbor Life Saving Station – Originally built in Chatham in 1897 this building was relocated to Provincetown by barge in 1977.  Situated in the National Seashore the station offers insight into the lives of brave surf-men and their various methods for saving sailors in distress.  You’ve got to see the breeches buoy rescue re-enactments by the staff on Thursdays during the summer months.

If you need to find a place to stay after your busy day please be sure to check in with us here at the Brass Key Guesthouse!

What to do in Provincetown this February

Is this winter going by slowly for you too? For whatever reason, every time I look at the calendar, I’m shocked that it’s still only the beginning of February. This season has seemed like a slow slog. Normally I love winter, but this year, we’ve had our share of rain and almost no snow to speak of. Wet and cold is not my idea of fun. I’ll take a big snowstorm over rain any day of the week. I’m still waiting for the big one of the season.

So to pick myself up, I’ve added a few must-do’s to my schedule. Take note if you’re feeling adventurous or maybe just bored. First on my plate is Valentine’s Day dinner at The Pointe restaurant which falls on their 2 for 1 Wednesday night special. Both menu and staff are exquisite and everyone should experience the charm of the dining room.  Right around now, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provicetown is showing Maia Chao……I love her work! It’s a short show—the exhibition is up until the 14th. It’s a must see. Rumor has it that the Waters Edge Cinema is going to be showing “Pennies from Heaven” by Herbert Ross on the 21st at 7pm.  Who doesn’t like early an 80’s Steve Martin, Christopher Walken or Bernadette Peters?  FYI Bernadette won a Golden Globe for best actress in this, not to mention the film was nominated for 3 Oscars. Waters Edge is also showing all four of the Oscar nominated animated shorts (including some bonus films). I’m an animation nut so I’m psyched to be able to catch them. They’re not just for kids, you know! All in all, some solid entertainment for otherwise quiet Cape Cod evenings. Hope to see you on the town!

Provincetown Winter Nightlife

So, you did something this past summer that you can’t stop thinking about…. it’s there every time you close your eyes. I know what it was, I won’t tell anyone. Promise. If you think you have to wait a full year to relive that experience, you are clearly mistaken.  What am I getting at?  Night life and après party in Provincetown, it goes on and on and it goes year-round. Well, mostly year-round. We all know some months are a bit hotter and louder than others.

Nightlife in Provincetown

Right now, it’s cold. Really cold. There’s the misconception that Cape Cod goes to sleep to contend with the winter. It’s not entirely untrue. Those days when it’s pouring rain AND freezing? Yeah, that’s why they invented the phrase “hunker down.” But, in reality, there’s always more going on than one thinks. Here are a couple of places that are still hopping when the sun goes down this winter:


The Atlantic House or A-House: open 12PM -12AM:  Provincetown’s first post office turned dance club.  Got Male?


The Paramount at the Crown and Anchor: They’re hosting some of the Snowbound Leather Weekend XII events Fri, 2/23/18 – Sun, 2/25/1818.


Hope to see you all out there! We’re closed at the moment but Valentine’s Day weekend is coming up!


The Winter People

Are you aware that bears do not actually hibernate during the winter months? I hadn’t actually thought much about this until recent spells of cold weather beat down upon Cape Cod during the latter part of the holidays. Forced in to my own seasonal state of torpor and fueled by wine and a decanted holiday pastry, I began wondering if every other Cape dweller shares the same indoor fate on these oh-soooo-cold days and nights. Or, if by chance, there were other creatures unfazed by these Canadian downdrafts, people who charged out the door to enjoy mother nature in all her wintery glory?

Turns out, such creatures exist! And they all congregate at the Polar Bear Plunge. That’s right, bikinis, speedos and icebergs. Events occur from Provincetown to Cotuit, and are typically held on New Year’s Day. Hundreds of well-intentioned people come together not only to usher in the New Year but for the benefit of individuals and organizations in need. Unfortunately, this year’s frigid temps have put the damper on a few of these scheduled events but there is always next winter to look forward to. That’s right…I said it and I’ll repeat: let’s look forward to next winter! It’s not so bad, is it? So, if you’re in the need for a quick skin tightening and cup of hot cocoa on the beach in January I encourage you to come out of your wintery den and go for a swim at next year’s event. See you at the beach!