There’s a common misconception that the Pilgrims on the Mayflower sailed directly to Plymouth, but the settlers actually landed in Provincetown in 1620 where they stayed for five weeks before heading on to Plymouth. Over time, the community grew, fueled mostly by a strong fishing industry that became the town’s main economic engine.
In the late 1800s, a destructive storm dubbed The Portland Gale destroyed half of the town’s wharfs. In order to repair the local economy, the focus was shifted toward tourism. Provincetown began to attract artists from all around the world and has been known for being a mecca for writers, artists, and playwrights ever since. It’s also known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly communities in the country.
WHAT TO DO
Commercial Street in Provincetown is a bustling main strip full of restaurants, shops, and art galleries right along the ocean. Carve out some time in your day to visit one of the local galleries in town and see why so many artists have flocked to P-Town to hone their craft. When you’re finished, hit the local stores for souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones at home (and yourself!).
Looking for an outdoor adventure? With nearly three-quarters of the town being protected as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Provincetown has endless options. Rent bikes and ride around the whole town and discover new areas outside of Commercial Street. Or, head into town and book tickets on a whale watch. Cape Cod is known for its amazing array of marine life, and whale watches offer the opportunity to see these majestic creatures closer than you ever thought possible.
If you’re looking to put your vacation into high gear, check out Art’s Dune Tours. Not only will you get to explore the breathtaking dunes of Provincetown, you’ll learn more about the history and culture of Provincetown and the Cape Cod National Seashore.
WHAT TO SEE
The Pilgrim Monument, a 252-foot tower, was built in 1910 to commemorate the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown. If you have time, make the trek to the top and check out the extraordinary view: On a clear day you can see the Outer Cape and even 50 miles away to the skyline of Boston.
Appreciate the natural landscape of Provincetown and head to Race Point beach. Swing by the Race Point Lighthouse for a tour and to learn more about the town’s fishing and maritime history. On your way back, throw on your sneakers and explore the one-mile Beech Forest Trail in the Seashore.
WHERE TO EAT
The options for grabbing a bite to eat in P-Town are endless. If you’re looking for a spot to try the seafood that the town is famous for, head to The Lobster Pot, located right on Commercial Street.
Or, head to Fanizzi’s Restaurant by the Sea for an Italian-American meal with a view. After dinner, grab a cone at one of the ice cream shops that dot the street. End the night with a drink outdoors at The Nor’East Beer Garden or by the water at Aqua Bar.
Provincetown is about 45 minutes from Brewster by the Sea Inn, but worth every minute in the car. Book your next vacation with us and enjoy our peaceful and centrally located Cape Cod bed and breakfast, complete with relaxing amenities that are sure to give you a trip to remember. When you arrive, we will be happy to help you plan your Cape Cod vacation.