Seeing Provincetown from a Local's Eyes
By Neal Broverman
With all the tasteful inns, restaurants, and shops, it's almost without question that many of the people running these establishments are gay. We spoke to a handful of these hard-working, yet laid-back folks, to get their take on the best their city has to offer.
Rob Six, manager of Mussel Beach Health Club:
Go stand-up paddleboarding. In the Ptown Harbor, or more advanced paddling in the ocean at Herring Cove Beach. Board rentals and lessons available at Venture Athletics in Whaler's Wharf. For a work-out take PaddleFit, a bootcamp style fitness class on stand-up paddleboards (offered by Mussel Beach Health Club working with Venture Athletics).
See Dina Martina's new show, "Hilarious."
She is all that is weird and awesome about Ptown. Check out the Crown & Anchor Cabaret.
Have a casual meal of local produce and seafood.
Tiny's or The Canteen both offer fresh local produce and seafood dishes. Most entrees are under $15; perfect for a casual lunch or dinner after the beach, or before a show.
Kevin O'Shea and David Bowd, Owners of the Salt House Inn:
Bike it. Head to Ptown Bikes, rent some wheels and hit the numerous bike trails surrounding the city.
Take the shuttle to Longpoint. Hop on the affordable pontoon boat and explore the secluded Longpoint area of Provincetown. See the beautiful light house and take on the spot's three-mile hike.
Go on a whale watch. It sounds touristy, but it's a blast.
Scott Lattime, owner of Joe Coffee and Cafe:
Take in art. Visit the Provincetown Art Museum on the town's artsy east end. This summer features shows on locally-produced arts and crafts and mixed-media artist Elspeth Halvorsen. The Fine Arts Work Center also offers fascinating discussions with artists and thinkers.
Check out some new architecture. The beautiful Provincetown Town Hall got a major facelift in 2010 and is worth a visit.
Eat well. Victor's is great and the service is not pretentious. Also try Mews and Red Inn.