Seeing Provincetown from a Local's Eyes
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.
Mark Ferrari, owner of Item clothing store:
Dig deep. You really have to explore — there are many things stuck in the nooks and crannies. It's an old fishing town with a lot of little side streets.
Tea dance. This goes without saying, but it's worth checking out even if you don't think it's your thing.
Get up early. Everything closes at 1 a.m., so get a slice of pizza at Spiritus, and then head to bed. We want to make sure you enjoy your vacation and don't sleep it away!
Keith Wilkinson and Mark Phillips, owner of The BeaconLight Guest House:
Really, don't miss Victor's! It's without the doubt the best quality food in Provincetown; Cape Cod meets California. And super-hot boys serving!
Sing it out. Make sure you hit up at karaoke at the Wave video bar inside the Crown & Anchor.
Tom Fielding and Scott O'Connor of Perry's Wine & Liquors:
Relax and sip. Sit outside at the Red Inn and enjoy a cocktail, slowly.
Bike and hike some more. Get on the Provincetown bike path, you'll get to see the whole seashore in all it's glory. Then hike over the dunes at Snail Road and Route 6.