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Spend a Week in a Provincetown Dune Shack

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Immersed in the National Seashore these P-town retreats have previously hosted artists and writers like Tennessee Williams.

Provincetown’s dune shacks have had some distinguished occupants. Among them: Jackson Pollock, e.e. cummings, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neil, and Jack Kerouac.

Now, you can join their ranks. Through January 15, you can apply to stay at one of these shacks through a residency with the Provincetown Community Compact.

Community residencies, which are open to all, are selected by lottery. These are one to three weeks in length and take place between April and November.

There are also two residencies each for artists and writers, as well as a Native American residency in collaboration with the Native Land Conservancy.

This year the Compact is introducing a voluntary “honor tax” when applying as a “tangible way of honoring the sovereignty of the Wampanoag Nation,” says director Jay Critchley. “It is called a tax because it’s not a gift or donation.”

There are 19 dune shacks located within the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The Provincetown Community Compact manages two of them: the Fowler and C-Scape dune shacks.

Rental fees are $500 per week for Fowler, $400 per week for C-Scape.

Be warned, though – the shacks are primitive, with no electricity or indoor plumbing. They are also isolated, allowing for uninterrupted creativity and meditation.

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