Monday, June 15, 2015

Provincetown

One of my favorite places in the US is Provincetown, out at the tip of the Cape.  In a lot of ways, it's a pretty typical Cape town - cute shops, lots of people, easy access to the beach, but it's also the unofficial gay capital, so the culture is, well, colorful.  Tons of couple, tons of crossdressers and fantastic costumes, tons of rainbows.  It's so fun.

We go out a few times each summer, here's what we do every time -


FOOD

Fanizzi's - We went for the first time on our most recent trip, but it's definitely a highlight.  It's right on the water, and offers weekend brunch, plus lunch and dinner always.  The setting is gorgeous, the food was great and there's a parking lot next to the restaurant, which is rare in P-town.

Ptown Scoops - There are a bunch of ice cream options, as one would expect from a beach town, but this is the best.  The ice cream is awesome, portions are manageable and the flavors cover all bases.  Graham Central Station is a must.  We also like Lewis Brothers, but have had a few less than optimal experiences with service/ice cream being too soft/flavors not matching expectations.

Burger Queen - Even for a vegetarian, this place is the bomb.  Counter service, dog friendly, tons of brightly colored picnic tables.  The menu is burgers, fries, shakes, lobster rolls etc.  Everything we've ever tried there has been phenomenal.  Prices are reasonable, but not cheap.


SHOP

Army/Navy Surplus - My all time favorite store in Ptown, ever since I found a Juicy hoody there when I was 12.  Full of, effectively, random crap, the Surplus meets every need.  We love wandering around for a while, trying on hats, digging through old comics, laughing at certain items. It's definitely worth a stop, especially if you have smaller kids.

The pier - In the middle of Ptown, the pier that the ferry comes into juts out over the water.  All along it are little huts that artisans use as studios/galleries.  We saw handmade jewelry, lutes, wood signs, paintings, photography... The window shopping is awesome, but if you're in the market, it would be a great place to pick up something uniquely Ptown.

Everywhere Else - The whole of Ptown is one great shopping experience.  Stop everywhere and talk to the shop owners.


ATTRACTIONS

Race Point - Provincetown is located at the tip of Cape Cod, where the Atlantic meets the Cape Cod Bay.  That meeting is called a race, and you can watch it happen. While maybe not the most thrilling attraction, it's damn cool and something you can't see many places

Beaches - There are tons of options, basically, find a sandy spot. Bay side beaches are warmer, calmer and have less dramatic tides than ocean side.  Ocean side are usually more dramatic - bigger waves, colder temperatures, better views. Pick your poison.

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