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Sail Away Weekend

27 Jul 2008  Hadn't been for years, and nephew in a show there
3.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

A great 'weekend' in P'town

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Provincetown, Key West
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Theater, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Provincetown
    Provincetown, Cape Cod

    Provincetown is a major beach/ resort area on the end of Cape Cod.
    Shopping at boutique and artisan outlets, two beaches a stroll away, fishing, whale watching, classic schooner sails, nightlife, fine dining, clubs and shows. Naturally - but a hiddden path to the secluded courtyard of a quintessential Cape Cod shingled house can provide a comfortable room a world apart from the hurley burley of Commercial Street.

  • 2. Getting There

    Best and worst - there are boats from Boston, Gloucester and Plymouth. Naturally, a lot of people drive. Maybe not the best way, traffic in summer is hellacious, and once you get to P'town you won't want to drive. Try the boat!

  • 3. Moffett House
    Moffett House, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    Our nephew was appearing in a show. Through a stroke of luck, we got a room (2 night minimum in peak summer) at Moffett House, mere steps away from the cabaret where Jared was peforming.
    Luciano checked us in and showed us our room. Cozy! But comfortable, with mini-frig, large screen TV and (during a heat wave) very welcome AC. Parking is available, and it's a short walk from the ferry wharf.
    Mornings were a quiet interlude in their two courtyards, enjoying coffee, orange juice, bagels and crumb cake, serenaded by birds and surrounded by hydrangeas and tiger lilies.

  • 4. Commercial Street
    Commercial Street, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    We had some time before the show began, so we explored Commercial Street. In high summer it's almost a beach bar version of Las Vegas (without the gambling.) Or something like that - tourists from all over the world, an obviously gay friendly ambience, throngs of people just walking and talking, some amazing attire, street performers, sitar players on the wharf - you might even run into young men in nothing but underwear, cowboy boots and Stetsons!

  • 5. Post Office Cafe & Cabaret
    Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    We chose the Post Office because our nephew was appearing there. But it's only one of many. A veritable plethora of bars, cabarets, dance clubs and cafes line Commercial Street. The show we saw at the Post Office was one of several they do in repertory, and more classic theatre can be found both in P'town and nearby Wellfleet.

  • 6. Patio American Grill & Blue Bar
    Patio American Grill, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    After the show, we joined Jared at the (aptly named) Patio for a drink and a bite and introduced our midwestern nephew to oysters.Up and down Commercial Street are al fresco eating and drinking places. Many have back decks overlooking the ocean and the beach. The street scene keeps up night and day; people watching is first class!

  • 7. End of the pier

    We said goodnight to Jared and walked to the end of MacMillan Wharf. A full moon hung halfway above the horizon: big yellow and romantic. Sit on a bench and worship Bella Luna. Not an experience to be forgotten. Almost regretfully, we walked back to our room.

  • 8. Post Office Cafe & Cabaret
    Post Office Cafe & Cabaret, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    After our courtyard breakfast, Commercial Street awaited. A treasure trove of interesting shops, upscale accoutrements, cheap T-shirts, and 'souvenirs.'
    We met Jared downstairs at the Post Office for lunch. Seafood is their specialty, but you can get a meatloaf, omelettes (including lobster) mac'n'cheese and what has been called the best clam 'chowdah' on the Cape.

  • 9. The Schooner Hindu

    We explored Fisherman's Wharf. By the public beach is an amazing kite shop, flying their wares from poles in the offshore breeze. We watched a bevy of sun worshippers frolicking on the beach and in the waves; farther out kayakers rode the gentle surf. We returned to MacMillan Wharf, checked out the Pirate Museum, and discovered the schooner Hindu.

  • 10. Under Sail

    Hindu is a wooden boat, 68 feet on the waterline, schooner rigged and takes short cruises. In the summer it's berthed in P'town. We chose the sunset sail. Passengers had a chance to help haul lines...or not. They have a BYO policy, which makes it easy to bring what you want. (They will give you a bottle of water or a soda.)
    We sailed past Truro, a lighthouse and some celebrity yachts. As the sun was sinking, we returned to our berth.

  • 11. A welcoming pub

    At the end of the pier is the Seaside. An indoor dining room and bar complements a large oudoor deck. Somehow, we just couldn't stop grinning at each other over our rum punches.

  • 12. Last Day

    By then our courtyard breakfast had come to feel familiar. Once more off to Commercial Street, we looked for a friend of a friend who had a shop there. Sure enough, we found him at his hammock shop, where he encouraged us to try out a two seater. Rocking on his deck, overlooking the beach and watching the waves lap in can't be beat. Tough life!

  • 13. Governor Bradford Restaurant
    Governor Bradford Restaurant, Provincetown, Cape Cod

    Feeling hungry, the Governor Bradford's open air street side tables looked inviting. Ham, eggs, olives, oysters and Bloody Marys do make a decent brunch. Unfortunately, that was our last hurrah. We headed back to Boston, but P'town will be there, and we'll be back.

  • 14. The Schooner Hindu
    The Schooner Hindu, Hindu Charters, Key West, Florida Keys

    Over the summer, Hindu sails out of P'town. Cruises can be sporadic, but they're well worth it!