Provincetown Journals

Family Week in P'Town

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An August 2004 trip to Provincetown by SFPhotocraft

Tip for Topsn Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts More Photos
Quote: Family Week in Provincetown is a special time. It takes place each year, during the first week of August, when gay families from all over come to the tip of Cape Cod for clambakes, bonfires and to meet and be with old friends.

Family Week in P'Town

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Overview

P'Town Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Proviencetown does indeed seem like Land's End. No matter how you arrive, by car, plane, or ferry, you are on the very tip of Cape Cod, hung out into the Atlantic Ocean. You are not here by accident. You are not passing through. You made an effort to get here and, yes, here you are. It's a place for the free spirit. P'Town (yes it's okay to call it P'Town) was actually the first place the pilgrims landed in the New World, and, ever since, it's been a place for the misfit and free spirit. It's the kind of town where everyone has a story and everyone minds his or her business. Often, tourists will walk down Commercial Street with amazed looks on their faces as a pair of sassy drag queens rid...Read More

Provincetown Inn Resort

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Hotel | "Provincetown Inn"

Provincetown Inn Resort Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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We didn't stay at this motel, but many of the Family Week activities took place here. I think we got a good feel for the hotel after spending so much time here. The main thing I can say about the Provincetown Inn is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. It sure has it! This has to be the prime piece of real estate for a hotel in Cape Cod. The hotel is located at the far end of Commercial Street but is very walkable (or bike-able) into town. It sits at the very tip of the Cape and has some killer views from its grassy lawn in the back. On one view you can look and see the whole town and look the other way and you see the tip of the Cape and the quaint lig...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

Provincetown Inn Resort
1 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-9500

Surfside Hotel and Suites

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Hotel

Surfside Hotel and Suites Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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This is one of those lessons in making sure you get what you requested. We booked the Surfside in March for our August trip. I did a lot of homework finding the perfect place for the four of us to spend the whole week during Family Week. We picked the Surfside. It had a pool, was on the beach and was walk-able to town. I had called them and they seemed very nice and accommodating. Closer to the time of arrival we called. Again the staff was friendly and told us we were in a room on the ocean with a small kitchenette. They even gave us the room number being held for us and welcomed us. We felt very comfortable with our pick. However when we a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2004

Surfside Hotel and Suites
543 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1726

Tip for Tops'n

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Restaurant | "Tip's for Tops'n"

Tip for Tops'n Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Our friends Dan and Jim, who weekend in P'town, recommended Tip’s for Tops'n to us. We were happy they did. Tip's for Tops'n is off the main tourist path. It's a small family run Portuguese diner that has been in the family for three generations now. The diner is fun with a marine theme going on inside. The booths are separated by large ship wheels and fish hang on the walls. The diner is small is usually is pretty full. However, tables seem to turn over pretty quickly. The do have the regular fare like sandwiches and eggs, but they also serve Portuguese dishes like Kale soup. We found they have the best clam chowder and lobster rolls on the Cape. We found the service...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Tip for Tops'n
31 Bradford Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1811

Lobster Pot

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Restaurant | "The Lobster Pot"

Lobster Pot Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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The Lobster Pot is one of those places that you can't miss. It's located right in the middle of all the fun on Commercial Street, and its old-style neon sign with a huge lobster will draw you in. It may say tourist trap to you, but trust me this is the real deal! This is just type the place you were hoping you would find on the Cape. The restaurant has two levels and both have great ocean and harbor views. The service moves fast as they try to keep the lines of people moving in and out quickly. We started with Bloody Marys (they are the house favorite). You will see why when a large Bloody is brought to your table. They are the best, a little on the spicy side, but just the pi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

Lobster Pot
321 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
508/487-0842

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The Mayflower is not technically on Cape Cod, it's in Plymouth. However it's a stop we make when driving onto the Cape. Espcially with kids Plymouth is a good stop as it gives them an insight to their history lessons. The Mayflower Restaurant is located just around the bend from Plymouth Rock and has a good view of the Mayflower replica. It sits in the middle of the Marina in Plymouth. Although it's right there it seems to be popular with marina types and locals and only a few tourists. The outdoor deck is the place to be on a warm summer day. You can watch the boats and the activity of the marina. The Mayflower has a complete lists of lobster, steaks, ribs, pasta and salads....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2004

The Mayflower Restaurant
14 Union Street
Plymouth, MA
(508) 747-4503

Fanizzi's By The Sea Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Fanizzi's is a local favorite. It's a charming eatery that is tucked in the Eastside of town. Even though it's still on Commercial Street it can be a challenge to find, as it looks like one of the condo buildings that surround it. The restaurant itself is a gray shingle building that is fairly nondescribt. However from the backside Fanizzi's is unique. The back diningroom actually hangs out over the water on piers that look like stilts. We learned the back diningroom has been lost three times in storms, but is always rebuilt. Thus the waterviews here are unmatched anywhere else. The dining area is plain. It's all about what is taking place on the otherside of the windows in the water. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2004

Fanizzi's By The Sea
539 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1964

Lobster Shanty

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Restaurant

Lobster Shanty Photo, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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This is one of the many lobster shacks on the way to Proviencetown on Cape Cod. Route 6 has many good ones to pick from. This is one that is the most visable from the route with boats, lobster traps, and other marine items hanging from the roof. You can't miss it and it's the one the kids always pick out first. It's large and active. When you enter you see a large boat filled with water and life lobsters. The kids can reach in and pet your lunch. The whole place has a faux naticaul motif. Pretty much what you would hope to find on Cape Cod. This day Chris and I ordered the ALL THE FISH AND CHIPS YOU CAN EAT SPECIAL. It was very good, but not really fish and chips. It was more a l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2004

Lobster Shanty
2905 Route 6
Eastham, MA 02642
(508) 255-9394

Highland Creamery

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Restaurant

Highland Creamery Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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This is the stuff of what legends are made. Whenever you are on the Cape, one of the stops everyone has to make is an ice cream stop at Highland Creamery. Truro is the small town just next to P'Town. You will pass Highland Creamery going to P'town and coming back out, as Route 6 is the only way in or out. It's fun to go at night because you drive on Route 6 and its dark and there just doesn't seem to be a lot out there. Then suddenly out of the darkness you see a massive amount of cars, disco balls, lights galore, and bubble machines. Next you hear the music, blasting out of the dark woods. You have found Highland Creamery. You see music, lights, and a swarm of young teenager...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 10, 2004

Highland Creamery
316 Route 6
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02666
(508) 487-3435

Bubala's by the Bay

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Restaurant | "Bubala's"

Bubala's by the Bay Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Bubala's is the kind of place tourists eat and locals stay well clear. It's very visible when walking on Commercial Street and always seems packed. This seems like a good sign, so people head to a place where other people are. However let me warn you, there are much better choices in town. Let me tell you about our last experience - we didn't even get to eat there! It was Family Week and we had two families with 10 people in all. It was lunchtime and we understood that ten people walking in anywhere is a problem. However, we were fine to split up into two groups of six and four. We were just outside of Bubala's and my experiences there have never been good, but everyone seemed to want...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 10, 2004

Bubala's by the Bay
183 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-0773

Cafe Blase

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Restaurant

Cafe Blase Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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I have often walked by Cafe Blase in the evening and thought it looked pretty. It has large, colorful paper Japanese lanterns hanging from the trees and the main building is a large white and blue Cape Cod home. The afternoon that we couldn't get waited on at Bubala's, we headed down Commercial Street and ate at Cafe Blase. They jumped all over us to get our group of ten seated. They too were extremely busy, but busted their butts to get a table to seat ten people. We had a great table outside. It was a prime people watching table. We had fun watching the crowds wander down Commercial Street as we had our lunch. As I mentioned the place was busy, but the wait staff worked and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 11, 2004

Cafe Blase
328 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(508) 487-9465

Twist'd Sisters

Restaurant | "Twisted Sister"

Twist'd Sisters Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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If you don't want to get in your car and drive down to Turo for outstanding ice cream, my next best suggestion for in-town ice cream is Twisted Sister. We often stop here after dinner for one of their cones. It's located in the middle of Commercial Street, front and center to the action. Most anytime of day or night, it will be packed. They have great ice creams. I always get the fresh blueberry here. It's full of blueberry flavor and is delicious. Twisted sister does more than ice cream. They make fresh hand rolled pretzels. This is usually a draw, as someone is in the window rolling fresh pretzel dough. They are usually warm and fresh out of the oven. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2004

Twist'd Sisters
293 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-6973

Landmark Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Landmark"

Landmark Restaurant Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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The Landmark sits just opposite City Hall and has a prime location front and center on Commercial Street. It's easy to find. It's a typical white cape building with a rainbow flag hanging out front. Some gaudy chandiers hang in the window. The back of the restaurant faces the harbor. One of the problems with Family Week is that we move in a pack. It's never just a simple, "table for four". It's always ten or twelve of us, enough to make the best hostess run for cover. However when we walked into the Landmark and announced ten, the host only gave a big smile and said, "Right this way." The restaurant was not full, maybe not a good sign at noon during the peak of the summer season. Onl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2004

Landmark Restaurant
269 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-6500

Way Downtown

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Restaurant

Way Downtown Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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This is another Commercial Street favorite. It sits front and center, in what I would call the center and heart of P'Town. You can't miss it. It's got a slightly urban edge to it (urban by Cape Cod standards). The outside and feel is slightly deco, but not overdone. This is a hard one to call or fit into a box. It's a little bit of everything. When you walk in, you are greated by a pretty good bakery - there are tons of sweet things to look at and wish for. This is a popular stop for morning traffic to get a muffin and a hot cup of coffee. (There are no Starbucks, YET, in P'Town). During the evening, it stays busy with late-night funseekers who need a little sugar fix. However, it...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Way Downtown
265 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-8800

Martin House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Martin House"

Martin House Restaurant Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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We had committed the ultimate sin - we arrived on a Saturday night without a dinner reservation! After checking into our hotel, it was my job to secure a table, somewhere, anywhere, in Proviencetown for that night. Okay, it sounds like an easy chore, but it was not. I went down the phone book and was laughed at, groaned at, and even hung up on. Finally, my luck changed when I got to the M's in the book and called The Martin House. They had a lovely table just cancel in the garden at the time we desired. The Martin House is a historic P'Town house. It's one of the few buildings that still faces the Old Shore Road, not Commercial Street. It's a classic 18t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Martin House Restaurant
157 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1327

Red Inn & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Red Inn"

Red Inn & Restaurant Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Once you head east on Commercial Street, you start heading out of the main tourist district. Things calm down as you move toward the beach, and it becomes more residental. Then you come across the perfect small inn, The Red Inn. If you were to shut your eyes and try to picture the perfect, small Cape Cod Inn, this is what your mind would come up with. The Red Inn is a small farm house that was built in 1805 by Captain Freeman Atkins for his wife Emily. It overlooks P'Town harbor and has a wonderful view of the town and harbor. This is a true inn, as it also has rooms for rent. The inn has a fabulous garden in the front. The colors of the flowers and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Red Inn & Restaurant
15 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-7334

Mews Restaurant & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Mews"

Mews Restaurant & Cafe Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Mews is without question my favorite restaurant in P'Town and maybe on my top-ten list for the world. It's that good. The restaurant sits on busy Commercial Street, somewhat in the center of town. It's a typical Cape-style building. The front looks onto the street and the back sits on the beach. This night was chose to sit upstairs in the the upper level because of the kids. They menu upstairs is lighter and more casual. However, I much prefer to sit downstairs. The upstairs is darker and a little clubby in feel. There is a view of the ocean from the back windows. Most of the activity centers around the popular bar and the piano. It feels like a very...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 23, 2004

Mews Restaurant & Cafe
429 Commercial St.
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1500

Angel Foods

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Attraction

Angel Foods Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Angel Foods is a unique, small gourmet-food market located on the east side end of Commercial Street. It's one of those places that are hard for me to walk by without stepping in for a cookie or piece of cheese. It's just too good. The shop offers a nice selection of wines and they have an excellent bakery full of yummy cakes, pies and cookies. All are baked here and each one is better than the next one. The deli department is broad and is a stop for us when we are going to the beach because they can make a variety of fresh sandwiches for lunch on the beach. Combine this with some fresh organic produce and maybe some cheese and you have the best lunch in town. We always stop he...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 11, 2004

Angel Foods
467 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-6666

Relish

Attraction

Relish Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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RELISH is on the west end of Commercial Street, near the popular beaches. It's a very stylish looking gray building. You will find it by the flock of people gathering around out front. It's very popular and has a following of locals and tourists. Relish is a combination small grocery and deli. You can find high end food items here to make a picnic, or have an nice lunch anywhere in town. Relish is popular in the mornings as it's the town's answer to Starbucks. You can get a great cup of coffee and a wonderful Danish and stroll down Commercial Street. I can think of no better way to start a new day. The staff is friendly and they hav...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 13, 2004

Relish
93 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-8077