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Massachusetts: Provincetown

A May 2000 trip to Provincetown by kylebarber

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts More Photos
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Massachusetts: Provincetown

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Overview

Commercial Street Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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Provincetown can be enjoyed by just about anyone, with its cute restaurants and shops, whale watching tours, pristine beaches and scenic pathways. But the real joy is visiting in this historic town is the opportunity to immerse yourself in a predominantly gay and lesbian environment, where it's perfectly okay to hold someone's hand at dinner or stare unabashedly at the cute guy across the street. I had been to Fire Island and Rehoboth Beach before, but Provincetown offers so much more than those two destinations, with a wider variety of people to meet and more attractions to see and activities to partake in. I loved the whale watching tour (though we were told repeatedly that we were lucky with the...Read More

Gallery Inn

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Hotel

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This guest house was listed as a bed and brekfast, but unless you consider muffins and a coffee machine by the doorway a real breakfast you'll probably agree that guest house is a more appropriate classification. The home is simple and nice, perfectly fine for spending a few days at the beach. I stayed in the room fashioned out of the attic space, which featured two smallish beds and not much headroom.The deck area was nice for relaxing and sunbathing as well as striking up a conversation with another guest. The Gallery Inn's location was at the western end of town, and a little bit of a hike to most bars and restaurants. This probably explains why most of the guests were rarely hanging around the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Gallery Inn
3 Johnson Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-3010

Spiritus Pizza

Restaurant | "Spiritus"

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Perhaps some of them are hungry for a late night slice of pizza, but the real reason that hundreds of men congregate around Spiritus Pizza late at night is that the bars close early in Provincetown. Its one last chance to make eye contact with that cute fellow you spotted earlier in the day at the beach. It almost seems like a rock concert, where the kids don't want to go home and linger about akwardly. The pizza itself is fairly good, though not worth writing home about.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

Spiritus Pizza
190 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-2808

Bubala's by the Bay

Restaurant | "Bubala's"

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The food at Bubala's looked pretty ordinary on the menu, but I was impressed with the quality of my chicken, its presentation and the wait service. Adding to the experience was the pleasure of sitting on the sunny patio and watching the crowds of people pass in both directions along Commercial Street, while overhearing the dishy conversations of the other Bubala's patrons.

The place seemed rather crowded at lunchtime, but we were seated fairly quickly and served our meals in no time at all. With all the fancy joints to eat in town, I'm surprised that this was one of my favorites that I sampled while visiting Provincetown.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

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

Fat Jack's Cafe

Restaurant

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Standard American fare is served for lunch, and seafood and Italian are offered in the evening for dinner. The service was a little slow and the food about average, but we had no complaints. The central location on Commercial Street was a convenient place to stop for a bite to eat, and I'd happily dine there again. There are just so many quality eateries in Provincetown I'm not sure that I'll need to settle.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Fat Jack's Cafe
335 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(508) 487-4822

Pucci's

Restaurant

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Pucci's not only had the best seafood I sampled in Provincetown, but it offered the best view of the water. We were lucky enough to be seated close to the window to watch the boats slowly crossing the bay and birds circling around for their own meals. The fish was particularly tender and good, and my friend enjoyed his scallops immensely. I kept wanting to linger and enjoy the meal in this peaceful, bright restaurant, and I'll make sure and return again on my next trip.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Pucci's
539 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(508) 487-1964

Boatslip Resort

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Attraction | "Boatslip"

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At 3:30 every summer afternoon you will find everyone in town congregating by the pool and deck at the Boatslip Beach Club. This tea dance is enormously popular and cruisy, though most folks show up in large groups of friends and it can be intimidating to make initial contact with the handsome stranger across the dance floor. You can enjoy the outdoor patio area and soak up the warm afternoon sun or retreat to the cooler dance floor area flanked by two bars. Drinks are only slightly more expensive than you would expect to pay at other local establishments, and the cover charge seems reasonable when you see the huge crowds that the tea dance attracts each day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

Boatslip Resort
161 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1669

Atlantic House

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Attraction

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Dating all the way back to 1798, the Atlantic House ought to be a gay destination simply for its colorful history housing boarders such as Tennessee Williams. But today the Atlantic House, or A-House, is known as the most popular and frequented gay bar in town. There is a large dance floor on the lower level which spills out to a patio in the back. Upstairs is a seperate bar that seems to attract an older clientele. The place is very cruisy and sexual, especially as the night wears on. If you are uncertain as to where to head out in the evening, start your search at the Atlantic House. You may very well soon be heading back home with a new friend.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

Atlantic House
4 Masonic Place
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-3821

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Attraction | "Pilgrim Monument"

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Towering high above the town, the 252 foot Italian style Pilgrim Monument seems like an unusual addition to a small gay beach resort. It is actually a replica of an existing tower in Siena, Italy, and the largest granite tower standing in the United States. Offering panoramic views of the town below and the waters surrounding Cape Cod, its worth the rather long hike up a circling staircase. Next door is the hokey but fun Provincetown Museum, which is included with your admission.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
(508) 487-1310

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

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Attraction | "Whale Watching"

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch Photo, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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None of my friends who had previously been to Provincetown ever went on a whale watching cruise, which seems crazy to me. I guess they were all preoccupied with meeting the man of their dreams. I plunked down the $20, somewhat skeptical after reading the sign warning against the possibility of not sighting any animals but still "enjoying a pleasant cruise."It turned out to be a wonderful investment as we saw numerous humpback whales and one fin whale. The animals repeatedly surfaced in order to catch large schools of fish, which were trapped by the whales' surfacing bubbles. They came up awfully close to the ship, making all of us aware just how large and powerful these animals are.On our wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2000

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
20 Kellies PA / MacMillan Wharf
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02642
(508) 240-3636

Biking the Cape Cod National Seashore

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Attraction

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This amazing bike trip really opened my eyes to the natural beauty that is all around Cape Cod. I thought the path would consist of a series of rolling hills next to the sand for a few hours. Passing through marshes and swamplands, thick green forests, dune fields and amazing coastal areas, you really do traverse a wide array of natural environments. So many different and interesting sights popped up that we frequently stopped to take in the sights. Of course, that also gave us a chance to catch our breath after ascending some pretty steep inclines!There are a number of different paths to explore in the area, and for the more adventurous bikers there is the opportunity to continue riding down the C...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2000

Biking the Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore
Provincetown, Massachusetts