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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Provincetown, MA Day Trip

Or - Jan's and Charlie's Day Off

Recently, Charlie and I took advantage of a rare night off from taking care of guests to take a little trip to Provincetown. As most folks know who have stayed at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast, we travel in a motor home during the winter. When we return to Sandwich, we always hope for a short get-away before the season gets really busy and we have to put our winter home in storage for the summer. One such opportunity presented itself this week. So, off we went.

Photo of Charlie at the PO Cafe in Provincetown, MA
Charlie at the Post Office Cafe
 We had some things to take care of in Provincetown so we packed the RV for an overnight stay, grabbed the kitty, and jumped on Route 6 headed down Cape. The weather was picture-perfect and the drive to P’town was glorious. We had reserved an over-night camping spot at Dunes Edge Campground. We checked in and were shown to our site. It was nestled amongst the trees and so peaceful, with a slight breeze and the smell of the ocean and salt marshes in the air. We had brought along burgers to grill and a large salad for dinner. Really, doesn’t food just taste better when cooked and enjoyed outdoors?

Chalie at the Provincetown Town Hall
Provincetown Town Hall

The next morning, we headed into P’town for breakfast at the Post Office Café. What a treat to have someone else cook breakfast for us. By the way, we loved this little café and they have a great menu for lunch and dinner as well. After enjoying our breakfast and watching people come and go, we headed off on our errands and to do a little exploring.

We have been to Provincetown many times but we always find something new when we are there. We had not seen the Town Hall since the restoration began, and we wanted to have a look. We both love historic buildings and, built in 1816, this one is a real Victorian beauty. The pale green color with a cream highlight echoes the original colors of the building. Town Hall is the real heart of town life and the scene of art exhibits, concerts, performances, lectures, dances, and Town Meetings  ---well this is New England where public Town Meetings are still held to decide town policy. If you go there, be sure to check out the inside and the murals entitled Spreading Nets and Gathering Beach Plums.

Pat and Bill of Habitat for Humanity with kayak.
Pat and Bill with HfH Kayak

What a treat for us when, outside of Town Hall, we ran into some old friends whom we had not seen in years. Pat and Bill were selling raffle tickets for a kayak they built to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. This is an annual project for these amazing people and we were truly delighted to run into them.
Next, we stopped by one of our favorite restaurants, the Lobster Pot. We have a Whale Watch package during the summer months that includes a gift card to have lunch or dinner there. We were fortunate to find the owner, Joy, out front controlling lunch traffic into the busy and oh-so-popular restaurant. Joy has owned this restaurant for 40 years.

Charlie & Lobster Pot owner, Joy.
Charlie and Joy
After stopping in Cuffy’s for one of their great sweatshirts and checking out the shoes at the leather shop, we walked over to the Chamber of Commerce office to pick up information about Provincetown to give our guests. The folks there are so friendly and helpful. After a quick visit to the Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch office, it was time to head home.

Provincetown is an easy day-trip for guests who are staying at our inn. If you go there, stop by the Chamber of Commerce office and pick up one of their great pamphlets that will guide you on a Historic Walking Tour of the town. They can also tell you what all is going on that day so you won’t miss anything.

Jan Preus, the Innkeeper, chef, and artist in residence at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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