Swim For Life 2014

This past weekend, Provincetown opened its doors (well, waters) to people from all over for the Annual Swim For Life & Paddler Flotilla. On September 6, 2014, contestants met at Boatslip to swim 1.4 miles across the Harbor. Hundreds of swimmers, friends, and paddlers come each year to take part in this event. The fundraiser supports year-round services for AIDS, women’s health, and the community.

We will be providing details on next year’s event once they become available but take a look at some pics from this year!

Ptown Named “Second Quirkiest Towns in America” by Time

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The eclectic and always interesting Provincetown was named the Second “Quirkiest” Town in America by Travel + Leisure readers recently. Their readers ranked the Top 20 in America according to unique and endearing aspects of the destination. Provincetown made the list noting their interesting artistic history and colorful contrast the rest of Cape Cod.

Check out the entire article!

What is the Provincetown Fast Ferry like?

photo 2You are ready to start your Provincetown vacation and are in Boston figuring out how to make the trek to Ptown. One of the best options that you should consider is the Fast Ferry, offered daily throughout the season with many times to fit a variety of schedules. Two operators, Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises, offer service from Boston right into the heart of Provincetown.

So what is a ride on the ferry like?

Well, the 90-minute trip is, in a word, delightful! Both operators have a very efficient system of loading and unloading that typically only takes 10 minutes. They are both very punctual and, outside of any weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, stay fairly true to the hour-and-a-half time frame.

What do I do on board?

Both companies offer food, beer, wine, coffee, and other refreshments on board for your pleasure. There is a bartender serving the entirety of the trip at the snack bar. The views are wonderful as you sail into Boston as well as into the Ptown harbor – definitely a huge plus of the trip. There are very limited plugs on board so don’t expect to be too “plugged in” but that just forces you to take in the beauty of the water. There is also wifi on board both that can be spotty but nice for checking email or a quick “connection.”

How can I get tickets?

Both companies offer tickets online or at their locations in Boston and Provincetown. Bay State Cruise Company can be found near the Seaport Convention Center and right off the pier in Provincetown sharing an office with the Chamber of Commerce. Boston Harbor is located near the Aquarium in Boston and right down from the pier in Ptown – both convenient locations. No matter which company you choose, the ferry is a quintessential Provincetown experience you are sure to enjoy!

Ice Bucket Challenge is MET by Cape Colony Inn

The staff at Cape Colony Inn got together this past week to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge that is going around facebook. This is a great fundraiser to raise money for ALS and has already seen huge momentum and millions in donations. Take a look at our photos from the event.

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What is Provincetown Like in May?

to baliProvincetown is one of the most popular summer vacation destination spots on Cape Cod throughout the months of June, July, and August. But what is it like before the heart of the season, in May? Simply put, wonderful! There are lots of exciting activities and things to do before the season really kicks up on Memorial Day.

Opening Parties

One of the most fun things of the season to many of the “townies” is the opening parties at many of the area restauraunts, bars, and boutiques. Almost every night, a different location opens its doors for the season and holds an event to showcase their menu, items for sale, or specialty drinks. It is a great way to meet these business owners and many of the people who call Ptown, “home” all year long.

Biking/Hiking

Avoid the summer heat and take your bike or shows out to the beautiful trails and beaches. This is very popular year round but especially beautiful this time of year when flowers are blooming and things are coming alive. It is also much less busy, giving a peaceful feel to your interaction with nature.

Galleries/Shopping

May is one of the best times of year to get some great deals on items in the area boutques as they bring in merchandise for the new season. Additionally, many of the gallery owners are anxious to sell a few pieces to really kick off the busy time well. Take some time to pick up some great items at one of the Ptown boutiques.

Sure, it can be a bit nippy out some Mays but don’t let that stop you from checking out Ptown before the busy season hits. Plus, rates are especially competitive for your hotel stay, making it a great weekend vacation spot.

 

TLG Outing

TLG recently had an outing to thank their friends and staff for all the great work they do at Cape Colony Inn. The two day event was a lot of fun for all involved and featured some of our favorite activities around Provincetown and the lower cape. Lunch at Pepe’s followed by a beach day in Truro and then dinner at the popular Mews Restaurant all set the stage for the evening at Miss Richfield’s show.

The following day, guests took in a seal watch at High Head beach and lunch at Fannizis with a meeting to plan for new ADA guest rooms next season at Cape Colony Inn. Check out a picture of the group!

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Race to Ptown with Malcolm!

RACE TOMalcolm, cruise director for Atlantis Events, returns to Cape Colony Inn this year to have some fun along with some special guests! Join us August 23 from 1 – 3 at our pool where Malcolm will host games sure to make you laugh all afternoon. Complimentary food and champagne will also be served to get your Saturday started right!

Along with a few special Ptown-elbrity Guest Stars (Last year Miss Richfield 1981 came to have some fun with us), he will host the “Race to Ptown” to start off the afternoon. Contestants will compete in a simple obstacle course involving all the activities that are involved with getting to Ptown from boarding the ferry to checking into Cape Colony Inn.

Following, we will have another 2 exciting games with some especially funny commentary. Prizes for our winners include a complimentary stay at Cape Colony Inn and Atlantis merchandise. Food will be provided by Far Land Provisions.

Last year, we had tons of fun with Malcolm and are excited to invite him back for this annual celebration! If you have questions, please email us or RSVP here for this FREE event. All who sign up get a special free gift from Cape Colony Inn!

Provincetown’s Annual Secret Garden Tour—Seaside Vistas

If you love gardening, here’s your chance to stop and smell the roses, peonies, honeysuckle and more! Each year the PAAM (Provincetown Art Association and Museum) hosts a Secret Garden Tour that features some of Provincetown’s top gardens. Flowering trees, shrubs and perennials fill the local gardens.

The Secret Garden tour offers a diverse range of beauty, design, and architecture. Some of the most beautiful Provincetown homes are included in this tour. Homeowners on the tour open their lovingly- tended and rarely seen private gardens to the public.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.16.24 AMCome discover these gems, while strolling the sidewalks of Provincetown in full bloom and experiencing all that Provincetown has to offer. Many of these gardens are hidden secrets because they are private and can be easily missed if you don’t know where to look.

Tickets are available at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (https://www.paam.org) or at a number of other Provincetown locations. When you check in at one of the many locations, you will receive a program booklet containing stories and details about each garden. You will be able to visit the gardens in any order you wish.

Each garden showcases some of the best examples of Provincetown’s talent and pride in outdoor spaces!

 

Miss Richfield 1981’s Perfect Saturday in Ptown

Miss Richfield 1981 dedicates her life to the friendly citizens and responsible merchants of her hometown of Richfield, Minnesota. This Midwestern maven is winning over theater and cabaret audiences around the country with an interactive format that combines homespun warmth and edgy improv, leaving audiences in hysterics with a truly original performance.

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Miss Richfield’s national appeal includes riotous appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Today” on NBC, as well as prestigious mentions, such as The New York Post recently honoring “Miss Richfield 1981 as the must-see act in Provincetown.”

As well as sell-out performances throughout the country, including LA, Chicago and New York, Miss R continues her sold-out reputation as the most successful act each summer at the Crown and Anchor in Provincetown, Mass. Miss R also finds time in her busy schedule to headline for Atlantis Events cruises and resort vacations, the largest LGBT vacation company.

How long have you lived/worked in Ptown?

I’ve been in town since 2003, I don’t know if I’d call it “living” since my performance career requires me to be beautiful all the time! Ptown is more like a glass bubble, where people can look at me and see the results of professional training and good, clean living.

If you had to pick, what is one thing that keeps you coming back?

So many, many things I love about Ptown! The best is that we all trod the same road – Commercial St. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where the city is not broken up into sections – it’s all one street for homos, lady homos, grandparents, students, people of color, and if you look at your feet, even some children! It’s for everybody!

Describe your perfect Saturday in Ptown from morning until bedtime.

With a caffeine kick from Wired Puppy or Joe’s, I board a two-wheeler for a sunny ride on the bike trails in the morning while I still have enough strength to make it up the hills. Lunch is out on a deck with a tray of raw oysters and a lobster roll, finished with an ice cream cone for my stroll down Commercial St. to window shop on the way to the beach. After dozing in the sun for a bit, I join the mass exodus for a spin around the dance floor at Tea. Then I race home for a modest application of lipstick before an hour on the street where I cajole and wrangle with the public to obtain a sold-out 9 pm performance at the Crown & Anchor. My perfect day is complete with a quick ride home on my scooter – without anyone dying.

What’s your favorite place to shop in town?

I do all my shopping on a little thoroughfare known as Commercial Street – food, cloths, artwork, fudge! It was good enough for the Pilgrims, so it’s good enough for you!

What’s your favorite place to eat in town?

There is no “favorite” because there are so many, many wonderful eateries in town – local greasy spoons to outdoor waterfront decks to fancy-pants meals with cloth napkins. But the best is that it’s all casual & comfy. Don’t worry about doing your hair and tying your shoes. Just show up and loosen your belt!

Where can someone see you on a daily basis in town?

The benches in front of Town Hall are a place to see me and everything else in town! Just sit down, relax, and watch the parade of fruits and nuts!