A Few Questions with Erin Atwood, Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild

10699345_10152458469108533_1751446444_nHow long have you lived/worked in Ptown?

I grew up on the cape and moved to Provincetown 12 years ago.

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

The views of the ocean and the beautiful sunsets. Describe your perfect Saturday in Ptown from morning until bedtime. Make a mimosa and lay out on my back deck soaking up the sun, followed by a light lunch, cocktails at the White Wind Inn, Boatslip for T and then a dinner party in with friends.

What’s your favorite place to shop in town?

Can you really pick just one, there are so many shops that sell so many great things, but jewelry always gets me excited.

What’s your favorite place to eat in town?

Victors Restaurant, the atmosphere is fantastic, the food is great and they make an amazing spicy watermelon margarita.

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

In my office behind the Purple Feather planning Provincetown’s next Carnival.

Carnival 2014

We had an amazing time this year at Carnival in Provincetown! There were thousands of superheroes that hit the town and cast their super powers over exciting Ptown. The Cape Colony Inn had a presence in the parade along with local and national celebrities like Bruce Vilanch, Miss Richfield 1981, and Caroline Rhea.

Take a look at our video of photos that shows a lot of the fun and laughs from the day! Stay tuned for more information about next year’s Carnival events.

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.







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.


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.


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.