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 ( 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!

Ptown’s Pilgrim Bark Park

CaptureLooking for a dog-friendly attraction in Provincetown?  A place where your dog can run unleashed in the fresh air of a fully fenced park?  Check out Provincetown’s Pilgrim Bark Park!

The Provincetown Dog Park Association opened Pilgrim Bark Park in 2008 and since, the park has been voted one of the nation’s top dog parks. Minutes from pet-friendly Cape Colony Inn, Pilgrim Bark Park is located on an acre of land at the intersection of Route 6 and Shank Painter Road in Provincetown.  The park offers plenty of parking and is easily accessible from Route 6 (East).  Bark Park is open to the public—rules and regulations are posted at the park as well as below.

If you want your dog to run free, head over to Pilgrim Bark where dogs can socialize off leash.  If you have a tiny pooch, don’t worry, the park even offers a section exclusively for dogs under 25 pounds.

You’ll be amazed at the park’s beautiful artwork created by local artists—sculptures which include a large bronze whale’s tail, fire hydrants (painted to look like canine versions of Provincetown’s police officers, fire fighters and public workers), three-tiered water fountains, a small scale version of the Pilgrims’ Mayflower ship and more!  Poop bag stations, kiosks, signage and a super-sized doghouse are just some of the amenities.

Cape Colony Inn is a proud sponsor of the park and thanks to donations by Cape Colony Inn and other donors/sponsors, the Pilgrim Bark Park is continuously being improved!

Pilgrim Bark Park Rules & Regulations:

  • Dogs MUST be licensed and vaccinated, and wear tags at all times
  • Dogs MUST be spayed or neutered
  • Dogs MUST be at least four months old
  • Dogs MUST be within view and voice control of owner at all times
  • Dogs MUST NOT be sick or suffering with parasites
  • Dogs MUST be leashed when outside the gated enclosure

Owners & Handlers:

  • MAY NOT bring animals other than dogs into the park
  • MAY NOT bring more than 3 dogs into the park at one time
  • MUST clean up after dog IMMEDIATELY
  • MUST IMMEDIATELY remove a problem dog (displaying aggressive behavior, mounting, excessive barking) from park WITHOUT DEBATE
  • MAY NOT bring food, alcoholic beverages or glass containers into park
  • MAY NOT smoke
  • MUST IMMEDIATELY stop dogs from digging and fill in any holes
  • MUST keep park gates closed at all times
  • ARE SOLELY responsible for injuries and damage caused by their dogs
  • MUST provide supervision to children under age 16
  • MAY NOT bring strollers, bicycles or any children’s toys into park

Interview with Ptown Resident, Brett Holmes

So many people have things they love about Ptown, just like we do! We reached out to people who live and work around the community to get their thoughts on what they love and where they like to go! Brett Holmes has been visiting Provincetown for years and moved here almost two years ago. See what he loves:

How long have you lived/worked in Ptown?

I have lived and worked full-time in Provincetown since April 1, 2012.

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

To choose just one is so difficult, but I’d say living by the water.  I love being out boating or swimming but also just walking down the street seeing the beautiful cape shore.

brett-holmesDescribe your perfect Saturday in Ptown from morning until bedtime.

My perfect Saturday would include brunch, a day on the beach, happy hour and grilling out with friends.

What’s your favorite place to shop in town?

Lands End really intrigues me. As one person in town mentioned, it’s a mini Macy’s. I’ve never been in hardware store similar to it.  You can find almost anything you need, and some things you don’t!

What’s your favorite place to eat in town?

I don’t have a favorite restaurant in town, but have found my favorite hangouts and entrees. The Cod & Lobster Gnocchi at the Pointe, Pork Vindaloo at the Mews and Raw Bar Happy Hour at Victor’s are among my favorites. I trip to Montano’s in Truro is well worth the drive too.

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

My office located at 374 Commercial Street.

The Annual Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

The Annual Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet takes place the last week of June each year in Provincetown. For over 60 years, the town of Provincetown has honored its Portuguese ancestry with a Blessing of the Fleet as well as the Portuguese Festival. The streets of Provincetown and MacMillan Pier are lined with red and green flags during this four-day event that attracts a growing number of participants and spectators from all over New England in search of Portuguese traditions and heritage.

The festival kicks off with “Share Our Table,” a showcase of Provincetown’s best restaurants all under a tent at the Bass Relief. There are events for everyone—Kids Painting in Portuguese Square, Fishing Derby for Kids, Lobster Crate Race, the Flag Race, readings by Portuguese writers and poets, and more.

A highlight of the week includes the Portuguese parade. Dancers in costume parade down Commercial Street dancing to the sounds of Portuguese bands from various Portuguese communities all over New England.

The Blessing of the Fleet takes place on the last day of the event. Over 350 decorated vessels participate in this annual event. Residents and visitors of Provincetown gather together at MacMillan Pier to watch as a local priest gives his blessings to the vessels, which is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season.

You don’t have to be Portuguese to attend this colorful cultural event. It’s a family-friendly event with lots of amazing food, entertainment and activities! So plan on heading over from Cape Colony Inn and join in on the fun!

Provincetown Portuguese Festival

This past weekend, the annual Portuguese Festival was held in Ptown, a fun event highlighting the town’s Portuguese heritage. This year, the event was held Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29th with a variety of activities happening each day. Maybe the highlight of the festival is the parade which stretched down Commercial Street starting at 3 pm on Saturday. Here are a few pics we took of the event!

You can find out more about next year’s festival here!

5 Things To Do in Provincetown When It Rains

You may have been to P-town before or at least read something about the magical vacation destination on Cape Cod. It is a sunny paradise throughout the summer filled with pool parties, whale watching, and walks along the beach. BUT, Mother Nature sometimes is in a bad mood and may occasionally sprinkle the town with a little rain. Have no fear! There are still tons of fun things to do in Provincetown when this happens. Here are 5 ideas for you:


One of the best things about Provincetown is the theatre scene. (Which is a big part of the history of the town). There are new shows coming in every week at places like The Crown & Anchor, Post Office, and Provincetown Theater. Plus, there are summer long acts that have been a part of the P-town tradition for years. If you have never seen Miss Richfield 1981, you are missing out, as she has come from her trailer in Minnesota (where butter is a spice and gravy is a beverage) for over a dozen years.

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Take a little history break to learn about why that tall building stands in the middle of town. That monument commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrim’s first landing in the new world in 1620 before sailing onto Plymouth. You can climb up the 252 foot monument in about ten minutes and be rewarded with a fantastic view of the city.


Set overlooking the Provincetown harbor, The Red Inn is one of the best spots in town to enjoy a quiet cocktail with gorgeous views. The lounge air is comfortable with a fire in the fireplace on colder nights. The food is also phenomenal with fresh seafood and world famous oysters.


There are a ton of great art galleries in Provincetown offering every style throughout the town. One favorite is the Trevor Mikula Gallery which has a whimsical and colorful collection sure to bring a smile to your face. The gallery scene is a big part of what gives Ptown its sense of community and should not be missed.

Photo From Trevor Mikula

5. SHOP!

Ptown is home to some amazing boutiques and shopping you won’t find anywhere else. One place that is worth a visit (and a swipe of the credit card) isCoffey Men which offers a handcrafted selection of clothing and accessories. There are only a few national chains in Provincetown (Marc Jacobs and the newly opened Kiehls) but tons of places to find the perfect gift for your loved one (or yourself).

Newly Launched “Audition” Show

AuditionLogoLast Tuesday, we had the opportunity to experience one of P-town’s exciting new shows in town, Audition. Taking place every Tuesday at 10:00 all summer, this is a fun and creative opportunity for people to showcase their talents for the chance to win a $500 prize. For the opening night, we were dazzled with singers, interpretive dancers, drag acts and more!

Hosted by legendary drag superstars, Kevin Aviance and Marti Gould Cummings, the show begins with a professional performance from one of these two that gets the energy flowing right away for the audience. Throughout the show, this pair provides teaching commentary to the performers as well as some comical excerpts. Half the fun is their feedback!

You don’t want to miss out on this variety show delight that is sure to be all the rave in P-town this season. Each week is a unique show with new entertainers. Some will make you laugh, some will give you a surprise!

1st Annual Amazing Cape Quest

Screenshot 2014-06-27 at 1.24.12 AMOn May 31, contestants will compete in the first annual Amazing Cape Quest in Provincetown. Teams will begin at Town Hall at Noon then be dispersed to navigate their way through challenges and check-ins in order to be the first to the final destination. Winners will be greeted with prizes including a free weekend stay at one of the event sponsors, Cape Colony Inn.

“I am excited to help coordinate this event in Provincetown, where there is already such a great sense of community. The Amazing Cape Quest is a fun way for people to experience some of the businesses and attractions of the town and also learn a few pieces of trivia they may not have known. We are grateful to sponsors like Cape Colony Inn for their donations in making it possible,” explains Gregory Kiep.

The idea for the event came from a similar one held in Providence, RI each year as a fundraiser. The event producer, Kevin O’Connell, has successfully raised thousands of dollars for two area charities in the years he has been doing it. Kevin will be working with Gregory to create this same success in Provincetown.

In addition to prizes for the first to complete the challenges, contestants will be awarded a special prize for Best Costume. Teams are encouraged to be creative with their clothing while still being able to be a top contender!

As a special addition to the event, donations are being accepted for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. The PCCS has worked for over 35 years towards the education and protection of marine mammals and coastline ecosystems. For more about PCCS, visit their website at
To sign up for The Amazing Cape Quest, visit
Participation is completely free although donations are accepted for PCCS. Teams will meet at Town Hall on May 31 at Noon with a reception following at the final destination with complimentary refreshments.

Monumental Yard Sale

yard-saleIf you are a treasure seeker, you will want to mark your calendars for this year’s Monumental Yard Sale, which will be held the weekend of May 16-18. This “one man’s trash is another’s treasure” event that started out 14 years ago as a little gathering for stores to liquidate their previous year’s merchandise, takes place at hundreds of homes and businesses throughout Provincetown.

No matter what item you might be looking for, you’re sure to find it at this year’s Monumental Yard Sale. Walk or drive around town and you be amazed at the unique treasures you will discover along the way—from household items to paintings and nautical items. Not only will you find many bargains, but wonderful people and great scenery.

Crafts, art supplies, computers, lawn care and garden tools, cameras, phones, clothing, antiques, baby things and kids toys—name it and you will find it at Provincetown’s Monumental Yard Sale. So plan on making a day or weekend of it and come visit Provincetown, find treasures, enjoy friends and experience the beauty of Provincetown!