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!

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!