Cape Cod Guide 2010: Provincetown
From shopping and galleries to dining and nightlife, the hub of the Cape's outer arm offers thrills for every traveler.
4 p.m. Unpack your bags at the Landâ€™s End Inn, a jaw-dropping genieâ€™s bottle of art nouveau furnishings that sits high atop the townâ€™s West End. Doubles from $315, 22 Commercial St., 508-487-0706.
5 p.m. Zip across the street to the Red Inn right as the bar opens: Its tiny deck is an insider favorite for drinks with a harbor view. Or just head straight into the dining room, where that same romantic seascape vies for attention with the gourmet seafood. 15 Commercial St., 508-487-7334, theredinn.com.
9 a.m. Settle in for coffee and a fresh-baked scone at the newly relocated and expanded Joe, a gourmet java shop beloved among locals. 170 Commercial St., 508-487-6656.
10 a.m. Though whales can often be spotted from shore â€” the big guys come closer to the coast here than anywhere else in the U.S. â€” go out on a Dolphin Fleet cruise to see them frolicking up close. 305 Commercial St., 508-240-3636.
Noon Skip the crush at the MacMillan Pier eateries in favor of CafĂ© Mariaâ€™s down the adjacent block, where the linguiĂ§a roll, made with sausage direct from New Bedfordâ€™s Portuguese community, tastes like Godâ€™s own hot dog. 277 Commercial St., 508-487-9116.
1 p.m. Party town gives way to arty town in the quieter East End, a stronghold of galleries anchored by the world-class Provincetown Art Association and Museum. 460 Commercial St., 508-487-1750,.
4 p.m. The tip of Cape Cod, a slender peninsula known as Long Point, may look teasingly remote, but a sea kayak rental from Flyerâ€™s puts it in (relatively) easy reach. Or cruise out on the Flyerâ€™s shuttle instead, and hike the 1.2-mile breakwater back into the West End. 131A Commercial St., 508-487-0898.
7 p.m. Since coming aboard as head chef last fall, Michael Mishkin has amped up the food at two-year-old Victorâ€™s to match the restaurantâ€™s considerable buzz. His flavorful creations (like sake-marinated pork with Asian pear slaw) leave diners at a loss for superlatives. 175 Bradford St. Ext., 508-487-1777,.
10 p.m. In the mood to have your timbers shivered? Visit the Shipwreck Lounge for upscale cocktails potent enough to topple a pirate. 67 Bradford St., 508-487-9005.
9 a.m. After an unhurried breakfast on the innâ€™s lovely porch, greet the day â€” and see if you can spy Boston in the distance â€” from the top of the 252-foot Pilgrim Monument. High Pole Hill Road, 508-487-1310.
10 a.m. For shopping, there should be plenty on Commercial Street to catch your eye. Highlights include Wa, which houses a gorgeous, museumlike collection of Far East artifacts; Roots, a longtime home-goods store under new, funkier-minded ownership; and the just-opened booze mecca Drinkx, purveyor of â€śswanky swigs and badass barware.â€ť 220 Commercial St., 508-487-6355; 193 Commercial St., 508-487-2500, shoproots.com; 306 Commercial St., 774-538-2606.
1 p.m. On the way to Race Point Beach, stop off at the hands-down best bakery in town, Connieâ€™s, for lunch provisions and the mile-high brownies. At the beach, tourists and locals mingle on a broad, eight-mile stretch of sand that boasts frequent seal sightings and more untamed beauty than nearby Herring Cove. 43 Race Point Rd., 508-487-2167.
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