The liveliest, most interesting town on Cape Cod is at the farthest point, where the tip curves around as if beckoning you in. Crammed with a diverse mix of shops, galleries, and eateries along vibrant Commercial Street, it’s both an artist haven and a magnet for the LGBTQ+ community. It does my heart good to see same sex couples holding hands, hugging, expressing their love openly. There’s an exciting energy in Provincetown, unlike the other serene cape villages, even in off season.
The Pilgrims, on the Mayflower, first landed in the New World in 1620 at this tip of the cape and spent five weeks there before settling in Plymouth. One accounting I read says that they depleted the natives’ cache of corn and then moved on in search of fresh water. The 252-foot Pilgrim Monument towers over the townscape. The Cape Cod School of Art, opened in 1901, drew well-known artists and literary figures.
The bay appeared now and then between the downtown buildings, a surprise sighting of sea.
At the harbor, there was a line of small shops, like kiosks, housing artwork and artisanal gifts.
The street art was dazzling…
And of course, dinner and a walk on the beach
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