Our Boston Trip Going As Planned, Now in P-Town

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    Sep 22, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    Lovely non-stop flight from Fort Lauderdale to Boston on the 20th, in very nice first-class seating. My partner's bad back and leg circulation problems last year prompted me to get us wide 2-across seating in the front of the plane, and he was very pleased and took the flight well, no pain or other problems.

    Today I drove us to Provincetown, where we're staying for 2 nights/3 days, returning to the Boston area Friday. Then Saturday we drive to New Hampshire for the weekend with gay friends at their vacation home.

    We had initially planned to stay overnight further down the Cape in my partner's brother's home, but when I saw how long the drive would be from there up to P-town, I decided to forego the house for a nice gay hotel right on Commercial Street downtown, from where I'm sending this over their WiFi.

    Been here since before noon, had fun touring already, with a fine outdoor lunch (temps in the 70s & sunny), partner now resting before we go out again tonight for dinner and more entertainment. Don't even need the car, can walk everywhere.

    Then next week we'll spend touring historic Boston itself, often with my partner's friends who still live in the area. We return to FtL on the 30th.
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    Sep 22, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    HOT! Have fun for all of us. I hated the drive from Boston, but P town is the most romantic gay spot i've ever been.

    Mike
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    Sep 22, 2010 11:36 PM GMT
    I'm doing that trip at the beginning of October to see the fall foliage(don't get that here in Miami) so I'd love to hear all about it. I didn't think any two points on the cape were far from each other. It's only a 2 or 3 hour drive from Boston to Ptown, isn't it?
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    Sep 22, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    Awesome!! Have dinner at Jimmy's Hideaway. Wonderful food and excellent atmosphere! Next time stay at the Tucker Inn (Bed and Breakfast). It's run a wonderful gay couple, has very beautiful and comfortable rooms, great gourmet breakfasts, nice hot tub, great dogs, and all convenient to the amenities that PTown provides.
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    Sep 22, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    My partner and I did this trip about three years ago - flew into Boston, drove to P-town, with stops along the way around Dennis Port (to see the ocean to the south) and one of the state beaches along the east coast of the peninsula (with a view of a beach of seeming infinitude to both the north and south).

    Be sure to go up the Pilgrim Tower (http://www.pilgrim-monument.org/); the day we were there, you could see Boston from the top.

    We were there at Halloween, and saw a rag-tag Halloween parade down the center of town...

    We bought a very nice piece of stained glass from a shop in the center of town which now hangs in front of our kitchen window.
  • Geoedward

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    Sep 22, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    Have a great time!
  • kencarson

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    Sep 23, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
    If you're there for the weekend, go see ICONS at the Post Office Cabaret. It's an amazing show. And I'm not just saying that because I choreographed it. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 23, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    Sounds wonderful. Next time take me along. I can carry your bags.
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    Sep 23, 2010 12:20 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles saidI'm doing that trip at the beginning of October to see the fall foliage(don't get that here in Miami) so I'd love to hear all about it. I didn't think any two points on the cape were far from each other. It's only a 2 or 3 hour drive from Boston to Ptown, isn't it?

    Yes, a little over 2 hours the way we went from Waltham. (I-95/128 to I-93 to 3, then 6 after we crossed the bridge onto Cape Cod). At that point P-town is about 62 miles, but the entire Cape is longer if you want to see it all. We left Waltham after 9 to avoid commuter traffic, and Cape traffic is light on a Wednesday in late September.

    Traffic during the summer is much heavier and drive times longer, since it's single lane for much of it. Also, make reservations in advance -- the gay places all get booked early, and prices are much higher in the summer. After Labor Day they drop, and we're paying $99 a night for a modest queen bed room (though with harbor-view balcony and refrigerator, a beach and a swimming pool below us, with no-cost on-site parking) that normally goes for $249 during the season.

    Though even now some of the harbor-side hotels along Commercial Street have No Vacancy signs out, and the sidewalks are still pretty crowded. It used to be that P-town totally shuttered down after Labor Day, but now most stores and hotels stay open until October, and some even to November. During the Winter it becomes a sleepy local town, with very few tourists, and the passenger ferry from Boston stops running.
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    Sep 23, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    HungGarSig saidAwesome!! Have dinner at Jimmy's Hideaway. Wonderful food and excellent atmosphere! Next time stay at the Tucker Inn (Bed and Breakfast). It's run a wonderful gay couple, has very beautiful and comfortable rooms, great gourmet breakfasts, nice hot tub, great dogs, and all convenient to the amenities that PTown provides.

    We had a fantastic dinner at Jimmy's Hideaway last night! (Wed) Found it by using the GayCities app on my iPhone, and we met the couple that owns it. I had very plump oysters on the half-shell, my partner fried calamari. But then we ordered non-seafood entrees, me a filet mignon, him a pork dish, and we shared a bottle of wine.

    I definitely recommend it, very charming inside, and we got a table with a harbor view. But the entrance isn't too obvious, as its name indicates, just a sign at 179 Commercial Street, then an alley passage with stairs down to the restaurant below.
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    Sep 23, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    kencarson saidIf you're there for the weekend, go see ICONS at the Post Office Cabaret. It's an amazing show. And I'm not just saying that because I choreographed it. icon_smile.gif

    We leave P-town Friday morning. We are considering a drag show tonight, however, featuring "Cashetta" from Fort Lauderdale. Might be fun to watch her up here, and see if she recognizes us. Plus we can tell some of our drag friends back home about her show here.

    We'd like to have stayed through the weekend, we're also missing some Sunday tea dances and other events. But our friends in New Hampshire are only there this weekend to close up their house for the Winter, and going there has the priority for us.
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    Sep 30, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    And now home in Florida this afternoon (Thurs, Sept 30). After P-town we went to New Hampshire for a glorious weekend with 80-degree temps and blue skies, and took a side-trip into Vermont. The colors were just underway, truly lovely. Then a day doing Boston, along with a day each in Lexington & Concord, seeing the Revolutionary battle sites and other historic landmarks. And all the time my partner meeting tons of relatives, and many old friends, being a native Bostonian.

    I'll post some pics in this travel forum when I have them edited, a task I've already started.
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    Oct 01, 2010 10:55 AM GMT
    HungGarSig saidAwesome!! Have dinner at Jimmy's Hideaway. Wonderful food and excellent atmosphere!

    And we did, as I mentioned earlier above, and liked it so much we went back a second time. Here are some pics of Jimmy's so others here will recognize it at 179 Commercial St. when going to P-Town.

    The modest (and crooked) sign on Commercial Street, the only indication that the Hideaway is there --

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    Co-owner Ray in the small alleyway approach off the street. The glimpse of elbow you see on the right is his gay partner Jimmy on his cell phone, who I wouldn't interrupt for this quick snapshot as we were strolling by, the day after we first ate there and met them.

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    The entrance down the steps. It seats about 60, along with a bar. I would recommend reservations, which were needed even on a Thursday.

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