P-Town

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    Feb 23, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    I wouldn't say that I'm into gay tourism... but I'm a gay tourist headed to P-town (Provincetown, MA) in Aprilicon_razz.gif. I know that I'm not going during the busy season so I was just wondering if anyone has been and has suggestions? I already plan to spend a lot of time on the beach exercising and maybe reading. I want to go on a whale excursion and check out the parks nearby. I would also like to kayak and may hang out at a local lounge or historic restaurant. There will also be a gay night or two in the mix.
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    I thought this thread was gonna be about Phoenix.
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    My s.o. knows it very well and has turned me onto P-Town. We spent several days there and I liked it. There is a long narrow street going right through the business district with a lot of gay activity / stores / restaurants / pubs / galleries. There are little inns all over the place and you will have a great time.
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    You won't be spending much time at the beach unless you like hanging surfside in cold weather. I used to go every year for a decade or so... even Memorial Day weekend is still very cool weather. Just plan on enjoying nature and shopping, but don't plan on warm, Summerish weather... ain't gonna happen. Bring warm clothes.
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    Feb 23, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidYou won't be spending much time at the beach unless you like hanging surfside in cold weather. I used to go every year for a decade or so... even Memorial Day weekend is still very cool weather. Just plan on enjoying nature and shopping, but don't plan on warm, Summerish weather... ain't gonna happen. Bring warm clothes.

    Hahaha I was just gonna say this.

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    Feb 24, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    icon_sad.gifI figured that I was being a bit optimistic about the weather. You guys know of any stores, restaurants, places specifically by name that you can recommend?icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 24, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    I'm a New Englander, and I fuckin' LOVE P-town. No point in telling you where to go, b/c the whole place is so small, and there is a cool awesome place at every turn. It was the first time, I felt at peace holding my bf's hand while walking down the street in public without getting any weird stares. I saved up my money and bought some artwork - There are so many awesome little galleries. Eat oysters and wine by the beach, go out dancing, and enjoy one of my favorite places on earth!
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    Feb 24, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    ClevelandTown saidicon_sad.gifI figured that I was being a bit optimistic about the weather. You guys know of any stores, restaurants, places specifically by name that you can recommend?icon_razz.gif

    Yes, go to Jimmy's Hideaway at 179 Commercial St, owned by a gay couple. But they don't reopen until April 19th, and you may find other places closed in April.

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    Feb 24, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    I live outside Boston and go to P-town quite frequently. I've been for Halloween, New Years as well as frequently during high season. Things will start re-opening for the season in April, but it will still be relatively quiet. You won't want to lay out on the beach or swim, but the beaches are still great places to take a walk or just sit and watch the ocean. There are many different shows playing in P-town during high season (Miss Richfield, Cashetta, Tom Judson, etc), but they won't have started up yet in April. The main street is Commercial St, and everything is pretty much on Commercial St or a block or so off it. You can walk everywhere. The main clubs are the Atlantic House (a.k.a. the A-House) on Masonic Place, Club Purgatory at the Gifford House Inn on Carver St, the Wave bar and Paramount at the Crown & Anchor complex. The A-House always gets a crowd all year. Purgatory has an underwear party on Saturday nights. The Wave is a video bar and is open weekends off season. Paramount is the biggest club, but it's only really open as a dance club on Saturdays and not often at that off season. They call it a night in P-town at 1 am, so there's no partying until dawn. The afternoon tea dance at the Boatslip resort won't start this year until May 5 I think. There are lots of galleries and shops that are interesting to check out, and most should be opening up through the month of April. Among restaurants I would recommend are Lobster Pot, right in town. It's kind of touristy, but the seafood is good. In April you won't be #167 on the waiting list as I was one night in high season. Fanizzi in the far East End is a good restaurant too. I also like Ciro & Sal's. A really great place for sandwiches is Relish on Commercial St in the West End, on the left past the bend at the Coast Guard station. Relish makes awesome sandwiches and is famous for its baked goods, especially cupcakes. I think they will open up sometime in April. There are two gyms, Mussell Beach on Bradford St (which runs parallel to Commercial) and the Provincetown Gym, on Shankpainter Rd across from the Stop & Shop supermarket. Even though it's a little distance from the center of town, the Provincetown Gym is still walkable. Hope this helps. Have a great time!
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    Feb 24, 2012 4:17 AM GMT
    bluechip508 saidI live outside Boston and go to P-town quite frequently. I've been for Halloween, New Years as well as frequently during high season. Things will start re-opening for the season in April, but it will still be relatively quiet. You won't want to lay out on the beach or swim, but the beaches are still great places to take a walk or just sit and watch the ocean. There are many different shows playing in P-town during high season (Miss Richfield, Cashetta, Tom Judson, etc), but they won't have started up yet in April. The main street is Commercial St, and everything is pretty much on Commercial St or a block or so off it. You can walk everywhere. The main clubs are the Atlantic House (a.k.a. the A-House) on Masonic Place, Club Purgatory at the Gifford House Inn on Carver St, the Wave bar and Paramount at the Crown & Anchor complex. The A-House always gets a crowd all year. Purgatory has an underwear party on Saturday nights. The Wave is a video bar and is open weekends off season. Paramount is the biggest club, but it's only really open as a dance club on Saturdays and not often at that off season. They call it a night in P-town at 1 am, so there's no partying until dawn. The afternoon tea dance at the Boatslip resort won't start this year until May 5 I think. There are lots of galleries and shops that are interesting to check out, and most should be opening up through the month of April. Among restaurants I would recommend are Lobster Pot, right in town. It's kind of touristy, but the seafood is good. In April you won't be #167 on the waiting list as I was one night in high season. Fanizzi in the far East End is a good restaurant too. I also like Ciro & Sal's. A really great place for sandwiches is Relish on Commercial St in the West End, on the left past the bend at the Coast Guard station. Relish makes awesome sandwiches and is famous for its baked goods, especially cupcakes. I think they will open up sometime in April. There are two gyms, Mussell Beach on Bradford St (which runs parallel to Commercial) and the Provincetown Gym, on Shankpainter Rd across from the Stop & Shop supermarket. Even though it's a little distance from the center of town, the Provincetown Gym is still walkable. Hope this helps. Have a great time!


    Thanks for the lengthy and thoughtful response. It has given me some greats leads!icon_idea.gif
  • btone1456

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    Feb 24, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    where are you staying? The Ranch was a good time.
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    Feb 24, 2012 4:25 AM GMT
    The last time I went to P-Town I did the clam chowder tour and had clam chowder at every restaurant in town. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:53 AM GMT
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    bluechip508 saidI live outside Boston and go to P-town quite frequently. I've been for Halloween, New Years as well as frequently during high season. Things will start re-opening for the season in April, but it will still be relatively quiet. You won't want to lay out on the beach or swim, but the beaches are still great places to take a walk or just sit and watch the ocean. There are many different shows playing in P-town during high season (Miss Richfield, Cashetta, Tom Judson, etc), but they won't have started up yet in April. The main street is Commercial St, and everything is pretty much on Commercial St or a block or so off it. You can walk everywhere. The main clubs are the Atlantic House (a.k.a. the A-House) on Masonic Place, Club Purgatory at the Gifford House Inn on Carver St, the Wave bar and Paramount at the Crown & Anchor complex. The A-House always gets a crowd all year. Purgatory has an underwear party on Saturday nights. The Wave is a video bar and is open weekends off season. Paramount is the biggest club, but it's only really open as a dance club on Saturdays and not often at that off season. They call it a night in P-town at 1 am, so there's no partying until dawn. The afternoon tea dance at the Boatslip resort won't start this year until May 5 I think. There are lots of galleries and shops that are interesting to check out, and most should be opening up through the month of April. Among restaurants I would recommend are Lobster Pot, right in town. It's kind of touristy, but the seafood is good. In April you won't be #167 on the waiting list as I was one night in high season. Fanizzi in the far East End is a good restaurant too. I also like Ciro & Sal's. A really great place for sandwiches is Relish on Commercial St in the West End, on the left past the bend at the Coast Guard station. Relish makes awesome sandwiches and is famous for its baked goods, especially cupcakes. I think they will open up sometime in April. There are two gyms, Mussell Beach on Bradford St (which runs parallel to Commercial) and the Provincetown Gym, on Shankpainter Rd across from the Stop & Shop supermarket. Even though it's a little distance from the center of town, the Provincetown Gym is still walkable. Hope this helps. Have a great time!


    Thanks for the lengthy and thoughtful response. It has given me some greats leads!icon_idea.gif


    No problem, dude. I think P-town is the most awesome place where gay people can truly feel at ease. For such a small town, it's got an incredible amount to offer. Between the restaurants, nightlife, shopping, galleries, historical and natural attractions, you won't be bored. The Pilgrim Monument should be open in April. A hike to the top will give you an incredible view of P-town and the Cape. On a clear day you can even see the skyscrapers in Boston, 45 miles across Cape Cod Bay. The Provincetown Art Association & Museum is also worth checking out in the East End. P-town played a very significant role in the history of American art and literature. Forgot to mention, there's a great little cocktail lounge called the Shipwreck across from the Gifford House at the corner of Bradford & Carver Streets. Very classy place, good drinks, nice crowd. You also mentioned you like to kayak. There's a place to rent kayaks at the Whaler's Wharf complex on Commercial St, on the first level at the beach end. I think the whale watch cruises start up in April. I'd def recommend doing that. I have been a few times, and every time we saw a lot of whales.
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:57 AM GMT
    btone1456 saidwhere are you staying? The Ranch was a good time.


    Difficult to judge based on just pics and a profile, but I suspect The Ranch would not be the place for Cleveland. That place kinda scares me when I walk by it! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 26, 2012 4:54 AM GMT
    I agree with most everything bluechip508 has said except I disagree about the Lobster Pot. Having gone to P-town to stay for a week is something I've done as an off season activity for over 2 decades.

    When I've met friends there, they always want to go to "The Lobster Pot". I have finally refused to take people anymore. I've never had a good meal there. It is, to me, the quintessential tourist trap. There are so many other places to go. If you want regular food that's good, ask the people who live there, they all work behind the counters of one of the many stores. I'll take the fried clams (whole, the way God meant them to be eaten) at the Mayflower cafe (an old style 'diner') in a heartbeat over the Lobster Pot.

    There's a lot open and a lot closed off season but if your looking for activities, with moments of quiet, stay on the west end of town. It's quieter and nicer to walk around.

    The P-town gym is a little better to work out in if your more focused on that (actually working out) vs. Mussel Beach which is smaller, more expensive and 'cruisier'.

    Hiking the fire trails on the Provincelands (other side of route 6 right near the end of Shankpainter Rd) is great and you can get lost in there so make sure the GPS on your phone works or get a map. It's a great mix of woods, ponds, and dunes.

    Most galleries on the east end tend to be closed during the week on off season, so if you want to check them out, find out when they're open as soon as you get there. As bluechip508 said, there's some great art to be seen and if you've got the money, bought. Keep in mind though with the art there, you get what you pay for. A 'painting' for $150 is probably worth about $20, but the more pricey works tend to be actually better art (not just because they are more expensive, but because the tourists who are looking for 'deals' in the galleries don't know anything about art. But there are quite number of real collectors and connoisseurs who know the difference and they shop there too, but know that the cheap stuff is just that, cheap and bad.

    Restaurants open and close all the time there. There's no shortage of them even in the off season. I too (like bluechip508 have eaten well at Fanizzi's (many times) and Ciro & Sal's (but I'd choose Fanizzi first) as well as the Mews (more expensive but well prepared and served). There are little places for regular inexpensive food like the Post Office, or the Portuguese Bakery (open all year but not a 'sit down' place), Haven has good breakfast and lunch. Also Rossi's Grill (second floor of Whalers Wharf all the way in the back and overlooking the bay) is good for lunch and dinner. Avoid the restaurants with 'hawkers' in front, they're always bad if there trying to pull people in off the streets. There's Napi's near the center of town (Standish and Bradford St.) for lunch or dinner (I don't know about breakfast since I've never had it there.)

    I've several friends from the Boston and CT areas that have moved to P-town, and even with a whole week in the off season, I've actually been too busy to spend time with them (insensitive of me, yes, but I get caught up in all the things to do.)
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    Feb 26, 2012 3:12 PM GMT
    Snow in April is not unheard of in MA.

    I don't know if this is operating that early in the season, but I saw it this morning and thought of this thread.

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    Feb 26, 2012 3:28 PM GMT
    Try the Dick Dock.

    I'm just kidding. Do NOT go to the dick dock. It's exactly what it sounds like.

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    Feb 29, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    Among other things, you might get drowned at the dick dock at high tide! icon_smile.gif Yes, stay away!