Provincetown - Thousands of Men Plus Beach and Charming Town

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    Jul 31, 2014 8:12 AM GMT
    yet still a very relaxed place. Always great for a summer holiday. Recent pics:

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  • ATLANTIS7

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    Jul 31, 2014 4:01 PM GMT
    Nice pictures thanks.
  • madsexy

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    Jul 31, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    I went last August - great time! Thanks for the memories!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 31, 2014 4:51 PM GMT
    Nice pics but the beach looks kinda gross.
  • madsexy

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    Jul 31, 2014 8:53 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidNice pics but the beach looks kinda gross.

    It feels better on your feet and ass and back than it looks . . . more granular dirt than sand like beaches farther south.
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    Jul 31, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    We like it there. The west end, where we stay is a two story house with views of the water, and a spiral staircase. I like walking the length of the town along the main street, and some of the cool little restaurants and pubs along the way. There are a number of little shops I like, but unfortunately many of them have closed and some of what is there is hit or miss. Avoid the Lobster Pot at all costs (a horrible tourist trap). But - we really like The Mews and Ross' Grill. It's fun to walk the whole length in the morning and then go back to the house. Later at night, do the same thing for dinner. Even the airport is cool, so small, quiet and romantic.
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    Jul 31, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    madsexy said
    UndercoverMan saidNice pics but the beach looks kinda gross.

    It feels better on your feet and ass and back than it looks . . . more granular dirt than sand like beaches farther south.

    I don't think there's any "dirt" on the beaches at all - just brown sand (and pebbles).
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    Jul 31, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    Provincetown - Thousands of Men...

    And thousands of lesbians. Don't leave them out of the picture. P-town has become a lesbian mecca, especially after Labor Day.
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    Jul 31, 2014 9:55 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidProvincetown - Thousands of Men...

    And thousands of lesbians. Don't leave them out of the picture. P-town has become a lesbian mecca, especially after Labor Day.

    Funny - for some reason, I haven't noticed them as much as the guys.
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    Jul 31, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    just got home there Saturday... my most favorite places ....
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    Jul 31, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    HikerSkier said
    Art_Deco saidProvincetown - Thousands of Men...

    And thousands of lesbians. Don't leave them out of the picture. P-town has become a lesbian mecca, especially after Labor Day.

    Funny - for some reason, I haven't noticed them as much as the guys.

    We couldn't miss them because they took up so much of the sidewalk on Commercial Street, with their walkers & wheelchairs. Needless to say a surprisingly geriatric mob.

    And we remarked how alike they all looked, with gray hair and similar outfits. We laughingly wondered if there was a lesbian retirement home on the Cape now, taking a day trip to P-town.

    But we also noticed that a number of the local arts & crafts shops are lesbian owned. That's a change from our earlier visits, him from the 1950s, me from the mid-60s. When it was always an artists colony, but much more male. Lesbian or not, I just hope P-town never goes corporate, like is happening to Key West.
  • str8hardbody9

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    Aug 01, 2014 3:11 AM GMT
    My friends & I always go there during 4th of July weekend. It's fun & exciting.
  • blueandgold

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    Aug 01, 2014 2:45 PM GMT
    I love Provincetown and the Cape in general. Its pretty rare to find any buildings (except maybe a church or something) above two stories tall, giving the whole place a very intimate charm.

    If you're willing to drive a little bit, the Cape Cod National Seashore in just a few minutes away and is really cool, just a bunch of beaches and dunes rolling away forever.

    A little further down rte 6 is my favorite favorite Marconi Beach, which you enter from a cliff about 100 feet up and go down to the sand on this double staircase. Hang out over the course of the day and huge sandbars appear in the water which you can run around and act like an idiot.

    Comparing to my time in parts of California or Florida, the biggest difference are the local laws that prohibit any kind of real development in the area. No enormous hotels of buildings overshadowing the nature surrounding it.

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    Aug 02, 2014 6:16 AM GMT
    So is Provincetown like the San Francisco of New England?
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    Aug 02, 2014 6:53 AM GMT
    xrichx saidSo is Provincetown like the San Francisco of New England?

    Serious question? No - the gay guys are all there on holiday. - Although it is several hundred years old, it was an artist colony for many years which which became a vacation destination - mostly gay. I would guess only about 10% of its residents are there during the winter months. I can't think of any other place like it.
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    Aug 02, 2014 7:08 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidSo is Provincetown like the San Francisco of New England?

    Serious question? No - the gay guys are all there on holiday. - Although it is several hundred years old, it was an artist colony for many years which which became a vacation destination - mostly gay. I would guess only about 10% of its residents are there during the winter months. I can't think of any other place like it.

    So it's mainly seasonally "gay"? Interesting.
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    Aug 02, 2014 1:25 PM GMT
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    So it's mainly seasonally "gay"? Interesting.

    A good many of the businesses and guest houses close for the bleak winter weather, gay or otherwise. Always been that way, and in fact the boarding-up once happened the week after Labor Day in September. P-town was originally a fishing community, heavily Portuguese (causing some conflicts with the first gay residents), having nothing to do with artists, gays or tourists. Those groups arrived after WWII, mostly in the 1950s according to my husband, who became a regular from his Boston home in the mid '50s.

    Nowadays lots of places remain open until October or November, but then will still close until Spring. We like to go right after Labor Day, because the tourists are far fewer, and room rates fall. The main risk is the weather that late, but in recent years it's stayed remarkably warm & sunny, even into late September.

    We have a gay couple in our condo complex here who have rental property in P-town, with their main home in North Truro, also on the Cape. They bought the place right down the hallway from ours as their Winter getaway, because the Cape becomes miserable, with windy cold rain, when it isn't foggy and damp. Remember, it's almost like being on an island in the North Atlantic.
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    Aug 02, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    HikerSkier said
    xrichx saidSo is Provincetown like the San Francisco of New England?

    Serious question? No - the gay guys are all there on holiday. - Although it is several hundred years old, it was an artist colony for many years which which became a vacation destination - mostly gay. I would guess only about 10% of its residents are there during the winter months. I can't think of any other place like it.

    So it's mainly seasonally "gay"? Interesting.


    Plenty of gay people are there in the winter, lol, although admittedly a fraction of that in the summer. Like any new England town (or especially any town on the cape) the autumn is brisk but beautiful, and the winter a sleepy time when the community becomes more tight knit.

    If you're looking for a big party that time of year, probably not there! There are still sold out events on halloween or new years, however.

    Although winter is not the best time to visit, the area is usually a shade or two wetter than boston or inland environs. Which usually... usually, lol... means less snow.

    There is something chillingly beautiful about the cape in the winter. You could hear a frigging pin drop when the streets are covered in snow.
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    Aug 02, 2014 5:15 PM GMT
    Interesting info in this thread. Might have to visit some time. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 03, 2014 3:48 AM GMT
    Looks like a must visit for any gay man.
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    Aug 03, 2014 4:24 AM GMT
    It reminds me of another place, was here every July 4th weekend for 9 years! (nude beach and the dunes too)




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    Aug 03, 2014 4:45 AM GMT
    looks nice....I am so west coast type!

    I am sure it's a fun place to go....I love San Diegoicon_cool.gif
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    Aug 03, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    blueandgold said

    If you're looking for a big party that time of year, probably not there! There are still sold out events on halloween or new years, however.

    There is something chillingly beautiful about the cape in the winter. You could hear a frigging pin drop when the streets are covered in snow.

    I've been there often during the winter and this is a good description - starkly beautiful, and some of the guesthouses and restaurants stay open at least through Christmas so there is something going on.
    And at Halloween there is a costume party extravaganza.