During the year at the Carriage House Inn in Chatham whenever we get some free time, we head on out to the tip of the Cape to Provincetown and find ourselves in a different lively and fun place. Anywhere on Commercial Street, the bustling main artery of Provincetown, you’ll see celebrities, some real (John Waters), some fake (that wasn’t Cher) and in the summer time lots of folks from everywhere. From the Carriage House Inn to P-Town is only 36 miles, but it can take about 55 minutes to drive route 6 as most of it is only one lane wide. But once you get there the views are awesome with water and the harbor on one side and the town on the other.
Some of our favorite things to enjoy on Commercial St. and in P-town are the art galleries, eclectic mix of retail stores, excellent dining, and if you are looking for adventure the whale watching excursions and tours of the natural sand dunes. For a real work out you can bike through the dunes on a paved path for bikers, hikers and rollerbladers. The path loops around and through this extraordinary terrain in the National Seashore, making it the best way to experience the dunes in the space of a few hours. For incredible views of the town and the bay climb the Pilgrim’s Monument’s 252 foot granite tower.
The Cape’s National Sea Shore extends from Chatham to the tip of the Cape and one of the best beaches for whale watching is Race Point Beach, the beach was recently listed as the sixth best beach location in the United States, and dramatic Race Point may be one reason why. Here the Cape Cod Bay waters meet wild Atlantic Ocean waves to create a roiling surge called “The Race.” It’s probably no accident that this beach contains the Race Point Lifesaving Museum But it is well guarded in season, has a bath house, and is an overall good location for sunning and swimming.
For dining we gravitate to the somewhat touristy Lobster Pot Restaurant, you walk through the kitchen to get to the dining area located on the water, there you will find very traditional New England seafood such as wonderful chowder and lobster rolls, but for people watching, interesting fare with a twist the Patio cannot be beat. The Patio Restaurant (owned by a friend of ours) and our favorite summer time haunt, the Patio’s menu features wonderful gourmet items such as lobster mac and cheese, and baked crab and shrimp. For completely authentic bakery goodies and aromatic coffees we head to the Portuguese Bakery, which has the most delectable treats. We love the sweet potato stuffed pastries. For a romantic dinner on the water the Red Inn has beamed ceilings, sunset views and an upscale menu. And then exercise — with great places to walk, bike and swim, Provincetown makes burning calories as much fun as consuming them.
Paula & Tim Miller
The Carriage House Inn