Paint the Ptown Red

Provincetown may have a rep as a boys-only playground, but there’s tons of fun to be had — whether you’re lady or gent, princess or queen.

Sail into Town
Arrive by land (Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company; 508-746-0378) or by sea (Boston Harbor Cruises; 877-733-9425), but Ptown’s charms are best explored by foot.

wabi-sabi!Scarf It Up
Stop by newbie Wabi Dumplings (206 Commercial Street; 508-413-3300) for namesake nibbles and flavored sakes while sitting in a patio seat on the main drag (pun intended). Up the hill, the recently relocated Townsend Lobster & Seafood (85-87 Shank Painter Road; 508-487-5161) is a market/resto serving classic shanty seafood fare. Or head off the main street to Far Land Provisions (150 Bradford Street; 508-487-0045) for standout sandwiches named after area beaches (we’re partial to the Race Point and Pilgrim Lake).

woof, woof!Shop Around
Once you’ve fueled up, follow the hordes down Commercial Street. With a well-curated mix of real and faux vintage wares, the new Southstream Design (200 Commercial Street; 508-487-1832) is worth a stop for its mermaid mirrors and shabby chic planters. A few blocks down, The Recycled Retriever (322 Commercial Street; 508-487-0188) keeps Fido’s carbon paw print petite with ecofriendly gear meant for bitches and studs alike.

dune!Sights for Sore Eyes
Jump on an Art’s Dune Tour (4 Standish Street; 508-487-1950) for a fun, bumpy ride to check out the dunescape, which few people get to tread (you need to be on a licensed tour to even go out there). Catch a glimpse of the few remaining shacks.

inn for a treat!Sleep It Off
Catch some shut-eye at The Waterford (386 Commercial Street; 508-487-6400). The completely renovated thirteen-room inn has beachy charm and is in prime people-watching territory. Keep an eye out for Ellie, a 78-year-old street performer who’ll serenade you like a siren, compelling you to come back soon.

Travel bugs really biting? Scratch your itch with a road trip to Block Island or our Summer Trippin’ site.

The Waterford
386 Commercial St
La Porte City, ME 04856
Townsend Lobster & Seafood
87 Shank Painter Rd
Provincetown, MA 02657
Recycled Retriever
322 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Art's Dune Tour
4 Standish St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Southstream Design
200 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Wabi Dumplings
206 Commercial St
Provincetown, MA 02657
Far Land Provisions
150 Bradford St
Provincetown, MA 02657