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Previewing the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival is always one of the year's most anticipated events, as locals and visitors alike look forward to performances by national and international jazz musicians. The festival is entering its 17th year in 2021, and although it will look slightly different due to CoViD-19 uncertainty and precautions, it'll still provide an excellent opportunity to check out some live music on the Cape.

It's worth noting that none of the official Provincetown Jazz Festival performances will take place in the town of Provincetown in 2021.

However, it's still possible to spend your vacation in Provincetown and attend these events. You could also book a vacation rental elsewhere on Cape Cod because the venues the festival is using are easily accessible.

Here's a look at the facilities and lineups you'll see at the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival, which takes place on August 2 and 16.

The Venues

This year, you'll have to visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth or the Cotuit Center for the Arts if you wish to attend the Provincetown Jazz Festival. The reason is that these venues are large enough to allow for some level of social distancing during the shows.

There had been plans to hold performances at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, but the venue is too small to accommodate large crowds while keeping a safe distance between attendees.

The Crown and Anchor is another venue that often hosts performances during the Provincetown Jazz Festival, but it's more of a nightclub environment, and there were no plans to hold events there in 2021.

The Cotuit Center For the Arts is a large campus with multiple buildings on Falmouth Road. One of the newer buildings contains a 400-seat theater that organizers will use during the Provincetown Jazz Festival. There's plenty of on-campus parking, too, making the center simple to reach.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, just over the Bass River Bridge from West Dennis. It's easily accessible, but keep in mind that parking is limited in the surrounding area.

Who'll Be There

On Monday, August 2, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod will host concerts by Krisanthi Pappas and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet.

Pappas is an accomplished jazz singer who has been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall. She has performed with some of jazz music's biggest names, including Branford Marsalis and Gary Burton, and has won the Billboard World Song Contest in the jazz category twice.

The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet is well-known in this area because they frequently headline events on the Cape. The band features drummer Bart Weisman, bassist Ron Ormsby, pianist Fred Boyle, trumpeter and flutist Steve Ahern, and saxist and flutist Bruce Abbot.

The performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts will take place on Monday, August 16, and feature two performers making their Provincetown Jazz Festival debuts.

First, there's Peter and Will Anderson, identical twins from Washington, D.C., who play clarinet and saxophone. The duo has performed at Blue Note New York and the New Orleans Jazz Festival and headlined venues like the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center over the years.

There will also be a concert by Leslie Boyle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Boyle, a prominent jazz vocalist from the Cape, will be accompanied by members of the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet as she sings songs from multiple genres in a performance that's sure to impress.

Getting Tickets

Tickets for the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival are available through each venue's website. There's a link to both on the Provincetown Jazz Festival's official website, as well.

For shows at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, you can also place your order by phone at 508-394-7100. The same goes for performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, which you can purchase at 508-428-0669.

Tickets are $30 each and include both nightly performances at the venue. A percentage of every ticket sale is donated by the Provincetown Jazz Festival to worthy local causes.

Getting Back to Normal in 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival usually has at least one event in Provincetown, but that wasn't in the cards for 2021.

Still, having the opportunity to check out some live jazz music in an intimate environment should provide attendees with a sense of normalcy after a 16-month period that has been anything but typical.

If you're planning a vacation to the Cape this summer, buying some tickets to one of these concerts is sure to provide an evening of entertainment. It also offers hope that we're finally coming out of this pandemic and returning to normal sometime in 2021.

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Tours You Can Take From Provincetown on Your Cape Cod Vacation
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 21, 2021

You'll rarely run out of things to see and do when spending your vacation in Provincetown. After all, this is perhaps Cape Cod's liveliest community, and its days and nights are full of activities for all ages.

While you could spend your entire vacation entertaining yourself without much trouble, embarking on a tour at some point during your stay is also a consideration. These tours can take you over land or into the ocean, depending on your preferences, and will give you access to an experienced guide along the way.

How you choose to spend your vacation is up to you, but Provincetown is home to some unique features that make it a great place to explore.

Here's a look at some of the most popular tour operators in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Whale Watching Tours

Some of the most sought-after tours departing from Provincetown are the whale watching vessels. These fleets leave Provincetown Harbor from the MacMillian Pier and generally head north to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. From there, viewing humpbacks, right whales, fin whales, minke whales, dolphins, and porpoises is remarkably common.

The largest of these tour operators is Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch, a company with four large boats and up to 12 departure times per day. This operator offers a whale sighting guarantee and has a very high success rate, as well.

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch has an onboard concession, and the tours take three or four hours to complete, giving you plenty of time to get a sighting in. An experienced naturalist will guide you through the outing and point things out along the way.

SeaSalt Charters is a smaller tour operator offering whale watching voyages from Provincetown. They have private and shared tour options available and also provide fishing charters. You can combine your private whale watching excursion with a deep-sea fishing trip, too.

Keep in mind that SeaSalt Charters only has a single boat, so you'll need to book well in advance if you have your heart set on using them.

Fishing Tours

Another option for doing some deep-sea fishing from Provincetown is Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters, which operates from a 28-foot custom ROS Downeast with an enclosed cabin and plenty of space for your entire group.

The crew will supply your bait and tackle, so you don't have to bring anything with you to the Cape, and they'll even clean and fillet your catch at the end of the day. That way, you can return directly to your vacation rental and cook up the freshest fish imaginable. 

If you take their tuna-catching trip, there's a good chance you'll see some whales on your excursion, too, because the vessel heads to the Stellwagen Bank. Chas'n Tails Fishing Charters also does sunset cruises into Provincetown Harbor, allowing you to end your day in style.

Tour the Dunes

Art's Dune Tours has been in operation for about 75 years and has provided countless Provincetown visitors with memorable experiences in that time.

The company offers daily tours of the Cape Cod National Seashore's protected dunes. These trips are their most popular option. The journey only takes about an hour, so you can quickly experience this one-of-a-kind landscape before carrying on with your day.

Other tours available through Art's Dune Tours include their sunset tours to Race Point Beach, including dinner and a bonfire, and their dune and water tours, which combine the traditional dune tour with kayaking, sailing, or speed boating.

No matter which excursion you select through Art's Dune Tours, you can trust that your day will be a memorable one.

Sailboat Tour

Dog Gone Sailing Charters operates a sailboat out of Provincetown Harbor that will take you on a few different cruise types, depending on your preferences.

Available options include a one-and-a-half-hour trip around the bay, a sunset cruise, a half-day excursion into Herring Cove, or a full-day trip that will take you to the Stellwagen Bank or Wellfleet.

If you love sailing, this tour operator might be an option for you.

Making the Most of Your Trip to Provincetown

There's an abundance of activity in Provincetown, and you might find yourself too busy to take one of these tours. However, they're well worth making time for because you'll get to see some things that most other Cape Cod visitors fail to experience. 

Few locations allow you to get up close to humpbacks and right whales with regular frequency or enjoy a bonfire on the dunes overlooking the ocean. Provincetown's tour operators provide both of those adventures and many more.

Provincetown is unique not only because of its vibrant Commercial Street but also the natural features surrounding it. Booking a vacation rental in this magical part of the world offers you the unprecedented opportunity to get to know this one-of-a-kind community.

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Where to Rent a Bike in Provincetown
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Thursday, April 22, 2021

Provincetown is one of the Cape's most bikeable towns for multiple reasons.

First, there are bike racks everywhere, so you can lock the bike up and feel safe about it when you aren't riding.

Second, the town is relatively compact, making it possible to ride from one end to the other in about 20 minutes. This feature is convenient for those who want to use their vehicle as little as possible while on vacation.

Finally, the Province Lands Bike Trail provides access to the dunes north of Provincetown, in addition to Race Point Beach, Herring Cove Beach, and Hatches Harbor. As a result, you can reach a beautiful stretch of sand in minutes without having to deal with parking.

All of these elements come together to create a great riding experience for Provincetown visitors. Here's a look at some places where you can rent a bike during your Ptown vacation.

Gale Force Bike Rentals

The westernmost bike shop in town is Gale Force Bike Rentals. This vendor offers both bike rentals and sales and includes a lock, helmet, and free parking every time you borrow a bike. The venue also has an on-site restaurant offering sandwiches, salads, snacks, drinks, and other food to take on your journey with you.

Bikes for rent at Gale Force include mountain bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, adult three-wheelers, tandems, comfort bikes, hybrids, and electric bikes. There are smaller bicycles for children and trailers for toddlers, as well.

Gale Force Bike Rentals is open every day of the week between April and the end of October.

Ptown Bikes

A few blocks east of Gale Force Bike Rentals on Bradford Street is Ptown Bikes, Provincetown's most comprehensive bike shop. This location offers rentals, sales, and service, making it the only bike shop you'll need during your time in Ptown.

The facility has a wide selection of hybrids, mountain bikes, e-bikes, and road bikes to rent, and you can book them for anywhere between one hour and an entire month. There are multiple options for your kids, too.

The rates at Ptown Bikes are incredibly competitive, and they're open every day of the week starting in early April.

The Bike Shack

Provincetown Bike Shack is open seven days a week for repairs, rentals, and sales and also has a wide selection of sunglasses and other items you might need on your ride. This shop is located on Shank Painter Road, putting it closer to the dunes than any other vendor in town, and it also has a parking lot where you can leave your vehicle while you ride.

There's a little bit of everything available at Provincetown Bike Shack, as they have electric bikes, hybrids, beach cruisers, street bikes, mountain bikes, and kids' bikes. You can book and pay for your rental online, as well, and they'll include a lock and helmet in the cost.

Provincetown Bike Rentals

Although Provincetown Bike Rentals has only been in business since 2016, they've developed a loyal following in that time because of their commitment to providing top-quality bikes to riders. The venue also enjoys a great location, as it's only about a block from the pier and close to many of Ptown's most famous attractions.

This shop has electric bikes that are available for two-hour, four-hour, and full-day rentals. They also offer mountain bikes, hybrids, cruisers, kids' bikes, and trailers that you can rent for up to a week.

Locks, helmets, and maps are free when renting from Provincetown Bike Rentals, and they can offer you reduced parking rates at the garage next door while you ride.

Coast Provincetown

The far east end of Commercial Street is home to Coast Provincetown, a shop best known for its electric scooter rentals. Here, you can rent a URB-E electric bike/scooter hybrid or a Segway electric scooter for two or four hours or the entire day. The Segway is also available to rent for a whole week.

You can grab a beach cruiser at the shop, as well, and as a bonus, there's a free shuttle that will pick you up from any location in Provincetown.

Keep in mind that none of these rentals are great for navigating to the beach. That's because the scooters only have a range of about 15 miles under ideal circumstances, and the cruiser bikers aren't the best on hills.

However, if you're looking to cruise the Ptown waterfront in style, the offerings at Coast Provincetown are the way to go.

Biking in Ptown

Provincetown is set up perfectly for cyclists because there are shops and bike-friendly facilities everywhere. 

You'll find bike racks at Race Point and Herring Cove beaches and multiple spots on Commercial Street, including Town Hall and the MacMillan Pier, where you can lock your rental bike, as well.

Biking is an incredibly accessible mode of transportation in Provincetown, and you should take advantage of it during your next Ptown vacation.

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Walking Across the Provincetown Causeway
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 22, 2020

As you explore downtown Provincetown during your Cape Cod vacation, there's a good chance you'll end up at First Landing Park, a site commemorating the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Cape in 1620.

The park is full of plaques and markers, making it a great place to check out if you're interested in learning some of America's oldest history.

You'll have outstanding views of Provincetown Harbor from the park, and when you head across the street, you'll see a rock wall jetting into the water.

This wall is the Provincetown Causeway, and it extends across the bay to a section of secluded beach near the Wood End Lighthouse. You can walk the entire causeway, which is a little over a mile long, putting you on one of the Cape's best-kept secrets.

Here's what you should know about this area before you walk the Provincetown Causeway.

Where to Park

If your vacation rental is in the downtown Provincetown area, you're best off walking to the park to begin your hike.

For those staying a little further away, there's street parking at the causeway, although it's quite limited. Another option is the West End Parking Lot on Commercial Street.

Overall, Provincetown is a challenging place to find parking. Still, the West End is often the least-busy section because most of the town's bars and restaurants are closer to MacMillan Pier.

The Walk

The hike across the Provincetown Causeway is surprisingly challenging because you'll be walking across boulders the entire time. You'll have to watch your footing as you travel, and keep in mind that there isn't any shade, so you'll want to dress accordingly.

Enjoy the views as you walk along the causeway because you'll see Provincetown in an entirely different way. You can observe the entire harbor once you get out there, in addition to beaches, marshes, and lighthouses. This hike isn't something to take with your kids, but you'll surely get a lot out of it if you go with a spouse or friends.

Things to Look For

In addition to the scenery, keep an eye out for wildlife as you cross the breakwater. The area closest to the shore is an accessible shellfishing location, so you'll likely see clams, quahogs, and oysters when you begin.

Depending on the tide, you could see hermit crabs and starfish between the rocks, and a variety of birds carrying fish overhead, as well.

There are also seals in the waters here, which are always a thrill for travelers who get to see them. 

The Beaches at the Other End

As you complete your journey across the Provincetown Causeway, you'll notice a lengthy expanse of beach on the other side. The end of this hike is one of the most rewarding on Cape Cod because you'll come across miles of empty beaches on which to spread out and enjoy the serenity.

Heading northeast, you'll encounter Long Point Beach, which has golden sand overlooking both Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. If you walk far enough, you'll also reach Long Point Light Station, offering panoramic views of the entire harbor.

As a bonus, you can take the Long Point Shuttle back to Provincetown from this beach, so you won't have to walk over the breakwater again. It's $15 for a one-way ticket, and you'll buy it onboard. Keep in mind that the boat is cash-only; bring money if you'd like a lift back to the mainland.

Heading northwest from the Provincetown Causeway takes you to the Wood End Lighthouse and the beach surrounding it. You can walk on the dunes on this beach until you find a secluded spot or, if you're bursting with energy, walk the sands up to Herring Cove Beach. 

The pathway to Herring Cove will probably take you a couple of hours to complete, but you'll be within walking distance of downtown Provincetown at the end.

No matter which option you choose, you're sure to enjoy your time on this secluded section of sand that's away from the crowds of downtown Provincetown.

Watch for the Tide

Before embarking on your hike, look at the tide chart to ensure you'll return before the water rises.

That's because, at high tide, water covers part of the Provincetown Causeway, leaving it impossible to cross.

If you end up on the beach-side of the causeway at high tide, your only options are to wait for the waters to recede or make the hike through Herring Cove Beach, both of which will leave you stranded for hours.

The good news is that the tide is usually out in the afternoon when you'd likely go, but always check the tide chart before setting foot on the breakwater.

A Great Day in Provincetown

The Provincetown Causeway was built in 1911 to prevent shifting dunes from creating a beach and destroying nearby marshland. It has done its job ever since, as the marsh is still a valuable ecosystem for local wildlife.

The breakwater has since become a popular attraction for visitors because of its scenic views and the access it provides to the Cape's most secluded beaches. 

When spending time in Provincetown, heading over the causeway is well worth the effort because the payoff at the end is something you won't experience anywhere else. 

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The Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary – Home of the Quaking Bog
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, January 13, 2020

Quaking Bog

Provincetown is known for a lot of things, as it's an artists colony that has perhaps Cape Cod's best nightlife, and features two of the region's most popular beaches.

The town is also known for its Carnival celebration, its incredible dining scene, and the bustling atmosphere along Commercial Street.

Basically, Provincetown is a place you can head for near any Cape Cod activity, and it'll rarely disappoint.

But did you know that Provincetown is also home to the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary? This park is notable because it contains the world's largest quaking bog on a barrier beach system, an ecological distinction that attracts all kinds of rare plants and animals.

If you're looking to escape the bustle of Provincetown, you're only a few minutes away from the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and a peaceful afternoon in nature.

What is a Quaking Bog?

So, Provincetown is home to the world's largest quaking bog on a barrier beach system, but what does this mean?

In short, a quaking bog describes any bog where layers of peat, shrubs, or other plants form on top of the water or mud. The vegetation shakes when you walk on it, hence the name quaking bog.

A barrier beach is a long, narrow beach that runs along the shoreline and provides protection to the mainland or, in this case, marshland.

The size and location of the Shank Painter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary are significant because the area provides plenty of space for wildlife to nest and eat in Provincetown.

Birds and also wildlife can spend their days near the sea before returning to the safety of the bog at night, or simply live at the marsh because of the natural protection and food sources it provides.

The Basics of the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary

Getting to the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary couldn't be easier, as it sits just north of downtown Provincetown. To reach the area, drive towards Herring Cove Beach and turn left 0.4 miles past the Pilgrim Bark Park. There is a small parking lot off the highway that leads to a trail. From there, you can get to the pond.

You can also walk to the park via a sand trail that meets with Ships Way Road in downtown Provincetown.

Overall, the park is 7.52 acres in size and open for hiking, birdwatching, and fishing. The main trail has an observation deck overlooking Shankpainter Pond, while there's also a secondary trail with a viewing bench. 

The Flora and Fauna

The area around Shankpainter Pond is often referred to as the ecological crown jewel of Provincetown because of the variety of plants and animals you'll come across there. In fact, there are even a few endangered species that call this pond home.

One such endangered species is the dragon's mouth orchid, which is a pink flower with a yellow center that you'll find throughout the park. Of course, the orchid isn't to be confused with the pink lady's slipper, a flower of particular concern that is also present in this conservation area. Other plants you'll come across include the carnivorous pitcher plant, the gold club, the bogbean, and the grasspink.

Another endangered species that lives in the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is the spotted turtle. You'll also have the opportunity to see rare birds like hawks, osprey, and heron, in addition to more common birds like red-winged blackbirds, warblers, and ducks. River otters, Easter spadefoot toads, and box turtles also live here, while anglers will find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pickerel to catch.

Make the Most of Your Time in Provincetown

No matter what your reason for visiting P-Town might be, you'll find plenty to do throughout your stay.

Taking a quick trip up to the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary not only provides an escape from the bustle of Commercial Street but also allows you to see the largest quaking pond on a barrier beach system in the entire world. While that distinction isn't necessarily exciting, how often do you get the chance to see the largest anything on the planet?

Making the most of your vacation to Provincetown, Massachusetts, means exploring as seeing as much of the area as possible, and the Shankpainter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent place to begin.

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Which Cape Cod Towns Have the Best Nightlife?
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, September 23, 2019

Cape COd Nightlife

Taking a vacation on Cape Cod means plenty of time in the sun, great dining options, and access to some of the country's most scenic oceanside areas.

But what do you do at night?

If you're into hitting the town during your vacation, you'll have plenty of options all over Cape Cod, as the area has plenty of bars that cater to all tastes.

Here are some of the towns that have particular lively nightlife scenes for you to enjoy.


Provincetown Has Everything

The race for the best nightlife on Cape Cod isn't really much of the contest, as Provincetown is the undisputed leader in this regard. Pretty much everything in Ptown is situated on Commercial Street and Bradford Street, and despite the area's reputation, there is something for everyone here.

If you're into having a quiet pint or two, stop by the Nor'East Beer Garden or Provincetown Brewing Company, both of which serve craft beer.

For a wilder time, the Crown & Anchor is an entertainment complex with multiple bars, including a piano bar, pool bar, cabaret, and nightclub. Places like Joon Bar, Aqua Bar, and the Harbor Lounge offer elegant atmospheres and sophisticated cocktail menus. They also provide great views of the water. There are also dive bars like the Old Colony Tap and The Underground, and karaoke at Governor Bradford Restaurant. Provincetown has something for everyone, which is why it's the top nightlife location on Cape Cod.


Live Music in Dennis

Those who aren't staying near Provincetown and still want to get out and enjoy their evenings will have options up and down the Cape. Dennis, for example, has a few great places to visit, starting with Sundancer's, which sits on Main Street in West Dennis. Have a look at the calendar of events at Sundancer's because there is live music every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, and sometimes on other nights, too.

Dennis Port is home to The Improper Bostonian, which is another live music venue offering concerts throughout the week. They also feature a popular happy hour in the evenings, and karaoke whenever they don't have a musical act. Also in Dennis Port is the Sand Dollar Bar and Grill, which offers live entertainment seven days per week, and features karaoke for kids between 5 and 8 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Across the street, you'll find the Cleat & Anchor, a tavern with music every night of the week.

If you're looking for live music, Dennis is the place to be on Cape Cod.


Various Bars in Chatham

In Chatham, the Chatham Squire is a local meeting place that you'll want to check out. This venue is a restaurant during the day, but at night it comes alive with music, karaoke, or a DJ until late at night. Chatham Squire feels like a bit of a dive, but it's a lively place to spend a night during your Cape Cod vacation.

Chatham Wine Bar & Restaurant is a quieter place with an elegant dining room and a bistro terrace with fireplaces. The terrace is a relaxing place to hang out after dinner with a glass of fine wine from the bar. Chatham Wine Bar isn't a party venue, but rather a tranquil place to finish your day. The Red Nun offers a pub-style menu and has an outdoor dining area that is a hit with guests. You'll find live music and karaoke here on weekends, and they always have the game on if you're looking for somewhere to watch the Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, or Celtics.


Hyannis For a Night

The heart of downtown Hyannis on Main Street is one of the busiest areas on Cape Cod, so it should come as no surprise that there is some nightlife there, as well. The British Beer Company, Embargo, and Torino are steps from each other, and all offer nightly entertainment throughout the summer.

At the British Beer Company, you'll find a pub-style menu, along with a diverse beer list and live music. They also have open mic nights, karaoke, musical bingo, and trivia at this trendy venue.

Across the street is Embargo, an elegant restaurant that turns into a nightclub with a DJ and dance floor at night. There are also tapas, martinis, and live jazz at this venue. Torino is a popular place to head for dinner and some drinks in the evening, but the party lasts well into the night thanks to its live entertainment. The outdoor bar is also incredibly popular in the summer because you can enjoy some drinks while remaining part of Main Street's bustling atmosphere.


Lots of Choices on the Cape

Can't make up your mind on where to go tonight? Well, you have time to try a few of Cape Cod's top nightlife destinations during your time here. Have a look at each venue's events calendar to figure out when the best time to visit is, and make your choice based on what you feel like doing.

The great news is that you'll never be short on nightlife options, no matter where you're staying on the Cape

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You Can Now Get a Lobster Chocolate Bar on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Lobster Chocolate Bar

Even if you've never been to Cape Cod before, you've probably heard about the area's famous lobster rolls. It seems as though every clam shack throughout the Cape has a unique take on this sandwich, with diners and fine dining establishments also getting in on the action.

But have you ever heard of lobster chocolate? Yes, it's a real thing, and it's actually becoming pretty popular on Cape Cod.

Local chocolatier Paul John Kearins, owner of Chocolatasm at 334 Commercial Street in Provincetown, released the special chocolate bar, called the Cape Cod Bar, in May, and it is a hot commodity. In fact, Kearins frequently runs out of stock, so if you're lucky enough to visit Chocolatasm when he has some in stock, it's highly recommended that you give it a try.

Here's what you should know about the Cape Cod Bar.


What are the Actual Ingredients?

Ok, so there's lobster in the description of the bar, but there can't be actual lobster in the bar, can there? Yes, there can, as one of the ingredients is dried Atlantic lobster.

You won't come away thinking that you've just enjoyed an expensive lobster dinner after trying the Cape Cod Bar, but you'll definitely notice the lobster flavor and will be surprised at how well it compliments the other ingredients. As for the other items in the bar, it's made from 50% cocoa butter white chocolate, along with lemon oil, parsley, and Cape Cod sea salt. It’s a strange combination at first thought, but visitors and locals alike have been gobbling this product up since the spring, with no end in sight to its popularity. If you can get past the fact that there’s lobster in the chocolate bar, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its flavor.


Why Lobster?

You're probably wondering why anyone would think that lobster and chocolate could possibly go together. The idea actually came from a conversation between Kearins and one of the owners of Chequessett Chocolate in Truro. The two chocolatiers were talking at the New England Chocolate Festival in 2018 about the possibility of adding lobster to a chocolate bar. The conversation mostly focused on the concept and whether or not it was feasible to attempt such a feat. From there, Kearins decided to experiment and create a recipe. He was eventually successful and the rest, as they say, is history.


Where Can I Buy It and How Much Does It Cost?

Lobster is notoriously expensive, but what about this chocolate bar? Well, truth be told, at $9 per bar, it isn't cheap. It is in line, however, with the other artisan chocolates at this boutique, so it's not like you're paying a premium because of there's the essence of lobster in the product.

As for picking up a bar yourself, you can head to 339 Commercial Street in Provincetown while you're on Cape Cod or order from Chocolatasm's online store.

Beacon Hill Chocolates and Gourmet Boutique in Boston also carry the bars, stock permitting.


About Chocolatasm

One thing that you should know about Chocolatasm is that they're not afraid to take risks. In addition to their Cape Cod Bar, the boutique also has a bar made from rhubarb and carbonated sugar, one using beetroot, and another with unfermented cocoa beans. You can also get peanut butter bonbons covered with Sriracha honey and the Yuenyeung Bar, which is inspired by a popular drink in Hong Kong. Basically, if an ingredient seems like it could work with chocolate,  Kearins isn’t afraid to play around with it to see if he can create something that people will eat. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible, as well, adding an entirely new dimension to this now-famous retailer.

The next time you're on the Cape, make Chocolatasm one of your must-visit destinations.

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Cape Cod’s 2019 Free Summer Music Schedule
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 17, 2019

One of the best things about Cape Cod in the summer is that you can always find a great, free activity. Whether you spend your days lounging on the beach, hiking the trails, or riding your bike on a pathway, you don’t have to spend a dime to have a great time on the Cape.

That sentiment carries over into the evenings, as well, due to the abundance of free concerts offered all summer long. Nearly every town on Cape Cod has some sort of summer concert series, so no matter where your vacation rental is located, you’re never far from some free, outstanding music.


Sunday Concerts

Every Sunday between June 30 and September 1, you’ll find a free show in Provincetown at Herring Cove Beach. The shows take place at 5:30 PM in June and September, 6:30 in July, and 6:00 in August. There are concerts at the same location on Wednesday nights, too.

If you’re staying in Brewster, Drummer Boy Park will feature a show by The Brewster Band at 6:00 PM every Sunday between June 30 and September 1. There is a bandstand at the park that the band has used since it was erected in 1994, and these concerts have become a well-known part of summers in the town.


Concerts on Mondays

The Dennis Village Green Gazebo is the place to be on Mondays from early July until the middle of August because of the concert series performed there. The shows get underway at 7:00 each week and take place under the park’s iconic bandstand.

Over in Eastham, Windmill Green will host shows every Monday in July and August. These shows also start at 7:00 and you can expect a different style of music pretty much every week.

In Harwich, you can stop by Brooks Park every Monday in July at 6:00 for a show. Brooks Park hosts Tuesday shows, as well, except for these run throughout July and August and begin at 7:00 PM.

One of the more scenic concert locations on this list is at Orleans’ Nauset Beach. The shows here run from July 1 through August 26 and get underway at 6:30. Although not part of the official concert series, Nauset Beach also has Thursday shows at 6:00 throughout July.

In South Yarmouth, check out the weekly concerts at Parkers River Beach. These shows run every Monday in July and get started at 6:00 PM.


Tuesday’s Shows

You absolutely have to take in a concert at the Salt Pond Visitors Center on the Cape Cod National Seashore at some point during your vacation. These shows are held throughout July and August at 7:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and usually attract a large crowd. You might even be lucky enough to witness a performance by the Outer Cape Chorale.

Every Tuesday in July features music at Mashpee Community Park. These shows start at 6:00 and are part of The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Concert Series.

Wellfleet has a summer concert series with shows taking place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. These shows run at either Mayo Beach or Jan Rutz Harbor Bandstand at Wellfleet Town Pier, depending on the act, and get started anywhere between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. Check Wellfleet's town website closer to your date of arrival for more information.


Events on Wednesdays

Barnstable Village Courthouse Stage has two shows per month throughout July and August starting at 6:00. The concerts are hosted at a stage behind the city’s courthouse.

In Chatham, you can check out some bands at Kate Gould Park between early July 3 and 24 during the 2019 TD Bank Summer Concert Series. Every show kicks off at 6:00 and ends at 7:30. Kate Gould Park also hosts weekly concerts by the Chatham Band starting in late June and running through August. These shows get underway at 8:00 PM and last about an hour and a half.

If you're in the Hyannis area, head to Hyannis Village Green on any Wednesday in July or August at 7:00 PM or Aselton Park on South Street on Fridays at 6:00. Keep in mind that Hyannis has an incredible live music scene in the summer, so you should be able to find a show nearly any night of the week.

Rock Harbor Beach in Orleans is a great venue to check out between late June and early September thanks to its shows by local band Pans in Paradise. The band will keep playing until sunset every Wednesday night throughout the summer.


Live Music on Thursdays

Thursdays are a big day for free music on Cape Cod, starting with the 6:30 shows at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area, which is along Main Street on the mainland side, all July and August. These shows have the Cape Cod Canal as a backdrop, making this a spectacular place to listen to some music.

The Dennisport Outdoor Summer Concert Series takes place at Dennisport Village Green on Hall Street, which is just off Route 28. These shows run every Thursday in July at 6:00, and are held at the park's gazebo.

Throughout July and August, the Music and Arts Pavilion at Marina Park in Falmouth will host Thursday night concerts at 7:30. These performances transpire right next to Falmouth Harbor, making it a beautiful way to spend an evening.

There is a green space just outside of the Osterville Village Library that is home to a free concert series from the middle of July until the middle of August. The shows run every Thursday at 6:00 and are about an hour long.

In Sandwich, there are concerts every Thursday between June 28 and August 23 in 2019 at the Len Savery Bandstand at 7:00. This venue is located right behind what was once Wing Elementary School.

The Truro Public Library in North Truro has shows on Thursdays throughout July and August. These concerts start at either 6:00 or 6:30, depending on the act.


Friday’s Summer Concerts

Peg Noonan Park, which is right next to the public library in Falmouth, hosts Friday night concerts throughout July. The shows kick off at 6:00 and provide a nice segue into the weekend during your vacations.

There are also shows on the first Friday of every month between June and October at Mashpee Commons Central Square. The shows start at 6:00 PM between June and August and 4:00 in September and October.


What to Bring

When attending one of these shows, be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, some insect repellent, and a light jacket for when the sun goes down for the night. You might also consider packing a picnic or picking up some dinner on your way to the performance if you’re in the mood for some entertainment while you eat.

These free shows provide added value for your Cape Cod vacation since you don’t have to spend any money to get out there and experience some of the top musicians that the Cape has to offer.

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Beaches That Allow Offroading on Cape Cod
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, June 10, 2019

The beaches of Cape Cod provide a paradise for all who visit them, but did you know that you can drive your vehicle in search of secluded spots with no one else nearby? Many residents of the Cape take advantage of this feature every year because they can escape the crowds and relax in peace on quite pieces of sand.

As a visitor to Cape Cod, you might find it more challenging to go ahead with this venture, but if you drive to the area and have a four-wheel drive vehicle, nothing is stopping you from offroading on some of the Cape’s exceptional beaches.

Here is a list of some of Cape Cod's top ORV beaches, along with the rules and regulations that you must follow.


Rules and Equipment


To access any of Cape Cod's beaches in your vehicle, you must, first of all, have a four-wheel drive truck or SUV. Attempting to drive on the sand without this equipment is a recipe for failure and will lead to you getting stuck. In fact, officials won't even let you attempt it.

Before being permitted on these beaches, your car or truck will have to pass an inspection. If you've passed an inspection in the last year, you might be spared this time around, but park employees are allowed to have a look at your vehicle at any point to make sure it meets the requirements. You're also required to have the following six items in your vehicle at all times: a tire gauge, a spare tire, a shovel, tow straps, a jack, and a support board. All of these articles will assist you if you get stuck in the sand.

Each beach has its own rules that you’ll have to follow. We’ll outline many of these rules and regulations later in the article.


Safety Information

Staying safe is crucial whenever you're close to the ocean, so make sure you follow the advice and instructions of local town administrators. You'll also want to keep an eye on the tide chart yourself, just in case you miss a warning that is put out by the town.

When driving, try to stay out of the ruts. While you'll probably want to follow the tracks of other vehicles in soft sand, as they will provide more traction, you'll want to avoid deeper ruts because they can cause your car or truck to bottom out and get stuck.

The reason for bringing a tire gauge is to monitor your tire pressure. You should lower the pressure in all of your tires to between 11 and 15 psi because this provides better traction in soft sand.


Nauset Beach in Orleans

Nauset Beach in Orleans frequently closes because of the threatened and endangered birds that reside on its shores, but if you happen to be around when it's open, there's nothing like it. You'll need to have your vehicle inspected before you can purchase a beach access sticker, which is $66 for residents and $196 for out of towners, with discounted rates available for the winter.

You can spend the night on the beach if you have a self-contained vehicle, defined here as a camper, motorhome, or trailer with a water source and toilet. The permit for taking these vehicles onto the beach costs $266 per year. Fires on the beach are prohibited.


The Cape Cod National Seashore

Depending on the time of year, much of the Cape Cod National Seashore allows ORV access, but you'll have to be prepared for closures here, as well. Vehicles are permitted everywhere from Race Point Light to Long Nook Beach, which is just south of Coast Guard Beach.

During the spring, however, there are restrictions on many places along the beach because of piping plover nesting, and you'll also see beaches closed when there are unsafe conditions or work being done to prepare the beaches for the summer. On Coast Guard Beach, you can only access the sand in your vehicle between 6:00 PM and 7:00 AM for night fishing purposes, as it's too busy during the day.

To get a permit to enter the Cape Cod National Seashore in your vehicle, you'll have to pass a vehicle inspection, have all the required safety equipment, view the orientation program, and purchase a pass. This pass will cost you $50 for seven days or $150 for the entire year. Keep in mind that rental vehicles are not permitted and you must be the registered owner of the truck to obtain a pass. If you wish to spend the night on one of the beaches, you’ll need a self-contained vehicle pass, which is $225 per year or $75 per week. Camping is only permitted on Race Point Beach, and trailers are prohibited.


Sandy Neck Beach in West Barnstable

In Barnstable, certain portions of Sandy Neck Beach are accessible via offroad vehicle. The beach is very long, and much of the vehicle-friendly area is at the far east end of the park. To reach these areas, turn right onto the trail that is just north of the Sandy Neck Gate House. This trail will take you to the dunes, which you can drive on until you reach your desired location. You can drive all the way out near Beach Point, which is a secluded area where you can find a piece of sand all to yourself.

To obtain a beach pass, you'll have to provide your driver's license, proof of address, and vehicle registration at the Sandy Neck Gate House. Barnstable residents can buy a pass for $30 for the winter or $90 for the year, while non-resident passes are $60 for the winter and $180 for the year. You are permitted to spend the night on the beach if you have a self-contained vehicle, although it will cost you an extra $5-10 per night. You can also use a tent in the designated camping area. Campfires are allowed with a permit.


Chapin Memorial and Crowes Pasture in Dennis

In Dennis, you’ll have access to two ORV-friendly locations in a relatively small area at Chapin Memorial and Crowes Pasture beaches.  Chapin Memorial Beach provides easy access to the sand through its main parking area. Once you head through the parking lot, turn left and head south along the beach until you find a spot to yourself.

At the far east end of town is Crowes Pasture Conservation Area, which is home to a long stretch of beach that is ORV-friendly. Getting to this beach is a little more complicated, however, as you'll have to turn onto South Street from the Old King's Highway. Follow South Street in a northeast direction until you get to the sand. From there, turn right, and you can follow the sand out to Quivett Neck. There are plenty of secluded spots on this beach, especially since it's not as popular with tourist beachgoers as many others in the area.

The Town of Dennis doesn't offer daily or weekly passes, so you'll have to purchase an annual ORV sticker if you want to take your vehicle onto one of its beaches. The sticker costs $150 for locals and $300 for everyone else. Your vehicle might have to pass an inspection before being allowed on the sand, and only the registered owner can drive it. No rental cars are allowed, and these beaches do not allow overnight stays of any kind.


Watch for Closures

Keep an eye out for beach closures that could impact your ability to drive on a particular beach. In the spring, for example, many beaches close sections to protect the piping plover, a threatened shorebird that nests in the Cape’s sands, most notably on the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Poor weather or damaged beaches could also lead to closures, particularly for offroad vehicles. Have a look at your desired beach’s website and social media pages to make sure it’s open before venturing onto the sand.

As long as you take the necessary precautions, you should have an excellent time exploring Cape Cod’s beaches in your vehicle.

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Cape Cod’s 2019 Farmers’ Markets
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Friday, May 10, 2019

When visiting Cape Cod, one of your only jobs, before you relax, will be stocking your vacation rental with the necessary food for the week. There are many grocery stores here, but why not hit up one of the local farmers’ markets to grab some fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, and other products from right here on the Cape?

As you’ll soon learn, there is a farmers’ market every day of the week, and in nearly every town on Cape Cod, so you’re never far from someone selling fresh, organic produce.

Here is information on some of the larger farmers’ markets taking place on the Cape in 2019.


Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market

The first market of the week takes place on Sundays at Windmill Village, which is beside Drummer Boy Park in Brewster. The Brewster Historical Society Farmers’ Market runs between 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM and features fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, grass-fed beef, flowers, and herbal and natural beauty products, in addition to arts, crafts, and live music. A collection of picnic tables, children's activities, and free parking make the market a great place to spend the morning. It all gets started on June 23, with the final market occurring on September 8.


Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market

Organic Market is a permanent grocery store in Mashpee Commons shopping mall. On Sundays, between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM from June through October, its parking lot transforms into the Mashpee Commons Farmers’ Market, which attracts vendors from all over Cape Cod. In addition to local produce, there's always prepared meals and live music, plus a selection of artisans, giving the market a festive atmosphere.


Truro Educational Farmers’ Market

Mondays, rain or shine between June 3 and August 26, 2019, you can visit the Truro Educational Farmers’ Market from 8:00 AM until noon. The location is handy, as it sits in Veterans Memorial Park, right next to the Post Office and along the Pamet River, and this market puts a particular focus on educating the public on the importance of sustainable food, thanks to the Sustainable CAPE initiative.


Chatham Farmers’ Market

Local Color Art Gallery hosts the Chatham Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays between 3:00 and 6:30 PM. Opening day in 2019 is May 14, and the market will run into early October. In addition to local organic produce, you'll find soap, crafts, juice, coffee, meat, baked goods, and flowers at the market, giving you the opportunity to pick up whatever you need for your vacation rental.


Sandwich Farmers’ Market

Tuesdays between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM is the time to head to The Village Green on Historic Route 6A for the Sandwich Farmers’ Market. The market generally runs between the middle of June and early October and gives you an excellent chance to support some Cape Cod farmers in a great location.


Wellfleet Farmers’ Market

If you're in the Wellfleet area on a Wednesday between 8:00 AM and noon, stop by The Grove at the Wellfleet Congressional Church for its weekly farmers’ market. The 2019 Wellfleet Farmers’ Market starts on May 15 and runs until October 9 and features a wide selection of local produce, cheese, meat, honey, spice rubs, jams, and eggs. You’ll also find fresh coffee, baked goods, and live music every week. In addition to the Wednesday market, there is a corn roast and party on July 28, a dinner on October 9, and the annual harvest market on November 24.


Bass River Farmers’ Market

The Bass River Farmers’ Market runs on both Thursday and Saturday starting on June 13 and ending on September 7 in 2019. This market operates between 9:00 AM and 1:30 PM on those days in a park on Old Main Street, just across from The Cultural Center of Cape Cod and the South Yarmouth Library. There is a small parking lot at the venue, and the market will take place rain or shine, so if you're in South Yarmouth during your vacation, take the opportunity to visit.


Falmouth Farmers’ Market

Over in Falmouth, there's a market every Thursday between noon and 6:00 PM, starting on May 23. The great thing about the Falmouth Farmers’ Market is its incredible Marine Park location, as it overlooks Falmouth Harbor so you can spend some time watching the boats go by after picking up some local produce and goods. There is a large parking lot here, as well.


Harwich Farmers’ Market

Stop by the Brooks Academy Museum Grounds in Harwich Center any Thursday between mid-June and mid-October for the Harwich Farmers’ Market. This rain or shine event runs from 3:00 to 6:00 PM and features all the locally-grown produce, meats, flowers, herbs, baked goods, and cheeses that you'd expect, in a convenient to access location.


Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour

For something a little different, check out Farmers’ Market Meets Happy Hour at Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis. Here, you can pick up some local produce and play a game of cornhole, all while enjoying a pint from the beer trailer. The action takes place every Friday between 3:00 and 6:00 PM starting on May 25 and ending September 14. Nothing says “I’m on vacation” like having a delicious beer while buying your produce for the week, and that’s precisely what you can do at Cape Cod Beer.


Osterville Farmers’ Market

Also on Fridays is the Osterville Farmers’ Market, which runs from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Osterville Historical Museum on West Bay Road. In 2019, the season will be from June 21 through September 13, with each market bringing a selection of fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, soaps, herbs, butter, sweets, eggs, and much more. Plus, there is free parking, so if you're not doing anything on a Friday morning, stop by to see what they have to offer.


Orleans Farmers’ Market

The Orleans Farmers’ Market operates year round, so no matter when you visit the Cape, be sure to give it a try. The winter market takes place on Saturdays in Nauset Middle School’s cafeteria from the beginning of December through the end of April between 9:00 AM and noon. Then, between early May and the end of November, the market heads outdoors to a field on Old Colony Way, right beside Orleans Marketplace. The outdoor market is also on Saturdays but start an hour earlier at 8:00 AM. Both markets emphasize local produce, and you'll frequently find guest performers at the open-air version.


Provincetown Farmers’ Market

One of the smaller markets on Cape Cod takes place in Provincetown, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its scenic location. The Provincetown Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday between early May and the middle of September at the corner of Ryder Street and Commercial Street, just outside of Provincetown Town Hall, and is mere steps from both the Pilgrim Monument and Harbor Beach. As a result, it's an outstanding place to stop on your vacation or when touring Commercial Street and its seemingly endless supply of high-end restaurants. The market goes from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM and includes well-known vendors like Pain D’Avignon, Lara Cuisine, and Allen Farms.


Markets Everywhere

As you can see, there are pop-up markets all over Cape Cod, making it easy to keep your vacation rental stocked with all the freshest produce throughout your time here.

Head over to the farmers’ market nearest you so that you can spend your time on the Cape not only living like a local but eating like one, too.

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Live on the Outer Cape: Music, Drama, and Comedy
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 14, 2018

When staying on Cape Cod for any length of time, consider taking in some of the local performing arts scenes, as there is something to check out on pretty much any night of the week during the summer. Depending on your mood, you might want to see a live performance of a Shakespearean drama, laugh with a stand-up comedian at an intimate local venue, or dine with live music in the background before getting up and cutting a rug after your meal.

All of these opportunities and more are available on the Outer Cape on any given day, providing you with loads of different ways to spend your evenings. Have a look at the events calendar at the following venues or check out some of the highlighted festivals to ensure you don’t miss a top-notch performance during your Cape Cod vacation.

Performances and Events in Provincetown

Since Provincetown is one of the Cape's cultural hubs, it makes sense that the town has plenty of live venues from which to choose. The Provincetown Theater is known as the Birthplace of Modern American Theater, as it dates back to 1915 when a group of New Yorkers vacationing in the area started performing and eventually built a makeshift theater. Their performances drew attention from all over the East Coast, helping to grow the industry as a whole. Today, the Provincetown Theater hosts Broadway comedies, dramas, and musicals, in addition to performing arts festivals throughout the year. If you're on the Outer Cape in the summer, there's a good chance this venue will have something going on.

Not to be outdone, the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble also brings Broadway plays and musicals to Provincetown, producing them at Fishermen Hall. In 2018, the group will perform “Hair, the Musical” between July and September.

Of course, there’s also the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, an annual event taking place each September. In 2017, the festival combined plays by Williams and William Shakespeare, while the theme in 2018 will be "Wishful Thinking". The performances take place at a variety of venues throughout town, even non-traditional venues, as 2017 saw "Hamlet" performed in a tank of water on the beach and "Pericles" performed on a boat.

Smaller music venues are found up and down Provincetown’s Commercial Street. Bubala’s By The Bay, for example, is where the town's West End begins and hosts live music every night during the summer. There is no cover or minimum charge, so you can get out and enjoy everything from jazz to country music without worrying about the cost. Governor Bradford Restaurant & Club is an all ages venue that features a different act every Saturday night. The music gets started at 8 PM and runs until about 11. Tin Pan Alley is a piano bar with live performances every night of the week.

The Provincetown Jazz Festival has been around since 2005 and brings musicians from all over the world to the area at a variety of different venues. If you're in the area in mid-August, it is well worth checking out at least a few performances.

The Crown & Anchor is well known throughout the Cape because of its cabaret shows, but this significant venue is also the home of comedy in Provincetown. Some performances will be local comedians, such as Julie Wheeler and James Judd, who have weekly performances from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Other times, the venue brings in better-known acts, like Bruce Vilanch and Leslie Jordan in 2018, for a couple of sets.

Events in Truro This Summer

Just a short drive down Route 6 from Provincetown is Truro, where there are even more live performances to attend. In North Truro, the Payomet Performing Arts Center hosts music, comedy, and theater starting in the spring, with some pretty big acts coming to town in the summer.

You’ll also find music at Truro Vineyards every Sunday throughout the summer. Admission to the show is free, and there's a food truck on-site, so you can have a meal, enjoy some local wine, and listen to a live performance. The vineyard also hosts Grape Stomp & Music Fest and the Vinegrass Music Festival in late September. Both of these festivals bring wine, cocktails, food, and music together and are a great way to end your summer on Cape Cod.

Music and Theater in Wellfleet

Continuing down Route 6 from Truro brings you to Wellfleet and, more specifically, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. This venue presents a series of thought-provoking dramas all summer long, with each presentation running for a few weeks at a time. There's a summer concert series at the venue, too, so you can get your fill of live music on Monday nights.

The Harbor Stage Company is in the heart of Wellfleet's downtown area. The venue is small and intimate, offering the chance to get up close and personal with classic dramas and comedies that you've probably heard of before, but maybe haven't seen performed live. In 2018, "The Weir", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", and "The Deer and the Antelope" are on the docket between the middle of June and early September.

For live music, The Beachcomber is the place to be in Wellfleet. Throughout July and August, this restaurant on Cahoon Hollow Beach brings in musical acts every day of the week. You'll have to buy tickets in advance for most shows and keep in mind that the music usually starts at 9 PM, so you'll have time to either have dinner in the restaurant or eat elsewhere before things get going.

Orleans Live Performances

Finally, as you come down Route 6 and exit onto 6A, you'll reach the center of Orleans, where even more live performances can be found. The Academy Playhouse is right on Main Street and has a mixture renowned shows throughout the year. There are children's performances in the afternoons, including the Little Mermaid in 2018, and both theater, including Shakespeare, and music at night.

The Elements Theatre Company is on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration on Rock Harbor, giving it one of the more scenic locations for performances on the Cape. This venue mostly hosts dramatic productions, although there are retreats and workshops during the summer for those interested in acting themselves.

The Barley Neck Inn dates back to 1848 when Isaac and Mary Doane purchased the land where the property now sits. Part of the original building now makes up this venue, which hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. It's not glamorous, but catching a performance at The Barley Neck is a quintessential thing to do while on Cape Cod.

Finding Your Performances

As you can see, no matter what type of entertainment you’re into, you’re sure to find it on the Outer Cape during the summer. Once you book your vacation rental on Cape Cod, start looking at the local venues holding events because you’re sure to find a new and exciting way to spend your nights, no matter what you are looking to experience.

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Getting To and Around Provincetown Without a Vehicle
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, April 30, 2018

So, you’re coming to Provincetown, but don’t want to bring your car? On the surface, this might seem like a tall task, particularly since the various communities on the Cape are spread out, and the closest major city is hours away.

Fortunately, you’ll have many different options if you wish to visit Provincetown and other towns on Cape Cod without a vehicle because not only are there plenty of ways to get here, but also an abundance of transportation options after you arrive.

Avoiding the traffic and parking issues during the summer months is reason enough to try out one of these methods for visiting Provincetown without a car.

How to Get to Provincetown

The first thing you’ll have to do is figure out how you’re going to reach Provincetown without a car. Provincetown obviously isn’t a major city with numerous transportation links but, luckily, you’ll have some choice on travel methods, depending on where you’re coming from and how much time you have.

Fly into Town

Provincetown Municipal Airport is less than three miles north of the town centre and offers daily, year-round flights from Logan International Airport Boston on Cape Air. The trip only takes about 20 minutes, and since Cape Air has ticketing and baggage arrangements with most of the country's major carriers, you can catch a connecting flight from anywhere in the country.

Seasonal flights from New York City are also available through Cape Air. Once you arrive at the airport, there are plenty of taxis and shuttles to take you into town or other parts of the Cape.

Arrive By Boat

If you’re looking to capture the essence of Cape Cod, arriving by boat, just like the Pilgrims, is the way to do it. The good news is you’ll have plenty of options when coming on the water, depending on where you depart from and how long you wish to be at sea.

One fast method is through Boston Harbor Cruises, a company that operates the United States' largest luxury catamaran. The cruise leaves from One Long Wharf in Boston and reaches MacMillan Pier in Provincetown in about 90 minutes.

Bay State Cruise Company also operates a ferry between Boston and Provincetown, with this one leaving from Boston World Trade Center. This company has the Provincetown Express boat, which runs between May and October and takes about 90 minutes, in addition to a more scenic ride between June and September that takes three hours.

Even if you're not leaving from Boston, you can take the ferry to Provincetown through Plymouth. The Captain John Fast Ferry takes an hour and 15 minutes to reach Provincetown and even has a bar on board, so it's a perfect choice if you don’t have to get behind the wheel.

Travel on the Bus

The main commuter bus on Cape Cod is courtesy of the Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, which features bus service from Boston to Hyannis and Provincetown. The bus stops at various towns along the way, so if you're not coming from Boston, you'll still have options.

Connections from Providence, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York are possible through Peter Pan Bus Lines, as well. Taking the bus is a straightforward way to reach central Provincetown because you'll get off the bus right at MacMillan Pier.

Take the Train

While you can’t take the train directly to Provincetown, the Cape Flyer train runs from Boston to Hyannis. Amtrak runs the Acela Express to both Providence and Boston, making it easy to take one of the other methods into Provincetown after you arrive. This method is ideal if you love the comfort of traveling on the train or try to avoid flying as much as possible.

Getting Around Provincetown

Now that you've made it to Provincetown, you'll have to make your way around town. You might also want to visit other towns on the Cape but, luckily, this is very easy to do, and you'll have plenty of options.

On the Bus

To start, check out the local bus service. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority operates buses throughout the Cape and Provincetown is served by the Flex route. This route runs between Provincetown and Harwich, with stops in places like Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, and Brewster. The Flex route is unique because you can get on the bus at any designated stop, or you can flag the bus down anywhere along the route, as long as the bus isn't on Route 6.

You can also transfer to other buses to reach other parts of Cape Cod, making the bus a very efficient method of exploring everything the area has to offer. Keep in mind that the bus service ends early in the evening, so you might have to find an alternative ride back to your holiday rental if you want to go for dinner or drinks.

Hop on a Trolley

Between May and October, the Mayflower Trolley provides daily sightseeing tours. The tour departs four times per day and will take you to many of Provincetown's top attractions, including the beaches and Race Point Lighthouse. The tour includes a guide, so you can learn about the town and its sights as you travel through the region.

Hail a Cab

Of course, if you just want to get from Point A to Point B in a hurry, you should probably just hire a cab. A taxi is the fastest way to travel on the Cape because you can have someone drive you wherever you want to go and you don't have to worry about finding a parking spot.

Mercedes Cab Company has a fleet of vintage cars that make for a unique experience, while Jody's Taxi, Cape Cab, Queen Cab, Pride Taxi, and Black & White Taxi provide a more traditional ride. Most companies offer a flat rate from the airport or MacMillan Pier to other destinations in Provincetown, providing cost certainty.

Ptown Pedicabs is also an option if you need to get from one point on Commercial Street to another. All you do is flag down one of the drivers and at the end of the ride, you pay whatever you feel is fair. You won't find this type of business practice in New York or Boston, but it's just the way things are done on the Cape.

Provincetown is Walkable

Of course, if you arrive in Provincetown without a vehicle and don’t plan to venture far from your vacation rental, you could always walk to most destinations. Once downtown, you can reach most of the in-town attractions in a matter of minutes on foot, although you’ll probably want to find transportation when heading to Race Point Lighthouse or one of the surrounding beaches.

You might also consider renting a bike, especially if you plan to explore the biking trails throughout Cape Cod. Bike rentals are affordable and give you more flexibility than other forms of travel.

The good news is that we’ve laid it all out for you, so all you have to do now is make your plans for your trip to Provincetown by booking your vacation home today.

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A Guide to Festivals and Events in P-Town
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Provincetown, or P-Town, has long been a favorite vacation destination for members of the LGBTQ community, principally due to the town's open and tolerant attitude. In fact, the growth of the area's gay and lesbian community goes all the way back to the 1920s, a time when the country was much less welcoming and tolerant. 

In those early years, vacationers and residents alike were able to experience the freedom to live their lives without judgment, while participating in the area's thriving arts and culture scene.

Today, Provincetown remains an inclusive town that retains its spot as a cultural and artistic hub on Cape Cod, while providing a whole series of events and festivals to celebrate the past, present, and future of the both the LGBTQ community and the area as a whole.

P-Town Spring Events on Cape Cod

Springtime means the return of good weather to the Cape and the people of P-Town know that this is when festival season begins. The event that kicks it all off is CabaretFest, which takes place in late May or early June and involves a series of concerts, parties, and workshops at The Crown & Anchor, a building containing seven different gay bars and nightclubs. Performances and parties tend to fill up quickly, so you'll want to book your tickets and Cape Cod vacation rental much earlier in the year.

The Provincetown International Film Festivalattracts filmmakers from all over the country, as well as the globe, and has become one of the United States' preeminent film festivals. The festival produces a wide variety of film types while doing an excellent job of highlighting the area's rich history as a fishing village, gay and lesbian haven, and colony of the arts.

Just as spring comes to an end, and summer kicks off, comes the Provincetown Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet, a four-day gathering filled with dancing, concerts, parades, and dining. The event ends with a bishop blessing the town's fishing and lobstering fleets for the year, which is a nod to the area's Portuguese fishing village heritage. 

Summer Events in Provincetown

As we move into summer, P-Town’s festivals surely take flight, and it all starts with the 4th of July Celebrations. Independence Week is full of events at the town's various nightclubs, including pool parties and performances by a plethora of gay DJs. If you plan on spending the entire week on the Cape, you can pick up a pass to every event at a discounted price. Independence Week also involves the annual fireworks display, which takes place at Provincetown Harbor.

Provincetown Bear Week is a nationally recognized festival that actually last for nine days and is full of pool parties and special events, including guest DJs and leather nights, at various local dance clubs. The festival is basically a week full of parties, and since it takes place in the middle of July, it's the perfect time to let loose.

Provincetown Festival ParadeFamilies come in all different forms and Provincetown's annual Family Week is the world's largest gathering of LGBTQ parents. This week-long event, held in late July and early August, provides family-friendly fun and welcomes families of all types. Games, crafts, dining, and workshops are all part of the festival, and there is even the chance for the kids to do some whale watching. 

The grandest festival in P-Town is Carnival Week. This week-long festival occurs in mid-August and attracts roughly 90,000 people to the town for its pool parties, cruises, parade, costume balls, and craft fairs. There are also plenty of dining options, along with nightlife that often features performances by icons of the gay community. If you plan on staying in Provincetown during the event, you'll have to reserve your vacation rentals well in advance.  

As summer comes to a close, the Afterglow Alternative Performance Arts Festival takes center stage. This festival highlights LGBTQ performers who might not have an extensive national following but are talented nonetheless. Close to 20 different performances take place over the week-long event.

Get to Know P-Town’s Fall Events

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that P-Town shuts down, as there is always a reason to head to the Cape’s northern tip. Early to mid October means it's time for Women's Week, a multi-day festival with parties, comedy shows, special dining events, and concerts. There's even tours of the famous dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore followed by bonfires on the beach, which is an amazing experience for anyone who has never participated.

The Fantasia Fair is an October conference designed for those questioning their genders, nonbinary-gendered individuals, and trans-gendered people. Many of the events are free, and the conference as a whole is a support system for those who are considering or have already made a life-altering choice in regards to their gender. 

One of the area’s newer festivals is the Provincetown Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival. The festival begins in mid-October and runs into early November. Exhibitions taking place throughout this two-week period include workshops, a parade, a dance, and a theatre performance. Keep in mind that all of the events, except for the seminars, take place in early November.

Some Provincetown Winter Events

Christmas time in Provincetown is something considerably different, as the Holly Folly Weekend, a free event complete with a Speedo run on Commercial Street and performances by the Gay Men's Chorus, kicks it all off. This event extends throughout the first weekend of December and also provides an excellent chance to see the decorations that local businesses have been able to come up with throughout the year. You can also find some great deals when looking for that special Christmas gift.

If you don't have any plans for New Year's Eve, First Light Provincetown is well worth a gander. This festival takes place over a six-day period leading up to the big day and involves drag bingo, a polar bear swim, live music, comedy events, and theater performances. There's even a fireworks display on the beach and a dance party, so it's well worth having a look if you're in the area.

Something for Everyone

Other events taking place throughout the year in the area include a dance party at the Pilgrim Monument, a leather weekend, and an international jazz festival, so there's something for people in all walks of life.

While P-Town is the country’s preeminent gay and lesbian community, it is also highly inclusive, and there unquestionably is something for everyone. So, whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or you just want to experience something different on your vacation and show your support, Provincetown is unmistakably worth checking out in any season.

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Cape Cod National Seashore: More Than Just Beaches
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, February 5, 2018

With nearly 40 miles of shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod National Seashore is, rightly so, known for its beaches. The area has six main beaches, Coast Guard, Nauset Light, Marconi, Head of the Meadow, Race Point, and Herring Cove, in addition to smaller, lesser known ones, but there is so much more to the area than the waterfront.

In total, the National Seashore is 43,607 acres in size, and there are countless activities to be found in the space that are sure to keep you occupied throughout your vacation.

Want to go hiking? No problem!

Interested in history? We’ve got you covered!  

Love seeing animals? You’ll never run out of opportunities!

Yes, by all means, hit the beaches when you visit Cape Cod National Seashore but don't forget to explore the other sites and activities that this beautiful and diverse area has to offer. We’re confident you’ll love what you see.

A Little Bit of History

On an official basis, Cape Cod National Seashore is relatively new, as it was given its national park status in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy and his family spend plenty of time vacationing on Cape Cod, and he wanted to preserve this exceptional region for future generations.

Overall, however, the land has been in use for about 9,000 years, when it was first inhabited by American Indians.

The first Europeans made their way to the region in 1620, spending about a month here before finally settling in what is now Plymouth. The area was attractive to settlers in future years because of its abundance of fresh water, fertile land, and protective landscape.

Cape Cod National Seashore has deep colonial roots that become clearer and clearer the more you spend time here. But first, you’ll want to get to know the natural environment, which is why so many people visit in the first place.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Feel like going for a hike? There are plenty of places to do so. In the South Wellfleet area sits Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, a moderately challenging hiking area that goes through an oak and pine forest before coming out in a swampy area with a boardwalk. The trail is just over a mile in length, so it can be completed quickly.

Pilgrim Spring is another short hiking trail in North Truro. The path is relatively simple, with a moderate grade and plenty of on-site parking, and is only 0.7 miles long. The site leads to the place where the pilgrims first tasted fresh water on Cape Cod, making it a historically significant trail, as well.

For a biking experience, Nauset Marsh Trail provides a comfortable ride with the option to extend the trip to Coast Guard Beach. The actual trail is a 1.3-mile loop and is peaceful, with very few elevation changes, and has some breathtaking views along the way.

Wildlife Encounters

While you're out and about, keep an eye out for some of the area's unique wildlife. More than 450 animal species live at Cape Cod National Seashore, including 25 protected species and 32 endangered or rare species.

On the coastline, you could encounter large marine mammals, turtles, gulls, and waterbirds. As you move inland, you are more likely to see the land mammals and reptiles that live in the woodland, swaps, and grasslands. One particular animal to keep an eye out for is the piping plover, a rare bird that nests in the sand. About 5% of the world's population of piping plover live at Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is one place worth checking out nearby because it has salt marshes and woodlands that are a hot spot for wildlife sightings.

You might also consider taking a boat trip out into the ocean if you have your heart set on seeing some sea mammals up close. If you're lucky, you might even come across the endangered North Atlantic right whales that feed off Race Point.

Landmarks and Sights

Sitting in Eastham between Coast Guard Beach and the Salt Pond Visitors Center is Doane Rock, a large boulder left behind by the Laurentide Ice Sheet, which covered most of Canada and large chunks of the United States, about 15,000 years ago.

As the story goes, when the glaciers melted, they left behind some geological abnormalities and one of them is this rock. It is named after John Doane, a deacon who was one of the first settlers in the area. He lived on this land in 1644, in a time when very few Europeans were around. The rock’s appearance might not blow you away, but it’s worth having a look at if you have the time because of its history.

After that, swing by The Three Sisters Lighthouses or Nauset Light while in Eastham, The Pilgrim Monument and Race Point Light in Provincetown, and Highlands Light in Truro. There is something that draws people to lighthouses and monuments, and these are some of the most prominent on The Cape.

Museums and Visitor Centers

We mentioned the history of the area before and what better way to learn about the history of Cape Cod National Seashore than by spending time at a museum?

In the north, you have options like Provincetown Museum, which is right at Pilgrim Monument, and Old Harbor Life-Saving Station Museum, on Race Point Beach.

Moving further south, Highland House in Truro and The 1869 Schoolhouse Museum in Eastham are worth a visit, especially if Cape Cod's history excites you the way it does for many other people who spend time here.

The area’s visitor centers are top-notch when learning about what makes the district so distinctive. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is perhaps the top choice, as it is full of interactive displays and shows educational films. There is also an on-site museum and bookshop.

Further north is The Province Lands Visitor Center, a smaller building that also shows educational films in its indoor theater and has a bookstore. The building has an observation deck, as well, which provides panoramic views of the ocean, sand dunes, Pilgrim Monument, and Race Point.

Embrace Life Away From the Beach

Of course, you’re sure to get plenty of beach time in when visiting Cape Cod in the summer. After all, that’s probably the reason why you’re visiting this area in the first place. At the same time, it’s good to know that there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied when spending time at Cape Cod National Seashore.

If you ever need a day away from the beach to let your sunburn heal or relax away from the heat, the National Seashore has you covered. So, plan your next Cape Cod Vacation around the Cape Cod National Seashore and you will soon notice that Cape Cod National Seashore is unlike the other National Parks you have visited in the past.

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