Visit to Provincetown, MA

While we are waiting for snow to fall this evening (we’re expecting 1-3 inches here in the city tonight/tomorrow from a rare October Nor’easter), I thought I would finish the post about our August trip to Provincetown, MA.

We stayed at Christopher’s by the Bay. We had reservations for 2 nights, but ended up just staying 1 night with the impending hurricane!

Provincetown- August 2011

We like staying at bed & breakfasts because each one is so different and it’s a surprise when you get there.

Provincetown- August 2011

Having booked less than a week before, it was slim-picking in P-town. But Christopher’s was a great place to stay. It’s less than a block from the main street that everything is on and is still quiet. We had a room on the top floor and it was an excellent value. We had a full bed and a shared bathroom. Again, each place is different and here they named the rooms after artists.

View of the back garden:
Provincetown- August 2011

Breakfast table:
Provincetown- August 2011

Where we ate breakfast:
Provincetown- August 2011

There were lots of galleries and cute shops:
Provincetown- August 2011

I loved these whales!!! They were cut from wood and looked so neat!
Provincetown- August 2011

There were little walkways and alleys to shops and restaurants:
Provincetown- August 2011

View of the beach:
Provincetown- August 2011

In the afternoons, actors from the shows go out into the street, interact with the crowds, and hand out flyers for that night’s show:
Provincetown- August 2011

Provincetown- August 2011

There were several t-shirt shops:
Provincetown- August 2011

There were lots of old houses that were kept up nice:
Provincetown- August 2011

Another bed and breakfast:
Provincetown- August 2011

We caught a sunset between 2 houses:
Provincetown- August 2011

So we found a walkway to the beach:
Provincetown- August 2011

We had our first Narragansett Fest. It’s the Narragansett (Rhode Island) brewery’s traditional German Oktoberfest style beer.
Provincetown- August 2011

When we’re in a touristy place, we like to look around for a while and then find the postcards/prints for sale in the gift shops to see if we’ve seen most of the attractions. For P-town, there were lots of prints of the Lobster Pot so it’s one of the quintessential pictures of the city.

Provincetown- August 2011

We went to the Lobster Pot and I got my first lobster roll:
Provincetown- August 2011

For those of you that don’t know here’s what in a lobster roll- it’s lobster meat, tossed with mayonnaise, scallion, and diced celery on a roll. You eat it more like a hot dog rather than a sandwich. It was served with potato salad. It was okay- just okay- although the bread was awful. I was glad that I tried it since we were at the Lobster Pot.

Pilgrim Monument in the background:
Provincetown- August 2011

The Pilgrim Monument was built between 1907-1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in Provincetown on November 21, 1620. They spent 5 weeks on Cape Cod, before they sailed on to Plymouth.
Provincetown- August 2011

It is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. You can walk up to too! Hopefully you’re not afraid of heights:
Provincetown- August 2011

During the climb, you can see interior stones that were donated by cities, towns and organizations from all of the United States.
Provincetown- August 2011

The view from the top:
Provincetown- August 2011

We weren’t really impressed with the top because it was raining and it wasn’t covered but there was a fence with gates all the way around and so it was hard to get a picture without getting the gate in it or getting wet:

Provincetown- August 2011

We climbed back down and went into the museum where we learned that President Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone (1907) and President William H. Taft led the dedication ceremony after the Pilgrim Monument’s completion in 1910.

The museum also housed a section of artifacts brought back from Arctic explorations around in 1913 by Provincetown native Donald B. MacMillan
Provincetown- August 2011

Provincetown- August 2011

By late afternoon on Saturday, a few businesses had boarded up their windows in preparation for Hurricane Irene:

Provincetown- August 2011

This gallery was still open:
Provincetown- August 2011

You can see the monument in the background:
Provincetown- August 2011

Before we left, we got “fried dough” from the Portuguese bakery. We thought it looked like an alien. It was shaped a little funny, but it’s similar to what we call elephant ears back in Kentucky.
Provincetown- August 2011

We got on the last ferry back to Boston before the storm:
Provincetown- August 2011

We got to watch the Patriots football game:
Provincetown- August 2011

Boston ended up just getting rain and some wind from Hurricane Irene, but other places like New York and Vermont had bad flooding.

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5 thoughts on “Visit to Provincetown, MA

  1. pam

    What a neat place. You all have so many neat adventures. How great. Thanks again for sharing & all your wonderful pictures & postings.
    I guess the ferry would not have run, if a hurricane was close?

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    1. wanda

      I can’t believe all these places you are visiting. The pictures are great.
      You two must really be having a ball. I am so happy that you are getting to do so much stuff.

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  2. I love staying at B&Bs… they are always so cozy! And lobster roll is definitely the way to go in the middle of summer. If it’s on the menu, 99% of the time I’ll get it. Actually, make it 99.9%… 0.01% would be if I got one for lunch already and it’s dinner time 😉

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  3. Soni

    I’ve never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast before–I’m really missing out on a lot of fun and new adventures!!!!
    Sorry you had to leave with such sober thoughts. And I’m really glad you just got a little wet (no nasty stuff)
    hugs

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