A Visit To Provincetown

P'town Public Library

P’town Public Library


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Pilgrim Monument

Pilgrim Monument

The title isn’t quite right. You cannot see Provincetown in “A” visit. There is so much to see, do, eat, experience. Since I try to keep my blogs short, I’ll hit some high points in this one, but I’ll be back with more another time.
You may know that the pilgrims landed on Cape Cod first, in 1620, where the Pilgrim Monument stands today in Provincetown. That was after the Native Americans, the Vikings, and the European explorers. But the pilgrims stuck. Except for a brave few, they only stayed for five weeks on the tip of the Cape before going to Plymouth to make the Rock famous. Later, Colonial settlers moved in, followed by Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the fishing industry, making their home in P’town. By the mid-1800s, Provincetown had one of the most prosperous fishing and whaling industries. One of P’town’s famous whalers, the Charles W. Morgan, is currently undergoing restoration in Mystic Seaport, CT. It will be coming to visit its old home harbor next year. Look for my face in the crowd.
Though there is still an active fishing industry, the busy, picturesque harbor is also home to Whale Watching boats, (a must do), and pleasure boats. P’town today is an artist colony and a tourist destination. The population of less than three thousand rises to sixty thousand in the summer season. Trying to find parking in season is not for the short of patience. If you don’t mind crowds, there are special events held in P’town that people flock to see. The Provincetown International Film Festival in June; the Portuguese Festival and Blessing of the Fleet; the Carnival in August, and more.
P’town has four beaches, a great bike trail, art galleries that snuggle up against each other along Commercial Street, amazing architecture from the littlest cottage to the majestic recently renovated Public Library. The oldest known Cape Cod house is in P’town. Don’t forget the museums, walking tours, shops, and restaurants.
My perfect visit is a sunny day in September when the crowds have diminished. We pack a picnic and drive to Herring Cove Beach to eat it. Then we find a parking place low down on Commercial Street and walk up to the town center. We shop, have coffee, stroll by the beautiful gardens, watch the always interesting folks go by. At about five o’clock, we head to Fanizzi’s Restaurant, http://www.fanizzisrestaurant.com. We go early so we can sit in the back room on the water. If you get a table along the outer wall, you can’t see the slim beach below, so it feels like you’re dining on a boat. Don’t do it on a rough seas day if you are prone to seasickness. Not kidding. Then go home early and watch the Red Sox game. A perfect place to sign off.

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About Gerri

I'm in my second career. Besides raising my beautiful family, worked as RN. Now I'm a novelist. Have completed five novels and working on my sixth. Way more fun than nursing! Happy hubby and neurotic cat hang out with me.

Posted on October 7, 2013, in On Cape Cod and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Great reading, Gerri!

    Julie

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  2. Wow, sounds like an amazing place. Want to get on a jet plane and visit. Love to read your posts.

  3. I like the photos almost as much as reading about the visit.

  4. Thanks for the new restaurant tip: we always go to the Lobster Pot, recommended by our mutual friend, but it’s nice to hear an insider’s hint!
    Don’t you love the half-size ship model inside the Library? Outstanding views from the windows all around it, and amazingly peaceful, even in summer.

    • I think you should be writing. You have a soft and lovely voice and it’s obvious, you are an observant person. Half-size ship model? Really? Have to go back!

  5. Very impressive write-up…..Provincetown has a rich history and you have hit the highlights beautiful. Sounded like a lovely day.

  6. On a blissfully beautiful day I can imagine the colors of the ocean and the sky and the sand all melding together in perfect harmony. Thank you for such an evocative blog.

  7. Great post. Would love to try that restaurant.

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