Provincetown is a unique destination that has long attracted diverse people, starting with the Pilgrims in 1620, who like many of today’s visitors stayed less than 2 weeks. As a preeminent whaling port and later Portuguese fishing village, Provincetown looked to the sea and the abundant life in it for work and sustenance. Later, artists like Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler made Provincetown their summer home and inspirational landscape, while poets, playwrights and authors such as Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, John Dos Pasos and Harry Kemp made the “town at the end of the land” their stage. The forerunners of the freedom-loving artists and writers who still live here today in the 1950s and 1960s welcomed gays and lesbians to their summer playground. In the 1960s President Kennedy preserved 80% of the town as part of the Cape Cod National Seashore and that has kept our town quaint and connected to the environment like few other places in America. Today, Provincetown is a rich quilt of gay life, artists, writers, Portuguese fishermen and visitors. To enjoy this rich canvas, visitors can entertain themselves riding bikes, exploring the dunes, watching whales, eating fresh seafood and enjoying our glittering shows of Broadway stars and Drag Performers.
On our blog, entitled The 42nd Parallel is about the experience of Provincetown; the food, the sights, the sunsets and the nightlife. Please follow us to keep informed about the latest information and events. In addition to the blog, we offer you a self-edited tourism guide from the Wikipedia family of sites under the heading Provincetown. The Wikivoyage article on Provincetown is regularly updated and always relevant.
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Staying in Provincetown
There are about 70 guesthouses in Provincetown with a wide range of accommodations, amenities and prices. Most are small and offer the opportunity to meet other guests and share the experience of Provincetown with new friends. 8 Dyer Hotel is an intimate inn with 7 rooms and features a gourmet cooked-from-scratch breakfast every day. We offer a pool (in season) and bikes to borrow. Our Jacuzzi is popular all year round and with fireplaces in most rooms, our winters are cozy and relaxing. We are located near the center of town and offer complimentary transfers from the pier or airport. For those who drive, we offer parking because most guests don’t use their cars once they realize how close everything is. We also offer concierge services to assist our guests in making the most of their time in Provincetown. We can provide dinner suggestions and reservations, show tickets and Dune Tour or Whale Watch tickets.