Provincetown Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Playing in P-town

By Mary Moran

Provincetown, Cape Cod
Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, located at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, is a small town with a whole lot of character. Taking a day trip to Provincetown will certainly not disappoint, because there are many interesting options when it comes to activities, both during the day and evening. You may want to linger later because of the great nightlife that P-town  has to offer. This historic art and theater community is the ideal place for the whole family. In Provincetown center you will discover numerous art galleries, unique boutiques, great dining, and a diverse and lively night-time scene. The evenings offer choices such as dancing, shows, performances, and movies. Just outside of town is the beautiful National Seashore,  the legendary Race Point Beach, and whale watching cruises if exploring the ocean and soft sand is more of your idea for a wonderful Cape Cod day trip.

Provincetown, Cape Cod bench.
Provincetown bench.

If you are interested in the history of this beautiful Cape Cod town, take a walk through the Provincetown Museum. Located at the foot of the Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum lets you explore the history of this once thriving maritime and whaling community. You can also learn about the first landing of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim’s five week stay in Provincetown before they set off for their final destination in Plymouth. The Mayflower Compact was actually written during the Pilgrim’s stay in Provincetown! In addition to the maritime history, the museum also focuses on the early American Theater that led Provincetown to become a famous community for the theater and arts.

After learning about some of Provincetown’s rich history, if you are ambitious, climb the Pilgrim Monument and get a view of Cape Cod and the ocean that is truly specular. This 252 foot tall monument was built in 1910 to commemorate the first landing of the Mayflower and the arrival of the Pilgrims. The monument is open to the public and totally worth the 116 step trek to the top.

Winter beach in Provincetown Cape Cod
Winter beach.

To see some of the town’s modern art, visit the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Established in 1914, this museum is the most visited art museum on Cape Cod. Here you will find a variety of modern art exhibits all created by local artists. The Art Association strives to continue an active and diverse art involvement in the community. The Association and Museum holds multiple workshops and events year-round so that everyone can become involved and inspired to create His /her own unique works of art.

Rusty fishing buoys
Rusty fishing buoys
Waiting for the Tide
Waiting for the Tide

The old saying says, “The best things come in small packages”, and Provincetown is no exception. This small beach community has so much to offer. Spending the day there is great for vacationers of any age and at any time of the year. it is true that the town is a little sleepier in the off season but there are still activities. The easy commute from Falmouth makes this day trip even sweeter. Provincetown is only a little over an hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn and is a straight shot east on Route 6. Getting lost is practically impossible! In addition, when you are staying in our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn and want to do a little pre-trip planning, you can relax in the Inn’s living-room and take advantage of our Wifi to find a schedule of the exciting year-round events in Provincetown. You are bound to find something that catches your eye!

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures all over the Cape, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.


Mary Moran is a Falmouth native and knowledgable about Cape Cod. In addition to writing for the Palmer House Inn, she’s also frequently at the inn and available  to answer quest’s questions. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time exploring Falmouth’s coastal waterways.

Daytrip to Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Are you interested in learning the history of this great land? Do you want a fun filled interactive way to explore? If so, taking a daytrip to Plymouth, MA is a great way to spend an adventurous day outside learning about our great land’s past.

Downtown Plymouth is less than a hour’s drive from the Palmer House Inn. It bustles with many fine restaurants and shops. The downtown area is also the location of the famous Plymouth Rock. This landmark is the spot where settlers first landed in the new world in 1620. Located next to the rock is the Mayflower II. She is a complete, to scale replica of the original historic vessel that sailed across the Atlantic. Hop aboard this seventeenth century ship and get a tour. One can imagine what it must have been like to travel across a vast ocean during that time period.

Plimouth at Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

A Datrip to Plymouth Plantation

To get an even more realistic experience into what it was like in America in the 1700’s, take a walk around Plymouth Plantation. The Plantation is two fully functioning replicated villages of both the colonists and the Native Americans. The Native Americans had lived and thrives off the land for centuries before the arrival of the colonists. In order to tour these villages your first stop will be the Visitor’s Center.  Here you can purchase tickets to the plantation and check out the Museum’s Shops. These shops sell beautiful Native American jewelry, handmade toys and food that was unique to the time period. The center is open year-round and hosts a wide variety of events.

In the Wampanoag village one will find actors of Native American descent who are dressed in period accurate clothing. As you walk through the village and into their homes you will discover many different aspects of their way of living. Besides their attire, you can view how they cooked, ate, planted and harvested crops. You will see the games that they played, learn about their music and dance. These are all portrayed on site. While there you can ask the actors questions about their lives and work. They will be sure to have a tale or an interesting tid-bit to share about their culture and lifestyle in the seventh century.

To learn about the English colonists, you can visit their village also. The actors there are also clad in period attire. They will also share stories from the time and teach you about their lives and struggles in their new land. This community gives you a look into both the maritime and farming ways of life. It is interesting to view the animals that were common in the area. In addition you will want to view the houses and gardens that were built by the settlers.

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Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Plymouth Plantation: 41.938166, -70.625332
Palmer House Inn: 41.555639, -70.620020
Plymouth Visitor/'s Center: 41.960984, -70.667302
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Plymouth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States
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81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States
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Plymouth Visitor/'s Center
130 Water Street, Plymouth, MA, United States

Plymouth Grist Mill

If the Mayflower and the Plantation isn’t enough for one day, be sure to visit the Plymouth Grist Mill. This corn grinding mill is a reproduction of a mill that built in 1636. The site is open year-round and is fully operational. This mill is open daily and when it is running you can observe how it functions and you can even purchase some stone ground corn meal.

Plymouth is a wonderful daytrip to take for people of all ages. There are numerous options for recreation, learning and you can not beat the beautiful coastal views. Enjoy the history and beauty of this charming town while staying with us at the Palmer House Inn.

 


Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Plymouth, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.

Experience Martha’s Vineyard

Lifesaver on the Martha's Vineyard Ferry

By Mary Moran

Photography by L.V. O’Connell

If you are looking for a true Cape Cod experience, hopping on the ferry and spending the day on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard is an absolute must. From fabulous public beaches to unique shopping and dining to picturesque lighthouses, this island will surely not disappoint. Every town, whether it is Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, or Aquinnah, has something special to offer. Also, if you want to travel to all of these great locations, just grab a $7 day pass from the Vineyard Transit Authority and the bus will take you to and from all the sights.  Also, from Memorial Day through Labor Day there are narrated tour busses that will take you to points of interest on the island. The tour takes two hours. Some visitors take the tour then spend the remainder of the day, returning to the locations that most interested them.

Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard from the Cape Cod Ferry
Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard from the Ferry
Martha's Vineyard Ferry at dock in Woods Hole
Martha’s Vineyard Ferry at dock in Woods Hole

Most likely, Vineyard Haven will be your first stop when arriving on Martha’s Vineyard. This spot is the year‐round connection to and from the mainland. Here you will find excellent retail shops and eateries including the infamous Black Dog Restaurant and gift shop. Admiring the beautiful harbor and West Chop Lighthouse is always a good time. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

Dock Street & Kelly Street
Dock Street & Kelly Street

Oak Bluffs, the Vineyard’s other ferry destination, is a wonderful place to explore with the family. Water‐front restaurants and beautiful beaches are far from scarce in this popular island town. Art galleries and unique shopping boutiques are around every corner and you are guaranteed to find something you love! Also, strolling through the streets and taking a look at the one‐ of‐a‐kind “gingerbread” cottages with their well kept flower gardens, will be sure to bring out your inner child. There are over 300 of these brightly colored houses all with their own name and personal touches. When you are finished getting your fill of these crazy little houses, be sure to take a ride on one of the oldest operating carousels in the country: The Flying Horses. Try your best to grab a brass ring! If you do, you get another ride for free and a great memory to last a lifetime. There are also many places to rent a bicycle, moped or even a Jeep for the day so you can continue on around the rest of the island.

For some excellent public beaches that have an abundance of parking available, Edgartown is the place to go. You can get a nice tan and a dose of the sand, salty air, and warm ocean water. The breathtaking ocean scenery is outstanding any time of the year. Edgartown was a whaling community and the streets are lined with beautiful old sea captains’ homes. In addition, in Edgartown, you will find some prime high‐end shopping areas and wonderful restaurants to help you to unwind.

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Martha//'s Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Vineyard Haven: 41.380498, -70.645473
Edgartown: 41.389005, -70.513360
Oak Bluffs: 41.454279, -70.561972
Aquinnah: 41.335237, -70.800786
Gay Head Light: 41.346630, -70.836450
West Chop Lighthouse: 41.480500, -70.599900
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81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA, United States
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Martha/'s Vineyard, Vineyard Haven, Dukes County, MA, United States
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Oak Bluffs, MA, United States
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Aquinnah, MA, United States
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Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah, MA, United States
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West Chop Lighthouse
West Chop Lighthouse, Tisbury, MA, United States

Harbor
Harbor

Finally, for a more relaxing and scenic experience away from the hustle and bustle of retail therapy and delicious seafood, take a trip over to Aquinnah. There, you will find the first lighthouse to be built on Martha’s Vineyard. The Gay Head Light was originally constructed in 1799 and is a Cape Cod viewing necessity. Continue on through Aquinnah and check out the beautiful red clay cliffs that surround this old whaling town. Aquina is also where the Native Americans have their shops with many interesting and one of a kind items.

Sidestreet
Sidestreet

Everywhere you look; there are endless options for fun and adventure on Martha’s Vineyard. No matter what part of the island you visit, you are sure to have a great time and a unique experience that will be remembered.

While you are staying with us at the Palmer House Inn, planning a day trip to the Vineyard will be hassle free. We have ferry schedules, maps of the island, and you can even get your ferry tickets from us at a slight discount,  at the front desk. Not to mention, the Steamship Authority shuttle bus to the ferry landing in Wood’s Hole is only a ten minute walk from our Cape Cod bed and breakfast inn!

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Cape Cod's Stowe Room, A
Harriet Beecher Stowe room
Cape Cod's Roosevelt Room, B
Cape Cod’s Roosevelt Room, B

While all of our rooms have their own individual charm suitable for relaxation after the most wonderful day of adventures exploring Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, we recommend the Harriet Beecher Stowe room, the Theodore Roosevelt room or the Emily Dickinson room. These rooms feature comfortable king beds, fireplaces, jacuzzi-style tubs and a relaxing stay before and after your day.