Plan a romantic weekend getaway to Provincetown, Massachusetts a charming beach town in New England. From historic inns, elegant hotels, spacious cottages and cozy B&Bs, couples have plenty to choose from when planning their trip.
Art lovers can stay at an inn featuring unique works of art throughout the property. There are also inns with pet-friendly accommodations, gourmet restaurants, and romantic fireplaces.
1. The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
© The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
The Provincetown Hotel has been serving the area since 1979 and it is right in the heart of town. The hotel has 9 apartment units, a suite, and 10 luxurious rooms. Rooms have a Keurig coffee maker, wet bar, DVD player with TV, free wireless Internet, private balcony, fireplace, hot tub, and Tempurpedic mattress. Eight of the rooms are pet-friendly and child-friendly.
Guests can relax on the sun decks, in the gardens, or use the BBQ grills. If you are traveling with children, they will enjoy added amenities such as movies, games, and books. Guests are treated to a breakfast made to order with the option of enjoying it in the garden courtyard patio or Great Room. Refreshments and cookies are available all afternoon. The hotel also has a free shuttle service to the pier and local airport along with personal concierge services. More things to do in Massachusetts
102 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-3232
2. White Porch Inn Art Hotel
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At the romantic White Porch Inn, visitors can admire amazing works of art spread throughout the property. The nine rooms are tastefully decorated in a “beachy-chic” style, featuring contemporary art, calming qualities, and clean lines. Rooms have private baths, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, Bluetooth connectivity on the audio systems, free wireless Internet, refrigerators, hair dryers, bathrobes, and air conditioning. You can also choose a room with amazing views, a spa tub, private entrances, or a fireplace.
The White Porch Gallery is on-site and provides rotating exhibits of traditional and contemporary art for guests and visitors to enjoy. Guests are welcome to relax in the kitchen, front room, and living room or borrow a beach towel and chair. In addition to the European continental breakfast, there is a tea and beverage bar within the sitting room and complimentary port and sherry.
7 Johnson Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-364-2549
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3. Romantic Getaway in Provincetown, MA: Prince Albert Guest House
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This historic building was originally the home of a Sea Captain and built in 1850 during the whaling days. Now it is a restored building with modern hotel amenities and 8 guest rooms, each of which has a private bath. The rooms have ductless air conditioning systems, mini fridges, and flat-panel LCD TVs.
In addition to easy access to the various performances, galleries, and restaurants in Provincetown, the location of Prince Albert Guest House means visitors can see performers promoting their shows right outside the courtyard.
You essentially get previews of all the shows for free while enjoying a secluded time in the courtyard. There is also a computer work station, wireless Internet throughout, a rear garden, a seasonal hot tub, and private patios. The expanded continental breakfast features Belgian Waffles, gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, fresh baked goods, yogurt, cereal, and orange juice.
164 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-1850
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4. Land’s End Inn
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The award-winning Land’s End Inn benefits from outstanding views due to its wonderfully elevated location on top of Gull Hill. In addition, guests at this landmark property will find themselves just a few steps from the beach. Whether you and your partner are looking for a relaxing or an active romantic getaway, you will find everything you need at Land’s End Inn, which is within easy walking distance of all the attractions of Provincetown. Each of the individually furnished guestrooms and suites has a wonderfully welcoming Cape Cod ambiance to perfectly set the tone for your getaway. Added extras include a daily continental breakfast, all day snacks and cheese and wine reception every evening.
22 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, 508 487 0706
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5. Romantic Places to Stay in Provincetown, MA: The Inn at Cook Street
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The Inn at Cook Street is right in the center of the oldest continuous Art Colony in the United States and the building is an 1836 Greek Revival plus two cottages. In addition to the cottages, there are two suites that combine a living room and bedroom and four bedroom suites. Each has a private bath and many also feature sundecks, fireplaces, and private entrances. The rooms have Egyptian sheets and towels with 800 thread count, wireless Internet, HBO, beach towels, and flat-screen TVs.
Guests can watch the koi in the pond, hang out in the relaxing gardens or sit on the decks. The complimentary breakfast can be served in the dining room, in the garden, or on the deck and the innkeepers can accommodate most dietary restrictions with notice. Otherwise, it includes a hot dish, fresh baked goods, fruit, granola, and yogurt. Guests also get access to Mighty Leaf Teas tea, Keurig coffee, Stumptown Roasters Coffee, spring water, and baked goods in the afternoon. Guests can also make their own food on the gas barbeque grill. There is complimentary pickup from the ferry and airport along with concierge services.
7 Cook Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-3894
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6. Romantic Places to Stay in Provincetown, MA: The Foxberry Inn
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This bed and breakfast features 12 rooms for guests to choose from and is within easy walking distance of many local attractions and the shoreline. Guests can choose from rooms with two full-size beds, a queen, or a king bed. Every room has wireless Internet, an iron with ironing board, hair dryer, flat-panel TV, coffee maker, air conditioning, private bathroom, and mini-fridge. You also get pillow-top mattresses, free local calls, and clock radios with MP3 docking.
Every room has access to a parking spot and everyone can enjoy the common areas and patios. The extended continental breakfast features fresh-baked muffins and breads along with juice, coffee, and tea. The afternoon includes complimentary refreshments perfect for getting some energy back after a day at the beach.
29 Bradford Street Extension, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-8583
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7. The White Wind Inn
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The White Wind Inn aims to offer guests a true Provincetown experience and it is open year-round. The building was constructed in 1845 by a shipbuilder and today it has period touches plus modern amenities. Many of the rooms have water views and/or fireplaces and each one is packed with charm. Each of the 12 guest rooms have a private bath, free wireless Internet, and flat-screen cable TV.
Those who prefer more privacy can opt for one of the four cottages or suites which are essentially smaller homes away from home.
Guests can enjoy the common room with its grand piano and fireplace or sit on the front porch and watch people walk along Commercial Street. The private backyard patio is perfect for some quieter relaxation. There is an area for storing bikes as well. The expanded complimentary continental breakfast helps guests start their day right.
174 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-1526
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8. Masthead Resort
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The Masthead Resort is a classic Cape Cod romantic getaway destination, located just steps from the beach. The resort has been welcoming guests for more than 63 years, with unobstructed sea views and a selection of guestrooms, cottages and suites. You can spend your days soaking up the sun on the resort’s private beach and sundeck or enjoying the beautifully manicured gardens. For a special romantic occasion you can book one of their spacious Waterfront cottages or suites, offering sweeping sea views. The resort is located within walking distance of the town and a good selection of restaurants, coffee shops and water sport facilities.
31-41 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, 508 487 0623
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9. Romantic Weekend Getaway: Queen Vic Bed & Beverage
© Queen Vic Bed & Beverage
Located in a historic sea captain’s home, Queen Vic Bed & Beverage features nine rooms, each with a private bath and either a king or queen bed. Rooms have wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, and mini fridges. The large and stately rooms also have air conditioning, which is found throughout the property.
Guests can relax in the gardens, sit on the front patio, or enjoy the inn’s private hot tub. The inn also has a newly-installed bar with fresh cocktails every afternoon. Expect the bar to be quiet and relaxing as it is only open to guests and their friends. The day begins with a complimentary breakfast featuring daily baked treats and fresh cut fruit. Meet the other guests during the regular Meet and Greet in the large outdoor area.
166 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-8425
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10. Romantic Weekend Getaway: Snug Cottage
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Snug Cottage aims to create a warm and secure place for guests to enjoy while receiving easy access to Provincetown attractions. It was built in 1825 and surrounds guest with history along with modern amenities. Guests get complimentary high-speed wireless Internet throughout the property, multiple daily newspapers, access to the DVD library, and AVEDA toiletries and bath products. Other amenities in the eight rooms include hair dryers, private baths, iPod docking stations, alarm clocks, flat-screen TVs, ceiling fans, and air conditioning. Some rooms also have fireplaces, tubs, and expansive windows.
The quiet garden is perfect for enjoying a snack and some wine or just relaxing. In the morning, you are treated to a breakfast buffet that includes a delicious fruit and nut granola that guests tend to request the recipe of. To keep you energetic throughout the day, there are afternoon snacks and wine.
178 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-1616
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11. Romantic Weekend Getaway: 8 Dyer Hotel
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The 8 Dyer Hotel is a bed and breakfast just steps away from all the Provincetown attractions such as shopping and the beach. The hotel is cozy and owned by a chef, giving everyone the personal attention and/or privacy they want. Each room has individual climate control, a closet, a private bathroom, a safe, a wet bar featuring a fridge and sink, an iron, a hair dryer, an alarm clock, USB charging stations, a flat-screen TV, DirectTV and HBO, deluxe towels, and luxury toiletries. You can request flowers, wine, champagne, or arrange a tour as well.
Guests can relax in the indoor hot tub or pool. There are also complimentary bikes and helmets, towels, beach chairs, and concierge services. The full gourmet breakfast is delicious; after all, a chef is the owner. Breakfast is in the form of a buffet packed with various savory and sweet dishes, fresh fruit, fresh homemade breads and muffins made from scratch, pancakes or waffles, fresh orange juice, fresh brewed coffee, local jams and honey, and more. The hotel can accommodate most special diets with notice.
8 Dyer Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-0880
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12. Romantic Weekend Getaway: The Sunset Inn Guest House
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The Sunset Inn is among the oldest guest houses in Provincetown. It dates back to a mid-19th century private home and has welcomed guests for over half a century. The rooms are spacious and have either shared or private baths and single, double, queen, or king beds. Every room has its own décor along with a color TV and in-room phone.
There are 18 accommodations to choose from.
Guests can relax on the garden patio while looking at the flower beds and manicured lawn or sit on a sundeck. The living and conversation areas feature data ports. Guests receive a continental breakfast which includes homemade muffins, fruit, coffee cake, freshly brewed coffee, tea, juice, milk, and cereal on the garden patio. The inn’s location is perfect for those who want to enjoy everything Provincetown has to offer. It is just a block from the beach and from the center of town.
142 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-9810
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13. Romantic Weekend Getaway: Land’s End Inn
© Land’s End Inn
Land's End Inn offers 18 luxurious guest rooms and is right at the top of Gull Hill in the West End. This location allows for impressive views and the offers a perfect location with just a short walk to the downtown area or steps to the beach. Rooms can sleep two or four guests with queen or king beds. Every room has a flat-screen TV, heating and air conditioning controls, personal bathrobes, premium toiletries, pillow-top mattresses with lush linens, and complimentary wireless Internet. Some rooms are pet-friendly and they may also have features like premium shower heads, sitting areas, and whirlpool tubs.
The day begins with a continental breakfast featuring home-baked breads and muffins, fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit, berries, coffee, tea, cereal, jam, and yogurt. There are complimentary beverages during the day. The early evening features fine wines and beer along with a complimentary cheese tray.
22 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-0706
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14. Romantic Weekend Getaway in Provincetown, MA: Crowne Pointe Inn
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This historic inn and spa gives guests the chance to unwind at the center of everything in downtown Provincetown with luxurious accommodations, an on-site restaurant, and other amenities. The hotel has 40 rooms spread throughout six buildings which have been architecturally restored. Many rooms have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. There are seven different room types, including the Penthouse Suite, Deluxe Two Story, Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites, and the choice of Pamper Me Once, Twice, or Three Times amenities. Every room has a DVD player, coffee maker, Internet services, and more.
Guests can relax at Kiehl’s Shui Spa. Other on-site amenities include home baked cookies and treats in the afternoon, an in-ground dipping pool, an in-ground 10-person hot tub, private concierge, newspapers, spa and beach towels, and wet bars. The on-site restaurant The Pointe is perfect for an upscale meal. Rooms also receive a complimentary gourmet hot breakfast buffet with cooked to order treats.
82 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-6767
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15. Romantic Weekend Getaway: Carpe Diem Guesthouse
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The Carpe Diem Guesthouse provides sleeping accommodations and a relaxing spa at one convenient location. Every room and suite has a unique personality and you can choose from rooms with fireplaces, hot tubs, and/or king-sized beds. All have cable TVs with DVD players, down comforters and pillows, stereo alarms, bath robes, air conditioning, premium toiletries, and hair dryers.
All guests have access to the common rooms, patios, and gardens. You can relax by the fireplace in the common room. Guests can also enjoy bike storage, wireless Internet, and laundry service. The spa area has an outdoor shower, hot tub, dry sauna, steam room, and available massage services. The inn provides a beach bag featuring snacks, water, and towels. The coffee station is always stocked with Carpe Diem coffee and guests get complimentary port and sherry along with a cheese and wine hour and afternoon refreshments. The day begins with a homemade gourmet breakfast with the typical continental breakfast items plus fresh eggs made to order and daily specials such as pancakes and waffles.
12 – 14 Johnson Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-4242
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16. Brass Key Guesthouse
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This hotel and guesthouse is right by Commercial Street for easy access to everything in the area. There are eight room types to choose from, including Classic and Superior Queens, Cottages, Poolside Cabanas, and a Penthouse Suite. Each of the 43 rooms and suites is heated and air conditioned and has free wireless Internet, iPod adaptors, premium Keurig Coffee makers, mini-fridges, coolers, rain umbrellas, and beach towels along with a flat-screen LCD TV.
The guesthouse features a terraced courtyard, oversized in-ground spa, and infinity edge pool along with beautiful landscaping. You can go to the private rooftop deck with a water view, lounge next to the pool or relax in the 15-person hot tub. There is an evening cheese and wine reception. The on-site Shipwreck Lounge is among the most popular gay lounges in the area and great for a cocktail or wine in an upscale environment. Enjoy a complimentary beverage by the pool.
67 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-9005
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17. Weekend Getaways Near Me: Admiral’s Landing
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This 1860’s building is centrally located, meaning it is just a short walk to galleries, restaurants, or shops. This women-owned bed and breakfast features eight guest rooms in two buildings with fireplaces and complimentary wireless Internet. You can enjoy air-jetted pedestal tubs or large waterfall showers in the private bathrooms. There is even the Waves Penthouse for extra privacy and luxury. Other in-room amenities include hair dryers, HD TVs with DVDs, alarm clocks featuring iPod docking, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and fridges.
Guests have access to the private courtyard, garden patio, and a gas grill for barbecuing. The expanded complimentary continental breakfast is homemade, and guests can expect cereal, yogurt, granola, freshly baked muffins or similar items, and hot egg dishes.
158 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-9665
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18. Weekend Getaways Near Me: Somerset House Inn
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Somerset House Inn is one of the accommodations in Provincetown that is open all year round and it is right by Cape Cod Bay, giving amazing views. Each room has a phone, triple sheeting, a TV with cable and a DVD player, a private bath, wireless Internet, individual heating and air conditioning controls, irons, hair dryers, and mini-fridges. Some rooms also have fireplaces and all rooms get daily housekeeping. This inn prides itself on being gay-friendly and offers 12 rooms to choose from.
Guests have access to a bike rack, fax machine, and computer room. The nightly cocktail hour is perfect for mingling with other guests and the hot breakfast is the perfect start to any day. Breakfast includes iced or hot coffee, juice, hot Harney & Sons tea, a hot main dish, seasonal fruit, yogurt, cereal, and baked goods. The innkeepers can meet dietary restrictions with notice.
378 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-0383
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19. Romantic Weekend Getaways: Aerie House & Beach Club
© Aerie House & Beach Club
Aerie House offers nearly every type of accommodation guests could want, including rooms with shared or private baths, suites, and even efficiency or waterfront apartments. The Beach Club has three single-story apartments and a stand-alone cottage. These apartments have wireless Internet, two TVs, a DVD player, a CD player and clock radio with an iPod dock, and a charcoal grill along with air conditioning or floor fans. Guesthouse rooms have similar amenities, with air conditioning, pillow-top mattresses, fridges, coffeemakers, LCD flat-screen TVs, cable, DVD players, CD alarm clock radios with iPod docking, and some feature gas fireplaces. There is complimentary champagne upon arrival.
Those in the Guest House or Beach House can enjoy all of the same common amenities, including the DVD library. The inn provides complimentary bicycles for guests to explore the area with ease and has a private beach harbor. The outdoor hot tub is a huge hit as is the sun deck with its bay view. Breakfast changes every day and has baked goods, hot dishes, cereal, fruit, yogurt, bagels, and more along with newspapers. Guest can eat breakfast on the deck under an umbrella.
184 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-1197
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20. Weekend Getaways Near Me: Benchmark Inn
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Many of the accommodations in the Benchmark Inn have breathtaking views and the staff is multilingual, making it easy for visitors from around the globe to stay here. It used to be an 1850s captain’s home and has been a guesthouse for over two decades. The seven rooms have private entrances and fireplaces and many also have semi-private or private outdoor areas, hot tubs, and wet bars. Other standard amenities include room safes, flat-screen Smart TVs with a DVD player, individual heating and air conditioning, ceiling fans, hair dryers, toiletries, wireless Internet, king or queen beds, mirrored closets, irons, and a Keurig coffee maker or tea brewer.
The inn is just five minutes’ walk from the center of Provincetown, making it close enough to popular places in the area but far enough to be quiet and relaxing. The daily extended continental breakfast offers juice, fruit, snacks, coffee, or tea throughout the day. The inn has complimentary transportation to the airport or pier.
6 Dyer Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-7440
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21. Weekend Getaways Near Me: The John Randall House
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The John Randall House was recently renovated and is just a block from the art galleries, shops, and more on Commercial Street. Leo the dog lives on the property and two of the rooms are pet-friendly. All ten of the rooms are heated and eight of them have air-conditioning. All rooms also feature daily housekeeping and wireless Internet, queen beds, cable TVs, a fridge, and a CD player with a clock radio. You can choose from a shared or private bath.
There is free parking on-site and the front porch is enclosed and heated so you can enjoy it all year round. Guests have access to a beverage center, ice machine, relaxation deck, sunning deck, bike rack, rain umbrellas, coolers, and beach towels. A continental breakfast is included with every stay.
140 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-3533
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22. Weekend Getaways Near Me: The Gaslamp Bed & Breakfast
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This Victorian era building is in the center of Provincetown, putting various clubs and other attractions within a block. The rooms have 19-inch LCD TVs and air conditioning. Most of them also have small fridges for convenience. There are eight rooms spread across three floors and the inn is for adults only.
The property has wireless Internet and the common room has a 37-inch HD TV. You can also request an iron, use the ice machine, or book an appointment with the on-site massage therapist.
Guests can relax on the secluded private deck where they will find flowers and the hot tub. There are comfortable chairs and chaise lounges, and this deck is clothing optional for most of the day. The daily complimentary breakfast includes homemade breads and muffins, fresh fruit, fresh orange juice, and coffee. During the day, homemade treats are available.
97 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-487-6636
23. Weekend Getaways Near Me: AWOL Hotel
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Guests tend to choose the AWOL Hotel for its gorgeous location with quiet seclusion and natural beauty with easy access to downtown Provincetown. After all, it is just a mile from the center of the city and only half a mile from the most active area. The 30 beach-style cottage rooms feature cube refrigerators, wireless Internet, telephones with free local calls, ceiling fans, private baths, hair dryers, tiled baths, flat-screen TVs, and individual temperature controls. Some rooms also have walk-in closets, sofas, larger fridges, and balconies.
Consider bringing your binoculars to enjoy views of the birds soaring and heron fishing and get ready to see the stars at night. There is free parking and a heated pool for guests to enjoy. In the cooler weather, enjoy the fireplace in the lobby. The Inn makes it fairly easy to reach the secluded area known as Long Point. The day begins with continental breakfast and you can enjoy complimentary ice or the picnic and barbeque tables all day.
59 Province Lands Road, Provincetown, MA, Phone: 508-413-9820
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Attraction Spotlight: Provincetown Art Association and Museum
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum: A cultural organization that merges the beauty of outer Cape Cod with the imaginative energy of the first art colony in America. PAAM offers visitor a fluid lineup of public lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and cultural activities that encourage and foster appreciation for the fine art that Provincetown is known for.
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum, founded in 1914, took form when a group of residents and artists wanted to create a permanent collection of art by artists in the outer Cape Cod area. It was also a way to unify the townspeople within the community. PAAM began its tradition of gathering and displaying the art of local artists in the summer of 1915. They quickly found themselves a brand, “The Biggest Art Colony in the World” through buying and renovating the building in 1919. (Which is the same building you can see today!)
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum chose to represent both sides of the artistic battle between “Modern” and “Regular” art by creating separate exhibits for each in the summer of the years between 1927 and 1937.
PAAM’s fiftieth anniversary was celebrated in 1964 with a show looking at the major artists of it’s past. The show played a key role in the addition of new galleries, increased activities, expanded exhibition schedule, and the building of a vault for storage of the growing collection.
PAAM celebrated its one hundredth year in 2014 with exhibitions and programs that displayed art work, artists, and events that played key roles in PAAM becoming the organization it is today. The Provincetown Art Association and Museum symbolizes the assets that brand Provincetown a lasting American art center.
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum’s collection consists of more than three thousand works by over seven hundred artists that have called Cape Cod home at some point in time. The archives at the museum is branded with artists' names and other works for people to explore. The archives contain other items related to the continuing projects of the Association and the Museum. These materials can be provided to historians and scholars who request them. PAAM merges at least three major art movements.
PAAM has several exhibitions for art connoisseurs.
Recent Gifts: Part I- This exhibition feature gifts and donations recently acquired by the museum by artists in the area.
Abstraction from the Permanent Collection- This exhibition reflects the visual language of line, form, color, and shape through select abstract art works from the PAAM collection.
Edward and Josephine Hopper from the Permanent Collection- A recent acquisition of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the exhibition features ninety-six drawings by Edward Hopper and watercolors by Josephine Hopper. There are twenty-two diaries on display that date from 1933 to 1956 that tell the story of the Hopper’s lives on Cape Cod and more. The donation was made to the museum by Laurence C. and J. Anton Schiffenhaus.
Sculpture Gardens- The Provincetown Art Association and Museum is home to several sculpture gardens that invite visitors to appreciate art outdoors. Exhibit spaces contain benches and other comfortable seats for visitors to sit and contemplate the sculptures.
· Berta Walker Sculpture Garden- The west lawn holds this garden and displays sculptures by
Richard Pepitone, Joseph Kurhajec, Sidney Simon, Chaim Gross, and Penelope Jencks
· James and Frances Bakker Sculpture Garden- This garden can be found at the east portion of the museum facing its historical unit. It includes sculptures done by Lila Katzen, Chaim Gross, Catherine Widgery, Boris Margo, Paul Bowen, and Sidney Simon
· Dr. Donald Butterfield Sculpture Garden- This garden can be found on the deck behind the museum, beside the Hans Hofmann Gallery, and displays sculptures by Richard Pepitone, Jack Kearney, and Joseph Kurhajec
PAAM has provided art education and workshops to both visitors and residents of the community since the 1920s.
Youth Programs- PAAM partners with schools and institutions to bring the following programs to the youth of the community:
· Art Reach Afternoon Program
· A Curating Program with Lenore Ross
· A student mentor program named Reaching Forward
· A Tuesday afternoon program name START!
· Art on the Edge Saturday Program
Seasonal Workshops- PAAM offers visitors to Cape Cod seasonal workshops. Though most tourism occurs in the summer, the fall has something to offer visitors as well. The current fall workshops include printmaking, photography, drawing, watercolor, and painting
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum puts on a variety of different events all year. These events include auctions, films, lectures, and more. The PAAM website offers a calendar of events for each month.
460 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, Phone: 508-487-1750
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Attraction Spotlight: Pilgrim Monument Provincetown Museum
The monument and museum in Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA is literally a piece of history. Guests who choose to visit will be able to step back in time, learn more about the history of the area and the pilgrims who landed here, and get a bit of exercise in the process.
Founded in the 1890s and currently Cape Cod’s oldest not for profit group, the monument was built in 1907 on the site that the pilgrims landed and where the Mayflower Compact was written and signed (way back in the 1600s). The museum opened slightly after that, in 1910, to teach visitors about the history. Millions of people have visited since it was built, over 100 years ago and it continues to be one of the top tourist spots in the area.
The Monument - The most obvious attraction at this site is the monument itself. Standing 252 feet high, it will take visitors roughly 10 minutes to climb to the top. It is currently the tallest structure in the US that is made entirely out of granite and was designed by Willard Sears, with over 100 stairs and 60 ramps. The inside has many stones that have been donated from cities and groups all over the country and the outside features the very first cornerstone laid when the monument was built, put there by none other but President Teddy Roosevelt himself! The view from the top is absolutely stunning. There is even a viewfinder at the top that visitors can use to look out across the water to where the Mayflower could have landed so many years ago. While at the top, visitors will be a whopping 350 feet above sea level!
The Museum - Outside of the monument is the museum. The permanent exhibits inside focus on the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their arrival, the history of the maritime industry in the area, how theater has had an impact locally, and more information on how the monument was built. Visitors can also walk through a sea captain’s home parlor and sea quarters from the 19th century, a diorama that shows the Mayflower Compact being signed and a model built to scale of the Provincetown Players’ first theater.
While inside the museum, visitors should also be sure to check out the artifacts that were brought back by Donald MacMillan, a Provincetown native who toured the Arctic with explorer Robert Peary. Among some of the most exciting are the musk ox, polar bear, and Inuit items. Provincetown’s first (built in the 1830s) fire engine, which was made by a man who apprenticed with Paul Revere himself, is also on display, as well as many artifacts from the original Wampanoag natives of the region (featuring arrowheads, tools/implements, and images). Rounding out the collection is a selection of photographs, furniture, postcards, carvings, holiday cards, and playbills that help visitors step back into time and see Provincetown as it was many years ago.
The grounds are available for rent for special events from May through October. Perfect for outdoor weddings, private and corporate events and even fundraising opportunities, the lawns and the views that come with them will stun guests. The lawn on the east side of the premises is slightly more secluded, with beautiful landscaping. Tents can be used, but only those that seat less than 100 people. The lawn on the west side is more open and allows for larger tents, if desired. Events can run from 9am to 11pm, lasting no more than three hours. Costs vary, so contact the facility for an estimate. There is also an option for smaller events with no more than 25 guests, held only on the East lawn. These events must be finished by no later than 5pm.
The Annual Lighting ceremony, held in November, celebrates the landing of the first pilgrims and is one of the most noteworthy events held here. With more than 3000 landing lights that will shine from November through the beginning of January, this event is free, with light refreshments and some entertainment.
While there is not much to purchase while at the monument and museum, visitors should make sure to check out the selection of apparel (hats and t-shirts in all sizes and a variety of colors), coffee mugs (with a charming reminder for visitors who climbed to the top) and a few other souvenirs (books, ornaments, cookie cutters, etc.). Every purchase helps support the site.
Pilgrim Monument Provincetown Museum, 1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657, Phone: 508-487-1310
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Attraction Spotlight: Race Point Lighthouse
The Race Point Lighthouse, located in historic Provincetown, Massachusetts, is one of the most visited and scenic destinations in the area. Full of photo ops as well as fascinating history, visiting the lighthouse is necessary for anyone in the area. First built in November of 1816 after locals expressed concerned about the dangerous shores and bars around Race Point (near Cape Cod), the original lighthouse stood 25 feet above the sea level and was actually one of first lights that that revolved.
The Keeper’s house was built in 1840, and a second Keeper’s house was built in 1876. To this day, the lighthouse remains not only a historic building but also a working aid for navigation and is maintained thanks to the United States Coast Guard. The surrounding grounds and structures are the responsibility of the American Lighthouse Foundation with the help of donations.
The main attraction at Race Point is the lighthouse itself. Public tours are scheduled regularly and updated on the website. The open season for tours runs from June through October and are done on both the first and the third Saturday of the month. Visitors should be aware that there is no direct parking at the lighthouse. It is accessible either by walking or by driving a four-wheeler (there are no rentals, so visitors must provide their own - be aware that they must also hold the correct permit). Tours are run starting at 10 am and ending at 2 pm and are free, however donations are very much appreciated. Make sure to come prepared for walking (wear appropriate footwear - no flip flops will be permitted) and bring a camera as there are many photo opportunities during this scenic and historical tour!
Visitors should also be aware that tours will be suspended at any point if any the birds that are federally protected have nested and are blocking access to the lighthouse. After the chicks have hatched and fledge, tours will resume. Check the website or call ahead for up to date information.
Only 5 people will be allowed inside the lamp room at a time due to safety regulations. Guests should also make sure to be aware of the trap door and use caution. No one will be allowed onto the catwalk (gallery). All children must be supervised by an adult or guardian (who must be 18 years of age or older) at all times on the tour for safety, and children under the age of 4 are not allowed to climb from the watch room into the lamp room by ladder and will have to remain below (supervised). No pets or animals will be allowed as well.
Also included on the tour (as well as being open for accommodations for guests who want to stay the night) are the Keeper’s House (built in 1840, this is where lighthouse keepers have stayed) and the Whistle House and the Oil House. Guests should also make sure to check out the beautiful Race Point beach either before or after the tour.
Mariner’s Day is one of the most special events held at Race Point. Held in May, this tour will include the whole light station at no charge, and light refreshments will be available for guests to snack on while visiting. In addition to the regular tour, there will also be the ability to view both the wind and solar electricity generating systems. Guests can also view the thermal system that is solar powered, which provides both central heat and hot water by the sun! This event runs from 9 am to 2 pm and is held rain or shine. Guests who park at the Race Point beach parking will be provided free transportation to the lighthouse.
Weddings are also permitted at Race Point. This beautiful and scenic setting has been the destination for weddings for many years now! There is a document on the website with all of the important information to consider, including number of guests permitted, rates, times, restrictions, and additional information about the location.
Race Point operates a small gift shop on the premises, with proceeds going directly back into the preservation and care of this historic lighthouse. Featuring a small selection of apparel (hats, t-shirts) as well as other gifts and souvenirs (like stationery, books, maps, and magnets), it is the perfect place to pick up a small reminder of a visit to the lighthouse.
Race Point Lighthouse, Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA, 02657, Phone: 855-722-3959
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