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Provincetown in the Wintertime
One of our Luxx members emailed us. She said she was visiting the Cape and wanted us to provide a suggested itinerary. We love when our members reach out to the Luxx Concierge for guidance.
What a wonderful time to visit Provincetown. It’s no longer swarming with tourists, and it’s easy to find parking. While many stores and restaurants have closed for the season, the town treats Christmas quite seriously.
So, make sure a visit includes your own Christmas Stroll. You can get a preview by clicking here to the Luxx Provincetown Christmas Photo Tour.
It’s dusk in Provincetown by 4 pm and dark by 4:30. So after visiting our two favorite museums in town and doing some real or window shopping during the afternoon, you’ll be ready for your own Christmas Stroll before heading to one of four excellent restaurants for an indulgent dinner.
Start your visit at the National Seashore
Before you hit Commercial Street and MacMillan Pier, consider a quick drive down to Race Point in the Cape Cod National Seashore. Bundle up and meander to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Walk behind the bathrooms along a boardwalk to the Old Harbor Life-Saving Station. Imagine lifesavers a century ago and more living there as the winds scream at night, always on the alert for a shipwreck. For more information on the National Seashore at Provincetown, click here.
Another way to enjoy the National Seashore is to stop for a quick or long walk along the Beach Forest Trail. Click here to download a map and information: http://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit
An historic walking tour
Weather permitting, there are more than 50 historic locations to trace and visit on your day or weekend in Provincetown – from the Land’s End Inn and Octogon House to the Pilgrim Monument.
Give yourself at least two hours, or more if you plan to stop for a drink, lunch or a sweet snack.
Click here to download the tour:
Two of the best museums on Cape Cod
The nationally recognized Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) at 460 Commercial Street fuses the creative energy of America’s oldest active art colony with the natural beauty of outer Cape Cod that has inspired artists for generations.
While the association celebrated its centennial in 2014, its new home and many exhibits exude a very contemporary outlook. You will experience a true sense of history and future here.
PAAM is open year round and presents an ever-changing lineup of exhibitions, lectures, workshops and cultural events that seek to promote and cultivate appreciation for all branches of the fine.
The museum exhibits up to 3,000 works by 750 artists. To learn more about the collections, click here: https://www.paam.org/collection/
At this time of the year, PAAM is open from Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4. You can call them and request an appointment as well. As of Memorial Day through September, it is open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. General admission is $10. Admission is free Friday evenings during the season. Make sure to ask about a membership and its benefits.
A new exhibit has just opened, Recent Gifts to the Collection, Part III. During the past year, PAAM has been working on a campaign to acquire 100 new pieces for its permanent collection in honor of its Centennial. This exhibition is a follow-up to the show of works donated by Robert Duffy from his collection to ours and runs concurrent to Recent Gifts to the Collection, Part II.
PAAM is on the Luxx Museum Trail, which begins in Sandwich and finishes in Provincetown. Click here to experience the trail online: www.capecodmuseumtrail.com
Pilgrim Monument and the Provincetown Museum
This exceptional venue also is on the Luxx Museum Trail www.capecodmuseumtrail.com.
For a photo tour of the museum and monument, click here http://luxxcapecod.com/partner/pilgrim-monument-and-provincetown-museum/
You could easily spend an entire morning or afternoon here, but be sure to visit the special exhibit, Forgotten Provincetown. It tells the story of how the town evolved from hunting whales to saving whales.
Curated by author Amy Whorf McGuiggan, whose family includes major artists in this thriving art colony, the show takes you on a voyage through time with artifacts, objects and personal stories, including:
- The Early Days when Native Americans and early settlers practiced drift whaling and hunted whales in nearby waters
- Edward Curtis, The Captured Whale, courtesy Northwestern University Library
- The Golden Age, when whaling built Provincetown into one of the richest towns in Massachusetts.Yankee entrepreneurs like Captain John Atkins Cook, outfitted ships and sailed the Atlantic. Watch “Whaling Days,” the only film made of a whaling voyage – Cook’s voyage on his ship, The Viola, named after his wife.
- Captain John Atkins Cook, PMPM collections
- The Arrival of the Portuguese seamen seeking opportunities, who then built homes and businesses, bringing their unique culture and traditions to the town.
- International Crew on John R. Manta, courtesy New Bedford Whaling Museum
- The Final Days when Captain Cook’s whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan, piloted by Provincetown’s Captain John T. Gonsalves made its last trip out of New Bedford in 1920.
Restaurants open during the off-Season
The Mews is at 429 Commercial Street. It’s one of the best restaurants that remain open all year in Provincetown, and it boasts among the best menus and ambiance in town.
Its name derives from the restaurants first location behind a building in a courtyard. You can still find some of the Mews’ original antiques in the new restaurant, including wood carvings dating back to the 1800s.
The Mews is particularly inviting in the cold winter months, with great views of the harbor and its unique bar composed of panels including a sliding door on its side from the Prudential building in Newark, New Jersey.
Executive Chef Laurence deFreitas was born in British Guiana and trained in England. He has worked in many locales from Montreal and Toronto to Key West, Florida. His menu boasts an experimental ability to combine many flavors – from the Vietnamese-inspired Shaking Beef to the Indian-influenced Pork or Lobster Vinadloo. You’ll also discover Italian and Spanish inspired entrees, most in the $25 to $30 range.
For more details and to make reservations, click here http://mews.com
This is a great place to finish your tour of Provincetown. Make sure to devote at least the first half hour to the Mews’ cocktail selections, including their locally famous martinis.
Ciro & Sal’s
Specializing in Northern Italian, it’s located at 4 Kiley Court. During the off-season, Ciro & Sal’s is open Thursday through Sunday and features weekly specials:
- Thursday – Veal Night – 20% Off All Veal Dishes
- Friday – Free Appetizer With Every Two Entrees
- Sunday – Two for One on All Pasta Dishes
The bar opens at 5 and dinner is served from 5:30 on.
For more information, click here: http://www.ciroandsals.com/
Fanizzi’s by the Sea
Fanizzi’s at 539 Commercial Street is true waterfront dining with panoramic bay views. Friendly, casual atmosphere Italian American, seafood cuisines, great comfort food, salads, sandwiches, burgers and vegetarian.
For more information, click here: http://www.fanizzisrestaurant.com/
At 7 Freeman Street, a block off Commercial Street on your way to MacMillan Pier, Napi’s is truly eclectic with a particularly robust vegetarian and stir fry menu. Owners Napi and Helen have roots in Provincetown that go back to when Eugene O’Neill lived and wrote here. You will experience that history throughout the restaurant including Conrad Malicoat’s unique brick mural, sculptures by Al Davis, cartoons from the pen of Howie Schneider, and many fine paintings by John Whorf, Sal Del Deo, George Yater and Frank Milby.
For more information, click here: http://napisrestaurant.com/
The Pointe Restaurant
Overlooking historic Provincetown and the Pilgrim Monument at 82 Bradford Street, the Pointe Restaurant serves creative cuisine Tuesday through Sunday. With just 40 seats, it features fresh seafood and meats in a relaxed environment. The lounge is a comfortable location for a drink before or after dinner.
For more information, please click here: http://www.crownepointe.com/restaurant/default.asp
For a quick bite
If you are looking for a quick bite while touring Provincetown, here are a few stops to consider:
East End Marketplace
You can find groceries, beer wine, liquor and a dely. It’s at the corner of Bradford and Howland. For a GPS search, use 212 Bradford Street.
Far Land Provisions
This deli and bakery at 150 Bradford Street offers breakfast, lunch and daily restaurant quality meals-to-go. It has become a local gathering place and a cozy locale to sit for a quick lunch or coffee.
For menus and other information, click here: http://farlandprovisions.com/deli/
Provincetown’s historic identity as an artist’s haven is well represented by dozens of private galleries, some of which are open at times during the winter.
Here’s a quick tour:
Berta Walker Gallery
At 208 Bradford Street,about 15 minutes’ walk from the center of town, this gallery presents a history of American Art as seen through the eyes of Provincetown. The gallery represents Donald Beal, Varujan Boghosian Salvadore Del Deo, Elspeth Haversen, Robert Henry, Brenda Horowitz, Penelope Jencks, John Kearney, Anne MacAdam, Erna Partoll, Sky Power, Blair Resika, Paul Resika, Selina Trieff and Peter Watts. The gallery also offers work by Early Provincetown Art masters.
For hours, call 508 487-6411
This gallery and sculpture garden is located at 432 Commercial Street and features the work of Katherine Baltivik oils on copper and maplewood of Provincetown scenes. Also showing Sawyer, Cezanne, Cave, Charles and Campbell. Provincetown Art the Provincetown Way. Come experience the color.
For hours, call 508-487-3611
Located at 230 Commercial Street, the gallery offers a diverse collection of contemporary fine art including glass, paintings, original prints, sculpture and jewelry from over 30 local & regional master and emerging artists.
Four hours, call 508 487-4200
A good place to visit on your way into downtown Provincetown, it’s located at 74 Shank Painter Road.
The gallery features contemporary and early Provincetown art, representing many established and emerging artists, like Carmen Cicero, Bill Barrell, Wendelin Glatzel, Jenny Humphreys, Salvatore Fiumara, Myrna Harrison (student of legendary artist-reacher Hans Hofmann), Irén Handschuh, Susan Lyman, Richard Smith and others. 74 Shank Painter Road, Provincetown, MA, 02657
For hours call, 508 487-0011
Julie Heller Gallery
Julie Heller has two galleries in town. This one at 2 Gosnold Street, Julie Heller’s gallery is located in the former box office of the famed Provincetown Playhouse on the Wharf. It features art that survey nearly a century of vibrant innovation and timeless traditions.
For hours, call 508-487-2169
Julie Heller Gallery East
Heller’s other gallery at 465 Commercial Street is across the street from the Provincetown Art Association and exhibits the works of many early Provincetown artists: Milton Avery, Nanno De Groot, Edwin Dickinson, Ada Gilmore, Henry Hensche, Hans Hofmann, Joseph Kaplan, Karl Knaths, Lucy L’Engle, Dorothy Loeb, Agnes Weinrich and many others. Oldest gallery in Provincetown.
For hours, call 508-487-2166
Located at 366 Commercial Street, this gallery owned by Francine D’ Olimpio specializes in modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, pop construction and assemblage art. Kobalt represents a broad spectrum of local, national and international emerging and mid-career artists.
For hours, call 508 487-1132
This gallery at 427 Commercial Street features the photography of Jeff Lovinger. His large format museum-quality archival photographs are printed on fine art paper, rice paper, and gallery wrapped canvases. Images feature Cape Cod, Provincetown, Provincelands Dunes, India, Burma, and Asia. You will also encounter the work of mixed media artist Gurli Lovinger, who merges art and technology by blending multiple images with a combination of traditional art materials and pigment ink. She features encaustic mixed media paintings that incorporate photography.
For hours, call 508 487-3733
Taqwa Glassworks Studio
Visit Christie Andresen as she creates her unique stained glass creations in her studio on the second floor of Whaler’s Wharf in the heart of Provincetown on Commercial Street.
Her studio features innovative, collaborative design concepts and techniques. From sculptural and traditional glass designs, to developing and executing architectural directives, all projects are carefully and meticulously hand crafted, utilizing traditional and contemporary methods to bring both glass and design into harmony.
Christie also work with many local builders, architects and homeowners to create custom work for residences and offices across the Cape.
You can visit Christie at Luxxcapecod.com by clicking here. Watch her at work and view many of her works. http://www.taqwaglassworks.com/about-taqwa-glassworks/\
White Porch Gallery
This gallery is located in the White Porch Inn Art Hotel at 7 Johnson Street, just off Commercial street. It features contemporary and traditional art from around the world and Cape Cod.
For hours, call 508 364-2549
If shopping is your pleasure, may we recommend you reach out to the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce for a list of stores that stay open at least some days during the winter.
You can view them online by clicking here: http://ptownchamber.com/shopping/
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