I took a quick trip to Cape Cod for the Fourth of July and managed to get a day in at one of my favorite places – Provincetown. This vibrant town right at the tip of the Cape is chock full of galleries mixed with schlocky tourist stores, fun destinations like John Derian’s little outpost store behind his P-town home and of course Varla Jean Merman, my personal favorite drag queen.
It’s never boring in Provincetown. While other towns are perfectly Cape Cod picturesque (think: Kennedy compound, rose-filled trellises, perfect paint jobs), P-town is a bit rusty peely and shabby in a good way. It’s full of surprises that way. I passed the lovely facade above when cutting down a cruddy alley.
A peek down another alley led us right down to The Heller Gallery, which is well-curated and full of amazing works of art. It’s such a fun surprise to enter a beach shack with no idea the delights that awaited us inside!
Homes are not all meticulously maintained, but they sure pay attention to keeping their flowers in top form:
Of course, I can’t show you the texture and character of P-town without mentioning that it happened to be Bear Week:
Victorian and Gothic architecture mix with typical Cape Cods along the charming streets of Provincetown. You can see why artists and writers have been so drawn to the area for so many years.
If you haven’t made it to this fun spot, I highly recommend a visit. You can ferry over from Boston for a day trip or shell out some bucks for public parking. Provincetown is a very popular summer destination, so make sure you have a reservation if you want to spend the night during the summertime.