The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s

102 Bradford Street, Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
Innkeeper(s): Elizabeth Gabriel Brooke
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    Welcome to The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel's


What is the Most Popular Beach in Provincetown? 9 Jul 2014, 12:49 pm

Answer: Herring Cove, hands down.

Lifeguard Chair, Herring Cove, Provincetown

Around the bend from Race Point, Herring Cove offers a protected beach that is ideal for those who want to enjoy the sea without challenging waves and unpredictable undertows. This beach is also usually warmer and less windy than Race Point.

Traditionally the right hand side of the beach attracts more locals and is family friendly, while the left is more gay-friendly. If you want to totally immerse yourself in nature without the crowds, walk north towards Hatches Harbor and Race Point lighthouse.

The last light of day at Herring Cove looking towards Race Point



Gray seals often swim parallel to this shoreline or bask in the sun on land. Whale spouts dot the horizon and you may even see a breach. Sunset is showtime at Herring Cove and this is the place to be for a spectacular view. The light at the end of the day at Herring Cove is unparalleled as this is one of the few places on the east coast where the sun sets into the ocean.



As part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the newly build bathhouse at Herring Cove has food service provided by Far Land Provisions, picnic tables, showers, bathrooms and changing rooms. The beach and swimmers are protected by Seashore lifeguards and rangers.

William Reina, U.S. Park Ranger

Parking is available for a fee but is free after 6pm.  There are two lots. The smaller parking lot to the right, which directly abuts the beach, is ideal if you tend to be weighed down with toys, beach umbrellas and a car full of eager children. The larger lot by the bathhouse has more parking and the beach at this end is wider but does entail a short walk through the dunes to get to the shore.

The Travel Channel has named Herring Cove Beach as one of America’s Best All-Time Beaches by Region. They gave it particularly high marks for swimming, sand quality and atmosphere.

Coreopis – a common flower that grows throughout the seashore




How to get there: By car – Take Route 6 past Provincetown center to the end and follow the signs. By Town Shuttle – wait in front of the Bas Relief Park and make sure to wave so the shuttle will stop for you. By bike – take Bradford Street to the end, turn right and follow the signs to the bike trail.

The Cape Cod National Seashore is managed under the U.S. National Park Service. Marconi Headquarters 99 Marconi Site Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667 508-771-2144

The snack concession is managed by Far Land Provisions 150 Bradford Street, Provincetown 508-487-0045

To obtain a beach fire permit go to the Province Lands Visitors Center at 171 Race Point Road, off Route 6. Open daily from May 1 through October 31, from 9am to 5pm. 508-487-1256

The ranger booth at the entrance to Herring Cove

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Which is the Best Beach in Provincetown? 16 Jun 2014, 12:02 pm

According to TripAdvisor, Race Point Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore, has been awarded one of the Top 25 beaches in the United States. Along with the Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s, awarded one of the top 10 accommodations by, you can’t go wrong in deciding to make a trip to Provincetown and staying with us!

Race Point Beach is the most dramatic of our local beaches with it’s long expanse of sand dunes and sea. From here, you can often spot whales in the distance and there is always a sailboat or ship making it’s way to Stellwagen Bank, Boston or our harbors.

The beach is also home to Race Point Light Station which is accessible by four wheel drive. If you don’t have a dune vehicle, call Art’s Dune Tours. They offer a wonderful experience and depart daily just a few blocks from The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. Let us make that dune buggy reservation for you.

If you go to Race Point Beach, plan to spend the day. Bring plenty of sunblock, food and drinks. There are no concession stands here. We can supply you with towels, beach chairs and umbrellas, just ask in the office. There are also no boardwalks so you will be trekking through some short dunes and a length of beach to get near the water. Race Point Beach is grand in every sense which means a rougher surf. This shoreline borders the open Atlantic so check the current and tide before you jump in.

Miles and miles of beach, endless dunes, a dramatic ocean and a lack of crowds will make Race Point Beach one of your most spectacular memories of Provincetown.


Getting There

The best way to get anywhere is Provincetown, especially the beaches, is by bike! The loop from The Provincetown Hotel to the Breakwater on the West End and then connecting to the paved bike trail at Herring Cove and ending at Beech Forest is only about 4 miles. There are 4 bike shops in town to choose from and we would be happy to connect you to your pick.

There is also the Town Shuttle that runs regularly every half hour in the summer and stops in the Bas Relief Park next door. Driving is the quickest route but be aware that there is a park entrance fee for cars in the summer.

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Piping Plover in Provincetown 13 Jun 2014, 3:42 pm

The Piping Plover, a beautiful, small shorebird, is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act both federally and in the State of Massachusetts. There are less than 2,000 pairs along the Atlantic coast.  With its miles of undeveloped beaches, Cape Cod National Seashore supports about 15% of the Massachusetts breeding population.

Much of the Piping Plover’s decline is due to human activity on beaches and steady loss of coastal habitat for nesting, which begins in March. The small chicks are flightless for about a month and prey to crows, coyotes, dogs, and foxes.

To protect the Piping Plover, Seashore biologists protect nesting areas with ropes and signs. When visiting our Provincetown Hotel, if you see one of these areas at Herring Cove or Race Point beaches, please respect the closure and enjoy the birds from a distance and please keep your leashed pets away.

To contact Cape Cod National Seashore regarding Piping Plovers call 508-771-2144 or email

Piping Plover by Jim Fenton

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Come visit us in Provincetown! 26 Apr 2014, 5:50 am

Unique galleries, amazing restaurants, and a welcoming atmosphere make Provincetown a favorite destination for visitors, whether for an overnight or several weeks.

Over the years, Provincetown has evolved from a well known artists colony to an upscale destination for the traveler. Provincetown embodies diversity, community spirit, and creative expression.

Our resident population is just under 3,000, yet once the warm weather arrives, we can have up to 20,000 visitors on any given day. Here you will find our streets bustling with all sorts of people from shoppers looking for that special bargain or fine art, to fisherman delivering their daily catch, to fast ferry day trippers, to hawkers selling tickets, to comedy shows, to families on their way to the beautiful beaches, wetlands and dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

This is the time to come and enjoy our shops, nightlife, and history all within a few square miles. Drop your bags at historic Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. We are in the heart of it all. Go see a production at the Provincetown Theater Company or a cabaret show at The Crown, have dinner at nearby Napis Restaurant for fresh seafood surrounded by eclectic local art spanning the last century, or delicious sushi at Saki restaurant, right across the street from our hotel.

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New Name, Same Folks – Provincetown Hotel 27 Dec 2013, 1:07 pm

We have rebranded and our new name is the Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s.

Same innkeepers, same great service, just a new name.

We hope you enjoy our new site with photos by Jumping Rocks.

Visit us at The Provincetown Hotel.

Elizabeth and Elizabeth Brooke with Mr.Pippin and Miss Potter

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Annual Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument 2012 15 Nov 2012, 1:09 pm

To celebrate the Pilgrims’ first landing in the new world in Provincetown November 11, 1620 is the annual lighting of the Pilgrim Monument.

When: November 21, 2012 from 5-7pm
Where: Well, you can see it anywhere in Provincetown! However, if you are up at the monument you can partake in all the festivities. And yes, they do have an official countdown! The beautiful lights will stay shining through January 6, 2013.

Gabriel’s at the Ashbrooke Inn is proud to have the monument as our backdrop now and every day of the year!
We invite you to join in our holiday season weekends with a wonderful full breakfast, hot cider, home made cookies, fireplaces in every room and deep jacuzzi tubs! Be proud to say you had the tallest granite illuminated tree in the country right out your guest room window.

Don’t miss Holly Folly Weekend: November 30th and December 1st

                             “Have a Holly Folly weekend! It’s the best time in P’town!”

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Bird Watching in Provincetown 18 Oct 2012, 1:13 pm

Provincetowns Beech Forest in the Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) is a national mecca for birders because it is a major resting stop for the semi annual shore and seabird migrations along the East Coast flyway.

Provincetowns geographical significance to this migration rests on the simple fact that it sticks forty miles out to sea. The birds know what the tourists need to know, there’s no place like Provincetown for a vacation.
Trails in the National Seashore are perfect for a great walk and seeing some of the 250 species or birds and waterfowl found on Cape Cod.
For a truly fascinating and educational experience which can represent a vacation day investment at very little cost, the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet has 1,100 acres of wildlife preserve, self-guided and guided field walks and a large visitor center which includes exhibits and literature.

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October is Fall Foliage Month in Provincetown! 3 Oct 2012, 1:12 pm

6 to 8 Columbus Day Weekend
8 to 14 Annual Womens Week
6 to 8 Monumental Yard Sale
14 to 21 Fantasia Fair
17 to 21 Provincetown Round Up Weekend
27 to 31 Halloween Festival
27 to 28 Spooky Bear Weekend

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Come visit us in Provincetown this July! 4 Jul 2012, 1:11 pm

7th Fine Arts Work Center Summer Awards Celebration
7 to 15 BEAR WEEK in Provincetown
11 Summer JAZZ with Bart Weisman at PAAM
17 to 21 GIRL SPLASH
22 Provincetown 5K RUN WALK
23 to 28 WHALE WEEK Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies
28 Sunset WHALEWATCH Benefit
25 Summer JAZZ with Bart Weisman @ PAAM
July 28 to August 4 FAMILY PRIDE WEEK

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June happenings in Provinctown 25 May 2012, 1:16 pm

Race Point Lighthouse Tours- the first and third Saturdays June – Oct. 2013 -

Come join us and experience all that Gabriel’s and Provincetown has to offer!

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