Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa
Weddings: Provincetown Style 20 Apr 2017, 10:50 am
It’s spring. My outdoor thermometer finally broke 60 degrees. Yay! That means summer is not far off and wedding season will be upon us in just a few short weeks. Did you know that we do weddings here at Crowne Pointe? Actually, when you get right down to it, the inn is an ideal spot to host any kind of gathering, from small, intimate dinners to large, formal functions and anything in between. We do it right. Personalized service from beginning to end so that the day feels like yours and like you. Comfortable. Classy. Polished. Stress-free. That’s the goal.
What I love best are Crowne Pointe’s wedding packages for 2 (perhaps I’m biased since I eloped). Think private ceremony, flowers, champagne, a small cake for two, dinner and more. What more does one need, really? If you want to tie the knot but eschew the pomp, then one of these special choices would be the way to go (I would personally go for the ride in the pedi-cab, but that’s me). And you really couldn’t ask for more tasteful surroundings or better amenities. Picture clear blue skies, the gardens in full bloom, music (I’ll leave the style choice up to you), sensational food, wine, and cocktails courtesy of our award-winning restaurant, The Pointe.
If you are in the wedding planning stages, here are some quick fun facts to ruminate on:
- We can accommodate parties as small as 2 and as large as 150.
- Professional wedding planner services are standard.
- Indoor and outdoor settings available.
- Your event will be yours alone—we only do one event at a time. No double-booking.
- Our packages offer ultimate flexibility. You dream it. We do it.
- From flowers to cocktails, food, and accommodations, we offer the best amenities to match your day.
Provincetown’s Best Coffee 31 Mar 2017, 6:48 am
It is still only in the 40s outside here in Provincetown (hello, it’s the end of March??!!). On a bright note, the sun came out today. As I shiver in my chair, I’m daydreaming about a stroll down Commercial Street and a toasty warm cup of coffee. Spring and summer and all the frozen treats you can dream of are just around the corner but for now, a hot, nutty beverage is the perfect antidote to the never-ending New England Winter. Provincetown’s got plenty of coffee shops, but here are three that stand out from the crowd. Best part: they’re all open this time of year! Well, technically Joe opens this Saturday, April 1.
Voted best coffee by Cape Cod LIFE magazine for 8 years running, this place is a Commercial Street institution. Plenty of specialty coffees on the menu as well as a single serve brewing station. All of their coffee is certified organic and fair trade and I dare you to make it out without buying something—a shirt, a coffee cup—with that cute little dog on it.
Also conveniently located on Commercial Street, this shop is a relative newcomer (opened in 2014) but is fast establishing its reputation as a haven for the coffee maven. With all fair trade and certified organic offerings on a menu that changes daily, Kohi may just be the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.
For many folks, this is their GO TO spot for coffee in Provincetown. While I will be forgoing their patio this time of year, it is awesome in the summer—quite possibly the best people watching ever (a claim that applies to just about any restaurant on Commercial Street, I suppose). A perfect spot to start your day. People rave about the croissants. In the summer, it’s crowded, but we needn’t worry about that now.
Best Ways to Enjoy Spring in Provincetown 20 Mar 2017, 8:34 am
Adventures out into nature are a Provincetown specialty. This time of year, outer Cape Cod’s winter/spring landscape is rich and invigorating in its own way. Two reasons why this time of year is awesome for exploring all Mother Nature has to offer: first, no crowds. You’ll probably have the beach or hiking trail entirely to yourself. Second, the wildlife. Spring is an ideal time to catch peepers, right whales (just off shore around Race Point), and a variety of birds. Here are three great walks/hikes that are perfect for this time of year.
Pamet Area Trails, Truro
The Pamet Area Trails, just down the road in Truro, are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. There’s easy parking, the walks are not too long, and you’ll get amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, the great dunes, and now defunct cranberry bog that was once used in commercial cranberry harvesting. Cranberry plants grow wild all along the trail. If you are willing to negotiate some steep sand, you can even trek down to the beach and walk along the shore for as long as you want. Located at 111 North Pamet Road.
Directions: Take Truro Center/Pamet Roads exit off Route 6 in Truro. Proceed 1.5 miles on North Pamet Road to the end. Trail begins at the parking area adjacent to the Environmental Education Center (a hostel in summer).
Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown
Birders, Dog walkers, and whale watchers, this old Ptown Fire Road is for you. It’s also an easier route to Race Point Lighthouse than trekking across the soft sand of the beach. People know Race Point Lighthouse as one of the quintessential symbols of Provincetown and the outer cape. What is less well known is that it is also one of the best spots on the Cape, and most likely the East Coast, to see Right Whales up close. Right Whales typically arrive off our shores anywhere from February to April. Bring bug repellent (in summer) and choose a calm day.
Directions: From Route 6 take a right onto Province Lands Rd. heading towards Race Point. In about ½ mile, just after the bike path crosses the road, there’s a small dirt parking lot on the left. The trail starts from the parking lot.
Great Island, Welfleet
This state park is actually a peninsula that forms the outer boundary of Welfleet Harbor. In a part of the world filled with jaw-dropping scenic vistas, Great Island stands above as one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape (in my opinion). It can be a long hike if you want (going all the way around the peninsula is 8.4 miles) but you can do an out-and-back walk and make it any length you want. There are wooded trails, a salt marsh, dunes, and a bayside beach. There is also a historical tavern site that dates to the 17th century. It is a challenging walk as most of it is in sand and you do have to pay attention to the tides.
Directions: Follow Main Street in Welfleet all the way through town. Turn left onto Holbrook Ave. Take your first right onto Chequessett Neck Road. Follow for 2.5 miles and the Park’s parking lot will be on your left. The trail starts at the far end of the parking lot.
Off Season in Provincetown: Getting Out This Winter 17 Mar 2017, 1:52 pm
The Inn, Shui Spa, and the Pointe Restaurant are back open after a brief pause this winter. Whether you are a guest of the inn or a Provincetown local, it is a challenge to get out this time of year. Fortunately, most local businesses and organizations know that and so they come up with these brilliant, creative ways of stirring us off of our cozy couches (you can drink that hot tea later!) and back out into the world. Here are a few of our favorites:
Mac’s Fish House Provincetown has its Winter to Spring Dinner Series on select Wednesdays through April 19. Each special dinner event featured a multi-course meal and paired wines. Upcoming dinner themes include St. Patrick’s Day Twist (March 15), New Southern (March 29), and Alsatian Cuisine (April 19). A meal worth getting out of the house for? Perfect for winter!
Provincetown Library offers Winter Wednesdays, a free community program of compelling courses, perfect for these deep, dark winter months. All sessions are offered for free on a drop-in basis. With classes in cooking, baking, art, film, yoga, geneology and more, there’s a flavor for everyone. Click here for more information.
Now in it’s 26th (!!) year, the Coffeehouse @ The Mews is an open mic for writers, playwrights, poets, singers, songwriters, comedians, etc. It is every Monday night through May 8, 2017 with host and co-founder, singer songwriter Peter Donnelly. You can also listen live, on Mondays, from 7-9:30pm here.
We covered movies nights in a previous post, but they are worth mentioning again.
As part of the Film Art Series, the Provincetown Film Society presents screenings of a wide variety of films (from the early 20th century on) every Wednesday, 7p.m. at Waters Edge Cinema. If Friday works better for you, every Friday, 7p.m., at the Sage Inn & Lounge, film historian Michelle Crone presents a different film from 1939, a year she describes as “the greatest year in the history of filmmaking.” Films include The Wizard of Oz (March 3), Wuthering Heights (March 10), and Goodbye Mr. Chips (March 24).
Ptown Happenings-Presidents’ Weekend 16 Feb 2017, 8:34 am
Not going to lie, the calendar gets a little empty this time of year. It does take a little bit of effort to get out (the intermittent snowstorms don’t help this situation). And yet don’t despair because there are plenty of intriguing things going on if you know where to look. And there are a few bright spots. Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 17-19, is a mid-winter break in the humdrum, when we all emerge briefly from hibernation. There is plenty going on this weekend to keep one busy. Here are a few highlights of the upcoming weekend in Ptown.
Visual Art: Lester Johnson from the Permanent Collection
Opening Reception: Friday, February 17, 6pm
Johnson has deep roots to Ptown, going back to 1953 when he has his first show at Earle Pilgrim’s shop on Commercial Street. Curated by Christine McCarthy, this show presents Johnson’s watercolors and block prints, a body of work gifted to PAAM in 2016.
Theater: The 7th Annual 24-Hour Theater Festival
Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm
Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford Street
Eight ten-minute plays will be shown as script-in-hand performances in this perennially sold-out community event presented by Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab. Playwrights, actors, and directors gather the night before to select cast and learn the mystery props that must be incorporated into every play. The playwrights have until 7:00 am Saturday morning to produce the work that will be mounted later that evening.
For a Drink: Luv Lounge at Shipwreck Lounge
February 17 – 19, Doors open at 5pm.
Shipwreck Lounge, 10 Carver Street
Our favorite upscale lounge will be open for cocktails and conversation. Looking forward to settling into one of those cozy chairs!
Music: Bobby Wetherbee
Saturday, February 18, 9:00pm
Provincetown’s Favorite Piano Man, Bobby Wetherbee will be singing love songs and standards at the Central House Piano Bar. No cover!
Writing: Reading With Fine Arts Work Center Visiting
Writer Paul Lisicky
Saturday, February 18, 6:30pm
Stanley Kunitz Common Room, Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl Street
The Fine Arts Work Center keeps a fairly busy winter schedule of readings and exhibitions. Lisicky’s most recent book is The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship (Graywolf, 2016). He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is the editor of the journal StoryQuarterly.
Valentine’s Day, Ptown Style 3 Feb 2017, 1:04 pm
After a brief vacation, Crowne Pointe will be opening up in about a week, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Time for a romantic winter getaway, yes? Most people are probably looking for any excuse to fly south right now but hear me out. Although we are in deep freeze territory here in Ptown, this winter hasn’t been bad at all. I know I’m biased cause I’m a Yankee and grew up loving these frigid seasons, but winter has its perks too. Beaches to yourself. Hot chocolate can only really happen in cold weather. And my favorite: falling asleep in front of a roaring, crackling fire (did I mention we have those? In the rooms?) AND if you stay at a certain charming Inn in Ptown, even if frightful weather looms, you don’t have to shovel, you don’t have to drive, you don’t even have to get your boots dirty.
So here’s how you do it: book a stay here at the hotel. You can take advantage of our shoulder season specials. Our signature “Escape to the Cape” includes accommodations in the Inn, meals (breakfast in bed and dinner at The Pointe Restaurant), and one spa treatment per person at Shui Spa, located right here at the Inn. As a separate package, we are also offering Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd 50%.
Then, if you want to really treat yourself and your love, here are some local gift ideas. Massages? How about the 3 Pack Massage Saver from Shui Spa? Sweet Tooth? Check out this delectable assortment of Valentine’s Day cookies from Relish bakery. Apparel? How about one of Tim Scapes graphic tees. Need other ideas? The online Valentine’s Day shop at Ptownie.com has jewelry, apparel, home décor and accessories and more¾all from local Ptown shops.
Well, I think we’ve got Valentine’s Day all figured out. See how easy that was? Call 508.487.6767 for reservations. The crackling fire will be waiting for you.
Ptown Winters Are Made For Movie Nights 18 Jan 2017, 7:44 am
Despite it being the off-off-season at this point (even the crickets have left for warmer climes), there are still ways to get out and have fun in Ptown. I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s day (or evening) than with a movie. It’s the perfect excuse to hunker down. And if you actually go TO a movie, you can venture out, but you don’t have to go far, you don’t have to talk, you will be entertained, and there can be food (if you want). All wins in the fight against winter/off-season hermit-dom. Below are three different winter film series currently going on in town.
The Provincetown Film
Society presents screenings every Wednesday, 7p.m. of a wide
variety of films ranging from 1931’s Le Million (a French film
about the journey of a winning lottery ticket) to Popeye (Robin
Williams and Shelley Duvall circa 1980) to Nightcrawler (a 2014
psychothriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal).
Crone’s Winter Film Series @ Sage Inn & Lounge
Every Friday, 7p.m., at the Sage Inn & Lounge, film historian Michelle Crone presents a different film from 1939, a year she describes as “the greatest year in the history of filmmaking.” Films include Son of Frankenstein (February 3), The Wizard of Oz (March 3), and Wuthering Heights (March 10).
Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee Film Series
This free film series at the Provincetown Public Library presents films and short documentaries that take a closer look at moral injustices that are happening here in the Unites States of America. Topics include immigration, struggles facing Native American communities, and racism in America. Screenings are every Saturday in January and February, 2:00 p.m.
Looking for more to do in Ptown this winter? My go-to online resource is Ptownie.com. Their e-newsletter is a handy weekly calendar full of possibilities.
2016 First Light Provincetown Performances 20 Dec 2016, 9:04 am
Like most holiday weekends, New Year’s Weekend in Provincetown is a blast with plenty of goofiness, fine dining, theater, parties, music…however you take your entertainment, Ptown has something to offer. If theater/music is your style, here are five exciting performances happening as part of 2016 First Light Provincetown. You’re gonna want to work one of these into your holiday weekend plan! The Provincetown Business Guild has a complete list of the 2016 First Light Events here.
Edenville Live, Friday, December 30, Sage Provincetown Inn and Lounge
This duo featuring ethereal vocals and acoustic guitar is a mellow start to the weekend. The Lounge at the Sage Inn is a great spot to relax and unwind.
Thirsty Burlington’s Christmas Special, Friday, December 30, Crown & Anchor
Legendary Ptown performer Scott Townsend AKA Thirsty Burlington’s got a hot new show just in time for New Year’s!
New Year’s Eve Supper Club with Mary Callanan & Brian Patton, Saturday, December 31, Tin Pan Alley.
For a more intimate atmosphere (there are only 46 seats), Tin Pan Alley offers a specially prepared 4-course meal combined with a show stopping performance by Broadway star Mary Callanan.
Suede in Concert Sunday, January 1, Crown & Anchor
She’s described as Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. She’s a master performer with moxie and an amazing voice. Simply put, she rocks.
4 Hands, 2 Guys, 1 Piano Sunday, January 1, United Universalist Meeting House
Musicians Paul Biasaccia and John Thomas present a celebration of epic music including Berlin, Gershwin, Joplin, and more.
Seasonal Givings | Ptown Edition 12 Dec 2016, 7:41 am
My parents and in-laws are impossible to shop for. They don’t need any more ‘stuff’ (as evidenced by the fact that they are constantly trying to downsize by unloading their stuff on our family!). So recently, I have shifted gears away from object gifts and towards experiences and charitable gifts instead. Both parents and in-laws help with childcare, house projects, you name it. So I very much want to find a way to express some tiny fraction of the gratitude we owe them. Here are three ways to go beyond the box with gifting this year¾all with a decidedly Provincetown flavor of course!
A Gift of Travel
My in-laws love to travel but they never seem to take a break and get away. This year, my husband and I are treating them to a weekend away as a huge thank you for hours and hours of babysitting, laundry folding, and support they have given us over the past year. My in-laws are also quite frugal so when they do travel, they rarely treat themselves. A weekend stay at the Inn would be a total treat. The Inn’s offseason special “Escape to Provincetown” Two Night Package is perfect.
A Gift of Giving
Provincetown’s non-profit community is robust to say the least and it is easy to find organizations that match a person’s interest. There are so many to choose from. I picked a sampling of five nonprofits that run the gamut from arts and culture to community organizations: Twenty Summers (runs the historic Hawthorne Barn), CASAS (Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter), Outermost Community Radio (WOMR), AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Camp Lightbulb (camp for LGBTQ youth). You can also check out the Ptown Chamber of Commerce’s list here.
A Gift of Sailing
This one would have to wait until summer (unless of course, you winter in Key West), but why not plan a memorable experience to share with family or friends? One of my favs is the Schooner Hindu, a beautiful, early 20th century yacht available for daily cruises in the summer or private charters.
Provincetown’s Holly Folly Weekend December 2-4, 2016 22 Nov 2016, 9:23 am
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I can hear the carols playing in my head already and it’s not even Thanksgiving. Many Cape Cod towns have holiday strolls and celebrations in early December (Falmouth, Sandwich, Chatham). If you are looking for quaint New England Christmas, just stop reading right now and google “Sturbridge Village” or “Strawberry Banke.” If, however, you get a little giggly and goofy around the holidays, then a December weekend in Ptown will put a twinkle in your eye and a merry smile on your lips enough to last through the rest of 2016.
I’m still reeling (and picking glitter out of my carpet) from some rollicking Halloween festivities. Any excuse for a costume! Thankfully, there are plenty of those here in Ptown! Many of the Holly Folly events are benefits for local organizations. Click here to visit the Provincetown Business Guild for a more detailed itinerary of each day’s events. The web listings are a little overwhelming to take in and I’m a planner (plus many of the events require preregistering). So, for the condensed version, here are my pics for the weekend:
There must be the requisite stroll down Commercial Street to take in the decorations and support local businesses.
Holly Folly Sing-A-Long
5:30-8:30pm, Friday and Saturday
Porchside Bar, Gifford House Inn
Request your favorite holiday tunes. Never a cover.
TIS the Season Holiday Revue
Doors at 8pm/ Show at 8:30pm
Paramount at the Crown & Anchor
This is a benefit for the Aids Support Group of Cape Cod. Join the finest drag performers in Town for a festive night of holiday cheer! Hosted by Barbie Que and Anita Cocktail, Featuring: Billie Jean and Tisch DeWilliams
Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch
I’ll be doning my Santa hat and red knickers for the Jingle Bell run in the morning and then I’ll head to the Crowne & Anchor for the brunch. Proceeds of the event help to support and sustain PBG LGBTQ Cultural Tourism in Provincetown.
Annual “Souper” Saturday Lunch
Tin Pan Alley
The Soup Kitchen In Provincetown (SKIP) will host this annual event. The public is invited to enjoy hearty soups provided by more than two-dozen local restaurants and other businesses. Throughout the event, a variety of soups will be available for a donation of $5 per serving. SKIP merchandise, including mugs, T-shirts and caps, will also be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by pianist Jim Brosseau and other area performers during the fundraiser.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus
A great Holly Folly tradition, enjoy the perfect kick-off to the holiday season in Provincetown’s own Grande Dame, Town Hall. One show only! Tickets are $27 each. Doors open at 7:30pm.
3rd Annual Gingerbread House Decorating
Holly Folly Headquarters
Bring your creative skills and holiday spirit to compete for the grand prize in gingerbread house decorating! Teams MUST register in advance to compete and arrive at Holly Folly Headquarters ready to decorate. Each team gets a prebuilt gingerbread house, icing and piping bag. Houses will be used as centerpieces at the David Asher Senior Dinner.