Friday, July 19, 2024

Ocean views, picket fences, and rainbow flags

Provincetown beckons you for a fall or winter getaway.

Provincetown is without a doubt at the top of every queer person’s list for a summer vacation. But it’s also perfect for a fall getaway.

With an unrivaled and miraculous position on the easternmost peninsula of the continental U.S., as well as a fabled live-and-let-live attitude that has seen it become a magnet for LGBTQ literary types from Tennessee Williams to Michael Cunningham, America’s most famous seaside haven for LGBTQ+ travelers is also a golden mile or so of great restaurants, boutiques and shops, and 60-plus galleries in what is the oldest continuous arts colony in the United States.

A view of Provincetown from across the harbor at the tip of Cape Cod.

Before the weather gets too cold and while the light is still golden, spend part of each day on gay-friendly Herring Cove Beach or the expansive Race Point Beach, and get to know the dramatic dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. If you rent a bike you can get around town easily and in an environmentally-friendly way, plus you can explore the Province Lands Bike Trail.

People walking in the 39th Annual Provincetown Carnival Gods and Goddess Parade on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts August 17, 2017 USA

Plus, there are LGBTQ-themed events about to resume as soon as they can: Single Women’s Weekend, Womxn of Color Weekend and Girl Splash to Bear Week, Pride Week, Fan Fair – The Original Transgender Week, and Carnival.

Provincetown has an extraordinary range of charming and beautiful accommodations, with more than 80 properties to choose from. If you are looking for a bargain, midwinter is the time to plan an extended vacation to get the best weeks, the best rooms, and the best views.

Lodging in Provincetown ranges from quaint shingle-style inns and guesthouses to intimate bed & breakfasts with welcoming front porches. The town has chic see-and-be-seen resorts and contemporary hotels. For long-term stays, there are waterfront homes, village guest cottages on quiet side streets, and apartments with space and views available for rent.

Think ocean views and white picket fences with colorful perennial gardens, with amenities like fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, and saunas. Some properties offer complimentary bicycles. Daily breakfast is a hallmark of many inns, and some provide free evening wine and cheese.

For details on booking summer 2021, go to Provincetown Tourism. Stay up to date with the latest Covid-19 regulations at

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