People-Watching and Pizza in Provincetown

Posted August 6, 2009 by Kate Hamman

MA-Ptown-ComStreet-DEF Located on the fist of the Popeye arm that is Cape Cod, the one-time fishing village of Provincetown, or P-Town as it is affectionately known, may be small in size but is definitely big on fun. People from all over the world come to experience the beautiful seascapes, entertaining nightlife, and friendly locals who make anyone and everyone feel welcome, including a thriving gay community. And even after the summer crowds die down and the weather begins to chill, there are still plenty of reasons to come to the very tip of the Cape.

Commercial Street: While the Pilgrim Monument offers sweeping views of the Cape and ocean, Commercial Street offers pure entertainment. During the day, the street is filled with people browsing the many shops selling jewelry, souvenirs, candy, and toys. This main road usually gets hopping toward the evening hours, when the town criers of drag queens, showgirls, and celebrity impersonators take to the street, handing out flyers and announcing the night's activities.

Gallery Inn: Since it's such a hotspot among vacationers, P-Town tends to charge an arm and a leg for lodging. But thankfully, not the Gallery Inn. Prices here are exceptionally reasonable, starting at $119 per night during the summer high season. Since it's located only a few steps from the action of Commercial Street, you'll be close enough to enjoy the fun without the extra distraction of late-night partiers. And in the morning, you can start your day with a free continental breakfast.

Spiritus Pizza: It can be difficult to find a satisfying meal for under $3, but this Commercial Street pizza joint is so much more than just an affordable piece of pie. Open into the late hours, Spiritus is a gathering place for hungry night owls. For just a few bucks, you can get a perfectly baked slice of crispy pepperoni and bubbling cheese. It takes a true artist to make something so simple so outstanding, but the staff here are all Van Goghs. Grab a seat on the front patio and enjoy your own slice of heaven.

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Island Hopping

Posted May 28, 2009 by Katie Blais

Preppy I am a recent Nantucket convert. As a born and raised New Englander, my family and I always ventured to Maine in the summer, the land of lobster and L.L. Bean, but recently I discovered Nantucket, (more specifically its big Figawi boat race over Memorial Day weekend, when the island turns into a big spring break party, preppy overload style with madras and critter pants galore). Regardless of my penchant for polo shirts and plaid, the island of Nantucket is gorgeous and I want to go back for a much more low-key weekend so I can bike the 14 miles of island, lie out on the beach, check out the whaling museum, and get my fill of seafood.

Thanks to JetBlue it might be a little easier to head back to the island. For the third year in a row JetBlue is starting up its Nantucket service.  From now until September 8,  starting at $79 one-way you can go nonstop from NYC or get super-easy connections via anywhere, from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Fellow Bostonians like myself can book flights with JetBlue’s Cape Air service out of Logan (which also services Hyannis, Provincetown, and Martha’s Vineyard). It's a great idea for last-minute flight and long weekend getaways, and as a bonus you’ll beat that nasty Cape traffic!

What are you waiting for? Get your whale belts out, your Nantucket reds pressed, and hop on a flight.The summer is only so long!

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