Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-12-12
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Provincetown and Boston: Perfect for a fall getaway
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm
2017-08-15

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Put Provincetown on your bucket list if you have never been.

Fall is a perfect time to visit Ptown ( as it is called ) as hotel rates are half peak season, the weather is still nice, and you don't have to fight the crowds. The town is charming. There are no chains ( like Starbucks or CVS ). There are just two main streets ( Commercial and Bradford ), but they're packed with interesting shops, restaurants and lodging. Did I mention it is the gayest place you will ever visit although everyone is welcome and mingles freely there. It is on Cape Cod, a narrow peninsula filled with charming cities. Provincetown was discovered by the Pilgrims, although they settled in Plymouth.

Actually, I had never been to Provincetown so diverted there after my Boston conference on the Harbor Bay Cruise Fast Ferry to Provincetown ( baystatecruisecompany.com, $59 one way, leaves from World Trade Center-runs through mid-October ).

Take the SL ( Silver Line ) bus from Boston Logan Airport to the Trade Center station ( free going, $2.75 on the way back ). You can also drive there from Boston or fly from the Boston airport. There is also another fast ferry but it leaves further from the airport and there is no connecting bus although you could take Uber or Lyft. ( I took Southwest to Boston since they don't charge for luggage nor to change your ticket. )

Once in Provincetown, you can walk to your hotel. I snagged a room at the Crew's Quarters ( everything else was sold out ), a budget choice with shared bathrooms. I paid $164, but after Labor Day the rate falls to $103.

Other lodging options include The Red Inn ( 15 Commercial Ave., RedInn.com ), the Boatslip Resort Hotel ( rates from $175 in the fall ) and Provincetown Inn ( 1 Commercial Ave. ). The Red Inn is nice and also has a great bar and restaurant plus bay views. Check Trip Advisor or Yelp for other options or the shared housing sites like AirBnB.

The T Dance runs at Boatslip Resot daily until Sept. 10 and weekends after that. It is a must. It starts at 4pm and ends at 7 p.m. We had Madonna one night as a theme and disco-80s hits the next day during the week I was there.

Start your morning at Joe Coffee ( on Commercial ). Breakfast at Liz Cafe ( 31 Bradford ) runs 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and is quite popular.

Ice cream ( homemade ) plus Stumptown Coffee can be found at the Happy Camper ( on Commercial ). After the bars, head to Spiritus Pizza ( 190 Commercial ).

Rent a hybrid bike at Provincetown Bikes ( $16 for four hours, 136 Bradford Avenue ) and enjoy the trails and beaches of Cape Cod National Seashore. Stop at the Province Lands Visitor Center to learn about the natural history of the area which is filled with sand dunes, bogs, and more. The ten miles of bike trails are sometime hilly. Don't miss the beech forest. The winters are windy but they only get 25 inches of snow since it does not stick due to the warming influence of the Atlantic Ocean.

Whale watching is another option, with four types of whales in the area, not to mention the seals. Don't swim alone, though, as there are sharks in the water.

Don't miss Herring Cove Beach. Walk a half mile from the bike parking area before the main entrance. You can take the Beach Shuttle there or even walk to the entrance. Go left for the LGBT section. The Race Point Beach is also nice.

There are other active choices. You can walk up to the top of the Pigrim Monument at 252 feet, work out at Mussell Beach ( $23 for a day pass ) on Bradford Avenue and dance the night away at Club Purgatory ( at the Gifford House Inn ).

You don't need a reason to go but the following fall events make the trip worth it:

Sept. 9 Swim for Life

Sept. 11-17 Afterglow Arts Festival

Sept. 15-17 Lambda Car Show

Sept. 28-Oct. 2 Leather weekend ( matesleatherweekend.com )

Oct. 9-15 Women's Weekend ( womensweekprovincetown.com )

Oct. 27-31 Halloween/Spooky Bear weekend

I also stayed in Boston for a few days at the new and trendy Yotel Hotel ( 65 Seaport-Courthouse Metro on the T ). Check out their roof top bar. ( Rates from $179. ) While in Boston, don't miss Fanueil Hall ( like the French Market in Chicago ). Boston is a very walkable historic city.

For more information on Ptown, check out Provincetown Magazine or the website ptown.org . The new booklet Ptown Hacks also has lots of tips on what to do.

For Boston information, read the Improper Bostonian ( see LGBT event and business listings ), DigBoston.com,the Boston Spirit or Bay Windows.

Coming soon: A column on Saugutuck

Bill Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis who writes for The Midwest Eagle, Windy City Times, All Aboard Indiana and the Broad Ripple Gazette. All or parts of this article may appear in other publications. The views expressed are his own. He does not receive compensation from places visited nor these publications. You can find him on Facebook.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

WORLD Marriage news, HIV prosecution, Cuba travel 2018-12-12 - The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Dec. 5, reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples, The Washington ...


Gay News

DINING Travelle cocktails, new Wow Bao, 'Vanderpump' parties 2018-11-27 - —Travelle at the Langham, 300 N. Wabash Ave., now has art-inspired signature cocktails. The restaurant's new cocktail menu is influenced by famous works ...


Gay News

A visit to the gay capital of South Florida 2018-11-20 - Witon Manors, Florida, is perfect for a car free, carefree holiday—and it has arguably the best walkable LGBTQ village in the country. The ...


Gay News

SAVOR Talking with Travelle's chefs; dining news 2018-11-19 - There was a time when dining at a hotel's restaurant was almost an afterthought. How times have changed. Many hotels across the nation ...


Gay News

Center on Halsted hosts Orlando Traveling Memorial 2018-10-17 - On Oct. 12, the Center on Halsted held an opening reception for The Orlando Traveling Memorial, a mural inspired by not only the ...


Gay News

Orlando Traveling Memorial to debut at Center on Halsted 2018-10-10 - An art installation created by Pulse Nightclub shooting survivors, first responders and family members, The Orlando Traveling Memorial ( OTM ), will make ...


Gay News

TRAVEL Hello, Columbus, Much more than a college town 2018-09-18 - I've had the good fortune to travel to Columbus, Ohio, a few times—and I've convinced more and more people that it's a great ...


Gay News

VALUE TRAVEL Downtown LA, The city's walkable gayborhood 2018-09-04 - Have you been to downtown LA ( DTLA ) lately? If not, plan on a visit soon. I hadn't and was stunned ...


Gay News

HRC Promotes Workplace Inclusion in Argentina at LGBT Business, Tourism Summit 2018-08-21 - BUENOS AIRES — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation, the educational arm of America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ...


Gay News

Local women arrange Italy LGBTQ adventures 2018-08-08 - Chicago's Lesley Pritkin and Rosanne Cofoid are offering LGBTQ-specific adventures in Italy with unique venues for same-sex wedding celebrations and honeymoons that cater ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.