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Make the Most of It


Start the morning with a Turkish steam bath at your hotel, the Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Spa, a four-star property on the East End of town with a loyal LGBT following. You can follow your steam with anything from a hot stone massage to a Moroccan exfoliation scrub, or just laze around in the clothing-optional bathhouse.


Victor's is one of the best restaurants in town, drawing foodies from far and wide for its creative menu of small plates. Those in the know, however, hit up Victor's for the elegant drag brunch, a gourmet explosion of sense and scenery that could conceivably keep you entertained all day. Running every Sunday through the summer season, the brunch is hosted by hilarious drag artist Shady Pines, who will keep you laughing over a plate of lobster eggs Benedict.


Now it's time to get some fresh air on Dog Gone Sailing Charters, a lesbian-owned touring company that aims to show you Provincetown from its best angle: the water. Captain Rosie and her crew will meet you at MacMillan Wharf and take you on a peaceful afternoon cruise of the Bay, complete with stories and anecdotes fleshing out the background of this historic port. The dog in Dog Gone is literal, and you'll be joined on your journey by Mini, the best canine first mate around.

A leisurely stroll down Commercial Street is an essential part of any visit to Provincetown. Stretching from one end of town to the other, it's home to all the best restaurants, cafes and stores. Whether you want highbrow artnaughty toys, or world-class wines, Commercial Street will have it - and you're likely to make some new friends along the way, as the storekeepers here tend to be passionate and engaging.
The Brass Key Guesthouse is one of the most sophisticated accommodations on the Cape, and its on-site cocktail bar the Shipwreck Lounge is equally chic. The atmosphere is something you might find on an old-money yacht: all polished wood, soft music and nautical decoration, it's a luxe and inviting set-up. Outside is a blazing firepit and gently tinkling fountain, where you can enjoy a perfectly mixed martini and compare your new purchases.

On to dinner at Red House Inn, where you better have made reservations several weeks ago, or there will be no chance of catching a table. This is thought by some to be the best restaurant on the Cape, serving the freshest of local seafood against a stunning natural backdrop. If you get here early enough, you can indulge in the oyster bar happy hour, a favorite with local gourmands.


After dinner, it's off to Broadway, or as close to Broadway as you'll get around here. The Provincetown Theater packs its intimate venue nightly during the summer season, partly because of the big name performers and partly because live theater is one of the backbones of the local arts scene. Shows run from musicals like Rent to heavier Tennessee Williams fare but are always excellent.