Some Cape Cod Classics

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Cape Cod is a beach destination, and the Salt House Inn - which has been listed on Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List - is a quintessential beach hotel. The design is light and airy, the rooms are breezy, and the hospitality is chilled out. Gay-owned, it has plenty of New England atmosphere but is mixed with the sophisticated urban details veteran travelers have come to expect.

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You can breakfast for free at Salt House, but if you want to get a better sense of the neighborhood, head over to Fanizzi's for brunch. A hit with locals and tourists alike, Fanizzi's is old school in a good way. The buffet brunch is enormous and fresh and has plenty of seafood touches to remind you where you are - if the sweeping bay views aren't enough.

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Just down the block from Fanizzi's is Pilgrim Monument, a good way to burn off some of the calories you just consumed. The walk up this 252-foot stone tower takes about 15 minutes, but with a mix of ramps and stairs it's doable for most. The view from the top is phenomenal, and you'll see why this is perhaps the most important tourist site in town.

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Now that you've got the lay of the land, rent a bicycle from Ptown Bikes, one of the most reliable cycling centers in town. You're headed on the road to Wellfleet, which is about an hour and a half away on two wheels. But don't despair if you get tired - a bicycle shuttle runs between the two towns, so you can hop on at several stops along the way.

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By the time you get to Wellfleet you'll be ready for a late lunch at Mac's Seafood, a little shack of a place serving authentic lobster rolls, crab cakes and clam chowder. Mac's is a must-eat according to most tourist guides, and while you can get a lobster roll pretty much anywhere in Cape Cod, you won't get one better than here. Take a stroll around town after you eat, and check out the local gift shops.
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Arrive back in Provincetown in the late afternoon, the ideal time for some whale watching. This is a very popular pastime, so you'll want to be sure to book in advance, and be ready to see dolphins and whales of many types up close and personal, with a side of education and appreciation. The fleet's boats are large, comfortable and heated, with full bars serving snacks and cocktails.

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Wind down the day with dinner and drinks at The Lobster Pot, a Provincetown institution. Smack in the center of town, it's become something of a landmark over the years, easily identifiable by the long lines of people waiting to get in. The atmosphere is high-energy and talkative, and if you can get a seat on the upper deck, you're in for a whale of a sunset.