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Autumn in Provincetown

Katie Dunn Canoeing on Lake Massawippi, in North Hatley, Quebec.

Photo: Katie Dunn

In fall, the throngs of tourists leave P-Town and locals reclaim the tranquillity of small-town Cape Cod life. The whale watches may stop, but the whales are still here.

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Destinations: Cape Cod · Provincetown

Hotels (2)

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    Inn at Cook Street

    The inn has eight units in the 1836 Greek Revival mansion and an additional two garden cottages.

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    Red Inn

    At the Red Inn in P-town, the view of the sun setting over the bay is so spectacular that you almost don’t even notice how good the food is. (But t

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    Clem & Ursie's

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    Ciro & Sals

    The upper and lower dining rooms of this East End Provincetown restaurant are as different as day and night. Upstairs, the Tuscany Room includes pa

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Activities (6)

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    Whydah Museum

    Located on the end of MacMillan Wharf, this small museum showcases artifacts from the only verified pirate shipwreck ever found: the Whydah, an 18t

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    Ptown Bikes

    Located in a red-brick building just outside the city center, this bicycle shop is easily recognizable by a round white sign with the word “bikes”

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    Beech Forest Trail

    Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes.

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    Race Point Beach

    Onlookers at Provincetown’s Race Point Beach erupt in applause the moment the sun disappears. For the more athletic, bike the 5.2-mile look between

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    Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rentals

    Flyer’s Boat Shop & Rental, in Provincetown, runs a funky service out to the wild, sandy spit where the Atlantic and the bay meet. If you'd like, t

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    Art's Dune Tours

    Art’s Dune Tours, in Provincetown, take travelers off road through the lunar landscape of the dunes outside town; in the distance you can see the s

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Similar Trips (2)

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    Provincetown

    In winter, when temperatures hover in the low forties, the town slows down and reverts to its historic New England whaling town roots. Though the second-home real estate boom has displaced some yea

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