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Off-Season in P-Town


Photo: Jeff Pearce

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 year-round residents, enough shops and restaurants stay open to keep the town lively. Fly a kite on starkly beautiful beaches, enjoy Italian and Portuguese cuisine without waiting an hour for a table, and shop for antiques without getting jostled by other tourists.

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Destinations: Provincetown

Inspired by: Off-Season Beach Bargains — by Ann Shields, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (2)

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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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    Brass Key Guesthouse

    This 19th-century compound centers on a pool and gardens. The clientele is very social (and mostly gay).


Restaurants (1)

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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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