Peaceful Provincetown, MA
Off-season romance near Boston.
Enjoy quiet time in “P-town,” an especially romantic and tranquil place when the summer crowds disperse. Located at the tip of Cape Cod, the town, which is popular among gay and lesbian travelers, affords beautiful beaches, excellent seafood dished up along the wharf, and gently graded nature trails. Tip: If you like to cycle, pedal the 5.2-mile loop of the National Seashore between Herring Cove and Race Point beaches.
1 Beech Forest Trail
Walk the mile-long Beech Forest Trail, which winds through fragile sand dunes.
2 Gull Pond
One of the secret springs left over from the Ice Age, hidden deep in the Wellfleet and Truro woods. The water is exquisitely clear and silky.
3 Flyerâ€™s Boat Shop & Rentals
Flyerâ€™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, the shop rents sailboats, powerboats, and kayaks to take out on your own.
4 Red Inn
At the Red Inn in P-town, the view of the sun setting over the bay is so spectacular that you almost donâ€™t even notice how good the food is. (But try the pan-roasted cod with a lemon-garlic confit, served on a bed of rosemary potatoes and applewood bacon.
5 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 paintings from the namesake region, while the main room boasts big windows, high ceilings, mirrors, a brick fireplace, and a garden view. Downstairs is a wine-cellar setting with low ceilings, Chianti bottles hung in wicker baskets, and brick and woodwork accents. The Northern Italian cuisine includes pasta and various dishes centered on seafood, chicken, or veal.