The P in P’town stands for Peaceful (until summer comes)

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

FALL. It was not the “usual” or recommended time to go but my good friend, Cris, planned the trip weeks ahead, took time off work to show me around P’town or Provincetown,, a New England town at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

Summer would be the best time to head to this resort town to enjoy the place to the fullest. It’s also the time when the peaceful and quiet coastal town of about 3,000 can shoot to 60,000 in population. It is a fun “mad town” of sorts that will host its visitors in its quaint hotels, entertain them in its beautiful stretch of beaches and afford everyone with picturesque sunrise and sunset from the famous harbor where the pilgrims first anchored, tease them into parting with their hard-earned moolah in the many cool boutiques along the commercial street, and most of all, entertain everyone in the bars and dance halls or the streets where the parties spill out.

P’town has a status as a vacation destination of gay men and lesbians. I can just imagine what a madhouse (in a good sense) this place can turn to during summer.


Not this time though. P’town during the fall was the complete opposite, almost like a ghost town, “Imagine how crowded these streets are at any time of the day and night. The rainbow flags are waving in its full glory,” Cris said. But for the time being, we had the town to ourselves and a few other tourists mingling with the locals.

Don’t get me wrong. I had fun even in the absence of the crowd. In fact, it was a perfect time to take those “touristic” photos without having to wait for your turn on the famous attractions around town—the Pilgrim Monument, the town library and the interesting sculptures along the streets, a deserted Race Point Beach at sunset, the row of shops on the commercial street. Plus, it was nice to get a table at the popular restaurants without having to wait (which was still full even at the low season), a quick serving of drinks at the bar and find a comfortable spot by the fireplace at the town’s popular watering holes. The downside, though, is much of the interesting shops, art and clothing, were closed for the season (boo-hoo).

I like P’town and it would be a treat to revisit the place on a summer, wearing lighter clothing, enjoy the sun and the high temperature it brings and (try the very best to) party 24/7.

One last thing, it will be good to heed this travel tip from Trip Advisor: if it’s high season, take the ferry or a quick flight from Boston (unless you enjoy spending hours sitting in traffic).

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 16, 2014.


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