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Fall Weekend in Provincetown

Joan Talmadge | 11/10/2015

Despite the slight chill in the air -- it was early November, after all -- we were able to take full advantage of a beautiful fall weekend in Provincetown. Arriving Friday afternoon before dark, we strolled uncrowded Commercial Street with its many eclectic shops and wonderful art galleries.

P’town offers incredible dining options. We enjoyed two delicious seafood dinners -- salmon and lobster at Ross’ Grill on the waterfront on Friday night and scallops and more lobster at the historic Red Inn in the West End on Saturday evening. Before we left for home on Sunday, we had a late lunch and watched the Pats game at The Squealing Pig– their smoked seafood chowder was delicious.

We didn’t lack for activities. On Saturday, we played golf at Truro’s Highland Links, which is perched along the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic and known for its ungroomed, natural beauty.

On Sunday, we climbed to the top of Pilgrim Monument (thank goodness for the 60 ramps), which rewards the climb with 360 degree views of the town and harbor below, and beyond that the sparkling waters of Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

At the base of the monument is a museum that commemorates important events in Provincetown’s history, including the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. Yes, this was where the Pilgrims first landed and stayed for about 5 weeks before departing for Plymouth!

The highlight of the weekend was enjoying the quintessential natural beauty of the National Seashore on one of Art’s Dune Tours. There we were, just us in a comfortable Suburban driven by knowledgeable and enthusiastic Rob Costa, Art’s son. We drove along the designated sand paths of the magnificent dunes and exquisite fall colors of the low-growing foliage of cranberries, bayberries, beach plums, and sea grasses. Rob pointed out some of the 17 remaining “dune shacks” where artists and writers like Eugene O’Neil spent summers. We both agreed that this area is truly one of the crown jewels of Cape Cod.