Provincetown, Massachusetts has long been a place famed for celebrating individuality and freedom of expression. The oldest continuous Arts Colony in the US, visitors are drawn to this remote Massachusetts town 60 miles out to sea at the tip of Cape Cod for its beautiful beaches, lively night life and reputation as the premier LGBTQ+ getaway destination in the United States.
This summer will mark a return to the quieter and gentler Provincetown of two decades ago. It promises to be a time when singles, couples and families can enjoy an excursion to in this colorful town at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
“This summer in Provincetown is going to be different and it’s going to be great,” says Anthony Fuccillo, Director of Tourism for the Town of Provincetown. “It will be a time of nostalgia, of small crowds and big memories. It will be exactly what is needed at a time when safety and health are as necessary as sun and sand.”
What won’t change is Provincetown’s hallmark as one of the most welcoming and inclusive places on the planet, a safe haven for tourists and locals, weekenders and full-timers, gays and straights, singles and couples, families and friends. Visitors will return to find comfort and beauty in the quaint downtown of late 19th and early 20th-century shingle-style buildings, as well as nostalgia and peace during a quieter summer of re-entry.
What also endures is the natural beauty that surrounds Provincetown. It’s a town encircled by the great outdoors and open spaces, from Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach to the dramatic dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. The magical light of Provincetown, which led to the creation of an artists’ colony more than a century ago, will still be there as well. This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in Provincetown before continuing on to nearby Plymouth.
Provincetown continues to be guided by the mandates and recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the CDC and the WHO and is monitoring the situation as it evolves on a daily and weekly basis. The disruption has led organizers to make changes to some of the town’s best-loved summer events, virtually all of them grassroots creations by residents, businesses, and guests. You can visit PtownTourism.com/Events for listings updated on a regular basis.
2020 will be the summer of the road trip and Provincetown will be ready to greet the first waves of return travelers venturing 60 miles out to sea to the tip of Cape Cod.