Staying safe and healthy is of prime importance this summer, which is why Provincetown Tourism is putting the emphasis on “safecations.” Thanks to its beaches, dunes and outdoor dining, that’s easier than ever at the leading LGBTQ+ getaway destination in the United States.
This summer, a safecation is the newest buzzword in travel, because it allows people to visit their favorite places, or discover new ones, and pay it forward with the same level of safety for everyone else. Guests are asked to visit the Town of Provincetown website for the latest safety protocols and to abide by them. *
The Town is currently experiencing Phase 3 of the reopening of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which began on July 6, with plenty of options to satisfy anyone pining for a few classic summer days in Ptown. In a place as theatrical as Provincetown, it’s no surprise that mandatory mask-wearing has resulted in some creative interpretations of what a mask can be.
Here what’s open and entertaining in recent weeks:
- Some museums and cultural and historical facilities have been allowed to reopen, including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Here in the oldest continuous arts colony in the US, there are 60-plus art galleries that offer a wide range of work. Most galleries are open this summer, although some of them are open by appointment-only. The Gallery Stroll will be a virtual stroll this summer.
- Whale watch tours have resumed, though visitors are urged to make reservations because of reduced capacity on the boats. The same holds true for deep sea fishing charters and sailing charters.
- Dune tours have begun again, though with only one party/household per vehicle.
- Paddle board and kayak tours are up and running.
- Fitness centers & health clubs, as well as yoga and spin classes, have been given the green light to reopen. There are also outdoor fitness and spin classes.
- Entertainment has shifted outdoors this summer. The Pilgrim House is featuring Miss Richfield 1981 in “Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows” from July 28 to September 12 and “A Tupperware Party with Dixie Longate” runs from August 25 to September 5. At the Crown & Anchor, there is outdoor entertainment around the outdoor poolside stage. Producer Mark Cortale has announced the opening of two shows for summer-long runs starting this month. Norton Award winning drag comedy legend Varla Jean Merman premiered her new comedy show “Superspreader” on July 9 and it will run until September 12. Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Judy Gold and Merman will bring the P-Town debut of new duo comedy, “The Judy & Varla Show,” to the Crown & Anchor’s outdoor poolside stage from July 15 through September 9. Both shows feature Gerald Goode at the piano. For tickets and information, please visit onlyatthecrown.com or call 508-487-1430.
Provincetown is a two-hour drive from Boston. Peter Pan Bus Lines provides bus service from Boston. Cape Air continues to offer multiple flights daily between Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) and Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC), as well as daily flights from New York’s Westchester County Airport (HPN). The Boston to Provincetown 90-minute ferry service run by Bay State Cruises and Boston Harbor Cruises are both operating. There are more details at https://ptowntourism.com/.
* Starting August 1, all visitors and Massachusetts residents returning home must fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from a COVID-19 lower risk state or they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered no more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts, or they are included in one of the other, limited exemptions. Visit mass.gov for details.