Monday, January 20, 2014
GetawayMavens.com Provides Great Offbeat Tips on US Route 6 Towns in New England, New York and PA
And they start at the beginning with THIS POST.
WHY GO: Provincetown, MA on the tip of Cape Cod is high energy and gay in all definitions of that word. It’s beautiful, fun and free-spirited; perfect for like-minded souls. Once a maritime center, and where the tired Pilgrims on the Mayflower originally landed, Provincetown began to draw actors and artists when “alternate lifestyles” were best left to edge of earth locales. Now, it seems, everyone – gay or straight – wants in on the action. If it’s your wish to rub elbows and other body parts with as many people as possible, come “in-season” – end of Spring to early Fall. Otherwise, enjoy Provincetown’s quiet history and world famous dunes when the weather chills.
CLIMB: Pilgrim Monument For an overview of Provincetown and much of the Cape, there’s no better perspective than from the top of the Pilgrim Monument, the tallest all-granite structure in the United States completed in 1910 to commemorate the Mayflower’s 102 passengers who took solace on these shores. After climbing the 252 foot tower (116 steps connecting 60 ramps), spend some time in the “Grandma’s attic of P’Town,” the adjoining Provincetown Museum, which highlights early Native American life, Pilgrim days, whaling and fishing industries and the influx of artists. A Mayflower replica, Provincetown’s first horse-drawn fire engine and mock-ups of both a Captain’s home and ship Captain’s Quarters take center stage. But allow time to poke around for little gems, like the photograph of a blackface Eugene O’Neil who appeared as a “Negro Sailor” in his play, The Thirst, originally staged in Provincetown. $12 adults, $4 children, Memorial Day to Labor Day 9am-7pm, check website for other times of year.
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