Top Reasons to Stay at Anchor Inn Beach House
- This adults-only B&B is at the edge of Cape Cod, with unobstructed water views.
- Anchor Inn is filled with elegant, Gatsby-esque furnishings, including four-poster beds, fringed sofas, and a tufted round banquette in the lobby.
- Each guest room has a wet bar with a sink, a fridge, and Internet access, and many feature whirlpool tubs and private waterfront balconies.
- Fodor’s enjoys the inn’s “wonderful location just steps from bars, shops, and restaurants.”
- The complimentary continental breakfast served in the dining room every morning includes freshly brewed coffee, cereal, and pastries.
- The staff can arrange romantic outings, including dune-buggy rides, schooner sailing trips, and whale-watching cruises, which typically last from April to October.
- You can rent a bicycle in town and take a ride along the Cape Cod National Seashore, which stretches out along swimming beaches and protected woodlands.
Provincetown, Massachusetts: Thriving Arts Scene and Gay-Friendly Community on the Tip of Cape Cod
Provincetown—or “P-town” as it’s often known—sits at the northernmost tip of Cape Cod. Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, they spent five weeks in what is now Provincetown Harbor. There they signed the Mayflower Compact and first encountered Native Americans. The 252-foot-tall Pilgrim Monument memorializes this landing, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Boston from the top of its tower.
In the 20th century, Provincetown attracted a slew of artists, including painter Charles Hawthorne; he helped found the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in 1914. You can view works from past and present members of the town’s still-thriving creative community in the art galleries along Commercial Street, which rival some of Boston’s best. Today, Provincetown is probably best known as one of the most popular gay and lesbian destinations in the country and as the site of the legendary Carnival Festival, an over-the-top, come-as-you-are party that takes over the streets every August.
With shores curling around a natural harbor, Provincetown has no shortage of beautiful waterfront real estate. At Race Point Beach, located on the Cape Cod National Seashore, you can watch sailboats and the occasional whale drifting by on the Atlantic Ocean. Herring Cove Beach, on the bay side of town, offers calm swimming waters and spectacular sunset views.