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 Provincetown MA - The Carriage House Guesthouses and Inns of Provincetown MA.


  Provincetown is a charming New England town situated at the tip of Historic Cape Cod. Filled with traditional New England Captain's Houses, Churches, Cottages, Hotels and Inns it is a beautiful destination resort. The indigenous people are the Wampanoag tribe of Eastern Massachusetts & Cape Cod, the first to meet the Pilgrims. The Pilgrims, early English settlers who founded the Plymouth Colony, first set foot on American soil here in 1620 before venturing on to Plymouth. A community developed on the site about 1700 & Provincetown was incorporated in 1727. Provincetown is the site of the tall granite Pilgrim Monument, commemorating the Pilgrims' landing & the signing in the harbor of the Mayflower Compact.  
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  For over a Century an Artist Community has flourished here. Among the notable inhabitants have been artists; Charles Hawthorne, Willem de Koonig and Jackson Pollock, authors Eugene O'Neill, Jack Kerouac and Norman Mailer and poets E.E. Cummings, Harry Kemp and Mary Oliver, The Provincetown Players Theater Group was founded here in 1915 by O'Neill. For the last few decades a thriving Gay Community have vacationed here attracted from around the world. This makes for an eclectic mix of people, shops, galleries, cafes, hotels, restaurants & nightlife. There is something in Provincetown for everyone, whether you like to lay on a beach, cycle on the dunes bike paths, or pass the day at a cafe. Other activities include kayaking, hiking, whale watching, off-roading trails, all types of boat rentals & spectacular sunset cruises in Cape Cod Bay.  
  Provincetown sits on a sand bank, that is the very tip of Cape Cod, surrounded by National Parkland beaches and dunes making it an ideal destination. Drive, Bus, Ferry or Fly into town after which you can walk or cycle anywhere with ease. Click on our Events and Directions pages to see what's coming up and how to get here or check out our extensive links page for helpful information on Provincetown. Email us The Carriage House Provincetown Hotel 7 Central Street, Provincetown, MA 02657, USA. Tel: 1-800-309-0248 (US) + 1-508-487-8855 (Outside US).  
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  ..........................Travel Tips
Driving into Provincetown can be a problem in summer, avoid late afternoons, Friday & Sunday evenings if possible. Parking is also a problem; we have onsite parking for our deluxe rooms only, there is a municipal lot and charges rate from $10 - $12/night. Please note you will get towed if you park illegally. The Ferry from Boston is a great way to travel into town; you will find rates and schedules on our links page. There are two high speed ferries that run throughout the day and a slower ferry which runs at the weekends in season. All are passenger ferries and do not carry vehicles.
  Flying to Provincetown Cape Air is the only scheduled carrier to Ptown, flying from Boston and indirectly through Delta from New York, check out Jet Blue/Cape Air's low round trip airfare from NY to P'town. You can click through to Cape Air's website from our links page. Minimum Stays are always an issue for first time visitors to Provincetown. The main reason for required minimums is that the summer season is short in town and to gaurantee business each year provincetown hotels require them to cover costs, ensure occupancy and offer a quality similar to larger hotels. Sometimes closer to high season we will have shorter stays become available. Call for information.  
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  Restaurants Provincetown has a wide selection of restaurants to suit practically every palate and pocket. Restaurants should be reserved for Holidays, i.e. July 4th, Carnival, Labor Day, New Years etc. Please let us know of any special occasions and we will remind you whether or not you need to make a reservation. In no particular order of preference we suggest you try: The Red Inn, Front Street, Lorraines, Victor's, Cafe Edwige, The Mews, Devon's, Jimmy's Hideaway Napi's and Bubalas while in town. Boston - If you have to spend a night in Boston, we suggest either 'Clarendon Square Inn' (617-536-2229) close to Copley Square or 'The Westin Hotel' (617-262-9600) actually on Copley Square, both are adjacent to Back Bay and South End Neighborhoods. Also on the Boston Scene is 'Fifteen Beacon' (617-670-1500) a beautifully stylish hotel incorporating 'The federalist' restaurant on Beacon Street near Boston Common. is the best way to find hotel accommodation, scroll to the end of the listings if you are having trouble finding a vacancy. The Inns without websites have 'low-key' marketing, this doesn't mean they are not as good & they can often be more reasonably priced & available during high season. Please note that's room finder does not confirm actual availability rather will suggest an inn within certain rates & amenities.  
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  Accommodation. We understand how important accurate information is when reserving your stay in Provincetown. Book early for the summer season (6/15-9/15) as hotels and inns get booked up quickly. Rooms and Rates vary greatly. Provincetown rates higher than most other towns on Cape Cod. If we cannot accommodate you, we will help you find something of similar value. There are no full service chain Hotels in Provincetown, although a couple of larger inns offer pools, onsite restaurants, bars and spa services.  
  Bike Rentals- Bike rentals need to be reserved for Holidays such as 4th of July week. You can bicycle anywhere in town with ease and even to the main beach at Herring Cove. Our choice for renting is P'town Bikes, you will find a link and contact information on our links page. There are a number of Bike Paths in and around Provincetown which are not to be missed.

The Town Of Provincetown MA
The Town was incorporated in 1727, but its history begins much earlier since its well protected harbor offered excellent protection from storms. The European explorer Gosnold recorded a stop in Provincetown as early as 1602 and the harbor was the site of the first landing of the Mayflower. The Pilgrims signed the Mayflower compact in the harbor, to codify the way in which they were going to administer the new colony they intended to establish. Although rich fishing grounds resulted in the seasonal leasing of fisheries with licenses granted for bass, mackerel and cod fishing, the first permanent settlement didn't take place until 1700. Provincetown grew very slowly during the 18th century and its population fluctuated with the price of fish. Farming was of secondary importance and aside from the fishing industry, there were only some salt works and one mill. After the Revolution, the town boomed and its population rose 276.6% between 1790 and 1830. Despite its relative lack of good farm land, by the middle of the 19th century, Provincetown had developed as the prime maritime, fishing and commercial center of the Cape. The Civil War, which destroyed so much New England business, only provided more markets for Provincetown's fish. Portuguese sailors, picked up by American ships in the Azores and Cape Verde Islands to fill out their crews, came to Provincetown to live and additional Portuguese immigrants had moved to town by the 19th century to work on the whaling boats and coastal fishing vessels. In 1875, there were 25 coastwise and 36 ocean vessels operating in town, more than any community in the state including Boston. Provincetown was a bustling place with all of the ancillary maritime businesses operating, such as ship chandlers, shipwrights, sail makers, caulkers, riggers and blacksmiths. The picturesque setting and salt air also began attracting artists and writers by the end of the 19th century. This contingent grew and poets, novelists, journalists, socialists, radicals and dilettantes formed a colony which in 1915 opened the Provincetown Players in a converted fish house on the wharf. Among the writers whose works were performed there was Eugene O'Neill. When the fishing industry faltered from competition with cheaper Nova Scotia cod, and the Portland Gale of 1898 swept away half of the town's wharves, the resort population of the town provided jobs to take the place of those lost. In the 1920's the artistic and literary productions of the town were of international repute and the abandoned sites of maritime businesses became the new homes of the seasonal visitor as sail lofts, warehouses and barns became studios, galleries and shops. Today, the wealth of preserved historic buildings combines with the lure of the sea to support a huge tourist and summer home industry.
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