Planning Your Day Trip to Provincetown

By Anthony

December 11, 2019

Here’s our suggestion guide for your one-day trip to Provincetown! Here you’ll find great food and good times. 

We understand that when you stay at Sandbars Inn, you might not be looking to spend much time in Provincetown. Perhaps you’re not a fan of the hustle and bustle and prefer a more laid-back vacation, and we get that! With that said, we believe a day trip to Ptown is worth your time. We’ve put together a few things that will make your day in the city a treat. 

By Anthony


Cafe Heaven

There is no better way to start your day than a decadent and delicious breakfast. At Cafe Heaven, you’ll find a menu with everything you could want! Indulge in this mouthwatering Egg Sandwich “with Vermont cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, ham or sausage, and your choice of heaven fries or arugula salad,” or if you have more of a sweet tooth, check out the Brioche French Toast “with butter, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.” And did we mention that Cafe Heaven has floor-to-ceiling windows? That means you’ll have a great view of Commercial Street while you eat. 

Expedition Whydah Pirate Museum

A short 5-minute drive (or 10-minute walk) from Cafe Heaven is the Expedition Whydah Pirate Museum. This celebrated museum contains artifacts from the 1717 shipwreck of pirate Sam Bellamy’s ship, the Whydah. Only 2 of the 146-man crew made it out alive, making it the worst wreck Cape Cod has ever seen. Here you’ll learn all of the local lore (was Bellamy visiting his beloved?) and see actual artifacts from the wreck. While we suggest dedicating some time here, even a brief stop is worthwhile. One of the coolest parts – the museum is “headquarters for our on-going archaeological mission.”

Scale model of the Whydah

Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery

At this point, you might need a little pick-me-up. The Purple Feather Cafe & Treatery, another short 5-minute walk (from Expedition Whydah), is the perfect spot for a quick coffee break. With a ridiculous amount of options, you might need some time to decide what to get – but may we recommend the hot chocolate? You can choose white, milk, or dark, and as they say, it is “simply the best”! While you’re there, you might want to grab some sweet treats and gelato, and we don’t blame you one bit. 

Photo courtesy of Purple Feather Cafe.

Pilgrim Monument

The Pilgrim Monument is an absolute must if and when you’re in the Ptown area. This monument, built in 1892, is a symbol of the Mayflower’s initial stop before settling in Plymouth! We’ve mentioned this one before, and that’s because it’s so neat. The history of the pilgrims in America is so well known, but we often forget or don’t know the first place they hit ground – right here in Provincetown! For $14, you can climb to the top of the monument and get an unbelievable view of the city. “Whether you arrive by land, sea, or sky, the Pilgrim Monument is the first thing you see when you approach Provincetown.”

Provincetown Pilgrim Monument.

The Canteen

This restaurant is self-described as being “rooted in the tradition of classic seafood shacks, but influenced by modern American cuisine,” and they hit the nail on the head. The ambiance within the restaurant is cozy and modern, but the food is something else. The Canteen offers a lobster roll with a quarter pound of fresh, local lobster meat. If seafood’s not your thing, don’t worry. Their lunch menu is loaded with mouthwatering options, and we’re sure you’ll leave satisfied.

Photo courtesy of The Canteen.

Commercial Street 

Allotting some time for un-planned wandering down Commercial Street is highly recommended. Just about 3-miles long, this Cape Cod staple has all kinds of funky stores and beautiful buildings. Local artisans have stores, and thoughtfully curated boutiques line the street. Art galleries are also up and down the strip, and are always worth a look. Give yourself time to explore Commercial Street; we guarantee it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. 

Fanizzi’s Restaurant by the Sea

Fanizzi’s is a renowned restaurant founded in 2001, with delicious food and remarkable views. The establishment has 180-degree windows overlooking Provincetown Bay, and their Zagat rating states “It feels like you’re floating inside this seafooder that juts out over Provincetown Bay”. They boast menu items like Cajun Seafood Alfredo with “fresh lobster tail meat, scallops and shrimp sautéed with red onions, garlic and asparagus then tossed with a cajun Alfredo sauce and served over linguine” and Cucumber Dill Salmon, a “fresh filet of salmon generously seasoned and then pan-seared and topped with a chilled cucumber-dill cream aioli and paired with crispy Brussels sprouts.” YUM! Reservations are recommended. 

Photo courtesy of Fanizzi’s by the Sea.

Harbor Lounge 

Provincetown is known for its thriving night-life. We especially love Harbor Lounge because of the views! A short walk or drive from Fanizzi’s, Harbor Lounge features a pier that stretches out over the water, offering a “breathtaking view of Provincetown Harbor and beyond!” For tasty drinks and an exceptional environment, we recommend a visit following dinner to unwind after your long day of exploring the city. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with heading back to home-base and cozying up in your room at Sandbars Inn

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