Provincetown on a Budget

Author: , August 30th, 2015

We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive. We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here. How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control?   Here are some hints.

On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day. A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street. Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm.  Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’? for $14.95? You won’t find many deals like this. Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. . . I could go on, but check out their web site for their brunch menu.

Another great place for a meal is the food court at the Aquarium Mall at 207 CommercialBig Daddy Tacos Street. A number of different  options are available and behind the building is the Aqua Bar where you may eat your food and enjoy a gorgeous outdoor view of the Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. One of my favorites is Big Daddy Burritos. The food is incredibly fresh, the staff is cute and friendly and it’s a great deal. I get a saucy chicken burrito with creamy salsa verde and the hot mamma sauce a couple of times a week. It’s $8.51 including tax so plan on $10 with a tip for lunch or dinner and enjoy that incredible view and the ocean air.

Aqua Bar

Aqua Bar

Another great option at the Aquarium Mall is Connie’s Bakery. Great sandwiches made fresh to order.  I had their brown bag lunch which is a freshly made sandwich, cole slaw and a cookie for $11.  The Black Forrest Ham sandwich on herbed focaccia bread was a delish. Again, eat outdoors at the Aqua Bar and you have a great meal with a view.

The Early bird specials aren’t just for your grandma in Florida. For example, get your order in to the kitchen by 7pm at the Seafood Grille (386 Commercial St) and have a three course meal for $14. Options include Cape Cod Fish & Chips, Broiled Cod with Lobster Newburgh Sauce and Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken. Start with clam chowder or a salad and end your dinner with the dessert of the day.

There’s something for everyone and every budget in Provincetown, you just need to know where to look. Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn.  When you stay at The Somerset House Inn the staff are always willing to help you with suggestions. We have one room left for the Labor Day weekend and then it’s fall in Provincetown, the perfect time to visit with warm days and cool evenings.

For a full listing of fall events please see the calendar on our web site.  Come see us this fall!

Carnival Begins in Provincetown

Author: , August 16th, 2015

It’s that time of year – Carnival starts in Provincetown.  This year’s theme is Candyland.  There will be lots of candy tossed from the floats during the Thursday parade, lots of candy decorations and ALOT of eye candy!!  A full schedule this year as always including a performance by Sandra Bernhard on Wednesday night at Town Hall.

Highlights of this year’s schedule includes:Carnival Poster
Sunday – Shake your Bon Bon Boat Cruise
Monday – Vendor Fair at Bas Relief
Monday – Liquid Candy Pool Party
Tuesday – Eye Candy Dance Party at A-House
Wednesday – Sandra Bernhard in concert at Town Hall
Thursday – Carnival Parade
Thursday – Red Hots Leather Dance Party
Friday – Cotton Candy Closing Party

Carnival is one of the highlights of the summer every year and this year promises to be no exception.  Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location on Commercial Street across the street from the water.  The Somerset House Inn is sold out for this year for Carnival, but it’s never to early to think about your reservations for next year which will be held August 14 – 19, 2016 with the parade on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

If you still need your Provincetown fix for summer we have some good availability the week between Carnival and Labor Day Weekend.  Check out the availability calendar on our web site for details.  We also have one room left for the Labor Day Weekend which is the Somerset House Inn’s end of summer party.  Check out our calendar for all the activities scheduled for that weekend.

Sunsets, Music and Food in Provincetown

Author: , July 31st, 2015

Sunset MusicA recent addition to the Provincetown scene is sunset music at the beach on Wednesday nights with food provided by Far Land Provisions. You’ve got to do this at least once! Herring Cove beach is a spectacular spot for sunset. Far Land now offers nightly dinner, beer and wine for a relaxing dinner by the beach. It’s a great escape from the crowds of downtown. After 5pm, parking at Herring Cove is free – but remember – Far Land on the Beach is cash only. It’s a really inexpensive magical way to watch a Provincetown sunset.

Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water.   The Somerset House Inn still has some limited availability in August, we’d love to have you stay with us. We have a five night and a seven night stay available for Carnival and a couple of rooms for Labor Day weekend. Due to other bookings we sometimes have some great shorter stays. A two night stay on Friday and Saturday night is available August 7th and 8th in guestroom 1. Another two night weekend stay is available August 14th and 15th in guestroom 2. Check out the availability calendar on our web site.

The Season Begins in Provincetown!

Author: , April 10th, 2015

The 2015 season begins in Provincetown

Many, including The MEWS, Fanizzi’s, Napi’s, Far Land and The Somerset House Inn, are open year-round, but many consider April the official start of the season in Provincetown. Those businesses that aren’t open year-round begin to open in April. Restaurant openings include
• The Lobster Pot on April 10th
Ross Grill on April 3rd
Victor’s on April 3rd
Coffee Pot opens April 3rd (the best Cuban sandwich!)

The Pilgrim Monument and Museum has opened for the season and whale watch tours start on April Croscuses at Napis11th and we have a new trolley, The Mayflower Trolley in town. When you walk through town you see the Harbor Lounge open and shops like Wildflower, The Penny Patch, Botanica, Utilities and Timscapes open and you can feel spring in the air. It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in or been coming to Provincetown it is a rejuvenating time of the year. Come be a part of it!

 

April 1 – The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season.
April 11 – Whale watching begins. Check out whalewatch.com for more information.
April 17-20 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
April 24-May 3 – Appearances Eco Arts Festival
April 24-26 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
May 14 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
May 14-17 – Single Women’s Weekend
May 22-25 – Memorial Day Weekend.

Bob and his partner Dan own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water. Good rooms are still available at The Somerset House Inn, we’d love to have you stay with us. The upcoming weekend forecast is sunny with temps in the 50s, come on down! Click here to make your reservations. We also have availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and very limited availability for Bear Week.

Provincetown’s Out of Hibernation Weekend

Author: , February 24th, 2015

Out of Hibernation Weekend is coming to Provincetown the weekend of March 13 – 15.  Out of Hibernation is known as the “un-run” that happens in Provincetown, MA every St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  By “un-run” they mean there’s no package to purchase – you just show up and take part in the weekend activities.  It should be a fun weekend.

Photo courtesy of Petar Dopchev

Photo courtesy of Petar Dopchev

Events include the Friday meet and greet hosted by Mr. CT. Bear, the Wheel of Wonder on Saturday afternoon hosted by the CT Cruisers and Mr. CT. Leather, The Boots and Boxers Party on Saturday night with DJ Chris Racine and the Farewell brunch on Sunday morning.

My partner Dan and I own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location.  It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water.  We’d love to have you stay with us.  Click here to check availability and make your reservations.  We already have a March special of a 20% discount on room night nights Sunday through Thursday when part of any multi-night stay in March.  We’re extending that for the Out of Hibernation weekend – 20% off any multi-night stay for the Out of Hibernation weekend.

Need a list of restaurants? Please visit the calendar page on The Somerset House Inn’s web site.

See you soon,  Bob

July in Provincetown

Author: , July 6th, 2014

RENTJuly in Provincetown

School’s out for summer ! Summer is here and it’s hopping in Provincetown. Last night we had the fireworks in town, delayed one night by Arthur. Arthur was pretty mild for Provincetown, but we did get a lot of rain.

Joan Rivers did two shows on July 5th at town hall, one of them while the fireworks were blasting over the bay. It’s a big summer for entertainment with the following acts all visiting Provincetown:

  • Kate Clinton, Miss Richfield and Dina Martina all summer at the Crown and Anchor
  • Varla Jean Merman and Well Strung all summer at the Ptown Art House
  • ‘Snow White and the Seven Bottoms’ all summer at the Provincetown Theater
  • ‘Rent’ all summer at the Provincetown Theater (Mon, Tue & Wed)
  • An evening with Armistead Maupin on July 13th & 18that the Crown and Anchor
  • Helen Reddy on July 21st and 22nd at the Crown and Anchor
  • David Sedaris on August 1st at Town Hall
  • Kristen Chenowith on August 10th at the Town Hall

For more information visit:

Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn.  We think it’s one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street across from Cape Cod Bay where you are walking distance to everything.  Good rooms are still available at The Somerset House Inn, we’d love to have you stay with us. Click here to make your reservations. We have limited availability for July and great availability for August.

April In Provincetown

Author: , April 2nd, 2014
Photo by Petar Dopchev

Photo by Petar Dopchev

Officially spring arrives in March, but in Provincetown April starts off the season. Many restaurants, shops and galleries that may have been closed for the winter re-open in April. Local favorite the Lobster Pot opens for its 35th year on April 11th.

April is also the time when we find out about some new restaurants in town.

El Mundo across the street from Town Hall went away to be replaced by Tin Pan Alley. Ten Tables is being replaced by Backstreet. Lorraine’s closed on the west end and relocated to our neck of the woods. Hot L on Bradford decided not to re-open. Cerraldi, which was very hot last year is relocating to a permanent space, but so far it’s a secret. We’ll let you know when we find out.

Of course you have probably heard that Liza Minelli is coming to Provincetown this summer to do two sold out benefit performances.

Other notable performers include:

  • Joan Rivers on July 5th
  • Helen Reddyon July 21st and 22nd
  • Leslie Jordan on June 30th and July 1st
  • David Sedaris on Friday, August 1st

Many more to come, we’ll highlight them as we hear of them. And we’ll give you an update on shops and galleries in the future.

What’s going on in April and beyond?

  • April 1 – The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season on April.

  • April 12 – Whale watching begins. Check out whalewatch.com for more information.
  • April 18-21 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
  • April 19-27 – Appearances Green Arts Festival
  • April 25-27 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
  • May 3 – Women’s Music Festival at Town Hall
  • May 16 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
  • May 16-18 – Single Women’s Weekend
  • May 23-26 – Memorial Day Weekend.

My partner Bob and I own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water. We’d love to have you stay with us. We have availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and limited availability for Bear Week. Click here to check availability and make your reservations.

New Provincetown Restaurants for 2013

Author: , May 14th, 2013

Provincetown has several new restaurants opening for the 2013 season, many of them focusing on the fresh fish and seafood so readily available here on Cape Cod.

The largest restaurant with approximately 250 seats will be opened by MACs Seafood in the old Clem & Ursies spot on Shank Painter Road.  A seafood and deli market will open in June with Mac’s P’town Fish & Oyster opening in the fall. 

The old Tips for Tops’n on Bradford Street has been purchased by Devon Ruesch, owner of Devon’s on Commercial Street.  Tentatively called Devon’s Deep Sea Dive the new restaurant will focus on great versions of familiar classic seafood preparations including clam fritters, stuffed lobster, lobster bisque, etc.

CanteenThe Canteen is opening on Commercial Street next to the bank and will be a unique take on the classic New England summer shack.  Summer fare will include perfected versions of Cape Cod favorites like lobster rolls, fish and chips, chowders and a raw bar.  Other classics will include summer salads, fritters, grilled seafood and house-made sausages.  They will be open 11am to 2am, sounds like the perfect spot for the late night munchies.

Blondies’ Burgers was in the space The Canteen now calls home.  They moved across the street into the Ptown Art House replacing Frappo 66 which has closed.  In the Aquarium Mall is their sister restaurant, Naturally Blonde which will feature healthy fast food.  Also new to the Aquarium Mall is Uma Loucura which features authentic Brazilian appetizers, entrees, salads and sweets.  

We’ve done the research for you, all you have to do is come to Provincetown and enjoy yourself!  And of course we know you need a place to stay.  For lodging information please visit The Somerset House Inn web site or call 1-800-575-1850 for reservations and availability.  We’re easy walking distance to almost all the great restaurants in Provincetown.

Coming up in Provincetown:
May
17 – 19          Single Women’s Weekend
17 – 22          Restaurant Week in Proincetown
24 – 27          Memorial Day Weekend
31 – 6/03       Encaustic Conference
June
19 – 23          Provincetown International Film Festival
26 – 30          Portuguese Festival

For a complete calendar of events visit the calendar page on our web site.

Dan, a guest blogger, and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005. 

New Year’s Eve in Provincetown

Author: , December 26th, 2012

New Year’s Eve weekend is fast approaching and Provincetown is ready. The lineup is set and includes the following:

Illusions Drag Review at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 8pm on Friday, December 28th.  Provincetown’s longest running drag revue featuring performers Billie Jean and Tisch DeWilliams along with special guest performers, this Las Vegas style revue gives you glamor and skin!

Miss Richfield 1981 at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 9pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 29th and 30th.  “2012: We’ll All Be Dead By Christmas” is the new production Miss Richfield 1981 brings to celebrate her 10th year in Ptown and the end of the world. Come see how Miss R changes her show because well, it’s the day after Christmas and we’re still here.

Comedian Jimmy Tingle performs at The Provincetown Theater at 7:30pm on Sunday, December 30th.  Jimmy Tingle performs his ‘American Dream’ in a benefit for The Provincetown Theater.  For tickets please call 508-487-7487

Suede in concert at the Crown & Anchor Paramount – 7:30pm on Sunday, December 30th.  A New Year’s Eve weekend tradition Suede returns.

Need a quieter evening? Don’t miss Bobby Wetherbee at the Central House at the Crown & Anchor. He’s at the piano on Saturday and Sunday at 9pm and on 10pm on Monday, December 31st.

New Year’s Eve parties are everywhere in town including The A-House, The Crown & Anchor, and The Porchside Bar.

Now for the perfect ending to a great weekend see The Bootlegger’s Ball on New Years Day at The Velvet Lounge and Cabaret. Zoe Lewis headlines an assortment of prohibition era jazz performers. Doors open at 6:30pm and performances start at 7pm.

Restaurants will be hopping, but many still have availability. Check out the celebrateprovincetown web site for a list of restaurants and contact information.

And of course we know you need a place to stay. Please visit The Somerset House Inn web site or call 1-800-575-1850 for reservations and availability. We’re easy walking distance to all the fun and festivities.

Dan, a guest blogger, and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.  We wish all PurpleRoof readers a Happy New Year !

Special Christmas Music in Provincetown

Author: , November 25th, 2012

The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will perform a special Christmas version of Handel’s Messiah in the Provincetown Town Hall Auditorium on Sunday, December 16th at 3pm. Imagine sitting in the beautifully restored Town Hall Auditorium and listening to this incredible performance. What an amazing event this will be.

One of the most inspiring stories ever told. One of the greatest musical experiences of all time. Hear it as Handel first envisioned – in period-style with orchestra and chorus. Hear it performed by New England’s finest soloists and a critically-acclaimed choir. Hear it in an intimate setting, surrounded by its beauty, drama and joy. We want you to hear Messiah like you’ve never heard it before. And make it unforgettable.

You may purchase tickets in advance through the Crown and Anchor web site.

If you need accomodations that weekend please visit The Somerset House Inn reservations and availability page for available rooms. Or give us a call on our toll-free number at 1-800-575-1850. We are easy walking distance to Town Hall.

Coming up in Provincetown:

November
30-12/2      Holly Folly
December
7 & 8            Outer Cape Chorale in Concert
16                 Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah
28 – 1/01   New Year’s Eve Weekend in Provincetown

Dan is a guest blogger from Provincetown.  He and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.