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Notes from Landís End: Provincetown in the Offseason

How to Get Here and Where to Stay

November 10th, 2014

In direct counterpoint to its frenetic summer beat, offseason in Provincetown is deliciously quiet. It becomes a place to cozy up by a fire, watch a vivid sunset over an early dinner out and take a walk in nature.

In direct counterpoint to its frenetic summer beat, offseason in Provincetown is deliciously quiet.


Flexibility Ė lots of extra time, double checking travel arrangements, having a sense of humor during a NoríEaster Ė is the key to success when traveling to landís end in the stormy months. Schedules with Cape Air and the Plymouth-Brockton Bus Co. each give a passenger three chances to get in and three to get out. Once someone experiences the crisp air, beautiful light, easygoing streets and calmer offseason waitstaff, moving here permanently becomes the deepest desire of many a visitor.

Coming by car is more forgiving. The parking lots are free of charge from November to March, a day-trippers delight. If you are driving at night, get your gas in Wellfleet. Businesses shut down early.

To travel by air, there are three flights a day coming and going (weather permitting) from Logan Airport with Cape Air. Rental cars with Enterprise are possible with a two-day advanced reservation. Call 508.487.0009. For Pilots: Provincetown Municipal Airport welcomes small aircraft.

The Plymouth & Brockton Street and Railway Company carries people from all over the world to the tip of Cape Cod. Bus travel is still the cheapest, with time for reflection, reading or work. Leave lots of wiggle room to get to Hyannis on time. The last bus to Provincetown leaves at 5:30pm.


Who wouldnít love to stay in any of these superlative Provincetown accommodations? Each has a fireplace on the premises and more affordable in the offseason.

New York Times reviewed Aire House on Bradford also has a hot tub, parking, airport pickup and a Beach Club alternative. 800.487.1197

Be part of the action at the Crown and Anchor, with farm to table dining, great entertainment and cozy fireplaces in some guest rooms. Park in the main lot at Lopes Square and eat, drink and be merry till itís time to go home.

On the crest of the downtown hill on Bradford Street is the Crowne Pointe Inn with its sublime elegance. The Shui Spa, with steam, hot tub and treatments, is tranquility itself. Let the cold winds blow while you pamper, rest and restore.

Landís End Inn, the Art Nouveau architectural wonder atop a hill in the West End, has a Great Room with a fireplace. Step back in time and enjoy a magnificent view of Long Point, Wood End and the Moors. 508.487.0706

Writer Laura Shabott is a correspondent for The Provincetown Banner, the creator of the online column Notes from Landís End and contributor to arts and culture magazine artscope. Her authorship guide, the 2014 updated Confessions of an eBook Virgin: What Everyone Should Know before They Publish on the Internet, is an anecdotal step-by-step guide from manuscript to a finished book.

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