Provincetown welcomes a New Year of art, heritage, nature and entertainment! As the days actually begin to get longer, Provincetown is active and ready to welcome visitors for the first “season” of 2018.
Visitors to Provincetown in late Winter and early Spring are greeted with a calming energy from our natural environment. Beaches are certainly cold and not the time for swimming, but photographers, writers and other artists will find the beauty an outstanding inspiration. Dress warmly and stroll the harbor beach and central pier. Be on the lookout for the chance to glimpse a snowy owl, a harbor seal basking in the sunlight or visit those intrepid birds that stay the winter in Beech Forest.
When you need a moment to warm up from the great outdoors, stop into any of the artist galleries where you’ll find artists at work or at the Provincetown Art Association Museum, for a view of the finished product. The permanent collection at PAAM includes extensive local and regional holdings, comprising over 3,000 works by over 700 twentieth century and contemporary artists who have worked in Provincetown and on Cape Cod. The Recent Gifts II exhibit runs January 19 – March 11, 2018.
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center gets to the heart of contemporary art through its fellowships and residency programs. Each week of this winter season, you’ll have the chance to meet many of the artists at readings and exhibits. A full calendar with dates and times of opening receptions is available at the FAWC website. . Some of the highlights include readings by H.R. Webster & David Hoon Kim, Hannah Beresford & Brendan Bowles. Candace Wiley & Christa Romanosky, Exhibits By Simonette Quamina, Peter Glenn Oakley, Lydia Hicks, Esteban Del Valle.
A winter visit to Provincetown can be a romantic trip for couples and an entertaining one for friends. Popup restaurants, (Blackfish at 186), stalwarts (Ciro and Sal’s, Fanizzi’s, The Mews, Napi’s,) and community hotspots, (The Canteen, Joon Bar, Mac’s Seafood, Ross’ Grill, 1620 Brewhouse, Spindlers) serve up winter fare that will warm you up body and soul. Casual eateries open through winter include Angel Foods, East End Market, Far Land Provisions, George’s Pizza and Kohi Coffee, Kung Fu Dumplings, 141 Bradford Natural Market.
When the wind chill dips, the intrepid visitor goes shopping! Provincetown’s one-of-a-kind shops are the perfect place to get a first-look at newest items on the shelves. Arcadia, Botanica, Cabot’s Candy, Cape Tip Sportswear, The Captain’s Daughters, Cock and Bull Leather, Christina’s Jewelry, D Flax, East End Books, Glass Half Full, Global Gifts, Hook, Roots Home and Garden, Shor Home Furnishings, Utilities.
If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit, guesthouses and inns are ready to welcome you to your home away from home. Cozy up at the Aerie House & Beach Club, Benchmark Inn, Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa, Charm, Lands End Inn, Eastwood at Provincetown, 8 Dyer Hotel, Roux, Sage Inn, Somerset House Inn, Waterford Inn, White Porch Inn.
Bars and nightlife can spirit you away from the cold throughout the winter months. A-House and Little Bar are famously open year-round and Crown & Anchor keeps things pumping in February.
While visiting Provincetown in the winter service businesses are available to locals and visitors alike and include the Provincetown Library, local health clubs (Provincetown Gym and Mussell Beach) as well as Conwell Lumber, Land’s End Marine Supply, Stop & Shop.
For more info on what’s open throughout the winter months, visit what’s open at Ptownie.