Honor Adds to Accolades as “America’s First Destination” for Dining, Lodging, Art & Culture

PROVINCETOWN, MA – In this year’s America’s Favorite Places survey, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Provincetown as America’s Top Beach Town. The article states “A winning trifecta of gorgeous natural scenery, charming architecture, and an everyone-is-welcome cultural scene, earned PTown top honors. As the results make clear, American beachgoers are looking for more than just expanses of sand on their summer vacations. Some travelers are looking for resorts with a longstanding tradition of leisure.”

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Previously, Travel + Leisure named Provincetown one of America’s Quirkiest Towns and one of America’s Most Romantic Destinations.

The article reads “It’s unlikely the Pilgrims knew they were standing on prime waterfront real estate when they signed the Mayflower Compact… The sleepy town of 3,000 residents on the tip of Cape Cod balloons into an arts colony of 60,000 people come summertime, drawing a creative crowd that spends the days sunning at Race Point Beach or strolling the galleries on downtown’s Commercial Street. At night, PTown’s bars play host to Broadway performers, drag shows, and a whole lot of dancing.”

As the summer heats up, Provincetown’s accolades pile up. Recently The Boston Globe asked Foursquare to determine the “Best Beach in MA,” and the answer was Herring Cove. This recognition comes on the heels of Provincetown being named by Trivago the “Number One Place to Stay” in the U.S. in 2016.

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The Town known as America’s First Destination was honored by Smithsonian Magazine and Fodor’s as one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” and has been named one of the “happiest seaside towns” by Coastal Living Magazine.

“We are pleased that Travel + Leisure recognized Provincetown as America’s #1 Beach Town,” said Tony Fuccillo, Provincetown’s Director of Tourism. “We are also America’s oldest continuous art colony, we have over 80 historic inns, over 60 eateries and art galleries and over 200 boutique shops,” Fuccillo added.

Provincetown has long laid cultural claim to its position on the outer edge of the Outer Cape. “This is the freest town in America,” resident Norman Mailer once said. “The town’s LGBT community helps set it apart,” a fact that led to name Provincetown “Best Gay Resort Town in America” and add it to the list of “Top Ten Best Gay Beaches.” LGBTQ awards arrive annually, with Out Traveler and Planet Out both lauding Provincetown as one of “Top Five Gay Resort Towns” and Provincetown making the list on Orbitz of the “26 LGBT Vacations You Must Take Before You Die.”
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The Pilgrims knew Provincetown was a special place when they first landed here in 1620 and inked the Mayflower Compact. As America approaches the 400-year commemoration of the Pilgrims’ first landing at Provincetown, travelers have a special opportunity to follow the route of the visitors seeking the New World by journeying to the tip of Cape Cod.

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