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For those want­ing a dif­fer­ent take on a small town beach com­mu­nity, Province­town, a tiny Mas­sachusetts beach vil­lage tucked away on the tail end of the penin­sula pro­tect­ing Cape Cod Bay, has long been a des­ti­na­tion for LGBT trav­el­ers at­tracted to the small town with a “Hamp­tons” feel­ing to it.

Thomas Masters is the house man­ager of Crew Quar­ters, an all-male guest house in the heart of Province­town’s small down­town that caters ex­clu­sively to gay trav­el­ers.

“All the beaches are na­tional parks and so the beaches are pro­tected, and there are hun­dreds of restaurants and bars you can walk to,” Masters says. “The way I de­scribe it is that it’s very much like Michael Cunningham’s novel ‘Land’s End.’”

Eric Hoop, di­rec­tor of so­cial me­dia for Crew Quar­ters, says Province­town of­fers a mix of small-town charm with an il­lus­tri­ous pedigree.

“This is where the Kennedys va­ca­tion, and if it’s good enough for Jackie O, it’s good enough for us,” Hoop says. “There’s also the so­cial as­pects of the town that people are at­tracted to, like go­ing to Spir­i­tus Pizza at night. Our bars shut down at 1 a.m. and so a lot of people will head to our restaurants and it’s a very nice so­cial scene.”

The en­tire town is in­volved in the open at­mos­phere as a se­ries of themed weeks dur­ing the sum­mer, in­clud­ing Bear Week in July, a su­per-hero themed Car­ni­val Week in June, Ten­nessee Wil­liams fes­ti­val in March and Fan­ta­sia Fair, a week-long trans­gen­der fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

Grr. Province­town Bear Week will be July 12-20 this year with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by John Wa­ters and Ar­mis­tead Maupin among oth­ers. (Photo by Tom Hurl­but/www.Pho­

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