LGBTS LOVE P-TOWN
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.PhotoBearNE.com)