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How we ended up in a condo in Provincetown

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Provincetown is one of the largest “cities” (the word used loosely here) on Cape Cod.  Coming from Chicago and having never been anywhere else on the Cape, I figured staying in Provincetown would be a safe bet for us, that the dining and entertainment options would be more plentiful than in the smaller towns.  Since we were planning to stay for a week, I didn’t even consider looking at hotels or inns for our accommodations.  A rental, whether it’s a house or a condo, with a full kitchen and laundry facilities has way more value than a traditional hotel could ever offer.  I used in the past and with great success, so that was my first stop when looking for a place to stay in Provincetown.

After a few days of searching and getting into contact with property owners, we decided on a two-bedroom condo with an assigned parking space.  The price for the week was the same as maybe three or four nights at a local inn or bed and breakfast.  We’d also be able to cook  some, if not most, of our meals and not have to spend a fortune on dining out.  We discovered an added bonus when we arrived:  the condo was in a prime Provincetown location, just a short walk from the lively Commercial Street, the town’s shopping, dining, and nightlife hub.  It was the perfect spot.  We’d need to use our rental car only if and when we wanted to leave the center of Provincetown.  The condo itself was on the top floor of a typical, old Provincetown house that had been split into separate units.  It has two decent-sized bedrooms, a loft as an extra sleeping area, laundry facilities in one of the bedrooms, and a full (albeit small) bathroom.  It was quite comfortable for the three adults and one child in our party, and the cable television and wifi were appreciated.

Our condo rental proved to be a near-perfect base for our Cape Cod adventure.  The only drawback is that Provincetown is at the very tip – the very end – of Cape Cod.  The drive to get anywhere else on the Cape is a bit long, and since there is only one main highway across, we’d be passing and seeing the same stuff over and over.  Because of this, we ventured away from Provincetown only once (not counting our drive back to Boston prior to our departure), to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard in Woods Hole.  It was a two-hour drive one way just to get to the ferry.  I did want to visit Nantucket, too, but I did not want to spend another day driving a total of four hours just to get to and from the ferry port.  Keep this in mind if planning a trip to Cape Cod; consider staying somewhere more centrally located if visiting the islands is a priority.