Provincetown, Commercial Street

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Provincetown Town Hall SquareTown Hall Square

Nestled within Cottonwood's historic Old Town District lies Burning Tree Cellars. View the spacious wine tasting patio area in the beautiful AZ afternoons.

‘Over 400 businesses beckon you to Commercial Street where shops, galleries, clubs, restaurants, accommodations, . . .and the best show in town. . ."people watching" is a must!’

Since the 1990s, Provincetown's tourist season has expanded to the point where the whole year is dotted with festivals and weeklong events. The most established are in the summer: The Portuguese Festival and PBG(Provincetown Business Guild)'s Carnival Week.

Provincetown is located at the outer tip of Cape Cod’s arm, and is one of New England’s most distinctive and charismatic towns. It is known for its beaches, artists, and tourist industry. Only three miles wide at its center, much of Provincetown is National Seashore with beautiful beaches and magnificent sand dunes. The Pilgrim Monument, in the center of town, commemorating the First Landing, is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States and offers fantastic views of the town, Cape Cod and Boston.

The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown

The population of Provincetown remained small through most of the 18th century. Following the American Revolution, however, Provincetown grew rapidly as a fishing and whaling center of Cape Cod. The population was bolstered by a number of Portuguese sailors who, hired to work on US ships, came to live in Provincetown. By the 1890s, Provincetown was booming, and had begun to develop a resident population of writers and artists, as well as a summer tourist industry. By the early decades of the 20th century, the town had acquired an international reputation for its artistic and literary output.

In the mid-1960s, Provincetown saw population growth. The town's rural character appealed to the hippies of the era; furthermore, property was relatively cheap and rents were correspondingly low, especially during the winter. Many of those who came stayed and raised families. Commercial Street also gained many cafes and shops due to the influx of people.

In the mid-1970s members of the gay community began moving to Provincetown. In 1978 the Provincetown Business Guild {PBG} was formed to promote gay tourism. Today more than 200 businesses belong to the PBG and Provincetown is perhaps the best-known gay summer resort on the east coast.

Provincetown Art Playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill spent significant time in Provincetown, as did visual artists Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann, and Charles Hawthorne. Former United States Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz also used to live in the town.

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