Labor Day 2012: Provincetown

Two years ago, Mike and I tried to go to Martha’s Vineyard for Labor Day weekend, but a predicted hurricane derailed our trip (we went to Western Massachusetts instead and had a great time). In the meantime, we found about the fast ferry to Provincetown and that you could take your bike onboard. We decided to combine our desire to get to Cape Cod and the Islands and our desire to not be stuck in loads of traffic and head to Provincetown for Labor Day weekend this year.

We’ve pretty much always done a fun trip for the last long weekend of summer, partially to celebrate the season, partially to celebrate Mike’s birthday and now to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We’ve also been wanting to try a service like Airbnb or Vacation Rental By Owner and this trip gave us the perfect chance to go for it. We secured a condo rental, packed our bags and set out for the ferry on Friday afternoon.

The trip to and from Provincetown was awesome, like a real part of the vacation instead of a massive headache. We loved riding our bikes to the pier and taking the ferry was so fun. It was great to not have to drive anywhere and avoid all the crazy New England Labor Day weekend traffic.

We arrived in Provincetown and got settled, taking a long walk along the main street, grabbing some ice cream for a snack and buying some groceries for the weekend. We loved the location of our condo rental, really convenient to the hustle and bustle of downtown Provincetown yet far enough away that it was quiet and relaxing.

The condo had a sweet deck that we used for eating breakfast and lunch as well as snacks and “happy hour.” We also loved reading on it in the afternoon and sitting under the stars at night. It was perfect!

We ate lots of delicious food while in Provincetown (I plan to write a more detailed post for the Somerville Beat, so I’ll recap this in detail there) and were happy to find so many great restaurants there. We had three completely different, yet very tasty, dinners in Provincetown.

We had a blast walking down Commercial Street and spent several hours each day just taking in the sights, popping into cute shops and finding giant whales to take photos with.

We were so happy to have our bikes with us, as they made us incredibly mobile throughout the weekend. We did have a minor bike emergency, but luckily Mike is super handy and it was solved rather quickly. Just added to the adventure really!

I went running a few times and saw a beautiful sunrise while I was out one morning. Everyone was so friendly in Provincetown and said “good morning” and waved while getting their exercise in the morning, which I enjoyed.

We took a really fun walk on the beach where we recapped all of our birthdays since we’ve been together (seven years!) and it was so fun to¬†reminisce¬†about all of the fun things we’ve done together and amazing places we’ve been.

I surprised Mike on his birthday by scheduling a stand up paddleboarding session in Provincetown harbor, which was beyond fun! We had an amazing time trying something new together and only I fell in (just once, right at the end!).

We had a terrific time in Provincetown and loved it so much that I have a feeling we’ll be back before too long. We lucked out with absolutely amazing weather and just had such a good time relaxing and enjoying the end of summer and beginning of fall.

What did you do for Labor Day weekend?

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