We started our day in Yarmouth on the island of Cape Cod, and planning to spend the day in Provincetown, first thing we did was fuel up on the way. That is where The Red Cottage Restaurant of Dennis, Ma comes in. A local and tourist favorite alike, the cottage only takes cash and draws the crowds for good reason, ridiculously tasty food. I continued my quest for the world’s greatest French toast and sampled their French Toaster Foster, and if you are after a hint of banana liqueur with your breakfast, this is the route for you. Glinda tried out the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with a side of potatoes and had a smile on her face through the whole meal. We wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather so we took our food to go and ate it down the street in the Johnny A. Kelley Recreation Area; they have picnic tables and all kinds of outdoor facilities.
With our appetites properly squelched we continued onto Provincetown. The first thing I noticed as we entered the town from the west was bicycle friendly everything; it seemed to be the preferred mode of transport for folks staying in the area. Our first task was to find a parking spot, as we intended to hike out to the Wood End Lighthouse. Instantaneously we found out why bicycles were the weapon of choice, parking was not an easy feat. You must hike out to Wood End as no roads are available, and the trail takes you over a breakwater style damn that is essentially small boulders stacked in a line. It is 3 miles round trip and no facilities are available out by the lighthouse so go prepared and take water. To read and see more about our lighthouse hunting on Cape Cod head here.
After the hike we were ready to explore downtown P-town, as the locals call it. The main street is full of colorful shops and we didn’t see anything resembling a chain of any kind. Glinda pointed out that it was the most gay friendly place she had ever seen, and flags displaying such could be found in every direction. Friendly faces greeted us in every store, even in the thick of tourist season, which created a vibrant atmosphere.
After nosing around for a while trying to pick a lunch spot we settled on The Canteen. This was an outstanding decision. Glinda had been looking for a place to try some lobster and their lobster roll satisfied that craving and more. She described the sandwich in one word, “Heavenly”. I strayed from my normal boring rotation and tried the bbq pulled pork; simply delicious. We took our food to the patio, which is behind the restaurant in the direction of the water. Shade trees, a large community table, wall seats and a vegetable garden create the perfect getaway from the hustle of Commercial Street. We both left The Canteen completely revitalized and supremely happy that we decided to join them for lunch.
We spent another 45 minutes or so peeking in more shops as we made our way back to the car. P-town is small, but it’s bursting at the seams with spunk; there isn’t anyone I wouldn’t recommend this town to. I can’t count how many stores has fliers for area activities, art and theater could be found in every direction, delicious smells wafted through the breeze and outdoorsmen will certainly enjoy all the hiking, biking and sailing.
The Red Cottage Restaurant: 36 Old Bass River Rd, South Dennis, MA 02660. Phone number (508) 394-2923.
The Canteen: 225 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657. Phone number (508) 487-3800. *This is a Seasonal Restaurant.