1. Sunset! Provincetown is famous for its sunsets which can be experienced both from the town harbor and National Seashore. Drive or bike up 6a by Beach Point to see the sun set over Provincetown’s skyline. If the tide is low, you can climb over the rocks and wander along the shore. More sunset! Sunset at Herring Cove is a nightly event for both socializing and nature lovers any time of the year. Drive here and park right next to the water – the script changes nightly.
2. The Chairs next to Angel Foods (467 Commercial St.): Before ogling the coconut seven layer bars at Angel Foods (one of the standout desserts in this artisanal grocery), head across their shell-covered parking lot to the little clearing where a few vintage metal chairs reside. This cozy, quiet alcove is a reprieve from the occasionally hectic downtown Commercial Street. The view of MacMillan Wharf and Provincetown Bay is exquisite and relaxing after a day of shopping and dining. This unassuming spot is a great way to take a breath and soak in that Cape Cod salty air.
3. Leif Ericson Lane: This almost hidden grassy lane will be on your right side on Commercial immediately after Soper Street in the West End. You may mistake it for someone‘s yard but it is actually a right of way for the public. The lovely walk will take you up to Tremont Street. Surrounded by lush gardens and historic Provincetown homes, the walk is especially charming at night when lights make these houses glow.
4. Provincetown Breakwater: Don‘t turn back around as soon as the activity on Commercial ends: if you keep going to the tail end of the street, the town‘s own jetty awaits you. It‘s a bit of a hike to get to Long Point, but it is very well worth it. With the bay and Long Point Lighthouse on the left, the salt marsh on the right, every view is worth taking in. You might even be able to spot a great blue heron on your way across to Long Point. One caveat, however: be careful during high tide, as it is hard to cross certain dips in the breakwater.
5. Far Land Provisions Sunset Music Series at Herring Cove Beach: For its second summer, Far Land Provisions has been providing delicious food (and wine and beer!) at Herring Cove Beach, as a part of the beautiful remodeling of the beach‘s bath house and lifeguard facilities. This summer, however, Far Land has invited local musicians (such as Provincetown favorite Zoe Lewis and Her Rubber Band) to perform every Wednesday through August. From 6:30 to 9 PM, enjoy free music alongside some freshly shucked oysters and a cold one. The crowd – tourists and locals alike, is lively and inviting. * Note: Far Land on the Beach is cash only.