Thousands of tourists flock to Provincetown, MA every year for its diverse art and entertainment, fine dining and exquisite shopping, memorable whale watching trips and mesmerizing sunsets. Off to the busy illuminated streets, one can also enjoy the beauty of the summer sky. Aurora Borealis, or the Northern lights, is a rare yet spectacular gift.
What are the top spots for a perfect sunset and stargazing? At Gabriel’s, we know of a few. Explore our top sunset and stargazing destinations, and make sure you take your camera with you.
A Glass of Wine at Herring Cove Beach
Just a short drive away from the center of Provincetown, Herring Cove beach might be the most spectacular destination to observe a sunset in New England. Dozens of cars line up the parking lot along the beach, and locals and guests wander off with their picnic bags and blankets.
The sun is setting against the backdrop of the Race Point lighthouse on the very tip of Cape Cod. Watch the boats cross the horizon as you sip on a glass of wine.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, Far Lands Provision holds a sunset music series. Enjoy great food, local tunes and the best sunset view on the Outer Cape.
Wishing On A Star By The Breakwaters
The night sky in Provincetown is full of diamonds. Set up your dinner reservations at the Red Inn and make a short walk to the breakwaters to make a wish afetrwards.
West End of town is quiet and magical in late evenings. It is dark enough to see the smallest sparkles in the sky, yet illuminated enough to peek into the beautiful gardens along the route.
Race Point Sunset With Seals
Race Point Beach is the most dramatic of our local beaches with it’s long expanse of sand dunes and sea. Seals and whales are the regular guests here, and you can often spot them in the distance.
From Race Point, you can see a sailboat or ship making its way to Stellwagen Bank, Boston or our harbors. The beach is also home to Race Point Light Station which is accessible by four wheel drive.
If you don’t have a dune vehicle, call Art’s Dune Tours. They offer a wonderful sunset experience and depart daily just a few blocks from The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s. Check out our Art’s Dune Tour Special in May and October for a great deal!
Sunset Adventure On A Sailboat
What can be better than a sunset sail?
Bay Lady II and Schooner Hindu – two beautiful boats with a long history – sail the Provincetown Harbor every summer. Plan a sunset getaway on a Bay Lady or watch the full moon on a Hindu. With a few 1.5 – 2 hour sails a day, both boats offer the picturesque views of Provincetown skyline and Cape Cod’s dunes.
Schooner Hindu: Slip 10W, MacMillan Pier, for reservations call 508 542-2996
Bay Lady II: Slip 9, MacMillan Pier, for reservations call 508 487-9308
In The Heart Of Provincetown
You don’t have to leave your room to enjoy a breathtaking sunset at the Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s! Located in the very heart of Provincetown, Gabriel’s boasts the views of the Town Hall as well as the Pilgrim Monument.
Enjoy a sunset in Gabriel’s magical garden this fall, then spend the evening by a cozy fireplace reading a book or watching a movie with your sweetheart.