Walking through Provincetown is one of my favorite things to do in late spring and early sumnmer. At the tip of Cape Cod’s “bared and bended arm” (Thoreau), this historic fishing village and art community is home to some of New England’s loveliest homes and gardens.
Commerical Street runs the length of the village, and fronting this narrow thoroughfare in the residential East End is where you find many of the most picturesque scenes.
Combined with peek-a-boo views of Provincetown Harbor, this walk gives you a chance to peer into people’s front yards, which at this time of year are often ablaze with color.
Some of the homes are elaborate, with manicured lawns, whereas others are emblematic of the term “beach shack” in its finest sense.
As you near town center, the private homes morph into shops, restaurants, and art galleries—giving you other reasons to explore this ever-changing part of Cape Cod.