Sunday, August 30, 2015

Provincetown on a Budget

We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive.  We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here.  How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control?  I’ll play Suze Orman, here are some helpful hints.
On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day.  A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street.  Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm.  Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’?  for $14.95?  You won’t find many deals like this.  Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. . .  I could go on, but check out their web site for their brunch menu.

Big Daddy Chicken Tacos
Another great place for a meal is the food court at the Aquarium Mall at 207 Commercial Street.  A number of different options are available and behind the building is the Aqua Bar where you may eat your food and enjoy a gorgeous outdoor view of the Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay.  One of my favorites is Big Daddy Burritos.  The food is incredibly fresh, the staff is cute and friendly and it’s a great deal.  I get a saucy chicken burrito with creamy salsa verde and the hot mamma sauce a couple of times a week.  It’s $8.51 including tax so plan on $10 with a tip for lunch or dinner and enjoy that incredible view and the ocean air.

Aqua Bar
Another great option at the Aquarium Mall is Connie’s Bakery.  Great sandwiches made fresh to order.  I had their brown bag lunch which is a freshly made sandwich, cole slaw and a cookie for $11.  The Black Forrest Ham sandwich on herbed focaccia bread was a delish.  Again, eat outdoors at the Aqua Bar and you have a great meal with a view.
Early bird specials aren’t just for your grandma in Florida.  For example, get your order in to the kitchen by 7pm at the Seafood Grille (386 Commercial St) and have a three course meal for $14.  Options include Cape Cod Fish & Chips, Broiled Cod with Lobster Newburgh Sauce and Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken.  Start with clam chowder or a salad and end your dinner with the dessert of the day.
There’s something for everyone and every budget in Provincetown, you just need to know where to look.  When you stay at The Somerset House Inn the staff are always willing to help you with suggestions.  We have one room left for the Labor Day weekend and then it’s fall in Provincetown, the perfect time to visit with warm days and cool evenings.  See you soon.

Coming this fall in Provincetown
Sept 3 – 7        Labor Day Weekend
Sept 14 – 20    Afterglow Alternative Performance Arts Festival
Sept 24 – 27    Tennessee Williams Festival
Oct 9 – 12       Columbus Day Weekend
Oct 12 – 18     Women’s Week
Oct 30 – 31     Halloween Weekend (we have only one room left)

For a full listing please see the calendar on our web site.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Carnival begins in Provincetown

It's that time of year - Carnival starts in Provincetown.  This year's theme is Candyland.  There will be lots of candy tossed from the floats during the Thursday parade, lots of candy decorations and ALOT of eye candy!!  A full schedule this year as always including a performance by Sandra
Bernhard on Wednesday night at Town Hall. 

Highlights of this year's schedule includes:
Sunday - Shake your Bon Bon Boat Cruise
Monday - Vendor Fair at Bas Relief
Monday - Liquid Candy Pool Party
Tuesday - Eye Candy Dance Party at A-House
Wednesday - Sandra Bernhard in concert at Town Hall
Thursday - Carnival Parade
Thursday - Red Hots Leather Dance Party
Friday - Cotton Candy Closing Party

Carnival is one of the highlights of the summer every year and this year promises to be no exception.  The Somerset House Inn is sold out for this year, but it's never to early to think about your reservations for next year which will be held August 14 - 19, 2016 with the parade on Thursday, August 18, 2016.

If you still need your Provincetown fix for summer we have some good availability the week between Carnival and Labor Day Weekend.  Check out the availability calendar on our web site for details.  We also have one room left for the Labor Day Weekend which is the Somerset House Inn's end of summer party.  Check out our calendar for all the activities scheduled for that weekend.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Devon's Food Bar

I recently had a chance to go out to dinner with friends at Devon's Food Bar (31 Bradford Street).  It easily could become one of my new Provincetown favorites.  Devon's Food Bar serves a small plate menu which gives you the chance to try and share a number of items.  The menu isn't huge, but there is a very good variety of items.  For those of you with dietary concerns they have a number of gluten free and vegan options.

My friend David and I got there before the rest of our party, I was hungry so we started with the Elote, which is a grilled corn dip with homemade chips.  I could have had that all night and been happy.  When the rest of our party arrived we decided we were going to try as many items as we could.  Our food fest started with Lobster Bisque shooters (fun and yum), Deviled Eggs topped with bacon (everything is better with bacon), Roasted Wellfleet Oysters, Julienned Fried Pig's Ears and Asian Bibb Lettuce Cups (pictured).  I wasn't a fan of the fried pig's ears, but if I didn't know what it was I may have liked it.

Our food fest then moved on as we tried the Risotto du Jour which was a beet risotto the night we visited.  I didn't think I was a fan of beets, but it was wonderful.  We also had the Carne Asada Mexican Street Tacos, the Fish of the Day which was halibut, the Grilled Sliced Hanger Steak, the Roasted Cauliflower, the Fresh House Made Ramen Noodles with Pork and the Special of the Day which was a braised beef dish which was incredibly tender and delicious.  Each dish is prepared in a unique manner, many come with a dipping sauce and each has their own distinctive flavor.  When you can order so many small plate items your taste buds are in for a real treat.

Of course our night had to end with a sampling of desserts.  Each dessert is $5 so you can try more than one.  We shared the Lemon Curd Cheesecake, Chocolate Puffed Rice Log and the Flan with fresh berries (pictured).  It was a perfect ending to the night.

Devon's Food Bar was a hit with all of us.  We'll be back again and again.  The are closed on Thursday and are also open for breakfast every day except Thursday.

When you make your reservations at The Somerset House Inn plan to hit Devon's Food Bar at least one of the nights you are in town.  The Somerset House Inn has two rooms left for Carnival and limited availability in August.  The last week in August has more availability so we hope to see you soon.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Sunsets, Music and Food in Provincetown

A recent addition to the Provincetown scene is sunset music at the beach on Wednesday nights

with food provided by Far Land Provisions.  Now through September 2nd.  You’ve got to do this at least once!  Herring Cove beach is a spectacular spot for sunset and Far Land now offers nightly dinner, beer and wine for a relaxing dinner by the beach.  It’s a great escape from the crowds of downtown.  After 5pm, parking at Herring Cove is free – but remember – Far Land on the Beach is cash only.  It’s a really inexpensive magical way to watch a Provincetown sunset.

The Somerset House Inn still has some limited availability in August, we’d love to have you stay with us.  We have a five night and a seven night stay available for Carnival and a couple of rooms for Labor Day weekend.  Due to other bookings we sometimes have some great shorter stays.  A two night stay on Friday and Saturday night is available August 7th and 8th in guestroom 1.  Another two night weekend stay is available August 14th and 15th in guestroom 2.  Check out the availability calendar on our web site.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Season Begins in Provincetown

The 2015 season begins in Provincetown!

Many, including The MEWS, Fanizzi’s, Napi’s, Far Land and The Somerset House Inn, are open year-round, but most consider April the official start of the season in Provincetown.  Those businesses that aren’t open year-round begin to open in April.  Restaurant openings include
·         The Lobster Pot on April 10th
·         Ross Grill on April 3rd
·         Victor’s on April 3rd
·         Coffee Pot opens April 3rd (the best Cuban sandwich!)

The Pilgrim Monument and Museum has opened for the season and whale watch tours start on
April 11th and we have a new trolley, The Mayflower Trolley in town.  When you walk through town you see the Harbor Lounge open and shops like Wildflower, The Penny Patch, Botanica, Utilities, Timscapes open and you can feel spring in the air.  It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in or been coming to Provincetown it is a rejuvenating time of the year.  Come be a part of it!

April 1 - The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season.
April 11 - Whale watching begins.  Check out for more information.
April 17-20 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
April 24-May 3 – Appearances Eco Arts Festival
April 24-26 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
May 14 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
May 14-17 – Single Women’s Weekend
May 22-25 – Memorial Day Weekend.

Good rooms are still available at The Somerset House Inn, we’d love to have you stay with us.  The upcoming weekend forecast is sunny with temps in the 50s, come on down!  Click here to make your reservations.  We also have availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and very limited availability for Bear Week.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Out of Hibernation Weekend

Out of Hibernation Weekend is coming to Provincetown the weekend of March 13 – 15.  Out of
Photo courtesy of Petar Dopchev
Hibernation is known as the "un-run" that happens in Provincetown, MA every St. Patrick's Day weekend. By "un-run" they mean there's no package to purchase - you just show up and take part in the weekend activities.  It should be a fun weekend.

Events include the Friday meet and greet hosted by Mr. CT. Bear, the Wheel of Wonder on Saturday afternoon hosted by the CT Cruisers and Mr. CT. Leather, The Boots and Boxers Party on Saturday night with DJ Chris Racine and the Farewell brunch on Sunday morning.

Need a list of restaurants?  Please visit the calendar page on The Somerset House Inn’s web site.  And of course we would love to have you stay with us at The Somerset House Inn.  We already have a March special of a 20% discount on room night nights Sunday through Thursday when part of any multi-night stay in March.  We’re extending that for the Out of Hibernation weekend - 20% off any stays of two nights or more for the Out of Hibernation weekend.  Click here to make your reservations.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

July at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

School’s out for summer !  Summer is here and it’s hopping in Provincetown.  Last night we had the fireworks in town, delayed one night by Arthur.  Arthur was pretty mild for Provincetown, but we did get a lot of rain. 

Joan Rivers did two shows on July 5th at town hall, one of them while the fireworks were blasting
over the bay.  It’s a big entertainment summer with the following acts all visiting Provincetown:

  •  Kate Clinton, Miss Richfield and Dina Martina all summer at the Crown and Anchor 
  •  Varla Jean Merman and Well Strung all summer at the Ptown Art House 
  •  ‘Snow White and the Seven Bottoms’ all summer at the Provincetown Theater
  •  ‘Rent’ all summer at the Provincetown Theater (Mon, Tue & Wed) 
  •  An evening with Armistead Maupin on July 13th & 18that the Crown and Anchor 
  •  Helen Reddy on July 21st and 22nd at the Crown and Anchor 
  •  David Sedaris on August 1st at Town Hall 
  •  Kristen Chenowith on August 10th at the Town Hall

For more information visit:

Good rooms are still available at The Somerset House Inn, we’d love to have you stay with us.  Click here to make your reservations.  We have limited availability for July and great availability for August.