Sunday, March 30, 2014

April at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

Officially spring arrives in March, but in Provincetown April starts off the season.  Many restaurants, shops and galleries that may have been closed for the winter re-open in April.  Local favorite the Lobster Pot opens for its 35th year on April 11th.  April is also the time when we find out about some new restaurants in town.

El Mundo across the street from Town Hall went away to be replaced by Tin Pan Alley.  Ten Tables is being replaced by Backstreet.  Lorraine’s closed on the west end and relocated to our neck of the woods.  Hot L on Bradford decided not to re-open.  Dalla Cucina is being reinvented as Ristorante Marissa.  Cerraldi, which was very hot last year is relocating to a permanent space, but so far it’s a secret.  We’ll let you know when we find out.

Of course you have probably heard that Liza Minelli is coming to Provincetown this summer to do two sold out benefit performances.  Other notable performers include:

·         Joan Rivers on July 5th
·         Helen Reddy on July 21st and 22nd
·         Leslie Jordan on June 30th and July 1st
·         David Sedaris on Friday, August 1st in Town Hall

Many more to come, we’ll highlight them as we hear of them.  And we’ll give you an update on shops and galleries in the future.  What’s going on in April and beyond?

April 1 - The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season on April.
April 12 - Whale watching begins.  Check here for more information.
April 18-21 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
April 25-27 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
May 3 – Women’s Music Festival at Town Hall
May 16 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
May 16-18 – Single Women’s Weekend
May 23-26 – Memorial Day Weekend.

Great 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 availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and limited availability for Bear Week.  If he's not at the beach Bizzo will gladly help check you in.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

March has arrived in Provincetown.  What a wild winter it has been, although we suspect we have had it easier than many of you across the nation.  Thankfully the ocean has a tendency to moderate our weather.  We also have a great Public Works Department in town that does a very good job plowing our streets during any snowstorm.  And now we see signs of spring as the crocuses are starting to sprout.

Eat your way through Provincetown!  A number of our restaurants have weekday specials.  We’d start with the MEWS on Monday nights for their coffee house live entertainment.  Maybe Tuesday head over to Napi’s for Taco Tuesday, check out The Pointe and get two entrees for the price of one on Wednesday, on Thursday back to the MEWS (the food is that good !) between 6 and 8pm for a two entrees for the price of one.  Friday fish fry specials can be found at Bayside Betsy’s, the Central House and Fanizzi’s.  On Sunday we’d start out with the Sunday brunch at Fanizzi’s and end with dinner at Ciro & Sal’s for their two for one special on any spaghetti dinners.  Check out the listings at

The beauty and serenity of Provincetown in March is spectacular.  During the week you may want to use the Provincetown Historic Walking Tour guide to wander through town.  Provincetown has a rich history, the guide will help you discover a part of it.   For lovers of art the Provincetown Art Association and Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5pm.  Make sure to be at Herring Cove Beach for a Provincetown sunset.  Photo at right by Petar Dopchev.

The critically acclaimed play ‘Bent’ will be performed at the Provincetown Theater March 14 – 30.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 3p.m.  Also at the Provincetown Theater is their Winter Reading Series, every Tuesday evening through March 11th.

The majority of stores are open on weekends.  If you are here on the weekend take a day to wander Commercial Street and visit all the wonderful and unique shops that are Provincetown.

And of course we would love to have you stay with us at The Somerset House Inn.  Click here to make your reservations.  Come to Provincetown in March !

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy New Year from Provincetown

New Year's Eve is around the corner in Provincetown.  Festivities begin this weekend and there is something for everyone.

December 29th
  • The Crown and Anchor host an evening with Matt Alber and Celisse Henderson at 8:30pm
  • Also at the Crown and Anchor is Bobby Wetherbee at the Piano in the Central House at 9:00pm
December 30th
  • The Crown and Anchor Paramount presents Illusions at 8:30pm
  • And Doug Repetti hosts a sing-along at the Piano in the Central House at 9:00pm
December 31st
  • Want to dance at an alcohol free party?  Head on over to the UU Meeting House at 8:30pm. 
  • Want to have dinner with entertainment?  Head over to the Sage Lounge for a 6 course dinner with before and after dinner entertainment by Fred Fried and Bruce Abbott.
  • Want dinner first and then head out to the various parties?  Find your favorite restaurant on the Celebrate Provincetown web site and make your reservations.
  • Then check out the New Year's Eve parties at the A-House, the Crown and Anchor and the Porchside Bar at the Gifford House.  All are within walking distance of each other. 
And of course we know you need a place to stay, book your room at The Somerset House Inn and let us help you bring in the New Year!

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Carnival Celebration Comes to Provincetown

    The 35th annual Carnival comes to Provincetown August 18th through August 24th.  As always, the
    celebration is highlighted by the parade on Thursday.  The theme for the festivities is 'Viva Las Vegas'.  Decorations are going up throughout town including at The Somerset House Inn which is a Vegas Wedding Chapel.  Highlights during the week include
    • Costume Opening Party at Boat Slip Monday 9pm
    • Luck be a Lady Boat Cruise on Tuesday at 6:30pm
    • Jubilee Drag Bingo at UU Meeting House Wednesday 6:30pm
    • Carnival Parade starts at 3pm in far East End on Thursday
    • Hangover Drag Brunch at Patio Restaurant noon on Friday
    For a complete listing of events visit the Provincetown Business Guild web site.

    Fall is right around the corner.  For many it is their favorite time of year in Provincetown.  Warm days and cool evenings welcome you, the pace has slowed down slightly although it can still be quite busy.  Fall events include:
    • Labor Day Weekend - August 29 through September 2
    • Cape Cod Classic - September 13 - 16
    • Tennessee Williams Festival - September 26 - 29
    • Mates Leather Weekend - October 4 - 6
    • Columbus Day Weekend - October 11 - 14
    • Women's Week - October 14 - 20
    • Halloween Week October 25 - November 3
    • Spooky Bear Weekend - October 31 - November 3
    To plan your fall get away visit The Somerset House Inn web site and click on 'Reservations/Availability'.  We'd love to see you this fall.

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Summer Entertainment Heats Up

    2013 promises to be a busy and exciting season.  We have some great entertainment coming to Provincetown. 
    Chita Rivera
    Chita Rivera
     Highlights at the Ptown Art House 
     Joanna Gleason -  June 28 & 29
     Sutton Foster - July 4 & 5
     Sam Harris - August 3 & 4
     Megan Mullaly - August 28 & 29
     Patti Lupone - August 31 and September 1
     Chita Rivera - September 7 & 8
     Returning favorites include:
     Varla Jean Merman
     Well Strung,
     Joey Arias & Raven
     Audra MacDonald
     and more are returning.

    Highlights at the Crown & Anchor 
    Linda Eder
    Kate Clinton, Miss Richfield 1981, Illusions Drag Review, Dina Martina and others return to entertain you.  You will also be entertained with appearances by:
    Sandra Bernhard - July 8 & 9
    Matt Alber - July 15 & 16
    An Evening with Armistead Maupin - July 18 & 19
    Leslie Jordan - July 29 & 30
    An evening with Linda Eder - August 12 & 13
    Paula Poundstone - August 25 (two shows)
    Miss Coco Peru - August 28 - September 5

    It's an amazing array of talent and there are sure to be more added.  Please check the venues for complete schedule and performance times.  For a calendar of events in Provincetown please check the calendar  page on our web site.

    Saturday, May 11, 2013

    New Provincetown Restaurants for 2013

    Provincetown has several new restaurants opening for the 2013 season, many of them focusing on the fresh fish and seafood so readily available here on Cape Cod.

    The largest restaurant with approximately 250 seats will be opened by MACs Seafood in the old Clem & Ursies spot on Shank Painter Road.  A seafood and deli market will open in June with Mac's P'town Fish & Oyster opening in the fall. 

    The old Tips for Tops'n on Bradford Street has been purchased by Devon Ruesch, owner of Devon's on Commercial Street.  Tentatively called Devon's Deep Sea Dive the new restaurant will focus on great versions of familiar classic seafood preparations including clam fritters, stuffed lobster, lobster bisque, etc.

    The Canteen is opening on Commercial Street next to the bank and will be a unique take on the classic New England summer shack.  Summer fare will include perfected versions of Cape Cod favorites like lobster rolls, fish and chips, chowders and a raw bar.  Other classics will include summer salads, fritters, grilled seafood and house-made sausages.  They will be open 11am to 2am, sounds like the perfect spot for the late night munchies.

    Blondies' Burgers was in the space The Canteen now calls home.  They moved across the street into the Ptown Art House replacing Frappo 66 which has closed.  In the Aquarium Mall is their sister restaurant, Naturally Blonde which will feature healthy fast food.  Also new to the Aquarium Mall is Uma Loucura which features authentic Brazilian appetizers, entrees, salads and sweets.

    We've done the research for you, all you have to do is come to Provincetown and enjoy yourself!  And of course we know you need a place to stay.  For lodging information please visit The Somerset House Inn web site or call 1-800-575-1850 for reservations and availability.  We're easy walking distance to almost all the great restaurants in Provincetown.

    Coming up in Provincetown:
    17 - 19          Single Women's Weekend
    17 - 22          Restaurant Week in Proincetown
    24 - 27          Memorial Day Weekend
    31 - 6/03       Encaustic Conference
    19 - 23          Provincetown International Film Festival
    26 - 30          Portuguese Festival

    For a complete calendar of events visit the calendar page on our web site.

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    The Whales are Back!

    Right whales have been sighted off Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.  Up to sixty whales have been tracked by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies which uses boats and planes to track these amazing animals.  Speaking of boats, whale watching tours start on Saturday, April 6th.  For tickets and additional information please visit the whale watch web site.  Tickets are $44 (adults) and $29 (children over 4) and during April they have three tours a day at 9:30am, 1:00pm and 4:30pm.  It's still very cool out on the water so bring warm clothes.  The tours are well worth it, bring your camera!

    Provincetown starts to spring into action in April with the Pilgrim Monument re-opening on April 1st and the start of whale watching tours.  One of the highlights in April is the Cabaret Fest sponsored by the Provincetown Business Guild.  If you love cabaret music you need to be here!  And of course we have rooms for you at The Somerset House Inn.

    Coming Up in Provincetown:
    April 12 - 14  Cabaret Fest
    April 26 - 28  Gays for Patsy Spring Stomp
    May 17 - 22  Restaurant Week
    May 23 - 26  Memorial Day Weekend