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

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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.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

June at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

June at The Somerset House Inn in Provincetown

Sitting here writing this as it is 75 outside and guests have hit the beaches.  Although summer doesn’t officially arrive until later this month it’s here in Provincetown.  And when Miss Ritchfield
Photo by Petar Dopchev
and Dina Martina are back you know it’s summer.

The Provincetown International Film Festival is June 18 – 22 this year.  Honorees include Debra Winger, Patricia Clarkson and David Cronenberg.  For film buffs this is the event of the year.  Movies, movies and more movies.  Check out their schedule here.

The restaurants are open for the season.  We’re heading to Backstreet on Wednesday.  Other new restaurants include MAC’s seafood which opened last fall, Tin Pan Alley across from Town Hall and Lorraine’s which closed and then re-opened a couple of blocks from The Somerset House Inn.  We’ll have our review of Backstreet next week.  Part of the job of owning a guesthouse is that we have to be able to give restaurant recommendations.  That means we have to try all the new restaurants – it’s a tough job!

We also have some new shops in town.  One of our favorites is Room 68.  The owners stayed with us when they were first looking for space in Provincetown so we got to know them and now they’ve opened a couple of spaces down Commercial Street across the street from us.  They are across the street from Botanica which is another one of our favorite places, they opened last year.  The guys from Botanica also have a great garden that keeps Dan on his toes when he tries to keep up.  The East side in Provincetown is a happening place to be.  And when you done your shopping at Room 68, Botanica and are heading over to Utilities you have to try Ptown Scoop.  My new favorite is the bourbon caramel pistachio brittle.  OMG it is good.  And we love Coco, the owner.

With all the incredible food in Ptown and Coco’s ice cream we need some physical activity to keep us so slim and trim.  Dan has made some major changes in the front garden that gave him a good workout as he pulled out bushes and trees.  But, you are going to have to come visit us to see the finished results!

We’ll give you an update more shops, galleries and restaurants in the future.  And of course we’ll get back to you with restaurant reviews as we eat our way through town.  What’s going on in June and beyond?

June 18- 22 – Provincetown International Film Festival.
June 27 – 30 – Portuguese Festival
June 27 – 30 – Summer Kickoff Weekend
July 1 – 6 – Fourth of July Celebrations
July 12- 20 – Bear Week in Provincetown
July 22 – 26 – Girl Splash
Just a sampling of events and activities.

We have limited availability for the Film Festival, 4th of July holiday and Bear Week.  We have good availability for the Portuguese Festival and the Summer Kickoff Weekend.  We’d love to have you start your summer at The Somerset House Inn, give us a call or go on-line to make your reservations.  Click here to make your reservations. 

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 !