To escape the summer heat and humidity of Tampa, and monotony of life, I decided to take a quick trip to the Northeast with Paul. Flew out Friday, stayed with his friend Tony in Boston’s South End for two nights, then continued on to Provincetown and stayed for three nights. It was a refreshing trip of the perfect length and relaxation level. No big plans, no stress. Easy, breezy.
First off – one of my favorite small pleasures in going to larger more dense cities is using public transportation. The T from Logan was quick and simple, and only required a single transfer to Massachusetts Avenue. We crashed at a local bar (Parish Cafe, first and second photos below) for an hour or so to get the party started and initiate the vacation mindset. Big openings onto the street are always a plus when the weather is pleasant.
From there, we made our rounds at some of Boston’s best restaurants, neighborhoods, and outdoor beauty. Our two days there were great, relaxing fun. Thanks to Tony for hosting us and showing us all the places we wish we had in Tampa!
From top to bottom: Flowers at Union, brownstones, Starbucks in Beacon Hill, Tony and Paul on the floating dock of the Charles River, Myers & Chang in Chinatown, and Stella for brunch Sunday.
On Sunday we hopped the Fast Ferry to Provincetown and enjoyed a bit of water travel for the hour or so it takes. Saw a whale. Thrilling! Boats are another of my favorite modes of travel – although I’m not a sailboat person. Motorized boats only please.
Destination 2: Provincetown – one of the oldest settlements in America and situated at the farthest point of the Cape Cod ‘hook.’ As you could imagine, it is just as quaint and well-preserved as its name suggests. Colonized by gays years ago, it is now a full-fledged destination for the GLBT community. And we would be remiss to skip it on our trip.
Our rental cottage was rustic and calming. Just off of Commercial Street, it was convenient to just about everything. The gym up the block, the Boatslip (for 4 p.m. tea dance and sunning), and most of the shopping in PTown: Marc by Marc Jacobs (most importantly), followed by local art, design, and antique shops.
The following 3 days were a blur of drinking, shopping, biking around some of PTown’s streets and neighborhoods, and while the weather was clear, laying out. Overall, a blissful trip of nothing but good conversation and good company.
I can’t wait to return to Boston and Provincetown – and next time I’ll bring a bigger troup of Tampa boys.