Thursday, March 18, 2010

Road Trip to Cape Cod

At the very tip of Cape Cod lies Provincetown, an old fishing village turned artist colony. Once a place where artists and writers--many of them now famous--escaped for a cheap summer place to get away, study and paint. Even though Provincetown has increasingly become a summer and weekend getaway for the rich, the arts still thrive there, and it's a place I love to visit to meet artists, talk about their work and see some fantastic galleries.

I needed to run a few errands in Provincetown so when I saw the weather forecast predicting temperatures near 70 today, I decided to make a day of it. Since much of Cape Cod is a summer getaway, much of it is still boarded up this time of year. It's a time I love to walk around and enjoy it in its quiet state.

There's an incredible mix of homes here....
...from the fabulously funky... the pristine (this is my favorite house in town)...

...from wonderfully weatherbeaten... simply and elegantly perfect...
...from tiny cottages... sprawling oceanfront homes....
...from plain and simple... (this is an old firehouse and the "garage door" opens to reveal a beautiful porch!) incredibly ornate...
Even the fences range from simple pickets.... complicated fences, newel posts, gates and arbors... the unbelievable urn-shaped finials on this fence. Can you imagine what these would cost to reproduce?

A friend of mine had a piece of artwork accepted into a juried show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum so I'm off to see the show. Enjoy these beautiful homes and I'll catch up with later.


  1. Looks like spring may actually be around the corner. Thanks for all the great shots of different homes. I think the first may be my favorite! There's no place likr New England.

  2. Beautiful pictures. Beautiful homes. Beautiful blue sky.

    (As always, you have a wonderful eye.)

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a gorgeous blog you have here! Love these houses... think my favourites are the tiny cottage and the plain and simple one...x

  4. Provincetown looks beautiful - so many gorgeous buildings and details. Thank you for this little tour. Leigh

  5. Love the gorgeous variety of all the old historic homes. What a beautiful town and I'm sure so wonderfully calm this time of year. I only made it to Cape Cod once when I lived in Maine - it was mid winter. So it too was a quiet time, so peaceful. The art exhibit sounds GREAT! Trina

  6. Hi Steve,

    Oh my. I have always wanted to go to Cape Cod. My girlfriend and I just adore everything about it. The architecture especially. I love all the houses you showed. I'm seriously so jealous. How far of a trip is it from your home?