Famously known as the Cape Cod Light, the Highland Light is an active lighthouse and also said to be the tallest and oldest lighthouse on Cape Cod. The lighthouse is accessible to the public from May through October- tours are available too, while the grounds can be visited throughout the year. This lighthouse occupies a spot on the National Register of Historic Places as the Highland Light Station.
Few people know that the pilgrims first struck land in Provincetown, on November 21, 1620, before continuing on to Plymouth. While anchored in Provincetown Harbor, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, dedicating themselves to a community governed by democratic rule. This tower was built in 1910 to commemorate that landing, was modeled after the clock tower of the Palazzo Pubblico (specifically the Torre del Mangia) in Siena, Italy. A climb to the top affords one of the best views on the entire Cape, and the tower also incorporates the Provincetown Museum.
In 1914 Eugene O'Neill and others formed the Provincetown Players. In 1915 they converted a fish house into The Wharf Theatre, and Provincetown became a thriving art colony. Famous actors of the past like Max Eastman and Ann Harding performed with the Players, as did Richard Gere and Jill Clayburgh in more modern times. The theater was lost in a fire but the tradition continues with the work of the Provincetown Theater Company and the Provincetown Repertory Theatre. They hold an annual competition for emerging playwrights.
Provincetown, one of the most scenic towns on Cape Cod, is a treasure trove of culture, art, and history. The Pilgrims made their first New World landing here, and the historic Mayflower Compact was written and signed just off the coast. Later, an artists' colony began to flourish, attracting the intellectual elite and resulting in the establishment of many artistic and literary institutions. Today, Provincetown thrives as a cultural center and vacation destination and offers much in the way of leisure and exploration. Be it museums, historic landmarks, or the sun-dappled beaches that elevate its touristic appeal, plenty of memorable experiences await visitors. Also popular with the LGBTQ+ community, Provincetown makes for an exhilarating visit.
This brick tower is not remarkable for its architecture; it does, however, have a great view. Located on top of the 160-foot (50-meter) Scargo Hill in Dennis (the highest point on the Cape), a clear day allows views of the Provincetown Monument and mainland Massachusetts. In almost any weather condition you can see Scargo Lake, which was named after a Native American princess. You may find it a romantic spot too, especially for sunsets and star gazing.
Payomet Performing Arts Center is an art center that dabbles in diverse creative avenues. With each passing year, the activities and events held here simply double up and so does the fun. Theater, film, music, cultural events, art festivals, workshops and the list is endless. There is never a single dull moment here and Payomet is always buzzing with action. And, it goes beyond the set standards of entertainment and provides education to children as well, it has separate workshops and classes for kids. Watch a show at the Payomet Performing Arts Center and be a part of this art revolution!
Liquor lovers are in for a treat as they visit the Truro Vineyards + South Hollow Spirits. This property is known for its beautiful vineyards and also features a distillery known for producing some of the best spirits in the region. Learn the art of making wines or understand the distilling process of your favorite liquor variety. You can enjoy a free tour around the property and also opt for a tasting session where you can sip on to the wine and rum varieties. After your tour here, treat yourself to a delightful meal at the food truck on the property.
The eye-catching mid-19th Century structure on the Main Street stands out from the rest of the buildings in the vicinity due to its Greek Revival architecture. Few of the notable features of the structure are the town clock that shows the time of ships, the 19th-century 738-pipe Hook and Hastings tracker-action organ, a brass chandelier and the huge amphitheater. Concerts and other lively events are held regularly at the church. Besides this, the church opens its doors for everyone to participate in the weekly Sunday prayer services, which is attended by a number of locals.
Theater lovers must visit Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater (WHAT). The aim of WHAT is to conserve the skills of acting on stage for the sake of education and also to entertain people. They also want to present expert-quality theater to spectators, which is something people hardly find in the area. This small theater group, earlier known as Outermost Cape Performance Company, has traveled a lot in time and finally come to be known as WHAT in 1985. They have won innumerable accolades and many awards for their outstanding stage shows. If you plan to be there, don’t forget to check the dates and the deals on offer on their website.