The Perfect Provincetown Vacation Rental

Living in New England, Cape Cod is an ideal destination for a quick weekend getaway. From Vermont, we can make it to the Cape in under six hours. I recently used HomeAway to find us the best Cape Cod vacation rental for a beach weekend with our daughter and her two friends.

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We chose to rent a beautiful cottage in the West End of Provincetown. Staying in a house is a cost-effective way to vacation. It is cheaper than paying for multiple hotel rooms.

Leaving our car behind in Boston, we took the fast ferry from over for the weekend. With no wheels at our disposal, renting a vacation house in the West End is ideal. Everything you could possibly need is just a short walk or bike ride away.

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Our favorite part about this house is the front porch. It is just one multiple outdoor spaces of this Cape Cod vacation rental. With a wooden swing and a small couch, it is the perfect spot for a cup of coffee in the morning and people watching. Enjoy al fresco dining on the side patio just off the kitchen. Around the back of the house, you will find a quiet private fenced in patio.

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The bright and sunny living room has comfortable seating, including a window bench, and a smart TV. We used our own Netflix account for movie night one evening. Also on this level is the kitchen, a dining room with seating for eight, and an elegantly finished full bathroom. There is a queen-sized bedroom located on the lower floor. Currently, you come down the stairs and walk right into it. There is no bedroom door. It didn’t bother our family at all and the owners mentioned that they are considering closing it off.

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The kitchen has modern stainless steel appliances and cabinets stocked with everything you might need to make a fantastic meal. Every HomeAway Cape Cod vacation rental that I’ve ever stayed in has been stocked with salt, pepper, spices, oil, coffee filters, and other household basic items. It is best to confirm with the owner what is already there before you arrive so you don’t purchase any essentials they might already have on hand.

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The master bedroom boasts a fireplace and the most comfortable California king-sized bed I have ever slept in. It shares a beautifully modernized bathroom with the queen-sized bedroom just across the hall. The bathroom has radiant heat flooring to keep your toes warm and an oversized, subway tiled tub with two showerheads.

A private second-floor deck with ocean views accessed through a door in the bathroom or from the queen sized bedroom. It is yet another outdoor space for a private escape.

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Shopping in Provincetown

Cool boutiques, art galleries, and small shops line the streets of Provincetown. Most are just a quick walk from this Cape Cape Vacation rental. Visiting in the fall, we reaped the benefit of being in town for all of the postseason sales.

Room 68

Room 68 –  This boutique store is filled with modern art and furniture for your home.

Henry & Company – A high-end men’s shop that carries a great selection smaller brand name clothing, footwear, and accessories by smaller brands.

Kiss and Makeup – Our teenage girls scoured the shelves of this shop for lip gloss, makeup, and other beauty products, many of which are locally made.

D. Flax – Since 1987 D. Flax has been selling the custom-made, non-touristy Provincetown t-shirts and sweatshirts.

Provincetown Fudge Factory –  The best place on Commerical Street to purchase handmade, old-fashioned fudge.

Eating in Provincetown

Relish Cafe Provincetown

If you don’t make your meals in your this Provincetown vacation rental, I would recommend making reservations for dinner. Despite being there after the high season, it was still crowded.

Relish – This delightful little cafe is located almost across the street from our rental. It is a great place for a bagel and a cup of coffee or take-out sandwiches to bring to the beach.

Joon Bar + Kitchen – Located less than a block from the house, this cozy restaurant and wine bar serving new American cuisine.

The Squealing Pig – An Irish Pub known for its considerable microbrew bottle beer list, Wellfleet oysters and a line out the door even at lunchtime.

The Lobster Pot – This iconic Provincetown restaurant located overlooks the harbor and serving the freshest seafood and steaks.

Cafe Heaven – A neighborhood spot with the best brunch. Come back in the evening for dinner in the bar room.

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What to Do on Cape Cod

No matter what time of year you plan to visit Provincetown there will be plenty to see and do. There are miles of seashore, museums, and galleries for exploring.

Ptown Bikes

Ptown Bikes – Renting bikes is the easiest way to get around. We rented from Ptown on Bradford street. You can make reservations online before you arrive.

Herring Cove Beach – Just a ten-minute bike ride away is Provincetown’s most popular beach. There are clean public restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables. A snack bar is open seasonally.

Pilgrim Monument – Climb to the top of the 252-foot tower that commemorates the arrival of the Mayflower Pilgrims landed in the area 1620. From there you will have the best view in town.

Herring Cove Beach

It is never too soon to plan your next New England road trip. If you are looking for Cape Cod Vacation Rentals don’t miss out on this house for your next girlfriend getaway or family vacation!

Disclosure: Thank you to HomeAway for this beautiful home away from home. I received no other compensation for this review. And as always, this post reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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  1. What a lovely place for a family weekend. I like the outdoor spaces and there seems to be lots to do just a bike ride away. Wish we lived a bit nearer!

    • Dana Freeman November 1, 2017 at 9:21 am · · Reply

      This is the first time we have stayed right in Provincetown. We have stayed in Orleans and Truro as well. But it was so fun to be able to just bike or walk everywhere.

  2. Followingtherivera November 1, 2017 at 5:45 am · · Reply

    I haven’t been to Cape Cod, but it I do, this place gets my vote – a gorgeous vacation rental. The Lobster Pot sounds really good, and I know this area’s famous for its seafood!

  3. This looks so perfect and cozy! I haven’t been to Cape Cod – yet! – but know where I’ll be staying when I do.

  4. I have never been to Cape Cod but have heard great things about it. I have never used Home Away, I will have to check it out. Looks like you found a sweet pad.

  5. I have never done HomeAway, but after this post I feel like I have to try it! That house looked amazing – I love the kitchen! I think my husband and I would enjoy a weekend like this and rent those bikes to explore the city and beach. Lovely post.

  6. I have never been to Cape Cod and staying at this vacation rental is the way to go! The house is beautiful and has everything you’d need. I’m always into no-car traveling and I loved that you took the ferry and could easily get to the rental and around town.

    • Dana Freeman November 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm · · Reply

      Laura, it is a great coastal town. This is the first time we haven’t been here without a car and I was worried about getting to the beach, dinner, etc and it was absolutely no problem. We walked everywhere and took bikes (which came with baskets) to the beach and around town.

  7. This is beautiful! I loved the timber floors and also agree that getting around by bicycle is the best way! We love doing that.. well in flat cities anyway 🙂

  8. Looks like such a cozy cottage! I love renting whole house for getaways with friends – it just gives you so much more freedom and space to relax! I’m definitely one to use my Netflix account on occasions like that too 🙂 I’ve never been to Cape Cod – the entire East Coast actually – but it looks to quaint and relaxing, I’ll pop it on my to do list!!

  9. I’ve heard Cap Cod is a lot of fun! What a helpful and informative post! We’ll definitely use this as a resource when we visit Cape Cod!

  10. That’s such a beautiful little place to stay at! Indeed looks like home away from home 🙂

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