Located at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, Provincetown is considered by many to be the Cape’s third island.
It has a life uniquely to its own, steeped in history dating back and beyond the Pilgrims’ First Landing in 1620 and the Mayflower Compact, but alive today with a cosmopolitan community renowned internationally for its diversity and cultural sophistication.
In spite of almost 300 years of community life, Provincetown still looks and feels like the remote fishing village in a deep-water harbor which brought wealth and fame to Massachusetts in the nineteenth century. Once one of the most productive whaling and fishing ports on the East Coast, today it is homeport to the whale watching fleet closest to Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary.
Cape Cod National Seashore Park provides visitors to Provincetown with access to magnificent ocean beaches, nature bike trails and exhibits explaining the Outer Cape’s important maritime history.
Provincetown is first and foremost a walking town. Restaurants, shops, art galleries, cafes and nightlife are clustered on Commercial Street downtown, all within walking distance from the Benchmark Inn.
Provincetown is also the Cape’s preeminent destination for gay and lesbian visitors and residents, proud of its long heritage of a fully open and integrated way of life which has helped create the rich cultural and artistic culture we enjoy today.