One of the most frequent questions asked of locals is “What is Provincetown like in the winter? What do you all do?” The truth is, while winter can be challenging, many who live here or visit covet this time most of all, and for good reasons. Here are a few of them you should consider visiting in the deep winter and early spring…
1. Affordability & Access
In high season finding a week-long rental can be difficult and often requires throwing down a fair amount of cash. Provincetown is here for the LGBTQ+ community year- round, no matter the size of your wallet. Think about visiting in either of the shoulder seasons or winter to find more availability, less-costly rates, and an undiscovered Ptown experience along with a growing frequency of events and themed weekends.
2. Community Commitment
The local population from summer to winter dips down from 60,000 all the way to around 3,700. While Provincetown’s community is always tight-knit, when visiting during winter you might find yourself dropping in to more community-oriented events, folding in with the year-rounders, and connecting with Ptown’s locals in a new way.
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3. From Shoulder to Shoulder
Longstanding events such as Holly Folly, First Light, Snowbound Leather Weekend, and Out of Hibernation bring exciting pops of travelers during our quieter months. These moments in Ptown now are bigger than ever with record-breaking attendance. Additionally, new events are cropping up all over the calendar surrounding the Provincetown Food & Wine Festival, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and “4/20”— just to name a few. Be on the lookout for new PBG events coming this year to help amplify the growing shoulder/winter seasons.
4. Introspection, Meditation & Balance
The reason writers and thinkers like David Henry Thoreau have produced odes to our part of the world is due in part to the quiet and solace granted by this place in the off-season. Why not come here as an alternative to a silent retreat or meditative getaway? Bury your mobile devices in a drawer, light a fire, and crack open a book while the sound of wind gusts outside creates a buffer between you and the rest of the world.
5. It’s All Natural
Rediscover during the shoulder and winter months the spaces you know so well to see them through a brand new lens. We may be known for lush, seaside summers, however the famous Cape light, dunes, and strolls through Provincetown take on different colors and qualities throughout the year. Winter quiet balances bustling summer. You just might find even greater enjoyment and deepen your love of Ptown.