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A Zen-like quiet oasis that encourages guest interaction
The lush Asian garden, Common Patio, and Namaste Spa are frequented by guests -- so interacting here is easy if that's what you're looking for. The inn offers lots of opportunities to socialize -- from the delicious free daily German breakfast, to wine and cheese hour. In the Walt Whitman common room, guests can mingle and enjoy a glass of free sherry or port throughout the day.
But this is no party house. The environment here is calm and Zen-like -- perhaps because the theme of the inn (naming rooms for famous writers and poets) attracts artists and those who like to sit alone and read.
Former fashion and magazine journalists Rainer and Jurgen opened the inn in 1997, and their colleague Hans joined the team in 2002. Between the three of them, they’ve created an inspiring oasis in the middle of what can be a chaotic scene. During the summer months, P-town (as it is affectionately known) transforms into a non-stop party, with weekly events such as the highly anticipated Carnival in August. But once you step inside Carpe Diem, all the craziness just fades into the background as white noise, and instead, you’ve got a truly relaxing spot.
On a quiet street, one block away from Commercial Street
Carpe Diem is one block off Commercial Street, Provincetown’s version of “Main Street.” During the busy season, Commercial Street is a chaotic non-stop party with weekly events such as Carnival in August.
Provincetown is one of the Cape’s hottest destinations for gay and lesbian travelers (and residents -- it has the highest percentage of same-sex couples in the country), but it's also a popular destination for families. Home to America’s first art colony, art lovers looking for original artwork will find plenty of galleries, exhibits and shops to browse. Those looking to converse with nature can check out Herring Cove, one of the most popular (albeit rocky) beaches in town. And for sunsets, you can’t beat Race Point. If you're looking for some wild nights, you'll find them here too. Clubs, bars, and restaurants are everywhere (especially lining Commercial Street), and you can catch many a show -- drag shows and celebrity impersonators are popular here.
In town, it’s best to just ditch the car and either walk or rent a bike from one of the local shops because there is very little parking (two open lots are at either end of Commercial Street, and they aren't cheap), and it can be difficult to drive down a road when there are tons of people walking in the middle of the street.
Named after a famous writer or poet, each of the 19 rooms has its own unique style and decor that reflects the personalities of the writers themselves. Some have a rustic feel with bright colors and lots of woodwork, while others exhibit an elegance with more subdued yellow and cream colors. Rooms are divided into standard, deluxe (which have fireplaces), suites (fireplace and Jacuzzis), and one kitchenette room.
One of only two inns in town with a spa on-site
Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa is a relaxing escape from the party scene of Provincetown -- but still close by for guests who feel like getting out and joining the fun. The rooms are all named for writers and decorated differently -- all are stylish and charming. Perks such as a delicious free German breakfast, free wine and cheese hour, and the full-service Namaste Spa are also draws.