A View With A Room

Picture Cape Cod Bay, dappled in blues and grays and merging with delicate clouds.  Nature’s scheme is hard to beat. But if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘ em.  This is the approach of the Whaler’s Lounge.

Tucked away from Provincetown’s west end bustle, the Whaler offers this rapturous vista of the sea, sky and varying amounts of golden sand depending on the tide. It’s peaceful, mostly. Come weekend nights and high season, this newly opened spot in the Harbor Hotel, formerly the Cape Inn ( and really a motel) is poised to pick up some of Ptown’s fabled devil-may-care downtown nightlife.

The Whaler is split into a gorgeous outdoor deck with lounge seating, an indoor airy café with floor-to-ceiling windows that disappear in clement weather, a low lit bar at the back and a sun- soaked fire pit with Adirondack chairs. From 4 pm on weekends and 5 pm during the week, an ambitious menu offers plump lobster sliders ($14) with tarragon and mayonnaise and wild mushroom ravioli ($14) with roasted tomatoes. There are peppery jumbo lump crab cakes ($11) with a creamy apple and horseradish remoulade and oysters  Rockefeller($14), named for their rich filling- rich enough for a Rockefeller- of spinach, cream and a sprinkling of fresh Parmesan cheese, offset by a subtle aniseed flavor from a touch of Pernod. There are sandwiches, salads, sorbets, ice creams- and a divine Godiva chocolate cheesecake ($8) too.

As for the view, it never gets old.


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