Before bumming around the beach, spend a day exploring town by bike. Start with coffee at one of two mainstays: On the East End, Wired Puppy’s medium-dark Sweet Puppy is the favorite; on the West End, Joe Coffee & Café’s (170 Commercial St.; 508-487-6656) blend hails from a Western Massachusetts beanery. Order breakfast at Cafe Heaven (199 Commercial St.; 508-487-9639), where local art covers the walls and the banana cornmeal pancakes are the specialty. Rent cycles at Ptown Bikes ($22/day) and hit the Province Lands Bike Trail, a hilly, five-mile loop that starts at Herring Cove Beach and winds through a picturesque dunescape. Follow the signs to Beech Forest, a prime destination for waterfowl watchers that runs alongside Bennett Pond, a freshwater pool awash in lily pads. Bike back along Commercial Street, stopping off at Marine Specialties, a massive curiosity shop crammed with everything from nautical kitsch to dead-stock vintage dishware. Afterward, spend the evening out on Commercial Street's East End, where Norman Mailer lived for years. Dine at the bayside Mews Restaurant & Café, a romantic spot set back from foot traffic by lush topiary. Friday evenings mark the town's official gallery crawl (7 to 9 p.m.), when residents stream down Commercial and free wine flows. Don't miss landscape portraits by local painter John Dowd at William Scott Gallery and photographer Mischa Richter's moody images of Provincetown people and places (August 27-October 24) at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, open until 10 p.m. on Fridays (with free admission after 5 p.m.). Cap off the night at Enzo, a dimly lit basement bistro where native piano legend Billy Hough pounds out classic LPs like Ziggy Stardust from beginning to end (Fridays, 11 p.m.).
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