Provincetown, Cape Cod

A gluten-free trip to Cape Cod

In July, we went to Cape Cod for our friends’ wedding. We flew to Boston and then took Boston Harbor Cruise’s ferry to Provincetown. The waters were calm, so it was comfortable and a scenic trip.

Boston to Cape Cod ferry

Boston to Cape Cod ferry

We spent our time in the Outer Cape. We stayed in Eastham and visited Truro and Provincetown. Since the wedding was our main focus, we kept the rest of our to-do list short:

  • Walk on the beach
  • See a lighthouse
  • Hike in Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Eat seafood
  • Explore Provincetown

We crossed all of those things off of the list, and I’d love to spend more time exploring the cape. Here’s what we saw and ate on our first visit.

What to do:

Go to the beach

For most of our trip, the weather didn’t lend itself to a beach day, but we did manage to take a foggy walk on Nauset Light Beach. There are many beaches to choose from on the ocean and the bay. Check out the National Park Service’s guide to beaches.

Nauset Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Light Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Marsh Trail, Cape Cod National Seashore

Visit a lighthouse

Cape Cod has several lighthouses, and something about them seems classically New England to me. We took in the exterior of Nauset Lighthouse. Other options are Highland Light and Race Point Light Station.

Nauset Light, Cape Cod National Seashore

Hike in Cape Cod National Seashore

We stopped at Salt Pond Visitor Center to check out our options and then walked a short 1.3-mile loop on Nauset Marsh trail.

Nauset Marsh Trail, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Marsh Trail, Cape Cod National Seashore

Nauset Marsh Trail, Cape Cod National Seashore

Explore Provincetown

We spent a lot of time in Provincetown enjoying its restaurants, bars and shops. You can see more on where we ate below.

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Visit Truro Vineyards

The wedding was at Truro Vineyards, and I’d highly recommend a visit. There’s a charming outdoor space to relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail. You could do a tasting of its wines and South Hollow Spirits.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Where to eat:

We ate a lot of seafood. The lobster and oysters were highlights.

Lobster Pot Restaurant

The Lobster Pot has a large gluten-free menu and great views. I loved the oysters.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Fanizzi’s

Fanizzi’s is an Italian restaurant that labels gluten-free options on its menus. I had really good scallops — and half of my husband’s lobster roll on a gluten-free bun. There are great views of the water.

Nor’East Beer Garden

Don’t be discouraged by the name: This charming spot has good gluten-free ciders.

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Box Lunch

Box Lunch has locations in Provincetown, Truro, Eastham and Wellfeet. I visited the P-town location. Their gluten-free wraps are great; I had the Californian. The staff were very helpful and careful to avoid contamination.

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Provincetown, Cape Cod

The Purple Feather

At the recommendation of a local, we stopped at the Purple Feather for gelato.

Provincetown, Cape Cod

Portuguese Bakery

I didn’t notice until we were about to leave that the Portuguese Bakery has a large selection of gluten-free treats. I’ll have to try them next time.

Pizza Barbone

The rehearsal dinner was catered by Pizza Barbone, which offers gluten-free crust. Its website notes that there could be contamination and does not recommend the pizzas for Celiacs. You’ll have to decide what you feel comfortable with. Our cook was careful to avoid contamination in the prep area and in the portable pizza oven, and I didn’t have any issues. The sausage and the kale pizzas were delicious.

Cape Cod Chips

Lastly, you should definitely eat Cape Cod chips. You can even tour the factory where they’re made.

On my list for our next visit:

Art’s Dune Tours

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

Explore more of Cape Cod National Seashore

One final tip: If you plan to limit your stay to Provincetown, you may not need to rent a car, but you’ll likely want one if you’re staying in another town or want to explore the cape. There is some bus service and limited — and expensive — Uber and taxi service.

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