My husband and I had been to the inn many times but not since it had been taken over by Doreen and Lisa. Our memories of it were very fond and to be honest we didn't think it possible that the experience could be as wonderful as our past visits. Well, it was even better. You cannot expect to every find hosts that are more charming, kind, and attentive than Lisa and Doreen. They have taken all that the Inn at Cook Street was and built upon it, creating a haven for anyone who wants to feel as though they've arrived at the home of a cherished friend.
Our first morning there Doreen said "you should eat like a king at breakfast..." and their breakfast, which is included, fits that credo; quiche, the lightest omelets you can imagine, cranberry muffins, cereals, yogurt, teas, coffee and juice. Lisa has started a wonderful tea business and throughout the day there is a pitcher of her delicious iced tea available as well as cookies and fruit. Something baked is put out in the afternoon. Every morning we had great conversations with other guests. Though there are several separate tables for two, everyone chose to sit together at the large hunt table. Such is the warm atmosphere that permeates this wonderful place. This is something that cannot be faked. Lisa and Doreen set the tone and it is one of warmth, acceptance, and felicity. There were as many straight guests as there were gay and lesbian. All are made to feel comfortable and welcome.
Our room, the studio in the garden, was beautiful with a spacious bathroom. The decor is lovely and warm. Our quilted bed was comfortable and the air conditioning kept the heat at bay. Our private deck had two Adirondack chairs where we relaxed in the shade and watched robins catch worms and goldfinch bath in the birdbath by our door. The East End Market, where they make fantastic and inexpensive ($7.50) sandwiches, is half a block away and we ate lunch in the garden at the teak dining set with friends who stayed nearby at another inn. Every evening we had drinks with them at that same table (we brought our own liquor) before setting out for the evening.
The location is great in that it is close enough to the thick of things to be an easy walk, yet far enough away to provide some peace from the constant party that is Commercial Street. Fanizzi's restaurant is an easy walk to the east and is a great place that you might miss if you choose to stay closer to the center of Town. The Mews restaurant is just as easy a walk to the west. Angel Foods is practically at the end of the street. Though we didn't use the private beach, it was beautiful.
If you are gay and want a place that makes you feel as though you've stepped foot into Tales of the City and 28 Barbary Lane, look no further. Visually, the garden even feels the same. If you are straight and have any apprehensions about feeling like you're on the outside looking in when visiting Provincetown, this is your place. Here there is no straight or gay, only fellowship, beauty, comfort, and peace.
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