ON LOCATION: A WEEKEND IN PTOWN WITH NICOLE ATKINS
Recently one of our favorite singers Nicole Atkins visited us in Provincetown and had so much fun she couldn't wait to tell us all about it....
My weekend stay in Provincetown at Eben House, where do I begin? It was one of the most interesting and relaxed couple days of my life. Constant inspiration at every turn.
I meet Chris and Kevin from Eben House upon my arrival and am greeted with an old English style tea set of gorgeous mismatched china, steeping one of my favorite brands of tea, Tea Pigs. I found that brand while on a tour through the UK and was so happy that they had discovered it here. Nice touch boys!
My room was a little dream escape with it's own private garden. The clawfoot tub and Bigelow bath products instantly pushed the reset button after a long day of traveling. They even gave me a loofah and bath salts. It's those little things folks.
That night I played a solo show in the Hawthorne barn as part of the 20 Summers concert and arts series. It was a very intimate and special gig. With only 75 seats, the rustic artist retreat served as the perfect atmosphere for my brand of moody slightly 50's crooner rock. I liked how everyone in the town at the show seemed to know each other and all had great stories to share about their lives here on the Cape, along with great tips for a night out.
After a restful sleep by the fireplace in my room, I woke up in one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in in my life. Seriously, can I buy this bed?!
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That morning, what was supposed to be a rainy day ended up being a gorgeous sunny one. I started with breakfast at Eben that was a delicious mix of homemade cakes, tarts, little egg cups with rosemary (totally stealing that idea) and fruit and coffee. They also made their own granola that was delicious. I put a little in a bag for my hike around town.
What I love most about Eben is their design. It's a calming whitewash with little pops of gold, slate blue, and dark gray. Lush green potted plants. Wildflowers in the garden. Hilariously reimagined colonial paintings. Floor boards made out of an old ship. Their ability to make you feel like you're in another world while at the same time keeping everything awash in absolute serenity. It was exactly what my tour weary bones and mind needed.
Eben was exactly one block away from the sights and sounds on Commercial street, a couple from the gorgeous sea, and a few from the Pilgrim tower. I did it all. Climbed the Pilgrim tower (got my FitBit steps in, Holla!) took in the museum, saw a cabaret act mercilessly tease an audience member to the point where we were all almost peeing with laughter, sang some Broadway tunes at the Crown and Anchor, ate lobsters and stuffed oysters at the Lobster Pot (and met the owner, what lovely people! Sup' Kimber!) My cellist Robin and I even had a little jam session in the Eben House garden.
The shops were incredible too. I bought a rubber severed Halloween head from a curio shop for $20 and was able to have a lighthearted prank on Eben's good humored housekeeper Marcia. I bought some perfect summer clothes from MAP. There were also bamboo print JAWS movie posters to be had. You could shop for days just on this one street.
As it was almost time to leave, I had one more nap by the fireplace, one more bath, and a little read on their glorious hammock, said my goodbyes, raided Eben's postcard collection with those cool weird little twisted colonial paintings on them, and then headed to the Cape shuttle airport.
They let me sit in the co-pilot seat! First time in a mini plane and I get to be co-pilot. I squashed all of my Richie Valens fears and enjoyed the gorgeous views all the while planning my return to this magical place in my mind.