Carpe Diem has Reopened for Summer 2020!
We are excited that we are open once more and welcoming guests to Carpe Diem Guesthouse! Summer is here and many of you are beginning to think about vacations and getaways. We want to let you know we are providing a safe and comfortable way to join us. Carpe Diem offers an escape with our beautiful outdoor spaces private from the outside world, and of course all the beaches and wild spaces of Provincetown are open for you to explore.
New guidelines have allowed us to once again offer full room service, if you want it (you are free to opt out if you choose). We will still be offering fresh towels if you desire even if you opt out.
Of our eighteen rooms, ten have outdoor private entrances and sitting areas, for those who prefer that, and our other rooms can use our Zen courtyard for relaxation. Our Henry David Thoreau Cottage has been booking heavily, but other rooms with outdoor space that have been popular have been Raj Rao, Robert Frost, Oscar Wilde, and the Jean Cocteau Garden Room.
Many of our restaurants that had outdoor seating have been given permission to reopen it in a socially distant way (such as Strangers & Saints, Patio, Pepe's Wharf, Crowne & Anchor, among others), and several others have permission to create outdoor space that they did not previously have (including Jimmy's, Fanizzi's and more). Of course, all will still be offering take-out if you prefer.
Outdoor yoga and spin classes are being offered at the Crowne & Anchor and at the Boatslip.
Also, for those of you who love a cocktail, several places are all set up with outdoor space to enjoy the beverage of your choice. Crown & Anchor, The Boatslip, The Club, Aqua Bar, and Shipwreck Lounge are all reconfiguring with outdoor spaces.
Shops will be open for curbside pickup, but other larger ones will be able to allow indoor shopping, subject to limits on how many can be in at a time.
Bay State Cruises will start their fast ferry service from Boston on June 22, starting out with three trips a day and expanding as the summer goes on.
Provincetown will still be quieter in many ways, but there are many ways to be entertained, and we anticipate more as the season progresses. And, of course, all the natural beauty of Provincetown has always been open to all.
Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Spa Reopens June 8th
Throughout recent months we have dreamed of the day we could travel once again, to enjoy a change of scenery, fresh ocean air, wide open spaces, and reunions with friends and loved ones. We have been working hard to create a way for guests to begin venturing from their homes and into a beautiful environment where moments of connection and restoration can be safely enjoyed.
Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Spa will be opening on June 8th as per the plan by the government of Massachusetts. We are looking forward to welcoming old friends back, and to introduce ourselves to new guests. Provincetown is here and welcomes you, though this summer will be different than years before. Businesses will be open to the degree allowed by law, though in modified ways. Yet, our beaches remain for all to enjoy, the trails are open, the glory of nature remains, and all of it is waiting here for you.
Carpe Diem is fortunate in that twelve of our eighteen guest rooms have separate outdoor, private entrances for our guests, with most having their own outdoor areas. Our Henry David Thoreau Cottage, in particular, has its own fenced off back patio area.
We want to reassure you that Carpe Diem is doing all it can to ensure a safe and welcoming environment. We are adhering to the guidance of leading health experts, government rules and the advice of medical professionals. Our already exacting standards of cleanliness and health are being enhanced in the following ways:
- We are offering contactless check-in for our guests
- No one will have access to your room after it has received a thorough cleaning by our staff. This means that we will not be offering daily room service (per the new standard of hotels nationally), though guests may always have fresh towels and other necessary service if an issue comes up.
- Extra cleaning will be done on high contact surfaces, such as light switches, door handles, remote controls, and more, using CDC recommended cleaning products. We have also ordered an electrostatic sprayer to more effectively cleanse the room in general.
- Non-essential items will be removed from the rooms.
- There will be increased cleaning in all public areas.
- All staff will be masked and gloved.
- Doors will be kept open as much as possible to eliminate the need for contact.
- As ever, all linens and towels will be subject to high temperature washing using approved cleaning products.
- All employees will be symptom screened and temperature checked daily, and asked to remain home before arrival if they feel unwell.
We will continue to monitor all government and medical recommendations and guidance for health and safety as these develop in the future.
We do need to make some other changes in our traditional operations. We will still provide a choice of breakfast, either our special or eggs-to-order, but we will not be providing a buffet. Guests are invited to enjoy their breakfast in their room, or in our expansive courtyard which offers ample opportunity to maintain social distancing. We will not, per current guidance, be offering our wine and cheese social, but are looking into serving a dinner option cooked up by our chef, Sophia, in the same manner as our breakfast. This may all change over the summer as more advanced guidance is available.
We anticipate Namaste Spa will be able to offer the majority of its body services, but the facilities will be accessible only as guidance allows. Some will no doubt be available.
Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Namaste Spa look forward to seeing you in the months ahead, where you can come and join us in relaxation, an enhanced health and safety program, and our spacious grounds to offer you an escape from the worries of the world.
All the best,
Stephen and Paul