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Menu-2015-1We will be open for Valentine’s Weekend.  Two night minimum, rates beginning at $159 per night. Enjoy all the usual amenities The Inn on Shore Road offers with every stay including free wifi, free parking and a deluxe continental buffet, plus a welcome treat to enjoy with your sweetheart and a complimentary Mimosa with breakfast Valentine morning. Please call today to reserve your weekend away.  207-646-2181

 

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Enjoy a 10% discount off of your food at Five-O between 5pm and 6pm http://innonshoreroad.com/five-o-featured-in-maine-magazine-2/ http://innonshoreroad.com/five-o-featured-in-maine-magazine-2/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:32:54 +0000 http://five-oshoreroad.com/?p=307 Enjoy 10% off food at our sister restaurant, Five-O Shore Road Five-O is our local fine dining establishment, featuring a trained chef and serving Mediterranean fare with a farm-to-table New England touch. The emphasis is on simple, approachable dishes with Italian and Spanish influences, driven by fresh native ingredients. Our experience is all about the food and making guests feel good. Inn guests may enjoy 10% off food between 5pm and 6pm at Five-O! Menus News & Events

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Five-O is our local fine dining establishment, featuring a trained chef and serving Mediterranean fare with a farm-to-table New England touch. The emphasis is on simple, approachable dishes with Italian and Spanish influences, driven by fresh native ingredients. Our experience is all about the food and making guests feel good. Inn guests may enjoy 10% off food between 5pm and 6pm at Five-O!

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Enjoy a complementary homemade gelato at Caffé Prego http://innonshoreroad.com/choose-one-of-four-g8-entrees-every-mon-for-8-99/ http://innonshoreroad.com/choose-one-of-four-g8-entrees-every-mon-for-8-99/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 12:10:00 +0000 http://five-oshoreroad.com/?p=311 Enjoy a complementary gelato next door at Caffé Prego Caffé Prego promises food and coffee enthusiasts a truly enjoyable Italian caffé experience. Rooted in the warm flavors of the Tuscan countryside, our culinary team’s fresh panini are infused with international flavors to create distinctive tastes. From our popular brick oven pizza to our homemade lasagna, from Italian pastries to homemade gelato or sorbetto, you’re sure to find something great. CaffePregoOGT.com Menu

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Caffe PregoCaffé Prego promises food and coffee enthusiasts a truly enjoyable Italian caffé experience. Rooted in the warm flavors of the Tuscan countryside, our culinary team’s fresh panini are infused with international flavors to create distinctive tastes. From our popular brick oven pizza to our homemade lasagna, from Italian pastries to homemade gelato or sorbetto, you’re sure to find something great.

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Making it his business to help http://innonshoreroad.com/making-it-his-business-to-help/ http://innonshoreroad.com/making-it-his-business-to-help/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:44:19 +0000 http://innonshoreroad.com/?p=1281 Making it his business to help BY JESSICA BARTLETT jbartlett@bizjournals.com Click to download full printed article At the age of 7, Donato Tramuto thought he would never hear again. He woke up and found that the world was suddenly muffled. School soon became difficult. Unlike his twin brother, his speech slipped into that of a 2-year old. It took 10 years and seven surgeries before he could finally hear again, though he still hasn’t fully recovered and needs to use hearing aids. At the age of 7, Donato Tramuto thought he would never hear again. He woke up and found that the world was suddenly muffled. School soon became difficult. Unlike his twin brother, his speech slipped into that of a 2-year old. It took 10 years and seven surgeries before he could finally hear again, though he still hasn’t fully recovered and needs to use hearing aids. “When I could hear myself talk, I was dumbfounded that anyone wanted to be around me,” Tramuto said in an interview. “I went to the local college every day and taped myself. It wasn’t that I was stupid … once I had the hearing restored, I realized what talents I had. I worked every single day, which is where I got my work ethic.” That doggedness forever changed Tramuto’s life. In 2008, spurred by concerns about problems caused by Merck & Co.’s painkiller Vioxx, Tramuto said he wanted a social media website that would allow physicians to get timely and trusted information on drugs. The concern prompted Tramuto to found Reading-based Physicians Interactive, which uses health care networks to provide up-to-date information on drugs and products. Today, the site is used by 3.5 million physicians. But even before then, perseverance led Tramuto to success. It allowed him to recover from the sudden death of his older brother in a car accident, followed by the death of his 27-year-old sister-in-law in childbirth. Grief only made Tramuto more determined. After abrief time in the seminary profession, at the age of 24, he dedicated himself to health care. His career started modestly at a pharmaceutical company company. Eventually he landed as a Caremark executive, where he started the company’s national disease management program for HIV and AIDS. Wanting to do more, Tramuto founded the drug development and disease management company Protocare in 1997. Despite his successes, adversity struck again on Sept. 11, 2001. The day before, Tramuto had decided to reschedule his Sept. 11 flight, with friends working around plans to visit with Tramuto. The change saved Tramuto’s life, but his friends and their son ended up on a plane destined for the Twin Towers. In the fall of 2001, Tramuto launched the Tramuto Foundation in their honor, a nonprofit to help young individuals achieve their educational goals. “Tenacity can get you through anything,” Tramuto said. “I had lost my brother, my sister-in-law, my hearing, my sister had gotten breast cancer … and on top of it all, I lost my three friends. … The foundation became, for me, an opportunity to speak more forcefully about my own life. People were looking at my life and saying, ‘How successful you are!’ But I’m not doing it to be successful; we have to make a difference and give back.” In 13 years, the foundation has handed out almost $1 million. Donato sold Protocare in 2002, and while working at UnitedHealth Group, started two restaurants and an inn in Ogunquit, Maine. In 2008 he left UnitedHealth to found Physicians Interactive. Despite his existing work, Tramuto couldn’t stand idly by after the 2011 earthquake in Haiti. So he started Health eVillages, a program that provides state-of-theart mobile health technology and resources to health  professionals in challenging clinical environments. Tramuto’s resolve has led him to join several executive leadership boards, including the Boston University School of Public Health dean’s advisory board, the Physicians Interactive board of directors as chairman, the Robert F. Kennedy U.S. Leadership Council, the board of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Europe as chairman, the HealthWays board of directors as chairman, and the Maine Economic Council. “I really respect him,” said Dr. Mary Jane England, a friend who is a professor of health policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health. “He’s a good role model for many of us who work in corporate America. They share their talents not just to run their businesses and be successful, but to help others.” Tramuto’s life and work have won him the recognition of the 2014 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. As honored as he is, Tramuto said no award will ever replace the pride he feels about having saved and changed so many lives. He’s not about to take a break, though. He might next run for political office, or write a book. “When I look back on my life, I say, ‘Wow.’ When I thought I couldn’t do more, I took more on,” Tramuto said. “I don’t think I’ll ever stop. It’s a fair question: What next?”

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Making it his business to help

BY JESSICA BARTLETT
jbartlett@bizjournals.com

Click to download full printed article

At the age of 7, Donato Tramuto thought he would never hear again. He woke up and found that the world was suddenly muffled. School soon became difficult. Unlike his twin brother, his speech slipped into that of a 2-year old. It took 10 years and seven surgeries before he could finally hear again, though he still hasn’t fully recovered and needs to use hearing aids.

At the age of 7, Donato Tramuto thought he would never hear again. He woke up and found that the world was suddenly muffled. School soon became difficult. Unlike his twin brother, his speech slipped into that of a 2-year old. It took 10 years and seven surgeries before he could finally hear again, though he still hasn’t fully recovered and needs to use hearing aids.

“When I could hear myself talk, I was dumbfounded that anyone wanted to be around me,” Tramuto said in an interview. “I went to the local college every day and taped myself. It wasn’t that I was stupid … once I had the hearing restored, I realized what talents I had. I worked every single day, which is where I got my work ethic.” That doggedness forever changed Tramuto’s life. In 2008, spurred by concerns about problems caused by Merck & Co.’s painkiller Vioxx, Tramuto said he wanted a social media website that would allow physicians to get timely and trusted information on drugs. The concern prompted Tramuto to found Reading-based Physicians Interactive, which uses health care networks to provide up-to-date information on drugs and products. Today, the site is used by 3.5 million physicians.

But even before then, perseverance led Tramuto to success. It allowed him to recover from the sudden death of his older brother in a car accident, followed by the death of his 27-year-old sister-in-law in childbirth.

Grief only made Tramuto more determined. After abrief time in the seminary profession, at the age of 24, he dedicated himself to health care.

His career started modestly at a pharmaceutical company company. Eventually he landed as a Caremark executive, where he started the company’s national disease management program for HIV and AIDS. Wanting to do more, Tramuto founded the drug development and disease management company Protocare in 1997.

Despite his successes, adversity struck again on Sept. 11, 2001. The day before, Tramuto had decided to reschedule his Sept. 11 flight, with friends working around plans to visit with Tramuto. The change saved Tramuto’s life, but his friends and their son ended up on a plane destined for the Twin Towers.

In the fall of 2001, Tramuto launched the Tramuto Foundation in their honor, a nonprofit to help young individuals achieve their educational goals. “Tenacity can get you through anything,” Tramuto said. “I had lost my brother, my sister-in-law, my hearing, my sister had gotten breast cancer … and on top of it all, I lost my three friends. … The foundation became, for me, an opportunity to speak more forcefully about my own life. People were looking at my life and saying, ‘How successful you are!’ But I’m not doing it to be successful; we have to make a difference and give back.”

In 13 years, the foundation has handed out almost $1 million. Donato sold Protocare in 2002, and while working at UnitedHealth Group, started two restaurants and an inn in Ogunquit, Maine. In 2008 he left UnitedHealth to found Physicians Interactive.

Despite his existing work, Tramuto couldn’t stand idly by after the 2011 earthquake in Haiti. So he started Health eVillages, a program that provides state-of-theart mobile health technology and resources to health  professionals in challenging clinical environments.

Tramuto’s resolve has led him to join several executive leadership boards, including the Boston University School of Public Health dean’s advisory board, the Physicians Interactive board of directors as chairman, the Robert F. Kennedy U.S. Leadership Council, the board of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Europe as chairman, the HealthWays board of directors as chairman, and the Maine Economic Council.

“I really respect him,” said Dr. Mary Jane England, a friend who is a professor of health policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health. “He’s a good role model for many of us who work in corporate America. They share their talents not just to run their businesses and be successful, but to help others.”

Tramuto’s life and work have won him the recognition of the 2014 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

As honored as he is, Tramuto said no award will ever replace the pride he feels about having saved and changed so many lives.

He’s not about to take a break, though. He might next run for political office, or write a book. “When I look back on my life, I say, ‘Wow.’

When I thought I couldn’t do more, I took more on,” Tramuto said. “I don’t think I’ll ever stop. It’s a fair question: What next?”

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Our Maine escape this summer http://innonshoreroad.com/maine-escape-summer/ http://innonshoreroad.com/maine-escape-summer/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:28:04 +0000 http://innonshoreroad.com/?p=1233 Our Maine escape this summer A panacea for all that ails you By Walter and Patricia Brooks Two days in Ogunquit, a.k.a. Provincetown North Then on to East Boothbay and Linekin Bay It’s difficult some days to believe that Maine was once a part of Massachusetts – two states which have little in common today. In fact, Maine petitioned the U.S. Congress for autonomy because of the indifference shown that upper part of the Bay State, and won in 1820 as  part of the Missouri Compromise. Our annual trip to “The Pine Tree State” this year included two days just over the border in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit. It reminds one of Provincetown if the beaches were in the town, and as Christopher Muther wrote recently in The Boston Globe when comparing the two towns “Ogunquit has a different set of charms. The pace is slower, the crowd skews older, and the main drag is given over to families with strollers.” And like Provincetown, Ogunquit is packed with great restaurants, beaches, things to do and shops. Where to stay: The Inn on Shore Road We spent two nights at a superb B & B in the very middle of town. As another writer wrote in The Globe this month about The Inn on Shore Road, “I stayed in the most luxurious New England Inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room.” The Innkeeper Torri Jandebeur (on the right)was extremely helpful and informative. The proprietors of the Inn own two fine restaurants on Shore Road, and welcome guests to enjoy their free morning cappuccino at Caffé Prego and offers special dining packages at Five-O Shore Road, both just steps from the Inn. Where to dine: Five-0 and Caffé Prego. At Five-0 the menu was eclectic and excellent. We began with their little plates to share – Any 3 for $12 or 5 for $18. Then followed with Truffled Lobster en Croute, Maine lobster, shaved truffle, cream and pastry topping – $18. Our entrees were the Seared Yellowfin Tuna, with bok choy, baby turnip toasted almonds, golden beet puree, aged balsamic, $34 and the Branzino Filet Haricot with vert, nicoise olives, baby heirloom tomatoes, creamer potatoes, lemon vinaigrette, $28 both shown below. At Prego (see their menu) on our second evening we had two excellent dishes: Haddock Piccata with garlic, capers and a white wine lemon sauce over spaghetti, $20.25 and the Gamberi in Salsa Verde with suteed Tiger Shrimp in a white wine sauce over linguini, $19.75. Prego is a little touch of Italy in Ogunquit with opera being sung softly in the background.

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Our Maine escape this summer

A panacea for all that ails you
By Walter and Patricia Brooks

Two days in Ogunquit, a.k.a. Provincetown North
Then on to East Boothbay and Linekin Bay

It’s difficult some days to believe that Maine was once a part of Massachusetts – two states which have little in common today.

In fact, Maine petitioned the U.S. Congress for autonomy because of the indifference shown that upper part of the Bay State, and won in 1820 as  part of the Missouri Compromise.

Our annual trip to “The Pine Tree State” this year included two days just over the border in the beautiful seaside village of Ogunquit.

It reminds one of Provincetown if the beaches were in the town, and as Christopher Muther wrote recently in The Boston Globe when comparing the two towns “Ogunquit has a different set of charms. The pace is slower, the crowd skews older, and the main drag is given over to families with strollers.”

And like Provincetown, Ogunquit is packed with great restaurants, beaches, things to do and shops.

Where to stay: The Inn on Shore Road

We spent two nights at a superb B & B in the very middle of town. As another writer wrote in The Globe this month about The Inn on Shore Road, “I stayed in the most luxurious New England Inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room.”

The Innkeeper Torri Jandebeur (on the right)was extremely helpful and informative.

The proprietors of the Inn own two fine restaurants on Shore Road, and welcome guests to enjoy their free morning cappuccino at Caffé Prego and offers special dining packages at Five-O Shore Road, both just steps from the Inn.

Where to dine: Five-0 and Caffé Prego.

At Five-0 the menu was eclectic and excellent. We began with their little plates to share – Any 3 for $12 or 5 for $18. Then followed with Truffled Lobster en Croute, Maine lobster, shaved truffle, cream and pastry topping – $18.

Our entrees were the Seared Yellowfin Tuna, with bok choy, baby turnip toasted almonds, golden beet puree, aged balsamic, $34 and the Branzino Filet Haricot with vert, nicoise olives, baby heirloom tomatoes, creamer potatoes, lemon vinaigrette, $28 both shown below.

At Prego (see their menu) on our second evening we had two excellent dishes: Haddock Piccata with garlic, capers and a white wine lemon sauce over spaghetti, $20.25 and the Gamberi in Salsa Verde with suteed Tiger Shrimp in a white wine sauce over linguini, $19.75.

Prego is a little touch of Italy in Ogunquit with opera being sung softly in the background.

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Provincetown vs. Ogunquit: Differences more than marginal http://innonshoreroad.com/provincetown-vs-ogunquit-differences-marginal/ http://innonshoreroad.com/provincetown-vs-ogunquit-differences-marginal/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:44:47 +0000 http://innonshoreroad.com/?p=1210 Provincetown vs. Ogunquit: Differences more than marginal The Inn on Shore Road was mentioned in The Boston Globe I didn’t mind the calmer scene of Ogunquit, primarily because I stayed in the most luxurious New England inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room. The Inn on Shore Road was completely renovated last year and retains its Victorian charm on the outside. Inside is posh and tasteful. I slept on the most deliciously luxe sheets I’ve ever felt, and the expansive bathroom was about the size of my condo. I had a porch overlooking the street where I sipped prosecco and St. Germain with a friend before dinner. To view the full article click below Christopher Muther/Globe Staff Both towns have a different effect on vacationers. OGUNQUIT, Maine — The difference between Provincetown and Ogunquit is best seen in the people who frequent the seaside towns. In Ogunquit, I encountered Barbara, a crusty 80-something broad (in the best sense of the word) who is a fixture at a bar called The Front Porch. Bon mots dropped from her acidic tongue between quick sips of her martini. It was love at first insult. In Provincetown, I bonded with a klatch of winsome men from Toronto. One was the winner of a Canadian reality show where contestants competed to be the next Halloween superstar (you can’t make this stuff up), another worked on a talk show for the Canadian version of Oprah Winfrey (yes, that’s a real thing). I’m not sure about the third, but he was nice to look at and smiled a lot, so it was fine that he was around. These people helped define the towns as I split a week between Provincetown and Ogunquit. My initial, misguided plan was to pit the two hamlets against each other in some kind of rainbow-colored blitzkrieg. Both places are known for their longstanding embrace of “eccentrics” — that’s the polite term my great-grandmother once used to describe gay men and lesbians — and pretty much anyone else who flits in for a visit. But placing the towns side-by-side is like comparing hard apple cider and orange liqueur. Both are fruity and delicious, but they have little in common (aside from the power to induce nasty hangovers). I doubt the Toronto trio could have kept pace with Barbara’s salty tongue, and I don’t think Barbara could have danced late into the night in Provincetown — although I suspect she cut a mean rug to the Andrews Sisters back in the day. Christopher Muther/Globe Staff Jinkx Monsoon, an award-winning drag queen, performed in a show in Provincetown. In the florescence of summer, there are moments when Provincetown feels like a carnival tilt-a-whirl, spinning at an unrelenting pace. Colors blur in the frenetic motion of it all with a backdrop of loud music and squeals of glee. There’s a schedule in Provincetown: Brunch, beach, tea dance, post-tea dance cocktails, dinner, entertainment, lounging, and then clubbing. It ends with a 1 a.m. slice of pizza at Spiritus. Ogunquit has a different set of charms. The pace is slower, the crowd skews older, and the main drag is given over to families with strollers. Spend a week in Ogunquit, and you can easily hit all night life options. The only schedule I could ascertain was breakfast, beach, and dinner. Maybe a movie or a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the evening. I’ve experienced both places many times, but this trip was enlightening. I’ve held a decade-long grudge against Provincetown. I dismissed the resort town as playground for a clone-like army of A-list gay men. But my fog of bitterness magically lifted when I experienced a fairy tale day. It began when I ran into director-author John Waters shopping at one of my favorite stores, Map. He kindly signed a copy of his new book for me. Later that day I accosted “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” author-actor John Cameron Mitchell on the street, and saw fashion designer Bob Mackie, the king of sequins. Mackie is the man responsible for some of Cher’s most outrageous ensembles. I had an incredible lunch at The Canteen with a man who builds sets for Hollywood blockbusters. It also didn’t hurt that the weather was flawless and I downed a very strong cup (or three) of rum-based planter’s punch at the Boatslip. Later that night I went to a show by drag queen Jinkx Monsoon, winner of last season’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” There are shows with all levels of talent every night of the week, and the crowd is just as diverse as the performers. The best show I saw in Ogunquit was at a nightclub called Maine Street. An inebriated patron with an impressive beer gut, an ill-fitting T-shirt, and Crocs attempted to do his best Channing Tatum “Magic Mike” impersonation on a stripper pole. His impromptu performance was met with horrified stares rather than applause. On the topic of diversity, it’s important to point out that this is not a story simply about gay resort towns. It’s a reputation both towns share, but the split of gay and straight visitors can be dead even depending on the week. Provincetown has more personalities than Sally Field in the 1976 made-for-TV miniseries “Sybil,” so it’s unfair to dismiss it as one big gay vacation ghetto. I saw families and individuals of all varieties. Some people spent a quiet relaxing week. Others slipped into their Speedos and indulged in a nonstop party. The place where the Provincetown gay-straight split is most pronounced is at the beaches. Race Point is the straight beach. A remote section of Herring Cove is the gay beach. But to reach the gay beach, you’re required to make an arduous trek through a muddy tidal flat while enduring an odor not unlike a rancid plate of clams casino. And when the tide comes in, the water can easily rise above your waist and crabs frolic dangerously close to your feet. The ease of the

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The Inn on Shore Road was mentioned in The Boston Globe

I didn’t mind the calmer scene of Ogunquit, primarily because I stayed in the most luxurious New England inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room. The Inn on Shore Road was completely renovated last year and retains its Victorian charm on the outside. Inside is posh and tasteful. I slept on the most deliciously luxe sheets I’ve ever felt, and the expansive bathroom was about the size of my condo. I had a porch overlooking the street where I sipped prosecco and St. Germain with a friend before dinner.

To view the full article click below

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Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
Both towns have a different effect on vacationers.

OGUNQUIT, Maine — The difference between Provincetown and Ogunquit is best seen in the people who frequent the seaside towns. In Ogunquit, I encountered Barbara, a crusty 80-something broad (in the best sense of the word) who is a fixture at a bar called The Front Porch. Bon mots dropped from her acidic tongue between quick sips of her martini.

It was love at first insult.

In Provincetown, I bonded with a klatch of winsome men from Toronto. One was the winner of a Canadian reality show where contestants competed to be the next Halloween superstar (you can’t make this stuff up), another worked on a talk show for the Canadian version of Oprah Winfrey (yes, that’s a real thing). I’m not sure about the third, but he was nice to look at and smiled a lot, so it was fine that he was around.

These people helped define the towns as I split a week between Provincetown and Ogunquit. My initial, misguided plan was to pit the two hamlets against each other in some kind of rainbow-colored blitzkrieg. Both places are known for their longstanding embrace of “eccentrics” — that’s the polite term my great-grandmother once used to describe gay men and lesbians — and pretty much anyone else who flits in for a visit.

But placing the towns side-by-side is like comparing hard apple cider and orange liqueur. Both are fruity and delicious, but they have little in common (aside from the power to induce nasty hangovers). I doubt the Toronto trio could have kept pace with Barbara’s salty tongue, and I don’t think Barbara could have danced late into the night in Provincetown — although I suspect she cut a mean rug to the Andrews Sisters back in the day.

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Christopher Muther/Globe Staff
Jinkx Monsoon, an award-winning drag queen, performed in a show in Provincetown.

In the florescence of summer, there are moments when Provincetown feels like a carnival tilt-a-whirl, spinning at an unrelenting pace. Colors blur in the frenetic motion of it all with a backdrop of loud music and squeals of glee. There’s a schedule in Provincetown: Brunch, beach, tea dance, post-tea dance cocktails, dinner, entertainment, lounging, and then clubbing. It ends with a 1 a.m. slice of pizza at Spiritus.

Ogunquit has a different set of charms. The pace is slower, the crowd skews older, and the main drag is given over to families with strollers. Spend a week in Ogunquit, and you can easily hit all night life options. The only schedule I could ascertain was breakfast, beach, and dinner. Maybe a movie or a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the evening.

I’ve experienced both places many times, but this trip was enlightening. I’ve held a decade-long grudge against Provincetown. I dismissed the resort town as playground for a clone-like army of A-list gay men. But my fog of bitterness magically lifted when I experienced a fairy tale day. It began when I ran into director-author John Waters shopping at one of my favorite stores, Map. He kindly signed a copy of his new book for me.

Later that day I accosted “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” author-actor John Cameron Mitchell on the street, and saw fashion designer Bob Mackie, the king of sequins. Mackie is the man responsible for some of Cher’s most outrageous ensembles. I had an incredible lunch at The Canteen with a man who builds sets for Hollywood blockbusters. It also didn’t hurt that the weather was flawless and I downed a very strong cup (or three) of rum-based planter’s punch at the Boatslip. Later that night I went to a show by drag queen Jinkx Monsoon, winner of last season’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” There are shows with all levels of talent every night of the week, and the crowd is just as diverse as the performers.

The best show I saw in Ogunquit was at a nightclub called Maine Street. An inebriated patron with an impressive beer gut, an ill-fitting T-shirt, and Crocs attempted to do his best Channing Tatum “Magic Mike” impersonation on a stripper pole. His impromptu performance was met with horrified stares rather than applause.

On the topic of diversity, it’s important to point out that this is not a story simply about gay resort towns. It’s a reputation both towns share, but the split of gay and straight visitors can be dead even depending on the week. Provincetown has more personalities than Sally Field in the 1976 made-for-TV miniseries “Sybil,” so it’s unfair to dismiss it as one big gay vacation ghetto. I saw families and individuals of all varieties. Some people spent a quiet relaxing week. Others slipped into their Speedos and indulged in a nonstop party.

The place where the Provincetown gay-straight split is most pronounced is at the beaches. Race Point is the straight beach. A remote section of Herring Cove is the gay beach. But to reach the gay beach, you’re required to make an arduous trek through a muddy tidal flat while enduring an odor not unlike a rancid plate of clams casino. And when the tide comes in, the water can easily rise above your waist and crabs frolic dangerously close to your feet.

The ease of the beach in Ogunquit is a dramatic contrast. It’s three miles of pristine, flat sand. There is a gay beach and a straight beach, but reaching the gay beach requires a simple walk past small children playing in the sand. The best way to take it all in is the mile-and-a-quarter walk along the cliffs called the Marginal Way.

A comparison is also difficult because Provincetown has a bustling main street with enough shopping to keep you occupied for a day or two. New stores open every year. Some new-ish highlights for me were Kiss and Makeup, a store filled with makeup and ablutions for both genders, the furniture store Room 68, the gift and art shop Loveland, and my old standby, Yesterday’s Treasures, where I can always find retro tchotchkes for friends.

Ogunquit’s shopping options are mostly limited to traditional beach fare of saltwater taffy, sunglasses, and T-shirts. It doesn’t help that a highway runs through the center of town and that during peak season there is a constant clog of cars. Its bar scene is also more limited than Provincetown’s. I spent most of my time with the eclectic mix of folks at The Front Porch. Downstairs there is a dinner menu, upstairs a piano bar with sing-alongs to showtunes and or pop chestnuts.

I didn’t mind the calmer scene of Ogunquit, primarily because I stayed in the most luxurious New England inn I’ve ever experienced. I never wanted to leave my room. The Inn on Shore Road was completely renovated last year and retains its Victorian charm on the outside. Inside is posh and tasteful. I slept on the most deliciously luxe sheets I’ve ever felt, and the expansive bathroom was about the size of my condo. I had a porch overlooking the street where I sipped prosecco and St. Germain with a friend before dinner.

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Ogunquit Playhouse.

For a sample of Ogunquit’s cultural offerings, we went to see the stage version of “Mary Poppins” at the Ogunquit Playhouse . When I was a little boy and my family vacationed in southern Maine, going to the Playhouse was my version of going to Broadway. I still remember seeing “Evita” there. I immediately went home and looked at a map to see where Argentina was.

As an adult, I was not entirely impressed with the Ogunquit Playhouse. It’s funny how certain things never measure up to childhood memories. To be diplomatic, the audience seemed to enjoy the production. My friend and I were happier to rush back to finish off that bottle of prosecco.

“Mary Poppins” aside, my Provincetown-Ogunquit split was one of my best-planned vacations. I indulged in the hedonistic playground of Provincetown, and then collapsed on the easy-to-reach beach of Ogunquit to blissfully recover in the sunshine.
Christopher Muther can be reached at christopher.muther@globe.com.

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Inn on Shore Road undergoing renovations http://innonshoreroad.com/renovation-news/ http://innonshoreroad.com/renovation-news/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:30:21 +0000 http://five-oshoreroad.com/?p=309 Inn on Shore Road Renovations Renovations are well under way at the Inn, making sure each room is ready for your stay! Sunlit spacious suites, balconies that offer views of the Maine coast, and our friendly, warm and accommodating staff will ensure a wonderfully memorable stay. Photos

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RenovationsRenovations are well under way at the Inn, making sure each room is ready for your stay! Sunlit spacious suites, balconies that offer views of the Maine coast, and our friendly, warm and accommodating staff will ensure a wonderfully memorable stay.

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Check out our rates for the 2014 season! http://innonshoreroad.com/intro-rates/ http://innonshoreroad.com/intro-rates/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:38:08 +0000 http://five-oshoreroad.com/?p=315 The Inn on Shore Road is now open! After a succesful innaguaral season and a short break, the Inn has re-opened for its second season.   We will be open 7 days a week through the end of October, with additionl event weekend, (dates still to be determined) in November, Decemebr, January and February. Please fell free to make reserations below or by calling us directly at 207-646-2181. Rates   Reservations

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After a succesful innaguaral season and a short break, the Inn has re-opened for its second season.   We will be open 7 days a week through the end of October, with additionl event weekend, (dates still to be determined) in November, Decemebr, January and February. Please fell free to make reserations below or by calling us directly at 207-646-2181.

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