Provincetown, Cape Cod: a B & B With Savoir-faire!

Roux B&B in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Roux B&B in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

By Shelley Rotner

A good dream came true, especially for these two. Allison Baldwin and Ilene Mitnick left their corporate jobs and manifested a B & B in Provincetown, Massachusetts and mastered

Roux B&B owners Alison and Ale relaxing in one of their bedrooms.
Roux B&B owners Alison and Ale relaxing in one of their bedrooms.

the “art of staying”. Food is one of their passions and they named their place Roux, which is the French cooking base for many sauces. Roux is a beautifully restored 1870’s Victorian house on Bradford Street in the East End gallery district.

We arrived just in time for Happy Hour. Ali and Ilene, hosts of the “party” welcomed us with an offering of chilled white wine and unusual sea-salted Peruvian purple potatoes with a cilantro cumin sauce. Yum!   Eclectic art is displayed throughout from both their private collection and from local artists. It was immediately apparent.

This is not your ordinary B & B.

There are six guestrooms each with a unique style and name. We stayed in the African inspired room, “Blame it on Mozambique”, complete with animal prints and tribal masks. There’s an attention to detail. A modern bathroom, with a shower for two, offers quality amenities. The private balcony overlooks the kitchen garden.

It’s evident that Ali and Ilene love each other and love what they’re doing. In just two years, Roux has been voted the best B & B, in Best of Boston. By the way, there are 69 B & B’s in P-town! They’re also the creators and producers of an upcoming event called Bride Pride, the world’s largest all-girl wedding. It’s part of the Women’s Week Festival, which is one of the longest running Women’s cultural festivals in the country.

Enjoying a honeydew shooter at Roux.
Enjoying a honeydew shooter at Roux.

Honeydew Shooter

Breakfast was another chance to shine. A honeydew shooter made with melon, garden mint, basil, ginger and a touch of serrachi was a great way to start the day. This was followed with “Love in a Bowl,” made with quinoa, almond milk, candied ginger, figs, Pepitas and Key Lime zest topped with coconut milk. It’s a true expression of their philosophy. It’s about beautiful food that’s fresh, healthy and tasty too.

Roux was a perfect base to explore the immense beauty of the outermost cape. We’re all so lucky that JFK preserved the entire Massachusetts Atlantic Ocean coastline as a National Park.

Province Lands Bike Trail

There’s also a 5.25-mile network of paved trails, the Province Lands Bike Trail that winds through a hilly landscape of

Province Lands Bike Trail, Provincetown.
Province Lands Bike Trail, Provincetown.

4,000 wild acres of marshes, cranberry bogs and dunes with ocean views. Spring had just arrived. We saw Pink Lady Slippers, brilliant yellow Scotch Broom and Beach Plums in bloom. At low tide we saw sculptural sand patterns at Head of the Meadow Beach.

A nautical touch in a seaside Cape Cod town.
A nautical touch in a seaside Cape Cod town.

There’s a multitude of diverse galleries and restaurants.There’s something for everyone. We had dinner at the upscale, creative restaurant Mac’s Fish House. We had soft shell crab sushi followed by local halibut in a lobster saffron sauce. Designer cocktails were great too.

We loved the magic and beauty of this most unusual Mecca, that has always welcomed people from all walks of life to enjoy this American seaside culture and its many splendors.

Email the innkeepers: info@rouxprovincetown.com

Roux website

Provincetown Chamber of Commerce website

National Parks Service Caco