To throw in a little Artists colony history - "The arrival of the railroad in 1873 made Provincetown accessible to both tourists and artists. Attracted by the incredible light and colorful surroundings, painters could stay in inexpensive boarding houses and rent studios for $50 per year. The Provincetown art colony came into being when Charles Webster Hawthorne opened his Cape Cod School of Art in the summer of 1899. By 1915 as many as 90 students were enrolled to learn his style of impressionist painting en plein air." (more about Cape Cod School of Art)
To me it is a place to get away, relax, retreat, do artwork, hang out with friends, meet new friends, party, visit galleries, sight see, and ooohh... eat good and always fresh sea food.
Here I am below getting ready to chomp down on some good ole fashion boiled lobster :-) Yes the two lobsters were for me alone haha no they were not but I could have eaten both -what a delicious treat.