Going “Wild” on Cape Cod

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

Cape Cod is known for it’s natural beauty and with that comes an unlimited amount of wildlife.  While staying at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, the Captain Freeman Inn, we like to up your chances of encountering unique wildlife. So while you are exhaling on Cape Cod to  relax your soul, we might also suggest that you take a “walk on the wild side” to see some of our unique wildlife and habitat. Listed below are some of our favorites:

Cape Cod Whalewatching

Cape Cod Whale watching

Whale tales- Many of our guests staying at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfasts enjoy a day of whale watching during their stay on Cape Cod. We usually recommend the Dolphin Fleet out of P’Town which has several 4 hour + excursions each day. Many of our guests tell us that seeing the whales up close was on their bucket list…..and most just rave about their experience. P’Town is such a unique town and is full of many other things to do after your whale watching such as biking on the bike path to Race Point beach, having lunch at the Lobster Pot which is a great place to have your old fashion “lobster eating experience”, climbing the Pilgrim Monument and shopping at the many unique shops on Commercial Street. The whale watching cruises get you very close to the whales and usually include sightings of Humpback and minke whales that frequent and feed the waters off of Cape Cod. Recent sighting of the rare Right Whale means you may even see a more unusual species. The trips are narrated by a naturalist who share the natural history of the area and teach guests about whale biology and their natural habitat.

Seal

Seal

Seals of approval- Everyone loves to see seals, and we recommend to our guests that they stop by the fish market in Chatham to see all of the seals that wait for the fishing vessels to return and the dinner that they receive when the fishermen throw into the waters their unused bait. Adorable grey and harbor seals are frequent visitors to Lower Cape beaches, where they swim, frolic and sunbathe. Blue Claw Boat Tours out of Orleans brings seal watchers to the shores of Pleasant Bay. The Monomoy Island ferry, based in Chatham, takes visitors to the Monomoy National Wildlife refuge, barrier islands off the Cape Cod elbow that are home to a sprawling colony. Recent news last summer included shark sightings since the seal habitat has become so large and makes for a nice meal to the sharks:(

Birds of a Feather- Midsummer is a perfect time to view migrating shorebirds including short-billed dowitchers, whimbreds, Hudson godwits- taking a break en route to South America. Diane Silverstein is a local expert and is a member of the Cape Cod Bird Club. Members provide free guided walks in bird friendly spots from Sandwich to P’Town. For self guided strolls look for barn swallows and Baltimore orioles at the Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth, herons and terns in the National Seashore on the outer Cape, or ospreys at the Cape Cod Natural History Museum.

Osprey at the Natural history Museum

Osprey at the Natural history Museum

Not to be missed are the array of bird life that can be seen from the bird feeders in the front and rear of the Captain Freeman Inn. Guest have recently seen cardinals, finches, woodpeckers, robins of course, and chickadees.

Finch resting in our Lazy Susans last summer

Finch resting in our Lazy Susans last summer

Audubon- The Cape’s Audubon wildlife sanctuaries can be a great place to view egrets, herons and ospreys, but there is more to be seen at these properties. The Wellfleet Bay sanctuary offers walks, lectures, and kid’s day camps. At Long Pasture in Barnstable, visitors can wander the Butterfly Mosaic trail looking for unique butterflies, diamond back terrapin and pipping plovers, or maybe the threatened spadefoot toad.

Baby plover

Baby plover

On Martha’s Vineyard visit Felix Neck sanctuary to hike four miles of trails, watch resident barn owls or sample wild edibles. You can find scheduled for each at http://www.massaudubon.org

Walking trails full of nature including the trails in our Brewster Nickerson State Park, the unique White Cedar Swamp Trail at the National Seashore where you can enjoy an easy 1.5 mile walk on an elevated boardwalk with swampy trees and peat lined swamp full of unique bird life.

Ahhhhh, exhaling on Cape Cod and being amazed at all of the natural beauty and wildlife that surrounds our two inns, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn.

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12 reasons to visit the Captain Freeman in May

By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and Owner

We absolutely are in love with Cape Cod and enjoy living here year round. My husband and I own two lovely inns in Brewster, the Captain Freeman Inn and Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. We have been busy over the past 8 years  restoring both properties and enjoy welcoming guests to this lovely area. I especially enjoy Cape Cod in the spring……there is something about the warm sunshine, seeing all of the flowers and plants come to life that touches my soul. I find a new energy that  fuels me through our busy season and the holidays toward the end of the year. May is just a few days away, and we decided to run a special at both inns for the full month. Come stay with us 3 or more days and you will receive a $50 coupon toward your stay and also enjoy a lovely spring bouquet of flowers in your room that you can later take home . We have also lowered our mid week prices from Sunday – Thursday  to make your Cape Cod getaway a pleasant surprise to your pocketbook! Now, on to a few reasons for you to start planning your trip:

1. The whales are back and many guests have taken beach chairs and binoculars to Race Point Beach in P’Town where many have seen the whales with their naked eye. It’s fun to grab a Lobster Roll lunch on the way that you can enjoy on the beach.

2. We have always recommended the Heritage Gardens and Museum in Sandwich to our guests. This year there is an added attraction of a Norman Rockwell exhibit that will be opening on May 5th. After your tour of the lovely property enjoy a high tea at the Dunbar Tea House right next to the museum.

3. We are blessed to have a wonderful state park right here in Brewster called Nickerson State Park. Our favorite trail is to the back of the park where you can enjoy a lovely walk around a pristine lake. The park also has wonderful hilly bike trails.

4. We love Wellfleet and have found a great new trail out to the “Great Island” where you can walk the beach or venture into the forest. Afterwards, enjoy a “Wellfleet Oyster” at the Wicked Oyster restaurant.

5. May is the perfect time to grab or rent a bike so that you can enjoy the beautiful cycling on the Cape Cod Railroad Bike trail.    You can easily petal by cranberry bogs, stop for an ice cream or ride to the National Seashore. This path is great for novice or out of shape bikers (like myself) since it is flat and well surfaced.

6. I love Lobster Rolls and finally all of the Clam shacks are opening for the season. The Yankee Magazine just voted Arnold’s in Eastham one of the 12 best places to get a lobster. My favorite thing to do is to get a lobster roll to go and grab some beach chairs and relax on the beach with that delicious lobster roll….ummmmmm!

7. Marconi beach on the National Seashore is still our favorite. Each of the beaches on Cape Cod is unique and wonderful but there is something really special about Marconi!

8. We love Lavender at both of our inns and have a homemade lavender and grapefruit spray in our guest rooms. The Lavender Farm is in Harwich and is a great place to visit in the spring. Her plants are robust and reasonably priced, and we love to walk the many acres of lavender plants on the farm.

9. The Osprey couple that comes back to Brewster year after year have returned and are busy preparing their nest at the Natural History Museum.It’s really fun to walk on the boardwalk and watch them in flight.

10. We love the Brewster Fish House restaurant in town but always dread the long wait in the summer for our guests. This time of year they are only closed on Mondays and most nights there is just a short wait.

11. Flowers, flowers, flowers…….we have already placed all of our outdoor furniture and both pools will be opening soon. We also refurbished and decorated the gazebo at Brewster by the Sea so guests can relax in the new wicker while they read or enjoy a glass of wine. The Hydrangeas are fully budded and all of the flowers in the perennial garden are starting to bloom.

12.  Last but not least is shopping. The Cape is a wonderful place to find unique art, pottery or jewelry. Most of the galleries, boutiques and antique shops are now opening.

Many, many reasons to consider a May trip to Cape Cod. Experience the wonderful hospitality at one of our two inns, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn.

If you are booking on line for a 3 night or more stay in May, mention the password “Harrison” to receive the $50 coupon and the wonderful spring bouquet of flowers.

Brewster is Blooming on Beautiful Cape Cod

by Shannon Lane

The official Brewster In Bloom festivities don’t kick off until April 26th, but driving down Main Street one would think they have already begun! Between the bursts of yellow daffodils and forsythia, the bustling of locals taking advantage of unseasonably warm weather, and the lighthearted songs of our native birds returning home after spending their winters down south, there is no doubt that spring has sprung on Cape Cod.

The daffodils are blooming early this year at the Brewster General Store!

At the Stony Brook Grist Mill, the herring have already begun their annual trip from the ocean to freshwater known as the Herring Run. Never ones to let the fish have all the fun, the endangered North Atlantic Right Whales have also been spotted early this year playing off the shores of Race Point Beach in Provincetown. Turtles have begun their spring mating and egg laying in the marshes of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s walking trails.

The herring are already running at the Stony Brook Grist Mill in West Brewster!

Even the local gardeners seem eager to get a start on their spring planting! Many of them have been seen basking in the sun as they work on getting their yards summer ready and their gardens farm fresh, and we’re no exception here at the Captain Freeman Inn. Antonio, our trusty and wonderful handyman, has been hard at work getting the grounds of our property ready for the busy season ahead. So for those of you looking to enjoy all the natural beauty that Cape Cod has to offer without the chaos of our summer crowds, now is the time to visit!

Antonio is already getting the Captain Freeman Inn grounds ready for summer!

Brewster for the Holidays

From — Sunie Pope Innkeeper, Captain Freeman Inn

Let the Holiday Festivities begin!  There certainly is no snow on the ground (just yet), it’s been so warm, but we sure are ready for it!

You may recall reading about Brewster for the Holidays on this blog not too long ago; this weekend it is taking place.  The shops are open and the cookies are baked.  Things are deliciously busy (for Cape Cod’s off-season, that is).

At The Captain Freeman Inn we hosted tours for the public to come view the renovations we’ve made over the year, including our lovely new sitting room!
  Donna and Byron went on a Christmas decorating frenzy, and they sure know how to decorate!  The Inn is just beautiful, filled with so many reds and greens and whites.  What a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit.  Can you believe it’s already December?
Visitors came piling in for chocolate truffles from Brewster Sweets, cinnamon dusted eggnog and our delicious Christmas cookies.  Lisa baked sweet gingerbread cookies and crispy sugar cookies.  We spent the day giggling and decorating the little men and reindeer yesterday.  Oh yes, we got a little creative!Us ladies put on our antlers and headed out into the crowds of Brewster-folk to mix and mingle.  So much laughter and cheer on Cape Cod year round.  Tomorrow is the final day of the festival, so head on over.  Join in on the fun by purchasing a raffle ticket to win over $1000 in coupons at all the local shops in Brewster!  The Chamber of Commerce has put a lot of effort into Brewster for the Holidays.  And it always shows well.
Happy Holidays!  Yes, we’re still open to guests.  We look forward to welcoming you to our Bed and Breakfast soon.

Ptown and the Arts

From — Sunie Pope  Innkeeper

For those of you that don’t know, I am an actor among other things.  I am currently working on The Common Swallow in Provincetown, MA, which will be making it’s NYC premier this winter/spring.  I drive up from Brewster every day to rehearse and just adore the drive.  It’s quite a treat to drive between two enormous bodies of water.  Whenever I get a chance to stop, I take a quick break at one of our stunning beaches.  I recently discovered Lecount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, one of my favorite towns on the Cape.  The parking lot is high on top of the dunes.  You have to walk down the extremely steep dunes to make it into this practically untouched beach.  So lovely.  Be sure to stop along the way at PB Boulangerie & Bistro for delicious french pastries or a fabulous dinner.  Another one of my favorites is Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, I always seems to stop there at nighttime.  It’s an easy walk from the parking lot and flat.  Really nice stargazing.

Ptown has so much to offer beyond fantastic restaurants and striking beaches, the art world is very active.  The best art galleries on the Cape are located in Ptown and the theater world always has something to offer.  Many well known artists were involved over the years in Ptown’s art community, including Eugene O’Neill, John Dos Passos, Tennessee Williams, Norman Mailer and Michael Cunningham.

I highly recommend making your way up to Ptown while here and check out our talented artists and the active lifestyles there.  It’s quite a treat and sweet addition to our little peninsula.  Definitely my favorite town out here.  And it’s the very end of the USA.  A magical place.