Whales are home on Cape Cod

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

This time of the year is known as our quiet time when we enjoy quiet walks on the beach and relaxed times reading in front of our many fireplaces at the Captain Freeman Inn. The beaches may be quiet but the center of Cape Cod bay is bustling- with North Atlantic right whales.

Whale Watching on Cape Cod

Whale Watching on Cape Cod

The Cape Codder newspaper recently quoted “Airplane and boat-based research teams from Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies have consistently observed groups of the endangered whales feeding in the bay in recent weeks. So far they have identified about 60 individuals, a number that is spot on for this time of the year. Two whales have eluded detection, however. They are the right whale mother and calf pair last spied off Plymouth in mid January. Her given name is “Wart” and is believed to have given birth to her calf somewhere in the vicinity of Cape Cod, an event that could be unprecedented and has given rise to concern for the calf’s well being, since the freezing winter water temperatures were not ideal for the newborn. Other concerns are plaguing PCCS’s (Provincetown’s Center for Coastal Studies) whale researchers. The center is currently facing budget cuts that could drastically affect its right whale work as well as its disentanglement team. Founded almost three decades ago, the center’s right whale research program is multi-pronged, swinging into full gear during the winter and early spring months.The habitat studies team routinely samples the waters in Cape Cod Bay to measure the supply of zooplankton, a vital food source for the whales, and access the various factors affecting it, such as water temperature, salinity and light. The bay is a primary feeding ground for the right whale.The aerial team divides the bay into east-west transects and systematically flies over them, scouring the surface for whales, documenting and photographing the ones that they see, and reporting entanglements. Wen an entangled whale, sea turtle or other marine animal is located, PCCS’s disentanglement team speeds to the scene and attempts to free the victim using proven techniques. Entanglements in fishing gear is one of the greatest threats facing the North Atlantic right whale, a critical endangered species whose population hovers somewhere around 470.”
Guests staying at our two Cape Cod Bed and Breakfasts, the Captain Freeman Inn and Brewster by the Sea, love to go whale watching during the spring and summer months. We love to recommend the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. Its also amazing how whales can be seen with the naked eye from many of our bay beaches and off of the tip of Provincetown. We had guests stay with us last year that grabbed some of the inn’s beach chairs, a couple of lobster rolls from Sir Crickets in Orleans and headed of to P’Town with their binoculars. They had a wonderful afternoon in the sun and saw several whales playing in the bay.

Looking forward to warmer days when we can play in the same waters that are home to the whales.

Whale watching on Cape Cod

Whale watching on Cape Cod

This picture was taken last summer by a guest staying with us. Amazing that the seagulls actually land on the whale.

Information was quoted from the Cape Codder Newspaper by Kaimi Rose Lum, March 22- 28, 2013

New Innkeeper at the Captain Freeman Inn on Cape Cod

The staff and owners of the Captain Freeman Inn are excited to welcome Shannon Lane as the new innkeeper and wedding planner at the Captain Freeman Inn in Brewster.

Shannon grew up on the Cape and is delighted to be returning to her old neighborhood in Brewster. She has a BA in Theater from UMass Amherst and can be seen here playing Nancy in a production of Oliver!

Shannon playing Nancy in a production of Oliver!

She has been planning both social and corporate events all across the country for Team Bonding and will be a wonderful asset in planning the events at the Freeman.  Shannon is writing a historical based nautical mystery that will be presented as a weekend long Halloween event. Her favorite activities include hiking, kayaking, swimming, skiing, playing with her nephew Connor and of course her beloved Shakespeare.

Shannon is a delight to have on our team and she continues to bring smiles around the inn

Shown here walking behind the Captain Freeman inn with her nephew, Connor.

Carol’s Cooking School

From — Sunie Pope, Innkeeper Captain Freeman Inn

A few weekends ago Carol Edmondson, one of the many Innkeeper wonders of Cape Cod, held a cooking school at CFI.  Small Plates – Big Flavors.  Bellisimo Italia!  Carol and her husband Tom owned CFI for several years before selling and moving into the real estate business of selling Inns.

What was on the menu, you may wonder?  Last weekend Carol made warm lemon olives, fresh fig goat cheese focaccia, wild gulf shrimp roasted with herbs and prosciutto, butternut squash and sage carnaroli risotto and arancini.

The smells and laughter wafting from the CFI kitchen were so enticing, I’m surprised the whole town of Brewster didn’t pop by to see what was going on.  LOL!

Carol’s straight forward baking practice and thorough knowledge of delicious food was terrific and her presence captivating both to the students and the kitchen itself.  Most students stood by watching mesmerized and salivating while some got their hands dirty kneading dough, stirring rice, practicing knife skills, etc.  It was quite entertaining for us all to participate.  And a heck of a lot of fun!

After cooking and prepping, the guests took a break to soak in all their newly acquired information while we did some final preparations for the feast!  And what a glorious feast it was!  It’s always such a pleasure to eat something gourmet that you personally made (well, you and 13 others… even better!)  Come visit us for some great cooking secrets and lots of laughter.  Learn how to spice up that kitchen of yours in a matter of just a few hours.

Join us for the next cooking school on January 14th, 2012 En Francais.  I recommend you book ahead, this weekend sold out rather quickly and I hadn’t even blogged about it!

Lemon Fairy Cakes

From — Sunie Pope Innkeeper, Captain Freeman Inn

Our creativity in the kitchen is at it’s peak on Fridays at CFI and BBTS because it’s CUPCAKE day!!!  In case you haven’t noticed, we love our pastries at the Inn.  How can you go wrong?  Okay, so Lisa is a bit more mainstream in her baking, she loves to create recipes that will unquestionably be a hit (and every single one has been) and I prefer to work with ingredients that are a bit “off the cuff” (aka whole wheat and natural sweeteners).  I’ve been working on creating recipes that are not an “acquired taste” and offer a dynamic flavor with the healthful addition.  So, I’m sure you can imagine how much recipe testing and tasting goes on in the CFI kitchen.  We have a lot of fun laughing, dancing, (disagreeing) and decorating.  Haha.

So why cupcakes (or “Fairy Cakes” as the Brits say), you wonder?  Have you not noticed the 2011 trend?  Cupcakes are IN these days (yes, believe it or not we’re still aware of the fads out there even though we’re in the midst of the ocean).  Have you been to a wedding lately?  Couples are choosing cupcakes as an accompaniment to a small wedding cake. I’ve been asked to bake 300 cupcakes for a birthday/goodbye party next month.  People are requesting them for every occasion all over the states.   Why?  My take is that they’re fast to serve and individually prepared, there is charm to the decoration of a cupcake, and each person that eats one feels special.  A cupcake is a treat that was made just for you!  Think about it, Pizza Hut came up with  personal pan pizza years ago and that’s still a hit.  Cupcakes are the same idea.  Who doesn’t want something that was made just for them?  Oh yes please!  Plus, bakers can work with all sorts of sizes.  At CFI we tend to stick to minis… the smaller the more you can eat, right?  ;)

Now there are millions of cupcake recipes out there.  Why this recipe, you ask?  I love LEMON (as do Abbi, Byron and Lisa).  We go crazy over it!  When I make something lemony, I have to hide it.  Otherwise, the dessert is gone before I get a chance to put out a second helping for our guests.  These lemon cupcakes are simple, elegant and oh so moist.  Plus, one of our guests took a bite and immediately asked for the recipe.  To me, that means time to share!

LEMON FAIRY CAKES

serves 24

3 c flour (2 parts white, 1 part whole wheat pastry)

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 c unsalted butter, room temp

2 c sugar (or 1 1/2 c agave nectar)

4 large eggs, room temp

grated lemon zest from 3 lemons

2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice (or more if you really like lemon, like me)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 c buttermilk

lemon curd

1. Over preheat to 325 degrees

2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt

3. Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer.

4. Add eggs one at a time.

5. Beat in zest and vanilla.

6. Slowly add flour mixture, do not overmix.

7. Fill cupcake tin 3/4 full.

8. Bake for 25 min.

9. Once cooled, dent center with knife and fill with lemon curd as desired.

MASCARPONE FROSTING

4 T softened butter

8 oz (1 c) mascarpone cheese

2 1/2 – 3 c white powdered sugar

1 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. lemon zest

1. With a mixer, cream butter and cheese.

2. Add lemon juice and zest.

3. Slowly add sugar until you find the consistency you desire.

4. Drizzle frosting over cupcakes and top with lemon zest.

You really could use any sort of frosting recipe.  I found the mascarpone complimented the tart lemon really well, but a buttercream frosting will give them more of a festive look.  Add a little more lemon zest on top and you’ll be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Good luck!  And have fun!  Of course, if you’d rather not bake but love lemon as much as I do, feel free to request these next time you’re here.  Brewster Bed and breakfast at your service!

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.

Hello world From Captain Freeman on Cape Cod.

Welcome to Captain Freeman’s Blog  Our first blog in this learning experience is thoughts to come back to in the future.  Comments will be turned on and we welcome any and all responses.

Word press says they have suggestions for your first post.   OKAY ?!!?

  1. You can find new ideas for what to blog about by reading the Daily Post.  Really ???  I think we can do better than that, especially since we want to highlight Cape Cod.
  2. Add PressThis to your browser. It creates a new blog post for you about any interesting  page you read on the web.  Okay ?!!?  surely we can step up to home plate with something besides a styrofoam bat.  Right ??     Right  ??   Okay.

So I go on a search and come up with ??The ugliest blog with the best information? ??  It showed up first in the google search for bed and breakfast blogs. Okay, well that is a lot of information that is pretty darn dry, but the lesson is that they wrote a page that ranked high, probably because of the specificity, the number of elements, basically good content.  Okay, we know that we will come back to this on another day.

Then, the number two link in the search is for bed and breakfast dot com which makes a lot of sense since they are a money making machine of the first order and certainly do not need a link from little old Captain Freeman. They already have more money than anyone else in the industry and ,,,

And then, the number 3 link is someone to follow definitely!!!!  So MakingABandB gets a link.  It will take me a while to get facebook, twitter, website, living SOcial, linked In, and the twelve other social networking sites up and running that the people in the know say I just have to have.  They seem to have their act together and I can deeply appreciate that.

So, send me tips, ideas, wishes to be a guest blogger, a computer that writes great blog posts with out my having to help it and any other help you can think of.  Oh, no psychiatrists, or psychologists, or other mental health professionals, do not have the time to get my head on correctly just yet.

Well, not being terribly well organized and just loving to jump into the middle of the murky pond, we start with a blog and a post appropos of everything and specifically lost.

Cheers from,

Foggy Eyed

See you on Cape Cod soon

Captain Freeman and Harrison Too