Top 12 Reasons to stay at Captain Freeman Inn over the Holidays

From — Sunie Pope, Innkeeper Captain Freeman

We may all think of Cape Cod in the summer season as a vacation spot not to be missed, but have you even considered taking that drive or flight out to the Cape when the snow is glistening and the inns are warm and cozy?  It’s truly a beautiful time of year.  The shoreline is stunning, filled with migrating birds and disappearing footsteps.

Just in case the landscape isn’t enough draw, there is plenty to do over the Holidays on the Cape!

1) Brewster for the Holidays, exploring the shops of downtown Brewster greeted by cheery faces, homemade temptations, tree lighting and caroling.

2) Cooking Schools at CFI with Carol Edmonson.  We are holding several European cooking classes over the season, followed by a scrumptious cocktail hour.  Not to be missed!

3) Harwich Port Stroll & Sleigh Rides.  Walk downtown and get to know many locals and tourists alike while you experience the charm of Harwich Port.

4) First Night in Chatham. The music is excellent, the town charming and the fireworks beautifully presented over the sea.  I recommend you get there early to be sure to get a ticket!

5) A wonderfully peaceful place for a quiet time of reflection.  Perhaps you’re writing a novel or beginning a new hobby?  The space and quietness of The Captain Freeman Inn are perfect for stirring the creative mind.  So many artists make the Cape their home in order to attune their imagination amongst the solitude and peace this outside world provides.

6) Meeting Santa at Snow’s in Orleans while being entertained by the wonderful trains choo-chooing around the store.  Perhaps you could stop at Nauset Beach on your way back to the inn for a brisk stroll along the ocean.

7) Of course, Christmas shopping.  You will find many unique gifts and locally owned shops on the Cape.

8) Don’t forget to bring your ice skates for ice skating on Local Ponds.  Brewster has the most fresh water on Cape Cod.  Then head back to your room at CFI for a cup of hot tea or coffee and some delicious pastries.

9) Cape Cod Central Railroad.  Hop aboard the Cape’s railroad and travel through our elegant towns, picturesque salt marshes and cranberry bogs.  The train offers the Thanksgiving Dinner, the North Pole Express and Murder Mysteries.

10) Yoga/Meditation – Where better to practice then in the setting of our natural world during the quiet season?  Join Sunie at CFI for private Yoga sessions in your own room beside the fire.

11) The P’Town Lighting of the Pilgrim Monument, a tradition dating back to 1910, is a beautiful site to see.  The Lobster Trap Christmas Tree by the pier downtown is always a treat.  A true Cape Cod presentation of the Holidays.

12) Indulging in our High Teas with Sunie (CFI’s private chef) or luxuriating in a Spa Getaway at The Captain Freeman Inn.  (Not to mention our plush feather like topper mattresses and pillows and 600 thread count triple sheet linens!  Talk about luxury!)

If that’s not enough, gives us a call at (508) 896-7481.  We’ve got plenty more ideas to give you for a most enjoyable stay.

Sunie’s Yoga

From — Sunie Pope
Although I adore Cape Cod, I needed a little break from the frothy seaside peninsula and chose the best place for a little R&R and education, Kripalu. For those of you that don’t know, I am also a Yoga Instructor on the Cape. It is a wonderful physical, emotional and mental exercise that can positively change your outlook on life like no other.  I offer private sessions at CFI and BBTS and teach at The Yoga Center of Cape Cod in Dennis as well. Kripalu, in The Berkshires of Western Mass, is where I received my teaching certificate years ago. What a glorious place. I attended the Yoga Teacher’s Conference; it’s always a treat to give yourself a refresher course. There is so much love at Kripalu and so much beauty surrounds the Yoga Center itself.

For those of you that are familiar with Yoga, I was attracted to this event because Seane Corn was the keynote speaker. She is a truly amazing woman, well spoken and opinionated. Seane is a master teacher of Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  I teach both Kripalu and Vinyasa Flow, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.  Seane not only spends her time teaching exceptional Yoga classes, she has also created and manages a program called Off The Mat and Into The World where she takes the practice and heart of yoga into our world to places in need of help. She rekindled my passion for serving people through Yoga and the heart. Kripalu offers a Teaching For Diversity Program, which I am hoping to take part in. Keep your eyes out for a blog discussing my experiences teaching more within my community for outreach programs and/or with people that do not regularly have access to Yoga.  You can always follow my website which is kept most up to date.

Besides my Yoga, what stayed with me the most since arriving back home from this brief getaway was how absolutely beautiful Massachusetts is this time of year. The fall colors are just beginning and the temperature is cooling down. I love the crisp fresh air and the thick low sunshine. The energy is high; so many people are all over the state taking advantage of our autumn season, from harvesting cranberries to munching on pumpkin pie.  When you’re looking for a fall getaway, Massachusetts in high on my list for places to see.  So book while you can at either Brewster by the Sea or Captain Freeman before the trees go bare and all our lovely restaurants close down for the season.  And perhaps you might be interested in taking a private Yoga class with me after your long drive or just to ease the mind away from work.

Brewster in September

From — Sunie Pope

The temperature is falling to that perfect fall level, the tourists are dwindling, the sea is warm and the restaurants are buzzing with local faces.  Welcome to Autumn on Cape CodPaine's Creek on Cape Cod Bay.

This season is the loveliest all.  Cape Cod finds it’s second wind as it reawakens to it’s locals.  There is space on Cape Cod’s National Seashore beaches and on the bayside beaches as pictured in this blog.  No lines at the restaurants, the creativity in artwork is rekindled, the transients transplant themselves elsewhere and the smell of fresh crisp salty air returns.  It is quite a treat to live here year round.   The extremes Cape Cod “travels” through on an annual basis is quite a wild ride for the land, locals, tourists and businesses alike.

I am a newbie on Cape Cod, although for a place like the Cape, that may not be entirely true.  I have lived here for 1 full year and 2 winter seasons.  What a treat it has been, living in the most beautiful place in the US.  Having traveled throughout this country of ours, I believe the Cape offers the best quality of life around.  We experience solitude, peace, the hustle and bustle of moving forward and beauty all in one.

For those of you who have never been to Cape Cod in the “off-season” your chance is now.  It is a wonderful place to be for quiet-time; relaxation, long walks along the beach, peaceful drives on Rt 6A, biking along the practically private bike trail, exploring stunning artwork in our festive galleries, enjoying an evening of professional theater, indulging in fresh tender seafood, sitting by the bay listening to the gulls and waves and sharing your love for beautiful Cape Cod with so many friendly faces.  A perfect Bed and Breakfast Getaway at the Captain Freeman Inn can make all of this happen!

We hope to see you here. Fall 2011.  Keep checking back for updates on our progress at the inn, the happenings on Cape Cod, my Yoga experiences and reviews on local theater and the arts.