Captain Freeman Inn wins the 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

Trip Adviser Award

Trip Adviser Award

We are proud to announce that the Captain Freeman Inn recently received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award from Trip Advisor. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that consistently earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers.

Captain Freeman Inn

Captain Freeman Inn

We so appreciate all of the reviews that past guests have written on Trip Advisor and also appreciate this site for our personal travels. It’s a great site that allows travelers to get  first hand review of other guest’s experiences.

Exhaling on Cape Cod and feeling very blessed to live in such a beautiful area of the United States.

Breakwater Beach

Breakwater Beach

Sunset at the Breakwater beach which is just a short stroll from the Captain Freeman Inn.

Dancing Chef at the Captain Freeman Inn on Cape Cod

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

First Unitarian Cemetery

First Unitarian Cemetery

This Memorial Day I feel truly humbled and thankful for the freedom we have in our country.  I know we owe this wonderful way of life, that we sometimes take for granted, to all of our veterans. Thank you!

Since loosing my mother this past winter I find myself being  appreciative of the little things in life and cherishing all of the wonderful family, friends and staff that we have around us. We were full this weekend at both of our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa and the Captain Freeman Inn.  My husband and I were a little concerned as we have been short handed since our J-1 students have not arrived yet. Happy to report that we had a spectacular weekend with happy guests and sunny weather. We are blessed to have a wonderful staff that work hard and are such fun people to be around. Yesterday’s breakfast is a perfect example. We had 22 people for breakfast at the Freeman and last minute heard that our young high school server, Claire, had come down with a bad virus. Her Mom Ann, who is a spa therapist at our other inn, Brewster by the Sea, came to the rescue. Thanks Ann!

Dear friend and massage therapist, Ann

Dear friend and massage therapist, Ann

Our wonderful chef Nick was in a devilish mood and had jazz  playing on the radio. He was singing and dancing in the kitchen as he prepared our wonderful breakfast of fresh pineapple, apricot scones and croissant egg sandwiches. I was especially pleased with his new presentation of the main course.

Croissant Egg Sandwich

Croissant Egg Sandwich

I was able to get a little snap shot of his fine dancing but no words or pictures can truly describe his spontaneous dancing in our inn’s kitchen…….he told me afterwards that “food comes out better when you dance to it”  Thanks Nick for making such wonderful breakfasts and teas for us at the Captain Freeman Inn.

Chef Nick dancing in our kitchen

Chef Nick dancing in our kitchen

Nick dancing in our kitchen

Nick dancing in our kitchen

Exhaling on Cape Cod and feeling very blessed this Memorial Day weekend.

Low tide in Brewster

Low tide in Brewster

Being thankful this Memorial Day weekend

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

I recently wrote a blog about spring and how energized I feel this time of the year when everything is blooming and coming to life. We are full at both of our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn this weekend. Guests are enjoying the sunshine and all the natural beauty found on Cape Cod. We are thankful that our businesses are thriving and that we live in such a beautiful area.

As I was watering this afternoon my mind reflected on the true meaning of what Memorial Day weekend represents. While some think of barbecue and family gatherings to welcome warm weather, the true meaning is honoring all of our veterans. It’s being thankful for the freedom we have in our wonderful country and being grateful to all of our veterans that have served to protect that freedom. I recently saw a picture of a young mother crying over her husbands grave as a young toddler was on her lap. My heart broke in two and cannot image the pain this young mother must have to endure.

And so this Memorial Day weekend I want to say thank you to all of the men and woman that have served to protect our freedom. As a dog lover I also want to be thankful for all of the wonderful canines that have helped our soldiers in war time.

U.S. war dog memorial guarding the gateway to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey.

U.S. war dog memorial guarding the gateway to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey.

God Bless America!

Kite Flying on Cape Cod

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

I have always loved kites and have fond memories of flying kites as a young girl. I was tickled when guests staying at the Captain Freeman Inn mentioned that they wanted to go kite flying on the Brewster flats. How perfect…..I never really thought about flying a kite on our famous Brewster tidal flats, but what a perfect spot to let your old fashion kite fly high in the sky.

Low tide in Brewster

Low tide in Brewster

During low tide the water goes out to the middle of the bay leaving plenty of room to run with your kite.

Our guests purchased their kite at Dr.Gravity kite and toy shop in Harwichport.

Dr. Gravity Kite and Toy Shop

Dr. Gravity Kite and Toy Shop

Dr. Gravity’s Kite & Toy Shop has been a Cape Cod fixture for 39 years under the same ownership.Located in the quaint village of Harwich Port at the Cape’s elbow, the Dr’s vast selection of kites, kite accessories, windsocks, flags and unique toys is unsurpassed.

Fantastic new kite

Fantastic new kite

Happy to report that our guests had a wonderful day of kite flying on Cape Cod!

Exhaling on Cape Cod and enjoying all of the wonderful blessings that Cape Cod offers.

Brewster in Bloom at the Freeman

Captain Freeman Inn

Captain Freeman Inn

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

We  love our inn for many reasons but the one that stands out over and over is that we are so blessed to live in our wonderful small town of Brewster. It is a small community that is on the quiet side of the Cape and the town captures what many of us remember as “old time America” .

Brewster in Bloom is a town celebration that captures that feeling and includes a band concert at a local church, craft fairs and hopefully tons of daffodils in bloom. This years the daffodils coincided perfectly with the celebration. Our favorite part is the parade which runs down main street right in front of the Freeman. We love to sit in our rockers and watch the parade go by.

Rocking  at the Freeman

Rocking at the Freeman

Some of our favorite pics from the parade:

Family School float

Family School float

Brewster in Bloom parade cycling

Brewster in Bloom parade cycling

The loud part of the parade

The loud part of the parade

great music

great music

great fun

great fun

Clam water from the library:)

Clam water from the library:)

parents joining in on the fun

parents joining in on the fun

Exhaling on Cape Cod and happy spring to everyone.

New Cooking School Calendar at the Captain Freeman Inn

by Donna Cain

Cooking School at the Freeman

Cooking School at the Freeman

We have a fabulous time each winter during our Cape Cod Culinary cooking schools at the Captain Freeman Inn. Chef Carol will continue conducting the class. This year’s calendar is filled with some new comfort foods including bread and soups, all from the areas that we love in Europe including Italy, Spain and France.

The cooking school package includes a one or two night stay at either the Captain Freeman Inn or our sister property Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. The package includes a fabulous breakfast each day, cooking school for two and wine tasting and dinner afterwards. We pair both red and white wines to compliment our evening meal. Guests can sample different wines and decide which one they would like to enjoy with their meal. The dinner always concludes with a wonderful dessert or biscotti that I love to dunk in the dessert wine:)

Savory breakfast the the Freeman

Savory breakfast the the Freeman

2014/2015 Schedule

November 8, 2014- France

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In Paris the crisp fall air is filled with smells of baking bread and simmering comfort food. The flavors are amazing but the best part is that these classic dishes are simple and fun to make. We will make French bread, classic French Onion soup and French garlic sausage and butternut bisque that will transport you to Paris.

mushrooms from a previous class

mushrooms from a previous class

January 17, 2015 – Northern Italy

Winter chills mean fragrant country loaves and simmering soups overflowing with the bounty of the Tuscan hills. We will make country bread, stracchiatella, chicken and egg soup and hearty white bean and kale soup. Flavors to delight an Italian palate.

February 7,2015- Spain

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Winter is the season for warm bread dipped in fragrant olive oil and simple but beautiful paella, the comfort food of Spain. This hearty and simple rice sauté traditionally loaded with seafood and poultry. We will honor our local seafood bounty and prepare a sausage and scallop delight with all of the seasonings of Espagna!

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February 21, 2015- France/Provence

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As the cold mistral winds blow across the lavender fields of Provence, learn to shape French loaves in many shapes and sizes and enjoy classic Bouillabaisse, the provencal city of Marseille’s world famous seafood soup made with our local bounty of fish and seafood.

March 7, 2015- Southern Italy/Sicily

As spring approaches the hills of Sicily we will make hearty Sicilan country bread and two wonderful soups: Ribolitta (literally bread soup)and escarole soup with veal meatballs.

April 11, 2015- Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Where northern Africa meets southern Europe the flavors of Spain, Portugal and Morocco are all influenced by their common geography and unique histories. We will make traditional flat bread with its soft pillowy texture and amazing flavors. To accompany our bread, a selection of delicate soups and hearty tagine highlighting the local flavors of the region.

Our winter classes fill up quickly so it’s important to get your reservations in early. The package price includes best available room at time of booking giving you even more reason to book early so that you can reserve your favorite room.
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Bon Appetite and Exhaling on Cape Cod!

Brewster conservation

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

For us, conservation is a lifestyle. For example, we strive to do the right things in being green at the inn, using farm to table practices and reusing things whenever possible. This philosophy took on a new twist when we lost part of a beautiful Norwegian Maple in the back of the Captain Freeman. This tree is probably about 125 years old, based on it’s size and countable rings. When we purchased the Captain Freeman our new neighbors came over to introduce themselves and laughed when they said they had adopted our tree, as the inn had been vacant for several years. The grass on the rest of our property was several feet high, but our gracious neighbors had mowed the grass around the tree and had set a bench at the base. It really was a lovely thought as their grandchildren came to visit in the summer, and they all gathered around  this tree to let the kids play in a small  pool. Since then we have lovingly restored the grounds around the inn and have also enjoyed it’s shade and respite in the summer months. This past winter we had several North Easters that brought down two large limbs of the tree.

Side lawn at the Captain Freeman

Side lawn at the Captain Freeman

We were saddened as it was evident that the tree was diseased and would probably have to be totally removed in the next few years. My husband Byron cut up some of the branches and again our neighbor came and asked if we would mind if a friend took some of the wood as he was a craftsman that made lovely bowls. We were glad to share and know that the wood was put to some good use.

This morning as we were finishing up breakfast and had a surprise visit from Craig McConchie. Criag is a talented artist who specializes in wood and glass. He brought us a beautiful round bowl made from our tree:)

Wood bowl by Craig McConchie

Wood bowl by Craig McConchie

Byron and I were both so tickled when we looked at this web site, Tobias Wood and Glass and saw all of his beautiful pieces.Some of Craig’s other pieces that can be purchased on Etsy include:

Wood bowls

Wood bowls

Stained glass

Stained glass

Stained glass

Stained glass

We had a great conversation with Craig and were delighted to learn that his grandparents use to own “High Brewster” We had heard many stories from our guests about this restaurant and inn that was renowned for their great home style meals.

High Brewster Homested

High Brewster Homested

High Brewster was built in 1738 by the Winslow family on the north edge of Lower Mill Pond. It was run as an inn for most of the past century. The Thorne family bought it in 2001 and have been restoring it ever since.

I was also excited to learn that Craig raises chickens (I have wanted to get a chicken coop for year) and honey and would be able to provide us with some fresh eggs and honey for our breakfasts at the Captain Freeman Inn.

So all in all a great day! So much fun to have a beautiful bowl to remember our beautiful tree. We are talking about what species we will replace it with ….. thinking about a Tupelo or Swamp Oak Tree.