Donna and Byron moved from Houston, Texas in 2003 where they raised their family. Taking a broad leap in life, they left their "normal jobs" (with benefits no less) to become innkeepers on Cape Cod. It was always Donna's dream to be closer to her Mom who lived in the Berkshires and after taking a short vacation to Cape Cod they both instantly feel in love with the area and Brewster in particular.
When we purchased the inn it was tired and in need of much loving restoration. One of our first projects included moving out two different raccoon families that had decided the attics and basements were their homes. The inn continues to evolve, with almost every area having been renovated and/or redecorated in the 6 years since 2003..
The present decor and hospitality are European inspired and derives from Donna's former job as a furniture buyer. Her travels brought her to quaint inns and hotels in Europe and she was enthralled with both the simple elegant decor and the comfortable European hospitality. When Donna and Byron traveled to Norway visiting the Ekornes chair facory on the Fjords, the idea of creating an inn with this type of ambiance was born.
Breakfasts continue to be a special time at the inn with many new recipes being tried and the guests favorites always remaining. Blueberry pancakes and apricot scones continue to be the most requested breakfast and herbed eggs with popovers a recent favorite! Raspberry jam making continues to be a summer tradition, and we love to see our guests expression when they enjoy a piece of homemade bread smothered with this delicious jam made from the inn's raspbberry patch.
Byron was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming (you'll occasionally see a really spiffy pair of cowboy boots and belt buckle) where he evolved a true love for the outdoors and nature. A career as a geophysicist allowed him to travel the world from China to the North Slope, from Nigeria to Columbia. Later, combining the love of earth sciences with all things technical, he formed a large group of software developers to build complex data recording and ananlysis systems. Byron's technical knowledge has been invaluable with all the non-ending inn repairs, updates and renovations. He also enjoys learning about the stars, photography and has a constant thirst for knowledge. You'll see many of his books scattered throughout the inn along with some of his photographs on the walls.
Donna was born in the Berkshires and spent many years catering in that area. Her travels later brought her to Houston where she moved into the furniture buying world. Byron and Donna later met at a pot luck dinner and the fairy tale began; being in love ever since and having raised three wonderful children. The youngest Nathan, recently moved back to the inn and is attending college classes at the community college. He has visions of pursuing a science or medical career. April, the middle daughter, pictured with her boyfriend, Matt, graduated from the University of Houston as an architect and has started her first job with the New England Aquariam in Boston as an exhibit designer. We love having them close. Our oldest daughter Jennifer, is a dedicated fourth grade teacher in Dallas, and we're still working on her to move back this way.
For the first 4 years at BBTS our family also contained two puppy dogs. Sadly, our beloved family dogs, Blackie & Honey, passed away in 2007, both around 15 years of age. Our broken hearts were mended by Harrison Massasoit the Labradoodle. He stays primarily in our owners quarters but loves to visit with guests, especially when they play ball with him. However, if you have allergies or are afraid, we can keep him entirely in the owner's quarters for the duration of your stay. He is incredibly well behaved and you can see more of him at our flickr account and he also has his own , click on the like button to keep up with his adventures.
Now having over 6 plus years of innkeeping under our belts, we feel very blessed. Donna's mother Nanna moved in with us and loves to help with the baking and gardening. Her sister, Aunt Carrie who still lives in the Berkshires, visits us often.
The inn has hosted many elopements, birthdays, anniversaries and special getaways, and we are honored to have been apart of so many special occaisions. Our children come and go from the inn, coming home when they need some home cooking and love. We both think that is exactly how it should be in life!