by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner
We love our little town of Brewster on Cape Cod and are continually amazed at the unique offerings available to our guests when they visit our two inns, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn. It’s an old fashion experience that keeps many of our guests coming back year after year!
Listed below in no particular order are some for our favorites:
This lovely museum is just down the street from Brewster by the Sea and is a popular spot for both the young and old.
2. Cape Rep Theatre– Offers indoor and outdoor productions and is nestled in the woods in the old Camp Monomoy Dining Hall. This small community theater is small and intimate with tons of talent and creativity. They also do children’s plays in the outdoor theatre during the summer months.
3. Brewster Historical Society- The Brewster Historical Society, established in 1964, collects and preserves the artifacts and history of Brewster to ensure their future accessibility. Its main building houses four permanent galleries, a special exhibition gallery and an extensive documents research area accessible by appointment. The Society also maintains a restored 18th century windmill and house and a blacksmith shop at Windmill Village on the grounds of Drummer Boy Park.
4. Crosby MansionThis gem comes with a wonderful history which is noted below.We love to tour the mansion every other Christmas when the Garden club decorates each of the rooms for a holiday mansion tour.
The Crosby mansion was built by Albert Crosby, who was born in 1823 and raised in a modest cape house in Brewster. Albert moved to Chicago and made his fortune producing distilled alcohol.He sold this to the army during the Civil War, and sales of this non-taxed medicinal alcohol made him a wealthy man. Later, he spared no expense when he built the three story, 35 room home overlooking the Bay. He built the mansion on the same property as his childhood hame and in effect, the mansion was wrapped around his old family homestead. Completed in 1888, the home was named “Tawasentha”, probably after Longfellow’s poem, “Song of Hiawatha”. It was built in the grand style of Chicago’s Gold Coast Mansions and featured a 60 foot viewing tower, 15 fireplaces with imported tile, hand carved mahogany and oak walls, a parlor fashioned after one at the Palace of Versailles, an entrance duplicating one at Buckingham Palace, a two-story billiard room, marble sinks and floors in the baths, and gas lighting and heating throughout. Because of its heightened construction, the Old Colony Railroad laid a side track to the site. The mansion was designed for the lavish entertaining his young wife, Matilda, loved. Legend has it that when her soirees became too much for him, Albert would slip away to the old homestead and sit peacefully in his favorite rocking chair.
5. Nickerson State Park– Nickerson’s 1900 acres offers more than 400 camp sites, including yurt camping, an amphitheater, eight miles of roads, hiking trails, an eight mile bike path that connects to the 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail, and ponds stocked year-round with trout. Cape Cod Bay is within walking or bicycling distance. You can swim and canoe at Flax Pond; birdwatch or catch-and-release fish at Higgins Pond, or participate in the many seasonal interpretive and recreational programs offered by park staff.
6. Paine’s Creek- This beach is just a short stroll from Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa and is known for it’s amazing sunsets. We also have many of our Cape Cod Elopements at this beach.
6. Stony Brook Grist Mill- This is the location in the spring where you can see the Herring run. It’s an amazing cycle where the herring literally jump backwards up the creek from the bay to Long Pond where they spawn.
Lemon Tree Village– We love the shops at the Lemon Tree! Our wonderful truffles come from Brewster Sweets and our favorite kitchen shop is filled with many useful culinary gadgets. Many of our guests also rave about By the Bay Design which is filled with unique jewelry and gifts.
We feel so blessed to have landed in this wonderful seaside town and how special that we can help share it with so many people.