8 things to do in Brewster, Cape Cod

by Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner

One of the things I love about being an innkeeper is sharing with guests our favorite spots on Cape Cod. This is such a magical area, and we have been living here for over 11 years now and continue to find many new treasured spots. Listed below are some of our favorites close by to Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa in our lovely little village of Brewster.

Kettle pond in the park

Kettle pond in the park

#1Nickerson State Park– We love to take long walks in the park which also includes a paved bike path. There are several kettle ponds inside the park that are stocked with trout and make for a perfect afternoon swim. Our dog Harrison loves to go to this park and we always finish our walk with a stick throwing game in the lake.

Our lovable Harrison

Our lovable Harrison

2. Cape Rep Theatre This country theatre is on the grounds of the former Camp Monomoy in Nickerson State Park. This talented company presents performances in a 200 seat open air theatre and a 129 seat indoor theatre.

3. Brewster Tidal Flats– Brewster is know for our tidal flats where you can walk 2 miles out onto the bay. Travel writer Kim Grant added a nice tidbit of history about the flats- ” During Prohibition, townspeople walking on the flats would often stumble onto cases of liquor thrown overboard by rumrunners.” We love to walk the flats to see all the sand patterns, oyster farms and sea life.

photo by Byron Cain

photo by Byron Cain

4. Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum and Herring Run

Photo of the Grist Mill, by Byron Cain

Photo of the Grist Mill, by Byron Cain

Sally Gunning wrote a wonderful historical novel called Widow’s War and it was fascinating to read about the Grist Mill and how it served as the center of commerce in Brewster in the early 1800’s. Today the lovely mill has been restored and is open to the public in July & August. It’s also a special summer treat to purchase some of the fresh ground corm meal at the mill. We love the use the fresh corn meal in our corn muffins that we serve with local honey.

Local corn being ground into corn meal at the Brewster Grist Mill.

Local corn being ground into corn meal at the Brewster Grist Mill.

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The mill side pond is one of the most picturesque and peaceful settings in town and during the spring everyone comes to see the migration of the herring from the bay to the Upper Mill Pond.

Herring run photo by Byron Cain

Herring run photo by Byron Cain

5. The Brewster General Store

photo by Byron Cain

photo by Byron Cain

No trip to Cape Cod is complete without a visit to our local old fashion General Store. The Brewster General Store has been a purveyor of groceries and general merchandise since 1866! Quite a record. The store is filled with wonderful gift items, toys, candy, great coffee and a wide selection of newspapers. We are also tickled to see the local that gather each morning to chat over coffee on the front porch.

6. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Founded by naturalist John Hay in 1954, this museum is a wonderful resource for both the young and old. We love to walk the Wing nature trail down to the beach. I have walked that trail hundreds of times and still get goose bumps when we leave the wooded area on the island and see the beautiful views of Cape Cod bay.

Paine's Creek Beach from the Wing Island Trail

Paine’s Creek Beach from the Wing Island Trail

It’s a joy to  watch the Osprey who nest in the marsh visible from the boardwalk that takes you over to Wing Island.

Osprey

Osprey

7. Crosby Mansion This lovely building was once the home to Albert and Matilda Crosby. The land sits very close to Crosby Beach which has a wonderful public beach for all to enjoy. We have had several weddings at this beach as it has a wonderful vista of the bay.

Picture by Byron Cain

Picture by Byron Cain

Massachusetts acquired the land and mansion in 1985. Since the property was in disrepair a wonderful group of local citizens formed the “Friends of Crosby Mansion. They have done many repairs and renovations and now open the mansion several weekends for the public to see all that they have done along with seeing this unique property.

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8. Punkhorn Parklands– We frequently take Harrison for walks in this beautiful wooded area that includes trails and lakes. The park includes 880 acres which overlooks beautiful kettle ponds. There is a town landing where we love to take our kayaks.

Wooded trails in the Punkhorns

Wooded trails in the Punkhorns

We just love our little town of Brewster and feel like this is our little tiny slice of Heaven.

Exhaling on Cape Cod and loving every minute of our life as innkeepers at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa.

One thought on “8 things to do in Brewster, Cape Cod

  1. Donna:

    Love the post! Confirming that Catherine & I are reserved for the Refugio Thanksgiving week (arriving Friday night before Thanksgiving and departing Saturday after Thanksgiving).

    Let us know! Bernard & Catherine Plansky

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