Yearly Archives: 2011

New Years Eve

We had a lovely Christmas here at the Old Manse. New Years Eve is approaching and we have our Blue Room available for a 2 night stay at a special rate. It has a corner fireplace, recently upgraded bathroom and also comes with breakfast. We offer this to our face book friends and bloggers for only $99 per night.

The Cape Shows Off in October

The Cape Shows Off In October

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Cape and what do to while you were visiting, along comes October – full of gorgeous color and jammed-packed with activities.

If you are looking for a new and unusual way to spend some time while you are visiting, we highly recommend a visit to a local cranberry bog where you can personally witness the harvest. There are currently more than 14,000 acres of cranberry bogs all over Southeastern Massachusetts. Nothing speaks of the Cape more than her cranberries and having the opportunity to witness a cranberry harvest is one more thing you need to add to your Cape Cod to-do list. Most of the information you need to help you schedule a harvest tour is available at:

Or visit one of our favorites at:


October also hosts the Fall for the Arts Festival. This is a family-friendly festival that showcases local art and culture. Events include: live performances by local musicians; open houses at theaters, museums, and historical sites; readings and lectures; art activities for children; guided art and heritage walks; plein air painters; special art exhibits; and much more! Take a look at what’s going on by visiting:

As part of the Fall for the Arts Festival, the Old Manse Inn is offering a special package:

Old Manse Inn, Brewster
Fall for the Arts Special: Stay in a romantic sea captains home on Old Kings Highway! Special includes:
• Two night stay at shoulder season rates
• Two gourmet breakfasts
• Afternoon tea and cookies
• Evening cordials
• Local Artist Karen North Wells 8 × 10 ceramic tile gift
• Copy of The Arts and Artisans Trails Guide
While you are staying with us, don’t forget to check out our lobby display of featured, local artist Karen North Wells. Karen is a prolific, award-winning, artist, painting primarily in water color and oil. Many examples of her extensive line of limited-edition prints and cards are available for purchase at the Inn. We are pleased to be able to offer one of her beautiful 8 x 10 ceramic tiles as a gift when you book with us as part of the Fall for the Arts Festival.

Come on … you know you need a break … and a few days of fun on the Cape is the perfect way to get in some rest and relaxation before the big holiday push!

Book now: 508-896-3149 or and let us help you plan a wonderful, October get-away! We look forward to your visit!

New Bikes!

Maggie and the New Fleet

We are pleased to announce that we have just taken delivery of eight, brand new bicycles. As you can see from the photo, Maggie is pretty excited about them, too! Some of you might not be aware of the fact that there are extensive biking opportunities on the Cape. The Cape Cod Rail Trail (which can be accessed just one mile from the Old Manse Inn) is a 22 mile Cape Cod viewing experience. This paved trail with well-marked automobile crossings, runs through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet. Along the way there are many places where you can leave the trail to enjoy a picnic or just relax. You can stop to visit the National Seashore or the Salt Pond Visitors Center which features displays of the whaling and salt works industries, and exhibits of many Cape Cod artifacts. Food and water are readily available, and public restrooms can be found at Nickerson State Park, Salt Pond Visitors Center at Cape Cod National Seashore and at the National Seashore Headquarters.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail follows a former railroad line established in 1848 by the Old Colony Railroad. Before these tracks were laid, the Cape was only accessible by packet boat or stagecoach. The tracks originally connected Boston to Sandwich and as time when on it expanded and connected Boston to Provincetown – making the tip of the Cape a very short, 5 hour, trip from Boston. As the railroad grew, so did the popularity of the Cape as a tourist destination and the rail line transported visitors from New York, Connecticut and other parts of Massachusetts. Alas, as the automobile became more popular and easier to afford, and bridges were constructed to connect the Cape to the main land, the railroad lost its importance. Trains continued to haul freight until the mid-1960s when the rails were torn up and the old station houses were razed. But the beauty of the landscape it dissected can still be enjoyed on the bike trail.
All of us know how hectic life can get. We scurry around in our cars chauffeuring the kids to soccer and music lessons, shopping and running errands, often never taking the time to notice what is going on right outside the windows of our car. Next time you come to visit, let us help you plan a day on the bike trail where you can take the time to smell the salt air and delight in the simple things we have come to love about this little spit of land we call home.
For a detailed view of the Cape Cod Rail Trail, please visit:

Hope to see you soon!

Karen and Rich Keevers

Family and Friends Take Over the Inn

Karen and Rich with the Birthday Boy

Sometimes a bed and breakfast is more than just a cozy place to spend the night and grab a bite to eat in the morning. Sometimes it is a venue that brings folks together for a memorable event.

I am very, very lucky. My sister and brother-in-law own one of the best bed and breakfasts on Cape Cod. Okay, I might be a bit prejudiced –but what better place for a party! So, when we needed a place to assemble our family and friends to celebrate my husband’s 70th birthday, the Old Manse Inn was our first choice. Since our family and friends are scattered around the country, it isn’t often that you can find an excuse to pull them all together for a weekend. In the riotous melee that ensued, full of children and relatives and friends who had not seen each other in a while, we managed a fairly well-organized, catered (thank God!) weekend of fun activities and catching up. My husband reconnected with a first cousin that he had not seen in 60 years! Our two grandchildren were often found helping out in the kitchen and were absolutely adorable when they served breakfast on Sunday morning while their grandfather took over the kitchen and cooked for everyone.

The wonderful thing about the Cape is that there is something there for everyone. Our tribe was, at any given time, strewn all over the area taking in the sights, shopping, enjoying the parks or just hanging out together and catching up. The Inn is well suited for such a crowd, and the weather cooperated allowing folks to spill out onto the front and back patios, ride bikes, play golf and just explore. It is an easy walk to the library, General Store or the beach. The Cape is home to many wonderful, reliable caterers, and the Inn’s kitchen lends itself well to cooking for a crowd. We had no trouble enlisting the services of a wonderful, local caterer and another terrific Cape Cod resident, and phenomenal baker, made us two, beautiful birthday cakes.

All in all, everyone had a wonderful time, including the two innkeepers. This isn’t the first family event the Inn has hosted – my nephew got married there two years ago – but each event reminds us how much fun it is to get together as a family and celebrate. I highly recommend you keep the Old Manse Inn in mind the next time you need a place to gather together your friends and family. I know Karen and Rich would love the opportunity to help you plan an unforgettable affair.

Cape & Island Beer Week – May 9 – 14th

OMI’s Spring Fling expanded offering – join Rich for our Cape Cod Beer Inc, beer tasting.
Week is to enhance beer knowledge and appreciation through a series of events throughout the South Shore of Boston, Cape Cod, and the islands.
Cape Cod Beer bottle in growlers (1/2 gallons) and we need multiple growlers for a tasting.
Thus I truly need a few Inn Guest drinking buddies to share, so this beer tasting occasion doesn’t pass me by.

Cape Cod Ranks #4

In a March 2011 a poll of inngoers by of most desired B&B summer locations in the U.S. According to the study, Cape Cod ranked 4th and 1st in New England’s Top 20 B&B Summer Destinations for 2011 are:
1. Manhattan
2. London
3. Charleston, SC
4. Cape Cod, MA
5. New Orleans
6. Savannah, GA
7. Boston
8. Saint Augustine, FL
9. Washington, DC
10. Rome
11. Key West, FL
12. Barcelona
13. Cape May, NJ
14. San Francisco
15. Napa, CA
16. Amsterdam
17. Asheville, NC
18. Newport, RI
19. Carmel, CA
20. Montreal
With gas prices $1 higher per gallon than last year, it’s good news for Northeast inn goers with OMI within a one-tank ride.
Then consider Old Manse Inn’s receiving Best B & B on lower cape makes another reason to reserve your time at our heart of the cape location

Movie Night at Cape Cinema

Every year, on a Sunday night in late February or early March, the world looks on as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pulls out all the stops and puts on a gala presentation honoring the best the movie industry has to offer. We sit in front of our televisions and watch the parade of designer-clad women and tuxedo-clad gents parade in front of dozens of media interviewers. It is, without a doubt, quite a celebration. But at the end of the evening, after all the little gold statutes have been presented, it is, after all, about the movies.

The twenty-first century is blessed with wonderful technology – technology that can bring the best of those movies right to our 42” HD televisions directly though an internet connection or, via the snail-mail, movie phenomenon known as Netflix. We never have to leave the house. And although this makes the viewing of movies easy, inexpensive and convenient, the viewing experience is definitely lacking in charm, ambiance, or social interaction. Movies are made to be seen in a theater, and if you are very lucky, you have available to you a theater that makes the viewing experience worth the effort to get off your sofa. The Cape is blessed with just such a theater.

The Cape Cinema is a classic. It is one of those old-fashion, small theaters that shows one movie at a time and changes the schedule weekly. There are no stadium seats or cup holders. But the snack bar, in addition to the usual movie snacks, has a selection of local baked goods, beer and wine. If that were not enough to make it different, the ceiling is adorned with an amazing mural painted in 1827 by Rockwell Kent. At 6,400 square feet, it was the largest mural in the world at the time it was painted. The theater has a wonderful history and the kind of charm that brings you back to the day when going to the movies was a treat to be enjoyed and savored.

The Cape Cinema is located in Dennis, making it convenient for almost any Cape-dweller. It is located on the same property as the Cape Play House. Eric Hart, Cape Cinema director, is always looking for unusual films. He goes to film festivals like the Toronto International Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival and views almost 300 films each year in order to bring the best 60 or 70 to the Cape Cinema.

If you are looking for the perfect, nostalgic date night – or just an excuse to get off the sofa – I highly recommend a trip to the Cape Cinema, and perhaps dinner at one of the local Dennis dining establishments. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

You can see what is currently showing, as well as future features by visiting their website at:

OMI adds Sleep and Sail

Innkeeper’s sailing vessel joins with one of the Cape Cod’s historic sea captain’s inns to provide you with an incomparable Cape Cod sailing and touring experience.

Previously awarded Cruising World’s Performance / Cruising Boat of the Year, Priorities blends perfectly with our Old Manse Inn award-winning Bed & Breakfast inn. At 52 feet, this blue water sailboat offers all the comforts, performance, safety with the luxury of a king-size bed stateroom for a memorable and romantic, overnight couple’s cruise.

We are excited having Priorities berthed in nearby Chatham. Chatham’s Stage Harbor slip location on Nantucket Sound – within a day’s sail to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard – allows us to share with our Brewster lodging guests a unique opportunity to enjoy the wonders of Cape Cod, and its neighboring islands, from the perspective of its 17th and 18th century sailing men.

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