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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!

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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Old Manse Inn recipient of Beautification award

Our Old Manse Inn received Brewster Garden Club’s 2010 Beautification Award – I’d call it sweat equity.
Pleased as awards photo plus short article listed within Dec. 3rd Cape Codder newspaper
Additional recognition came again when CC’s Dec. 10th edition carried a second mention within Brewster town article.
This award has been given by annually for the last 20 years to a residential or commercial site with outstanding floral and landscape display.

We smiled when reading Beautification Certificate’s recipients – Rich, Karen and Maggie too

Exciting News

A lot of exciting news happening this week. First we kick off the weekend with “Brewster for the Holidays,” a weekend filled with fun events.

Here at The Manse we have a Mediterranean food tasting to kick off the addition of Our Cooking School that will begin February 2010. We will have seven fun-filled weekends with hands on cooking that will bring us to Tuscany and Provence and Greece.

We also have a fabulous New Year’s Eve Package that includes dinner, champagne and a New Year’s Day brunch.

Old Manse Inn Unveils 2 New Suites

After months of renovations — which included maintaining the historical integrity of the barn and refurbishing as much as possible — the barn project is officially complete. This month the Old Manse Inn is proud to unveil its new well-appointed, luxury suites: The Vineyard and The Nantucket.

The Vineyard

This new 2009 room is a luxury first floor room with private entrance plus expansive view of the west lawn. Features king canopy bed, seating area, gas fireplace, ceiling fan and flat screen cable TV / DVD . The bathroom has a shower and two person massaging air tub. Maximum Occupancy: 2

The Nantucket

This new 2009 luxury room is on first floor room with private entrance and view of the west lawn. It features a king sleigh bed, gas fireplace and a flat screen TV /DVD . The bath with shower and romantic claw foot soaking tub for two. Maximum Occupancy: 2