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Enjoying The Flats of Cape Cod!

Excellent Blog By Jeannie Sparrow…..

The Flats” of Cape Cod Bay are a must-see when visiting Cape Cod. The Old Manse Inn is literally a 15-20 minute walk to this amazing must see as we back up to seven of the bay beaches from the Inn. A natural phenomena, they are caused by the daily ebb and flow of the tides. In the span of just 6 hours, small waves that once lapped upon the shore at high tide recede an entire mile to “dead low tide,” leaving behind sandbars and tide pools teeming with sea life. According to Wikipedia, the flats are the widest expanse of tidal flats in North America, spanning the bay from Barnstable Harbor all the way to Wellfleet. 

The Brewster Flats at high tide.

The Brewster Flats at “dead low” tide.

Not only are the flats a sight to see, they are something to experience. In the summer months, the tide pools are home to fish, crabs, snails and other sea life—a beachcomber’s paradise! In the fall months, they are host to a favorite local activity—oystering! With shellfishing licenses and buckets in hand, locals and visitors alike pluck succulent oysters from the bay and serve them up on the half shell.

If you’re up for a unique beach walk experience and a sight to behold, be sure to visit Cape Cod Bay—the Flats are not to be missed!

Lobster Claw

Lats night Rich and I ventured out for our annual lobster dinner at in Orleans. Lobster ClawAs we were entering our second summer here a very nice gentleman showed up at the inn and introduced himself as Don from The Lobster Claw. He gave us an envelope witha certificate for two free dinners of our choice. What a great marketing idea. I may not have gone there however knowing that we needed to educate ourselves on all the local restaurants we decided we need to give it a try. The restaurant has a real Cape Cod feel. There were picnic tables inside lot’s of fish nets hanging from the ceiling with shells and buoys. Much to my surprise when I stared up at all this netting I found it to be amazingly clean. It is clearly a great family restaurant. Last nights experience was once again as special as the first. Lobster Dinner. Don, the owner is there every day and night welcoming guests. He has been there for 44 years. That’s pretty amazing. The restaurant has a small bar area, a second dining room and a gift shop that has pretty much everything pertaining to lobsters. Although I refer to it as a family restaurant, I tell each and everyone of my guests that come to the Old Manse Inn that if they are looking for a lobster dinner it is the only place to dine. Now they also have a great menu IMG_0441[1] with a large variety of fish both fried broiled, salads and sandwiches.
As we drove back to the Old Manse Inn we couldn’t help but drive down to the beach and catch the last of the sun setting. sunset Cape Cod…a wonderful place to live and for those who can’t live here please come for a visit. We still have several available rooms

AWARD WINNING INN

The last two weeks have been exciting here at Old Manse Inn. Every year Cape Cod Life Magazine asks its readers to vote for their favorite places on Cape Cod. Everything from the best restaurants, best places to shop and best ice cream to name a few. Old Manse Inn won the most votes for the Gold award for best B&B on lower Cape Cod. We were thrilled to have received this award again and we thank all of you that voted for us.

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Our next exciting news came from TripAdvisor this week when they recognized Old Manse Inn with A Certificate of Excellence

This award is given to the top-performing 10% of all businesses world wide that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. We thank all of you for taking the time to write those stellar reviews.

Recognition continues to motivate us as we strive to provide our guests a most memorable Cape Cod experience.