Great Autumn Walks!

Excellent Blob By Nicole Maranhas

Nothing against crisp, sunny days, but rainy autumn weather beckons, too, for misty walks along the shore or swishing through the leaves in a shimmering forest. If you’ve forgotten, or never seen, how beautiful Cape Cod is at this time of year, round up your kids, dogs, or better half for our favorite late-fall walks.

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If you’re aiming to impress, Marconi Beach and nearby Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail in Wellfleet have been known to make miracles happen. (Yup, Marconi Beach is famous for both rocket launches and the site of the world’s first trans-Atlantic communication.) Begin with a walk on the shore below the 40-foot beach cliffs, then wander over to the swamp trail, where an innocent journey along the wooded path suddenly sweeps you off your feet with a boardwalk through the moss-covered forest. If you haven’t fallen in love yet, head over to PB Boulangerie Bistro for whatever is warm from the patisserie oven, and rest assured today (and you) will be a tough act to follow. Already a time-tested couple? You live on happy compromise: After taking in the views of Vineyard Sound on a Sunday, stroll along South Cape Beach in Mashpee (sweet-talk your way to a detour through one of the picturesque hiking trails that links to Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve). Your next view should be of the Patriots, over drinks and pizza at nearby Dino’s Sports Bar in Mashpee.

Bring the Kids
Romping along the woodland and salt marsh trails at
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster is kid-heaven—especially when they discover those funny little sea pickles covering the ground are edible, or just how catchable those crabs and critters are scuttling across the tidal flats. In other words, you’ll need to fuel up first: Start down the road at Snowy Owl, where small-batch coffees are almost decadent enough to forgo the baked goods (but not quite). On the Upper Cape, Beebe Woods is a 383-acre wonderland of walking trails; see if kids can find their way to the “Punch Bowl” (hint: it’s a pond) in the middle of the woods.

Walk the Dogs
October is for the dogs—all those beaches that were closed to four-legged friends are open to pets again until the spring. Pup-friendly
Sandy Neck in Barnstable is an exception, open to dogs year-round, but you can unleash the beast after mid-September—4,700 acres of dune, forest, and marshland trails are worth the wait. (Don’t miss the spectacular boardwalk, soon-to-be the most popular photo on your Instagram.) If you’re on a getaway, you’re in luck: local Lamb & Lion Inn is a rarity—the quintessential New England B&B, as inviting to pets and people.

Solo Trek
It’s not that the kiddos and significant-o’s aren’t good company; it’s just that once you’ve followed the meadow trail down to the sweeping view of patchwork, gold-tinged salt marsh at
Fort Hill in Eastham, you’ll want it all to yourself. (No dogs allowed on the Cape Cod National Seashore’s self-guided trails.) Assuage your guilt by bringing back treats—take your crowd-pleasing pick from nearby Hole in One Donut Shop, wraps from The Box Lunch, or dog biscuits from The Cape Cod Dog.

Old Manse Inn, Brewster MA

Old Manse Inn COVID-19 Update

Updated September 6, 2021

Dear Old Manse Inn Family,

Charlie and Brian hope that this note finds you all doing well and staying safe. We have missed many of you during this pandemic and we are certainly looking forward to seeing and hosting you all once again in 2021 and beyond!!  We subscribe to the idea that we can achieve our best selves here at the Inn by working towards the common good.  This includes the safety and well-being of our guests - and our great staff too!

It has been a wonderfully busy season here at the Inn on Cape Cod!  Occupancy has way surpassed even 2019 numbers.  As vaccinations continue to make hopeful progress, we are excited to see you all enjoy a more relaxed stay after the LONG time spent indoors and/or away from friends and loved ones.  We will attempt to keep you updated here on any new developments that we become aware of.  Here is what we know so far:

Brian will continue to work on the Brewster Reopening Advisory Board for as long as the group remains together to communicate any new information to the town, fellow businesses and guests.  He will communicate the latest Social Guidelines and available options to all guests as their arrival dates approach.  Responses may be requested from each guest regarding preferences for breakfast dining, guest room cleaning, etc.  With some creativity, we hope to still provide all of the amenities that you are used to enjoying here at the Inn!  We feel that the precautions are the socially-responsible choice and will support a more favorable long-term outcome for the communities and guests that support us.

For those guests are not fully vaccinated (2 shots + 2 weeks), we will continue to highly encourage those guests to do the following when in common areas & public spaces:

If you have any questions or need more details, please reach out directly to Brian at the Inn via email ( or phone 508-896-3149). We will be monitoring the evolving situation constantly as we move forward so that we can welcome you all for a great stay!

We hope you will join us as we know everyone needs that time away to re-charge after the last year!

All Our Best,

Brian & Charlie