Breakfast & Welcome Reception

While never trained as a chef – or even a cook for that matter – Brian has always said that when he was allowed some time away from the corporate world, he always enjoyed having family & friends over for a home-cooked meal!  Now that cooking is a reality for up to 25 guests each morning.

Brian’s passion comes from growing up with a stepmother who loved to cook and where the smells from the kitchen emanated the entire house.  Getting the chance to help was always a fun part of the day – and because growing up partly on a farm will make you real hungry!

In the Morning:

To entice his guests, Brian feels that you always eat with your eyes first.  Each course must be equally pleasant for the eyes as it is for the mouth.  Always attempting to beautify each plate with herbs, sauces, fruit – and the customary caramel smiley face – the hope is to bring a smile to the face of each guest first thing in the morning in the Old Chapel Dining Room.

Each breakfast meal is a full two courses and is served from 8:30A to 9:30A each morning.  The 1st course can start with a unique touch of different fruits with the perfect sauce to complement the taste of the fruit.  Take for example our Pineapple Banana Cairns.  The cinnamon crème and wild berry coulis goes perfect with the stacks of pineapple and banana and just melts in your mouth.

The same goes with the 2nd course.  Alternating between sweet & delicious collations such as Pumpkin Nut Belgian Waffles with more savory meals like our Eggs Benedict Light, it is a certainty that you will never have the same dish twice during your stay!  Putting that unique touch to Eggs Benedict, we forget the English muffin and Canadian bacon to present the eggs on a bed of fresh spinach and then add a uniquely homemade mustard or chive hollandaise sauce and you have a scrumptious flavor to remember until the next morning!

Please feel free to request your favorite recipes from your stay anytime!

In the Late Afternoon:

After a fun day exploring all that Cape Cod has to offer, what better way to come back before dinner than to relax in our recently-renovated Knowles Living Room with a glass of wine and your choice of snacks.  While both a red and white wine are offered, you also have the choice to have a hot cup of coffee or tea, bottled water or a soft drink right there at the bars.  A choice of cheeses, such as Havarti, Smoked Gouda or Asiago, are also served with a selection of crackers, sweet grapes and mixed nuts.

Please come back to enjoy this delicious offering and meet your fellow guests.  The Welcome Reception is set out Wednesdays thru Sundays from 4:00P to 5:00P.  It has been our experience to sometimes have just 1 or 2 couples getting to know each other while other days you would think we were hosting a party as the whole Inn is present with everyone getting to know each other from different parts of the state, country and the world!

If you would rather have your own party, the Old Manse can handle that too!  Please see our offerings for a nice bottle of wine and/or cheese plate prepared especially for you in your guest room.

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Old Manse Inn COVID-19 Update

Updated September 27, 2020

Dear Old Manse Inn Family,

We are finally open for the season - and now indoor / outdoor dining is allowed as well!  :)

Charlie and Brian hope that this note finds you all doing well and staying safe. We have missed you and we are certainly looking forward to seeing and hosting you all once again!!  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!

At the direction of the state of Massachusetts, we were allowed to re-open as of Monday, June 8th.  To our delight and surprise, we were then allowed to do indoor dining starting on Monday, June 22nd.  This also means that all local restaurants are allowed to begin indoor dining service as well!  Please contact individual restaurants for the services they are providing, including any need for a reservation.

Effective Saturday August 1st, Governor Baker of MA announced that all travelers entering Massachusetts - both out of state residents and Massachusetts residents returning home—must comply with a new travel order.  The new travel order requires all visitors and returning residents to fill out a Massachusetts Traveler Form, unless they are coming from a state that has been designated a lower-risk COVID-19 state or fall into an exemption category.  As of Fri., 9/18, the lower-risk COVID-19 states are CO, CT, ME, NH, NJ, NM, NY, VT, and WA.  All lodging entities are required to inform guests at the time of booking.  The new travel order also provides that visitors and returning residents arriving in Massachusetts from any place other than a COVID-19 lower risk state must quarantine for 14 days unless they can produce a negative COVID-19 test result administered on a sample taken not more than 72 hours prior to arriving in Massachusetts.  As of Fri., 9/18, DE, HI, OR, PA, RI, WV and WY are no longer exempt from the MA travel restrictions.

Brian was appointed to work on the Brewster Reopening Advisory Board so that the public and private entities that make up our great town work together on the State of Massachusetts restrictions and guidelines that pertain to us.  We will be communicating those guidelines and available options to all guests as their arrival dates approach.  We will also be requesting responses from each guest to make sure individual needs are taken into account as well.  Where possible, and 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.

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!  In the meantime, we are now accepting reservations for the Summer & Fall seasons - and beyond!

We hope you will join us as we know everyone needs that time away these days to re-charge after the last few months.

All Our Best,

Brian & Charlie