Your Innkeepers

Brian T. Blair, MBA, CFSP:

Brian was born in Warminster, PA and grew up in different towns in the suburbs just west of Philadelphia as his parents’ family grew.  He also grew to love the outdoors as a result of that growing family, regularly sleeping on the back porch of their home outside West Chester, PA just to get some peace & quiet away from his brothers!

After graduating from Bishop Shanahan High School, Brian attended Saint Joseph’s University on the edge of Philadelphia, PA with a degree in Computer Science with minors in Business and Mathematics.  He worked his way up in the corporate world at Shared Medicals Systems, SEI Corporation while living just outside Downingtown, PA for about 11 years until the opportunity came along to move to sunny southern California in 1997.  Working in Newport Beach, CA for 14 years, Brian realized he was about done with the corporate world and up came the idea to buy an Inn.  See below how he and Charlie together got that idea!

Started during his high school years, mostly to get back and forth to attend school activities, Brian began riding his bicycle to school.  That would begin a series of charity rides starting in 1983 with a 1000-mile trek around the perimeter of Pennsylvania to raise money for the American Cancer Society and Dreams Come True (a local Make-A-Wish type of organization).  Well, 30+ years later Brian is still doing them!  Every odd year since 1983, he joins his cohorts up in Palmerton, PA to begin each 500 miles.  The group of about 65 riders & support folks for the Penn. Perimeter Ride Against Cancer (PPRAC) have raised over $2M in the fight against cancer.  Just this past year, Brian rode the 500 miles once again from Conway, NH in the White Mountains on his way back to PA.

Brian thoroughly enjoys his adopted career, deciding and then preparing breakfast for up to 25 guests each morning, assisting guests with their vacation day plans here on Cape Cod and setting out the wine & cheese reception for guests after their day out exploring everything the Cape has to offer.  We meet guests from near and far – as close as Boston and as far as China and New Zealand – and what is better than making folks feel like they are home away from home?  Not much!  🙂

Charles M. Heinz, MBA:

Charlie was born in Burbank, CA and lived in the southern California area for only 2 years with his older brother before moving.  His parents owned a couple of Orange Julius stands in the San Fernando Valley before his parents received the opportunity to purchase a McDonald’s franchise in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Charlie attended Cherry Hill East High School and lived in the South Jersey area are for about 18 years, working at the McDonald’s stores as a teenager along with a variety of other jobs.  He had an interest to work within the hospitality industry during his college years and finally graduated with a BA degree in Business from the University of San Diego.  Charlie was hired by ADP and pursued a career in sales.  After working there for about 5 years, Charlie received his MBA degree from the University of Phoenix and continued his career at ADP for a total of 17 years, holding various positions there.

Charlie continues to work in the corporate world for now at Ultimate Software as an Executive Relationship Manager, managing about 80 clients scattered throughout the Northeast.  On the weekends, Charlie jumps in to help Brian run the Inn.  We thoroughly enjoy hosting all of our guests from all over the world who come to experience all that the Old Manse Inn has to offer!


While living out in Laguna Niguel, California, Brian and Charlie loved to take weekend trips over to Catalina Island.  They usually stayed at the Inn on Mount Ada.  Early in 2013, when Brian was about finished with the corporate world, the idea dawned about owning an Inn while staying at Mount Ada.  “We like having people over and I enjoy cooking” is how the conversation went.  That weekend eventually led to Brian quitting his career, flying with Charlie to Kennebunkport, ME to attend a seminar about innkeeping and then spending the next 9 months searching the country for the right Inn.  After traveling the States, considering many different inns, doing our homework, the decision came down to just 3 inns – one on the coast of Oregon, one in the Berkshires and the Old Manse!  Guess which one won?!

During the moving trip across the USA from California to Massachusetts, Brian and Charlie got engaged and were married in October, 2016 up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  It was a perfect Autumn Day on Lake Winnipesaukee with family & friends.  Having owned the Old Manse now for a few years, they continue to make the renovations that will make the guest experience better each year, hoping to leave a legacy of happy memories for every guest that stays!

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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