Brewster By The Sea Inn & Spa-Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast

716 Main Street, Brewster, Massachusetts 02631
Innkeeper(s): Donna & Byron Cain

Pillows are important at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast 22 Feb 2015, 1:14 pm

by Donna Cain

We have always said that the most important part of our business is the “BED” and the “BREAKFAST”. Of course there are many other details to attend to but we have always paid extra special attention to our beds. After all what is a vacation without a perfect night’s sleep?  All of our beds include triple sheeting with crisp linen, a fiber alternative mattress topper and a down comforter inserted in a duvet. We recently decided to change out all of our pillows in the rooms to include 6 standard pillow in our King rooms and 4 in our queen rooms. After all one can never have enough pillows to get comfortable.  All of our pillows are feather like down alternative in both soft and firm.

We also include an extra pillow and blanket in our closets in case a guest needs a little extra warmth or an extra pillow to be comfortable.

Here’s to having wonderful dreams during your stay at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa

Brewster by the Sea chosen Best Bed and Breakfast on Cape Cod by the Travel Channel 22 Feb 2015, 12:48 pm

by Donna Cain

We were just thrilled to learn that our lovely inn, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa was just chosen by the Travel Channel to be one of the “Best Bed and Breakfasts on Cape Cod”  The travel writer, Christopher Setterland, stayed with us last fall, and he mentioned that he wrote several articles for the Travel Channel. We had a lovely visit with him and admired his wonderful photography, which was his passion in life along with being a travel writer about Cape Cod. It was such a nice surprise to receive his e-mail last night along with reading his wonderful review of our property.

His overview of our inn is noted below:

“A little slice of heaven along historic Route 6A, this B&B is a quiet and beautiful getaway destination. Innkeepers Donna and Byron Cain put love and care into every inch of the property, from a lovely welcoming flower and chocolate on the bed to the alfresco breakfast on the deck when the weather is nice. Breakfast is always freshly made, healthy and, of course, delicious.

The Cains strive to give guests a world-class experience with a little Southern hospitality, since they hail from Houston. It all comes together inside the walls of the inn and stretches outside to the pool, hot tub and gazebo with beautiful views of the night sky. Their loving care extends to helping guests find activities off the property, offering dining suggestions or providing maps for nearby running and walking routes.”

Wonderful to receive accolades from such a wonderful travel site. Thank you Christopher and the Travel Channel

New Sound Therapy available for Brewster by the Sea Guests 19 Feb 2015, 2:55 pm

by Donna Cain

Many of our guests staying at Brewster by the Sea enjoy our in house spa which includes couples massages and facials. At one time, we had a therapist who specialized in Reiki and with her guidance we created a deluxe healing package of massage, Reiki, aromatherapy, crystal healing and reflexology. The service was very popular, and we were saddened when Johanne left to pursue a teaching position. Recently I was approached by our dear friend, Faith Lavender to experience her new vibration therapy at her home studio which is very close to our inn. Since Faith is an interfaith Minister and performs all of our wedding ceremonies, I never associated her with healing, massage and Reiki. No words can properly describe my afternoon experience but suffice it to say, I was so taken by the experience that we have put together several packages for our guests to enjoy in Faith’s studio.

I recently described Faith to one of our brides as a “people whisperer”.  She is a loving, soft, talented human being who has a God given talent to bring peace and serenity to everyone she meets. Over the holidays we met for tea at Brewster by the Sea, and Faith described her new vibration table and how excited she was to be on the leading edge of a service that provides health and vitality as well as relaxation. The science is facinating and is noted below from Faith’s brochure:

VAST for short means Vibro Acoustic Sound Therapy

“The world of science is constantly evolving and changing, impacting our lives and how we view the world. New studies in physics reveals that everything in our physical universe has energy and further, that all energy has vibration which holds matter in specific form.

As human being, we are a perfect example of this living truth. Our bodies and all their complex systems are vibration that resonate at specify frequencies, making up our human anatomy. When in good health, these frequencies which make up our physical and energetic bodies operate in perfect harmony with one another, creating optimum health and vitality.

As beings of form and conscienceless, musical tones and frequencies have been scientifically proven to rebalance not only our physical bodies, but also have a noticeable impact on mental, emotional and spiritual states of well being.

Vibro acoustics is defined as “the process of hearing sound vibrations through the body”  This is accomplished through specifically constructed treatment tables that are equipped with powerful speakers designed tallow vibrations and frequencies to enter the body with optimal psychological and physical impact.

Vibro acoustic music resonates the body directly through nerves, skin and bones. Based on multiple transducers built into the treatment table, located under the upper back, mid -back and legs, the sound and vibration is not directed into the ears; instead they are felt directly by the body. The sound travels up and down the body affecting all the internal organs along the way.

VAST Therapy has been documented to stimulate blood circulation, relieve stress, anxiety and its analgesic effect aids in pain management. It also lowers blood pressure and calms the autonomic nervous system. It provides surface and deep tissue effects. “

When you first meet with Faith she will discuss your overall health and if you have any problem areas. She explained that her therapy can be tailored to each of her client’s needs. I had been feeling some muscle pain in my upper arms so she targeted this area with additional Reiki.  She also can target different needs of her clients by choosing specially calibrated CD’s (music) that targets specific issues such as stress, anxiety, stimulating specific organs or nerves and ligaments, aligning and balancing the chakras, or awakening the conscienceless.

The session begins with the client laying fulling clothed on the VAST Table. I took off my belt and jewelry to be more comfortable. The table actually looks like the massage tables in our spa at Brewster by the Sea. As you lie on the table you can hear slight vibrations with soothing tones that pass through your cloths and blanket to your skin, tissues, cells and bones. “The vibrations permeate the body, engaging the body to create a sympathetic resonance with the energy frequency waves provided on the CD”. While you are on the table Faith applies a gentle massage/acupressure with Reiki (hands on healing), polarity energy balancing,

aroma therapy

and crystal healing.

I purposefully kept bringing back my thoughts to my breathing when the session began as my mind tends to easily think back to the inn.  By the end of the session with Faith, my mind was totally relaxed and in a Zen like state. It was almost like I had taken a restful nap where my mind was totally quiet. (That is a rare state for me)

Faith comes with a wonderful background that is both spiritual and science based. Listed below are her certificates of training:

1990 Graduate of the Dove Star School of Massage

1991 Certified Reiki master

Certified Polarity Energy balancing

 2003 Graduate of the Still Point Institute of Advanced Energy Healing

She is also was ordained in 2000 at St John the Divine as an interfaith minister.

We have put together 3 wonderful packages for our guests to enjoy. Advance reservations are needed and Faith’s office and studio is just a few minute drive from the inn.

 Relaxation Inner Body Vibration Massage with Reiki-  6o minute $99    90 minute- $150

Zen 2 hour Bliss service- $199   A peaceful, restorative service that includes a Relaxation Inner Body Vibration Massage, Polarity Energy Balancing, acu-preassure, Reiki, foot massage with reflexology, aromatherapy, crystal healing with the Relaxation Inner Body Vibration Massage and a oneness blessing. This service is  very soothing and relaxing while providing natural healing to all parts of your body.

Couples 2 hour Vibration Massage with Reiki-  $199  A unique service that allows couples to share a peaceful and healthy massage. This service allows one spouse to enjoy a 60 minute massage while the other loved one relaxes in the spa room. The additional 60 minutes allows the other to enjoy the same service. The service ends with a couples oneness blessing.

Spirtual Counseling and Mentoring- $99 per hour- For those couples or as a single person, relax in a safe environment to talk with Faith about any life issues you may have. She has a gift to look at life in a very positive, healthy way.

We feel so blessed to have Faith as a friend, minister for our couples and now as a holistic healer.

Great new casual dining at the Red Nun in Dennisport 9 Feb 2015, 1:30 pm

by Donna Cain

Just had a fabulous lunch at the new Red Nun in Dennisport. My  husband and I were out for his monthly haircut at Shampoo when we thought- what the heck, it’s a snowy day, the inns are quiet, why not have a nice leisurely lunch at the Red Nun. We had dined at their original location in Chatham many years ago and loved the ambiance and their delicious burgers. We were so pleasantly surprised to see their new addition in Dennisport.

They did a fantastic job with remodeling an old building. Unique tin ceiling with tasteful lighting, old wood floors, comfortable seating. You can tell I am a designer at heart as I am critiquing the decor before the food:)

Great bar with plenty of good beer on tap….

Wonderful pub style seating with additional ceiling sound tiles which our waitress said was invaluable during the summer months when the restaurant gets busy. Great welcoming staff!



Now on to the food….

The burgers and pulled pork sandwiches were to die for and the sweet potato fries perfectly prepared. The dish also came with an artisan dill pickle that was yummy! I was totally impressed and will be adding this to our recommended dining spots for our guests staying at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. They also had a great special menu. Apologies for not including food pictures. I was so hungry I forgot to get pictures of the important part.



Congrats Red Nun on creating such a great eating spot on Cape Cod. We will certainly be repeat customers.

The Three Sister’s Lighthouses on Cape Cod 7 Jan 2015, 1:16 pm

by Donna Cain

This is our slow time as innkeepers on Cape Cod  for our two bed and breakfasts, Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa and the Captain Freeman Inn and, we love to plan new adventures with our dog Harrison.

We are always recommending to our guests that they visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. It is the formal entrance to the National Seashore and has a wonderful visitor center that is filled with helpful rangers to provide useful information on beaches and tides. The center also includes a wonderful bookstore, and small museum along with films about the natural history of Cape Cod. It seemed like the perfect destination for our adventures today.


There is a wonderful bike/walk path that runs around the salt pond and down to the beach. Since we all needed some exercise it seemed like a good plan to explore.

The path is paved with two ways for bikes to travel. We only encountered 2 people walking so we had the whole trail to ourselves.

Once we made it down to the water I was thrilled to learn a new piece of history about Cape Cod.


The picture shown above is the Nauset Light which is fully operational today. We could see the light beaming even in the daylight.

The beach is just across the street and since it was windy there were many waves on the beach.

Just down the road we happened to spot three small light houses. Had always heard about the 3 Sister Lighthouses but never really knew the history.

Back in the early 1800’s many Eastham residents were concerned about their seafaring loved ones. The United States Congress then granted $10,000 to contract the Nauset Light House. Three 15-foot high masonry towers were built and the lights soon gained the nickname “The Three Sisters” because from sea they looked like women in white dresses with black hats. Since the technology did not allow for a differentiation in the number of flickering lights  the coast was dotted with three different area of light houses. The Chatham light had two, the three sisters had three and the Highland light further north had one. Sea Captains could easily decipher there location by the number of lights seen on the coast.

As the Cape Cod shores erode, The National Lighthouse Board ordered three new moveable wooden towers to be built thirty feet inland from the original masonry ones.
The new towers stood twenty-two feet tall and the lantern housing added an additional seven feet. Sadly, the old towers were allowed to fall into the Atlantic.

Advances in technology  with the continuing erosion of Nauset cliffs, and the cost of maintaining three lights, prompted a major change at the Nauset Light station.In 1911, the center tower was moved away from the cliff edge and attached to the 1875 keeper’s house. The other two towers were set aside until a decision could be reached about their future. The fourth-order Fresnel lens in the remaining tower was now mounted on a ball bearing revolver, making the light flash three times every ten seconds.

The decommissioned two sisters were sold at a public auction to Helen M. Cummings for $3.50! The Cummings family first moved them to a site near the old French Cable station, before making some repairs. In 1920, the towers were moved onto Cable Road, and adjoined with a room. The “Twin Lights Cottage” was subsequently used as a summer cottage and a dance studio, until the towers were sold to the National Park Service in 1965. After many years of service, the center tower fell into disrepair. The Lighthouse Bureau decided to replace it with one of the former Chatham “twin lights” that was no longer in use. This iron and brick tower was moved, repainted and stands today as the latest in a lineage of Nauset Lights. Once decommissioned, the last of the Three Sisters towers was sold to Albert Hall, who turned it into a cottage. The National Park Service purchased the center tower in 1975 with a plan to reunite it with the other two towers. The three are placed in their original orientation on a plot of land on Cable Road. Restoration took place through the 1980s, and the site opened for its first public tour in 1989.

Today one can visit the Sisters and marvel at the remarkable journey that brought them their location on Cable Road in Eastham.

A fun little tidbit of history.

Exhaling on Cape Cod and loving every minute of our journey here.

5 days till Christmas Recipe 20 Dec 2014, 10:45 am

by Donna Cain

The countdown continues until that special day! I have been a busy bee baking and cooking for inn guests staying at Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa and preparing for our families arrival on Monday when we have 3 big guys that are always hungry and looking for beef:) I have tons of good meals in the freezer including lasagna & pot roast which are sure to please.

One of our traditions is to always have some type of cranberry sauce with our turkey feast on Christmas day. Several years ago my mom found this recipe in a magazine and we have been making it ever since. The pears add a nice texture to the cranberries and the orange juice and zest adds a nice citrus flavor.

Cranberry Pear Relish

4 cups of fresh cranberries ( about 1 pound)
2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 Tablespoon orange zest
2 slightly underripe pears, cored, peeled and cut into 1/3 inch dice (we like Anjou or Bosc pears)

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and stir well. Place the pan over medium heat and boil until the berries pop open, about 10 minutes.

Skim the foam off the surface with a metal spoon and let the relish cool to room temperature. Refrigerate, covered until ready to use. (can be stored in frog for up to 2 months)

Our holiday mantle at Brewster by the Sea.

Wishing everyone a blessed, peaceful holiday spent with dear family and friends.

Fondly, Donna, Byron and Harrrison and all of the staff at Brewster by the Sea

Pumpkin Bread for the Holidays 17 Dec 2014, 4:35 pm

by Donna Cain

Pumpkin Bread

I am always looking for new recipes and was delighted to see this one in the Washington Post by Deb Lindsey. This recipe lends itself to a Mediterranean diet with health benefits of using olive oil instead of butter. The oil gives the bread a rich depth of flavor while allowing the warm spices to shine through. We served it with cream cheese and fresh raspberries. The recipe makes two loaves so we had enough to serve to our guests this morning and save one loaf for Christmas dinner with our family.

Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2 loaves

2/3 cup of olive oil plus 4 teaspoons to grease 2- 9×5 loaf pans
2 cups whole wheat pastry
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup honey
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
4 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds

Preheat the oven to 350. Use the 4 teaspoons of olive oil to grease the loaf pans. Whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl beat together the pumpkin, honey, sugar, 2/3 cups olive oil and the eggs in a separate bowl until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir just until evenly incorporated. Pour the batter into the pans, smoothing it into the corners until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds, pressing them down lightly into the batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the top is browned and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


As I was making the batter I was tickled to see the spices were similar to our famous Brewster by the Sea Molasses Cookies- the only difference is the butter.

Wishing everyone a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas!

Fall Harvest at Brewster by the Sea 28 Oct 2014, 1:51 pm

by Donna Cain

Flowers from our garden

We have been using flowers from our gardens all summer long. We have greeting flowers with truffles when guests arrive and have been amazed that we still can find beautiful fresh flowers from our gardens. This morning I decided to go out to the back gardens before breakfast to see if I could find some last blooms for the breakfast table. I was so surprised to find a huge abundance of blooming flowers in our garden which included hydrangeas, monk’s hood, zinnias and fall mums. What a fall blessing!

We have not had a fall frost on Cape Cod and so continue to use fresh mint, parsley and nasturtiums with our breakfasts.

Parsley in our vegetable garden

Everyone is amazed at our hydrangeas that flank our pool. They are older plants that bloom continually all summer. Guest’s staying at Brewster by the Sea ask us what our secret is to have so many beautiful blooms…..I just smile as there is no secret. Our soil is naturally fertile with nutrients that hydrangeas need to bloom. This morning I was amazed to see many small new blooms on our plants.

hydrangeas around our pool

The roses continue to bloom as well….

Rose bud in front of our gazebo

A dear guest clued me into “Cleomes”. They are an annual and must be replanted every year but they are well worth the effort as they bloom all summer long. Our cleomes are still going strong.

Cleomes in our garden

My mom lived with us for many years and was an avid gardener. She was instrumental in creating our beautiful gardens at Brewster by the Sea. She loved to plant Zinnias in the spring as she always said that they gave color to the perennial garden when most of the flowers had already passed. This year I just had to smile as I planted many zinnias in the spring. They have been blooming all summer long and continue to provide color in our fall gardens.

Feeling very blessed on Cape Cod and loving our fall gardens. Is winter really coming?

Autumn Cape Cod at Brewster by the Sea 11 Sep 2014, 2:01 pm

by Donna Cain


Our Halloween witch has arrived at Brewster by the Sea

I love to decorate the inn by season and usually put out our Halloween pumpkins the first part of October. This year I saw these crazy witches legs in one of my favorite catalogs and just had to order two sets for each of our inns, Brewster by the Sea and the Captain Freeman Inn. Halloween is such a magical holiday and this decoration captures the feeling that we should always remember the importance of seeing life through the eyes of a child. My husband Byron had fun when they arrived, and we decided to put them out early:)

Crazy Byron

and he found the perfect home for them for all of our guests to see in front of the Orchard House, and I can enjoy them every day looking out our kitchen window.

The air is starting to cool and the days still perfect for swimming and beach walking as the waters in the  pool and ocean are still summer warm.

Brewster by the Sea pool

I really think that coming to Cape Cod this time of the year is the best kept secret. The restaurants are not as crowded and the flowers still beautiful…

Black eyed susans greet our guest at the front door

This has been such an increadable growing season this year. We had a great harvest of tomatoes that our guests have been enjoying – some days we serve them fresh with a little olive oil, salt and pepper

and other days we make a delicious tomato tart.

First course at Brewster by the Sea

Our parsley has also been thriving in our gardens, and I am forever hooked on using fresh parsley when cooking as opposed to dried.

Parsley in our garden

It’s also fun to see the fall perennials come into full color as can be seen in our beautiful Seedum plants-

Pink Seedum

All of our guests comment about our hydrangeas that flank our beautiful pool. This year we are having a second blooming period and it has been such a treat to use the young buds in our guest vases in the rooms.

Hydrangeas at Brewster by the Sea

One of Harrison’s favorite places to go is Upper Mill Pond. The Punkhorns flank the pond, and it is a beautiful area to walk in the woods and later to swim in the pond. This morning Byron was able to capture this shot of a sailboat.

Sailboat in Upper Mill Pond

The Conservation society just purchased additional land directly across from the inn which proves wonderful walk paths for our guests to enjoy. The wind Mill is a perfect back drop for our guests to enjoy in all seasons. Byron just captures this shot this morning with the beautiful yellow flowers.

Windmill across form Brewster by the Sea

And last but not least is a beautiful picture that Byron took this morning in the field directly across from the inns. His talents never cease to amaze me….

Here is to exhaling on Cape Cod and feeling very blessed!

Sunset on Breakwater Beach

Day Trip #3- Nantucket 26 Aug 2014, 6:16 pm

by Donna Cain

Guests frequently ask us which is the best island to see during their stay- Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket? While we love both islands we usually recommend Nantucket for guests that are staying 3-4 days on Cape Cod. The island is smaller, a little less commercial and you don’t have to plan your transportation when you reach Nantucket as the ferry drops you off right near the cobblestone village. You can rent a bike or moped and easily traverse the whole island or you may just decide to stay in the village and shop and dine in the many wonderful eateries and stores.


Photo by Patrick Sampson

During the summer months there is a smaller ferry close by to the inn, The Freedom Cruise Line which is only a 15 minute drive, has free parking and about an hour ride over the Nantucket (30 miles out to sea).

We love to bring our own bikes, wear our suits under our clothes and pack a picnic lunch. The bike path on the island goes by several beautiful beaches. After a nice ride we go back into town have a nice dinner and hop on the ferry home.

Photo by Robert-Burger

In 1966 Nantucket was declared a national historic landmark as it has more than 800 building constructed before 1850.

Peter Nohrnberg of Cambridge, MA

Since it was center to a very successful whaling industry in the mid 1800’s the island has a wonderful whaling museum. It’s a must see during your trip to the island. The building was originally a candle factory and appropriately tells the story of candle making  and whaling history. The whale skelton shown below can be see in the Gosnell Hall which also has a fully rigged whaling boat to help you envision what it was like in the 1800’s.

Photo by Krystyna-Hannum

Some of our favorite must sees are included below:

photo by James-Nohrnberg

1. First Congregational Church- The church is open for tours May-October. This church is known for it’s 120 foot steeple from which there are 350 degree panoramic views of the island and ocean. The climb to the top is 94 steps and on a clear day worth every step. The church was built with whaling money in 1834.

photo by Aimee-Jones

2. Brant Point Light House- This light house was built in 1746 and is the first one used on the island to guard the northern entrance. Originally is was very primitive using lanterns hung on ropes between two poles. The lighthouse is small in size but large in symbolism as local folklore says that if you throw two pennies overboard as you pass near the lighthouse ensures that you will have a safe return.

3. Fire Hose Cart House-  This small 1886 neighborhood fire station is the only one of it’s kind remaining on the island.  Many of it’s kind were built after the destructive Great Fire of 1846 which began in a hat factory and destroyed 1/3 of the town.

photo by Cyndi-Ganley

4. Old Mill- This windmill was thought to be made of salvage wood was built in 1746. The Dutch style windmill has canvas sails and a granite stone that still grinds corn in the summer. A reminder of when the island’s principal activity was farming.

5. Great Light House- This lighthouse is a 70-foot stone structure which guarded the northeast tip of Nantucket for 166 years, until a ferocious storm destroyed the structure in 1984. This new one was built to withstand 20 foot waves and 240 mile winds.

6. Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum-  This building replicates the original 1874 Surfside Lifesaving Service station that survives today as the Nantucket Hostel. Instead of being at the water’s edge, it’s now perfectly situated on the side of a marsh. The museum is dedicated  to humanity  efforts against the treacherous seas which lead to over 700 shipwrecks surrounding the island .

7. Surfside Bike Path- This is a flat 2.5 bike path to the beach.

8. Polpis Road Path- This is a 16.5 mile ride and is especially beautiful in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom.

9. Sconset- This is a charming village on the eastern shore of Nantucket. The village is renowned for it’s rose covered houses, all close together.


10. Lightship Basket Mueseum-

These lovely baskets were created on ships when crew members had extra time while on long sea voyages. They were made to withstand the test of time. This little museum has recreated a workshop with simple tools that help guests see how these baskets were originally made.

photo by Leslie-Busino

11. Nantucket Noel- This old fashion festival begins the day after Thanksgiving with a tree lighting ceremony. After the lighting enjoy special concerts and holiday cheer.

12. Christmas Stroll- This tradition began in 1973 and taking place on the first Saturday of December. The stroll includes vintage costume carolers, and a festive decorated downtown.

Nantucket use to be called “that far away island” by native Indians. Nowadays we like to think of Nantucket as a close by neighbor that is a wonderful day trip for our guests staying at Brewster by the Sea on Cape Cod.

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