By Donna Cain, Innkeeper and owner
Breakfast is one of my favorite times at the inn, and I always love to ask guests about their previous day’s experiences. This past weekend we had a lovely repeat guest stay with us that comes to Cape Cod to rest and rejuvenate. I so loved hearing about her adventures that I asked if I could mention some of her favorites in our blog. She was glad to share and actually e-mailed me one that she had forgotten to mention. Listed below are some of her favorites:
The Rose Dorothea Schooner Library in P”town-
For those that have never visited the library, it is a wonderful experience filled with a unique surprise- there is a replica boat in the middle of the building that is filled with history.
The Rose Dorothea won the “Lipton Cup”in a dramatic finish in 1907. The Lipton Cup was a special prize offered by Sir Thomas Lipton, who was an avid yachtsman, for the Fisherman’s Cup Race, a 42 mile race which took place in Massachusetts Bay, between Boston and Gloucester. The boat was an Indianhead schooner, designed by Tom McManus and built in 1905, at a cost of $15,000. In 1917 the schooner was sunk by German U-boat while traveling from Portugal to Saint John’s with a cargo of salt. Her crew escaped into dories and made it safely to Lisbon.
The boat that is found in the library is a half scale replica and was built as a tribute to Provincetown’s fishermen and New England ship building. Master ship builder Francis A. Flyer Santos oversaw construction, which started in 1977. The sails were hand sewn by Ernest W. Smith of New Bedford, one of the few men left who could create authentic sails for a Grand Banks Schooner. The Schooner sits on the second floor of the library with the sails high (the ceiling was modified to fit the tall masts) above which was originally the sanctuary of the Center Methodist Episcopal Church of Provincetown, built in 1860.
Wired Puppy , Specialty coffee and tea
We love coffee and tea and are anxious to try out this wonderful coffee shop. Our guest raved about the wonderful selection of teas ,and she chose the decaf jasmine green which is a loose tea option available at this eclectic house.
Napi’s restaurant, Provincetowns most unique restaurant-
Our guest is vegetarian with some food allergies so we recommended Napi’s. They have many vegetarian options and the menu is very eclectic and the clam chowder delicious!
Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary
Wellfleet Bay provides peace and unmatched beauty on the hillsides and shoreline overlooking Wellfleet Harbor. Extensive trails bring you to a panoramic salt marsh, sandy barrier beach, and pine woodlands, each attracting a wide array of wildlife. The sanctuary features a universally accessible trail and an award-winning “green” nature center with professional exhibits and aquariums. There is a $5 entrance fee to walk the trails which is worth every penny!
The Brewster Fish House is still our favorite restaurant on Cape Cod, simple, elegant dining that uses fresh local fish.
Leslie loved Harrison, and she mentioned that spending time with him each morning had soothing affect on her soul and heart. We totally understand as our 4 legged friend loves us unconditionally.
White Cedar Swamp-
We found this wonderful walk trail last winter and have been recommending it to our guests ever since. The trail is found in the Marconi Beach area and includes a well maintained walk path and board walk through the swamp.
We visit the Chocolate Sparrow frequently, and I love the Sparrow coffee which includes a chocolate flavoring. Our guest loved the atmosphere and was pleased when they accommodated her food allergies.
Last but not least our guest mentioned that she loved coming back to the Captain Freeman to rest by the fire in her room to read.
We left her some gluten free cookies in her room to enjoy with a good cup of Harney and Son tea.
Thanks Leslie for staying with us and sharing all of your favorite spots.