Donna and Byron moved to Cape Cod in 2003 when they decided to make a broad leap in life to become innkeepers. They purchased Brewster by the Sea where they totally remodeled many parts of the inn as well as adding a wonderful spa. In 2010, the Captain Freeman Inn became available, and it seemed like a natural to add a second inn to the mix since that property had been their dream inn when they were looking years before. They closed in January 2011 and have been busy over the past few years updating and redecorating the entire inn.
Byron was born and raised in the mountains of Wyoming (you'll occasionally see a really spiffy pair of cowboy boots and belt buckle) where he evolved a true love for the outdoors and nature. A career as a geophysicist allowed him to travel the world. Donna was born in the Berkshires and spent many years catering in that area. Later travels brought her to Houston where she met Byron, and they raised their family. Donna worked for several large furniture stores as a buyer and this experience has been invaluable in decorating the inns.
The couple has an adorable Labradoodle named Harrison Massasoit. He lives in the owner’s quarters at Brewster by the Sea but spends time at both properties visiting with guests. He is incredibly well behaved and hypoallergenic. You can see more of him at our flickr account and he also has his own facebook page.
About our staff
Since adding a second property several new positions were created to run both inns smoothly. We now have a wonderful staff who truly care about the hospitality and fine details that we are known for.
Nick is our breakfast chef and baker. He comes to the Freeman with a wealth of experience and has been very helpful in setting up our new summer menus. He supports the farm to table movement and is always available in the morning to discuss any special dietary needs. Nick has a darling daughter, Lily and if you ask you can see a picture of her in the folder of his menu book.
Nathan, the innkeeper and son, is living in the Chatham room. Look for his smiling face all over the inn. He does just about everything you can imagine and has been invaluable through the renovations. He is currently attending UMass Dartmouth with a double major in Biology and economics. Rumors of wanting to be a doctor have been heard. (Always nice to watch our children grow up and become adults!.) His sense of humor is appreciated by coworkers and guests alike, and his sharp intelligence has led to many interesting conversations in our guest parlor.
Anise just joined our team and is a wonderful addition to our housekeeping team. She is known for her detailed work and always has a smile on her face. She is vey hardworking and has an evening job at a nursing home close bye.
Corinne is our main housekeeper at the Captain Freeman. While being very quiet at first, we have grown to appreciate her wonderful sense of humor. Her dedication, integrity and hard work is very much appreciated and such an important part of our business. Originally from Jamaica, she moved to the United States in 2009 to be close to her sister, niece and nephews. An Aunt Extraordinaire, Corrine loves to spend time at home with her family in Orleans playing games, going to the beach, and watching Disney movies.
Mitzi joined us last summer and has become such a special part of our team. She always comes to work with a smile on her face and has been such a caring team player. She has been invaluable over the summer as she divides her time helping the housekeeping staff at both inns. Mitzi also has a second job as a nursing assistant at a nursing home on the Cape.
Brittany is a local high school student and will be helping us serve breakfast and clean rooms during the summer months. We are thrilled and delighted to be her first employer and have already found her work ethics to be commendable.
Last but not least is our loveable handyman Antonio. Antonio lives on the property and can honestly do just about anything! Painting, landscaping, tiling, plumbing, electrical wiring, furniture repairing – you name it, Antonio does it! Born in Colombia, he has been living in the United States for the past 20 years and working hard to put his children through school and, he hopes, to eventually move his family here to be with him. His work ethic is unparalleled, and the fact that he does it all with a huge grin makes us respect him even more.
We are so appreciative of our staff and consider them to be our family.