Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2021

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Page 119 of 131 118 The beautiful town of Brewster has all the charm you would expect from a small town on the Cape. Because of its location away from busy Route 6, Brewster is off the beaten path and filled with quaint, quiet charm. Bordered on the north by Cape Cod Bay, to the west by the town of Dennis and the east by the town of Orleans, it is the perfect destination for a relax- ing, family-friendly, serene and peaceful day trip or vacation. Brewster was named in honor of Elder William Brewster, the religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. First settled in 1656 as a par- ish of Harwich, Brewster separated from Har- wich and officially incorporated in 1803. Brew- ster is known as "The Sea Captain's Town" as it was a favorite home of prestigious sea captains in the 1800s. Many of the captains' elegant homes built in the Victorian, Greek Revival and American Colonial architecture styles still stand as a reminder of Brewster's rich seafaring his- tory. While some of the meticulously preserved homes are privately owned, several inns and bed & breakfasts allow guests to take a step back in time and experience the historic am- biance blended with today's modern comforts and amenities. Learn more about Brewster's fas- cinating past by exploring the historic buildings and interactive exhibitions at the Brewster His- torical Society Museum, Stony Brook Grist Mill and Drummer Boy Park. Brewster is home to miles of sandy beaches that are sure to be enjoyed by the whole family. Public saltwater beaches situated on Cape Cod Bay include Crosby Landing, Linnell Landing, El- lis Landing, Point of Rocks Landing, Breakwater Beach, Saint's Landing, Robbins Hill Beach and Paines Creek Beach. Mile-wide tidal sand flats – often referred to as the "Brewster Flats" – make Brewster beaches perfect for families. At low tide, children can wade in warm tidal pools and hunt for starfish, crabs and periwinkles. While there are no life guards at the Brewster Bay Beaches, the small surf and calm waters make for a family-friendly and safe atmosphere, even at high tide. For visitors who prefer fresh water, Brewster is home to Long Pond, the largest freshwa- ter pond on Cape Cod. A lifeguard is on duty here from July 4th weekend through Labor Day weekend, seven days a week, from 9am-4am. Long Pond is accessible from Crowell's Bog Road, just off Route 124. Parking permits are required for Brewster beaches. Dogs are prohibited on beaches be- tween June 1st and October 1st. Beach parking permits may be purchased seven days a week at the rear entrance of the Brewster Town Of- fice Building located at 2198 Main Street (Route 6A). Beach parking lots fill up quickly, so it is always best to start beach days early! If you are planning to catch your own dinner, Brewster offers many ways to do it! Freshwa- ter fishing is popular at many Brewster ponds. Freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses must be purchased before getting your line wet. Shell fishing permits are available at the Brewster Town Office Building, Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. If you prefer to leave the fishing to the professionals (or if you run out b r e wst e r e Sea Captain's Town By Abigail Haines The Blacksmith Shop Photo by William Cannon The Herring Run Photo by William Cannon

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