Exploring Cape Cod…the Innkeeper’s Day Off

by: Elizabeth Newcomer, Innkeeper

As the innkeeper of a busy bed and breakfast during the summer, I am pretty much always around the inn, enjoying visits with our guests, having fun in the kitchen or just around the garden watering our many, many plants 🙂 That being said, I cherish Tuesdays because Donna takes over Brewster by the Sea and I get to take the day for myself.

Some days off I am pretty lazy and just spend the day catching up on laundry, maybe venturing out of the inn for a pedicure at our favorite spot Mia’s Nails in Brewster or grabbing a quick lobster roll at Sesuit Harbor Cafe. Yesterday this was not the case! I was busy from 9am – 9pm and man, oh man, what a fun day it was!

I began my morning by taste testing a bite or two of the cinnamon roll we had prepared for our guests breakfast. It was delicious so I checked that quality control test off my imaginary to-do list and went on with my morning. First thing on the agenda was a trip to The Knob in Woods Hole. Two of our guests who had stayed with us a few weeks back had recommended this walk after finding out that I was new to the Cape and suggested it was a wonderful, relaxing walk with phenomenal views – a must see on the Cape! Let me tell you, it does not disappoint! The Knob is a little over an hour drive from Brewster by the Sea, near Falmouth and Woods Hole and is a great way to spend a couple of hours when the weather is nice. Parking is free and available right at the trail head – very easy to find!

The Knob at Woods HoleI had worked up a little bit of an appetite walking around and had heard of this great bakery in Woods Hole called Pie in the Sky and decided to give it a try. It’s a great little spot with both indoor and outdoor seating and wow, was it crowded but worth the 5 minute wait in line for a delicious chocolate chip cookie! The bakery is open 7 days a week from 5am-10pm. For guests who want to visit Martha’s Vineyard during their stay, Woods Hole is where the Steamship Authority ferry departs from and a sweet treat from the bakery would be very enjoyable during your trip across the water! Pie in the Sky Bakery

After the bakery, I made by way back to Brewster to enjoy a fresh salad with ingredients picked from our garden and just relaxed for a few hours. I have started a little Tuesday tradition of going to the movies at Cape Cinema in Dennis, just about 10 minutes from the inn. This is a great little independent theater that shows just one or two movies a week and usually they are independent films or documentaries. This week I saw Dark Horse, a documentary about a group of working class folks in a small Welsh village who decided to break into “the king’s sport” of horse racing and take on the elite by breeding their own racehorse. Cape Cinema has a fun “Throwback Thursdays” promotion going on throughout the summer where they will be showing cult-classics such as The Big Lebowski, The Princess Bride and Pulp Fiction. 

After the movie, I made my way over to West Dennis for dinner. I had made a reservation at Clean Slate Eatery, recommended by Bryon and Donna who had just dined there on Saturday evening and had only wonderful things to say about their meal, the ambience and Chef Jason Montigel and his team. Clean Slate Eatery is a casual yet epicurean experience that our foodie guests will definitely enjoy! They have dinner service Tuesday – Saturday each week with the seating time beginning at 6:45pm. I opted to do the wine pairings along with each course and started out with a great sparkling rose.

Sparkling Wine at Clean Slate Eatery

Below from left to right are pictures of the six amazing courses I enjoyed for dinner last night.
Top Left: Day Boat Scallop Tartare, Benton’s Country Ham Gelato, Korean Red Pepper KrumKake, Fish Sauce Caramel, White Chocolate
Top Right: Pea Variations – CBI (Chatam Bars Inn) Farm, English, Snow, Snap, Tendrils, Pureed, Charred, Raw
Middle Left: Striped Bass with Crispy Skin, Center Street Farm Garlic Scapes, Cape Abilities Gazpacho Flavors
Middle Right: Skirt Steak from Northeast Family Farms, “Chimichurri”, Empanadas de Papas, Backyard Egg Yolk
Bottom Left: La Petite Tomme Lazy Lady Farm, Estfield, Vermond, Goat’s Milk PUnk Horn, Farm Pickled Red & Green Strawberries
Bottom Right: Financier Brown Butter Cake, Whipped Chocolate, Toasted Milk, Blueberry Sorbet

Dinner at Clean Slate Eatery

In addition to the wonderful food pictured above were some amazing little surprises such as oyster on the half shell with lemon horseradish granita, homemade Hawaiian rolls with whipped sorghum brown butter & 38 second microwave birthday cake with real buttercream. The intimate setting of the restaurant creates a communal dining experience and all the guests visit with each other and the chefs. There were some really insightful comments made during the dinner such as, the ingredients are so fresh this time of year, why mess with it? – serve it raw, or the buttercream really tastes like butter – it is real, it reminds you what buttercream should actually taste like.

The menu changes each week and Tuesdays are an exciting day to dine at Clean Slate Eatery as it is the first night the new menu rolls out so the chefs are still figuring out what the final plate-up of each dish is going to be. There is a beauty in the un-refined, non-pretentious atmosphere at Clean Slate Eatery and on top of that, the food is top notch to boot. Definitely recommend but be aware that the dinner takes a little over 2 hours from start to finish. It was 9pm by the time I got in the car to come home and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow! Food coma…we’ve all been there.

Overall, a great day off, exploring this wondrous place I live – Cape Cod! Can’t wait until next Tuesday when my friends from VA will be visiting and I’ll be going on my very first Whale Watching experience out of Provincetown! Stay tuned and enjoy the holiday weekend!

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