Brewster, Cape Cod Travel Guide

There's a lot more to lazy, bayside Brewster than meets the eye; it’s got a history that stretches nearly as far back as America’s, and a superior selection of antique shops and seafood restaurants. And like any other Cape Cod town, its beaches beg for combing. Vacation Rentals.com is here to help you plan an easeful, inexpensive vacation. But if we’ve left something out of our Brewster travel guide, please let us know. Once you’re sold on a Brewster vacation, book a Cape Cod beach house rental to go with it.

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What to Do in Brewster, Cape Cod

Brewster has ponds for fishing, trails for biking, and museums for learning – that’s easily enough to keep you tied up for a weekend (or even a week).

Brewster Cape Cod Beach

On the Beach

  • Set up camp on the beach at Nickerson State Park, where you can swim, sunbathe, build sandcastles, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak, and essentially play in the sun all daylong.
  • Even the tiniest tots appreciate splashing around on Breakwater Beach, Brewster’s shallowest and calmest beach.
  • Kayak or canoe on Flax Pond.
  • Fish on Cliff or Higgins Pond.
  • Sail Cape Cod Bay.

Off the Beach

  • Go on a guided horseback ride at Emerald Hollow Farm.
  • Bike Cape Cod Rail Trail.
  • With the Ocean Edge Golf Club and Captain’s Golf Course, Brewster’s got lots in store for golf-loving neophytes and pros. Harbor Lights Mini Golf, on the other hand, offers up a more easygoing, family-oriented game.

Brewster Attractions

  • Brewster Historical Society Museum – Venture into this 1800s home and take a look around. Every nook and cranny features art, artifacts, and other vestiges from Brewster’s charismatic past.
  • Brewster Ladies’ Library – It’s easy enough to get swept up by a good book in slumberous Brewster, but with the town’s winsome Victorian library, reading deserves a spot on your itinerary.
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History – Eighty acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits make up this mega museum, which has a particular appeal for kids, who can get up close to cute (but not necessarily cuddly) animals like honeybees and box turtles.
  • Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum – It’s not just a working corn mill; find out why by dropping by.
  • New England Fire & History Museum – Bring your little one, the one who wants to fight fire when he or she grows up, here.

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What to See in Brewster

Whether you’re sitting on the edge of your seat or sightseeing around town, there’s a lot to take in.

  • Harris-Black House and Higgins Farm Windmill – This historic windmill may not do much these days – it’s no longer operating – but it’s a fascinating reminder of Brewster’s post-colonial history.
  • Cape Cod Repertory Theatre – From Sondheim to Shakespeare, there’s very little this theater troupe won’t tackle. Most shows are held outdoors.
  • Paine’s Creek – Makes a great backdrop for a family portrait, and the sunsets are sublime!

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Where to Shop and Eat in Brewster

Seafood’s the name of the game in Brewster, Cape Cod. If fried calamari, grilled salmon, and other fishy dishes make you nervous, you probably won’t enjoy the Brewster dining experience. Otherwise, you’re bound to gain a pound or two while you’re here. So, loosen up your belts and get ready to fill your belly up with Cape Cod’s finest and freshest catches.

Brewster Cape Cod Seafood Restaurants

Brewster Restaurants

  • Cobie’s Clam Shack – Your kids can inhale a foot long hot dog with a side of onion rings while you chow down on clam chowder.
  • Brewster Inn & Chowder House – Come here for all the seafood classics and none of the fuss! After dinner, head over to the Woodshed, a bar out back, for live music and beer.
  • Chillingsworth – Fancy foodies will love getting dressed up for a multi-course dinner here. Chillingsworth’s eloquent menu includes “butter poached lobster with spinach and fennel” and “soft shelled crab with curried coconut milk sauce.” Feel out of your element? That’s okay, a more down-to-earth, but no less delicious, bistro is also on-site.
  • The Bramble Inn and Restaurant – Bring your appetite beacuse after cleaning your plate, you’ll find yourself picking off of other people's plates. And you might as well. There’s so much to discover here – the exotic entrees change day to day, while the standard seafood curry is a must-eat.
  • Brewster Fish House – This cozy antique house features scrumptious appetizers like lobster bisque and crispy calamari, but leave room for the main course – try the sautéed sea scallops or keep it simple with fish and chips. 
  • Brewster Pizza House – Tired of fish? Stick to Hawaiian Pizza, Spinach Fetta Pizza, or just plain cheese at this tried and true favorite.
  • El Guapo’s Taqueria – Unpretentious and unforgettable, Brewster’s one and only option for Mexican food doesn’t disappoint. Not convinced? Give the legendary fish tacos a try.
  • Peddler’s Café and Grill – Surprise your honey with an intimate dinner at this French restaurant. 
  • JT’s Seafood – Hungry for a crisp crab meat wrap, sea scallop casserole, or set of sloppy barbecue ribs? Not many restaurants serve up such zesty and inspired variety like JT’s.
  • Hopkins House Bakery – If your sweet tooth is getting to you, drop by this enchanting bake shop for a fruit pie or corn muffin.
  • Breakwater Fish and Lobster – Instead of dining out, stock up your Brewster vacation rental with goodies from this seafood market and cook up your own masterpiece.

Top Brewster Shops

There’s a hole burning in everyone’s pocket in Brewster. The town’s packed with great excuses to spend money on stuff – old stuff, new stuff. Here’s a list of Brewster’s most endearing shops.

  • Countryside Antiques – If you’re looking for a new piece of furniture, you could very well end up buying a big-ticket item here. Just have your new coffee table or dresser shipped home!
  • The Spectrum – It’s a delightfully mixed bag of pottery and other artistic pieces at this Cape Cod chain.
  • The Brewster Store – This church turned general store has been in business since the mid-1800s, and today, you can buy classic Coke bottles, candy, and other miscellaneous, though charming jumble. 
  • Art House Gallery – An eclectic assortment of art work is always on display in this 19th century home. 
  • Underground Gallery – Discover the local art work of Karen North Wells.
  • Eve’s Place – Update your jewelry collection with freshwater or Akoya pearls!

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When to Visit Brewster

Like all of Cape Cod, Brewster condo rentals and vacation homes are pretty much a summer thing. That doesn’t mean there aren’t many other times worthy of visiting; simply put, summer’s when the city’s wide awake and geared up for tourists like you. However, with the exception of December, January, and February, the weather’s lovely and inviting (if not ideal for swimming) year-round. Tip: come to Brewster during the Brewster in Bloom Festival, an annual May celebration of the local foliage, featuring a pleasant variety of family activities and a parade.

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What to Know About Brewster

Planning to fish? Well, plan to get your fishing license at the Brewster Town Hall. If you’re interested in going out into the ocean on a deep-sea excursion, head a good ways out from Brewster, as the town lacks a deep harbor.

Some could care less about fishing, but they’ll still need a $15/day beach parking sticker from the Brewster Visitor Center.

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What to Bring to Your Brewster, Cape Cod Condo

On a single day in Brewster, you could spend some time on the beach and at a gourmet restaurant, so pack a medley of outfits for these daily changes of scenery. However, your Brewster, Cape Cod rental may come with numerous beach supplies and accessories, so be careful not to over pack.

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Brewster’s Local Services

Learn to sail at Cape Cod Sail, rent a canoe from Jack’s Boat Rentals, or join a private fishing charter! Brewster is full of top-of-the-line tourist services that are here to make your stay as convenient and fun as possible.

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Getting to Brewster, Cape Cod

Boston’s Logan International Airport is easy to fly into and Brewster’s an easy (though lengthy) drive from it. Route 3 will get you to and from in about an hour and forty five minutes.

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Why Brewster, Cape Cod Vacation Rentals?

Before you reserve a hotel room or room at the Brewster by the Sea Inn, carefully consider your options for Brewster, Cape Cod vacation homes and beach condos. Vacation Rentals.com boasts a bunch of beautiful Cape Cod rentals available for your trip and they’ll help you stay within your budget, no matter how tight it is! Not to mention, unlike a hotel room, Brewster vacation rentals feature lots of space and amenities. So, even though you’ll spend less money, you’ll get a whole lot more with a Brewster beach house rental.

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