Category Archives: Area Attractions

The Lower Cape “herring run” Brewster

April 23, 2014 by parsonageinn

DSC_0405This annual “pilgrimage” takes place from mid April for about a month and indirectly announces the beginning of warmer weather.  Last year we experienced it for the first time, I am not sure what we were expecting, but I can say we were not prepared for what we witnessed.

Herrings are anadromous, meaning that although they spend most of their lives in the ocean, they return to the same fresh water ponds or lakes where they were born to spawn. By mid April those ponds have a water temperature of around 55f and the schools of herring navigate up the streams and brooks to their spawning grounds.  On the way and at many spots on route, they gather in shallow ponds before continuing their leaping up the waterfalls and “ladders” to their final destination.  One such spot on route is Pains Creek directly across from Stony Creek Grist Mill.  This all seems fine for the herring, tiring yes, but really a piece of cake, right, that is until you introduce the seagulls into the equation.  DSC_0398Waiting in the shallow ponds and approaching almost in fighter formation, the gulls dive bomb and gorge themselves on the herring, flicking them in the air and swallowing head first in one motion!   It’s an extraordinary sight.  Thousands of herrings patiently waiting their turns and the squawking and squabbling gulls.

Heading down 6A, the Old King’s Highway from Orleans and through Brewster you take a left at the fork by the sign for Stony Brook Road. Less than a mile up the road, you’ll see the spot.

You won’t be disappointed!

Not just a pretty face!

July 19, 2013 by parsonageinn

It’s an interesting thought, but when one considers a break on the Cape, plans or activities that immediately spring to mind might include; the wonderful beaches and dunes, the salty air, fabulous trails, spectacular sunsets, or an abundance of fish restaurants.

Perhaps the arts should be added to that list. Whether it’s an outdoor and often free music concert during the summer season, or a variety of drama theatres, the Lower Cape has something for everyone.

The Nauset Beach Concert Series offers everything from acoustic, to rock, to reggae, every Monday night, running to August 26 at the Gazebo on the beach.

Step back in time and spend an evening at an original drive-in theatre. http://www.wellfleetcinemas.com/drive-in-theatre

One of the highlights of the summer season has to be the 24th Annual Cape Cod Five Pops in the Park where the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra perform classics under the direction of Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor. http://artsfoundation.org/pops-in-the-park

For those who are looking for drama, you’re spoilt for choice, with theatres in Dennisport, Brewster, Chatham and Wellfleet. However on our doorstep and just a 10 minute walk from the Parsonage Inn is the Academy Playhouse http://www.apacape.org/wp/. Summer performances include, Chicago and Les Miserables. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Join us at the Parsonage Inn, where we’re not just a pretty face.