Brewster is an historic sea captains' town located on the bay side of Cape
Cod. Established in 1803, the town encompasses approximately twenty three
square miles, including over 325 acres of beach and marshlands, with 24
ponds larger than 10 acres in size.
Brewster has taken action to protect the town's historic character by
establishing sign codes and site plan review by-laws and is in the process
of updating its comprehensive plan. In 1985, the town took steps to
protect its open space and water quality by purchasing close to 700 acres
of land. Currently, over one-third of Brewster's land has been retained
for conservation, open space, recreation and watershed protection.
Consequently, Brewster boasts award-winning drinking water and two
nationally acclaimed 18-hole golf courses among other recreation sites.
Nickerson State Park contains 400 acres of trails for biking and hiking,
camping areas, and freshwater ponds for swimming, fishing and boating.
Brewster has over 15 bed and breakfast inns and over 30 art galleries,
craft shops and antique shops, most of which are along historic Route 6A,
the old "King's Highway".
Brewster's current year-round population of about 8,400 grows to about
20,000 in the summer season as visitors come to sample the diversions of
Brewster was once part of Harwich, actually the original part of
Harwich, the North Parish.
Then, in 1803 the North Parish was spun
off to become incorporated as Brewster and the newer section of
Harwich, the South Parish, remained as Harwich. This provided for
some interesting politics as many of the movers and shakers of
Harwich lived in the North Parish, now Brewster.
Brewster, with its northern boundary on Cape Cod Bay, has always
been associated with the sea. At one time, it is said, Brewster had
more deep water captains per population than any other town, roaming
the globe, from Europe to Australia to the islands of the South
Pacific. But the deep water shipping is now history.
Today Brewster, and its visitors, benefit from the legacy of its
ship captains. Many of their beautiful homes have become the
delightful B&Bs that are prime examples of the current major
industry of Brewster - host to visitors.
However, if you call the Brewster Chamber of Commerce and ask for
information about hotels and/or motels you will get this answer: "We
don't have any hotels or motels in Brewster. The nearest thing to a
hotel is the Ocean Edge Resort and everything else is either a B&B,
three rooms or less, or an inn."
Brewster is not "any place U.S.A." and this is what Brewster wants.
And this is what its many happy and repeat visitors want.