‘Tis the Season…

Here it is, December and Christmas is everywhere. I haven’t started my shopping yet; I don’t know what to get for anyone this year. Many of those on my list are fortunate enough to not “need” anything per se, and I’m not feeling moved to shop for just any old gift anymore.

Sure, I can buy my husband a remote car starter, the phone case he wants, and miscellaneous other items but when we sit in front of the Christmas tree and open these things ~ it’s over in minutes. I want to give gifts that MEAN something this year, the kind that will create lasting memories; that’s why I think I am going to approach this season a bit differently.

Sandwich Holly Days kicks off in town and features different events each weekend. We’re going to go on the Holiday Homes Tour on December 9 and finish with dinner in the Conservatory under the twinkle lights overlooking the waterfall. The Inn is decorated – lights and festive décor around every corner; it’s worth taking a stroll through. Time together with my husband and building a memory – that will be a great kick-off to the holidays.

Focus on the festivities this year; that’s what I am going to try to do. I not going to get caught up in those crazy buying days – instead I’m thinking about different gifts to share this year. You’d better believe a night with all my nieces and nephews at Heritage Mus© Lance Keimig Photographicseum and Gardens for the Gardens Aglow is going to be on the list with burgers and pizza in the Tavern when we’re done.  Seeing their faces as we stroll through the sparkling gardens and go for a spin on the carousel; that will definitely be a gift. Of course I will get them a gift to unwrap …  I bet I can find something right here at the Inn’s Gift Shop.

Now what about gifts for my husband? Sure, there are “things” I could get him as I mentioned before but, I’m just not into “things” this year; maybe it’s because I’m another year older, I don’t know.  But, a gift of an overnight stay at the Inn – yes…. the Beach Plum Romance Package sounds like such a great escape – massages, scrubs, champagne and more. Wouldn’t that make a great gift wrapped under the tree? I will of course make it fun with some chocolates, maybe new slippers and a robe or something; and know that in two weeks we have a romantic weekend away! How fun! Or, maybe I’ll book us a room for New Year’s Eve. We can take in the 1st annual Sandwich First Night events, savor a romantic fireside dinner in the Music Room and wake to the new year in our cozy room at the inn.

There’s so many options; so many opportunities to create memories; after all, what kind of memories are created as I am running store to store and not seeing family and friends this season?  Take a moment, maybe you too can tie your shopping into creating memories…. Here’s some overnight escape ideas that may just help….

  • Gardens Aglow Package
  • Christmas Glass Museum Package
  • Amore Package
  • Sweetheart Package
  • Romance Getaway Package
  • I Love You More Luxury Package

There’s even more too! My mom and sisters would love it if we could all escape together and there’s a fabulous Girls Getaway Package that would be perfect! Wow, this Christmas is going to be FILLED to the brim with fantastic memories! Now, I’m getting excited to get my shopping done!

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It’s an Inn, it’s a hotel, and it’s a bed and breakfast….. It’s all of them…. A “BOUTIQUE” hotel.

As a person who has been working in the hotel industry for most of my working years, there definitely is a difference between a “box” hotel and a boutique hotel. I personally have now worked at three boutique hotels; and as different as they are, they are very similar.

Sure, you call and make a reservation; you want the best rate for the best quality room that you can afford but does X brand hotel ask you if you are celebrating a special occasion? Does X brand ask you if you want the same room you stayed in last time you visited? Does X brand hear you when you say you hate the color red and they offer you a room decorated in subtle blues and yellows? A boutique hotel does.

We WANT to know that you are celebrating your 10th anniversary or that it is the first time you are getting away since having twins; we WANT to know that you are coming to visit the area because your family is here; we WANT to know these things. Why? Because if you are celebrating your anniversary, expect a bottle of complimentary champagne in your room. If you hate the color red, then you won’t be assigned to a room with red walls. If you are getting away from the babies for the first time, we will make sure you are in a room that is quiet and has a very relaxed setting. Visiting family? We will probably recommend one of our suites with a separate living room so you can have company in an environment that will make you feel like you are in the comfort of your own home.

And talking about rooms, know those hotels you stay at and all the rooms are exactly the same? Well, you won’t find that here. Every room is different, every room is unique, and every room is decorated like you may decorate at home (or dream of!). We don’t purchase our furnishings from the hotel supply company – we go to local furniture stores, we go to antique shops, we buy things you can purchase for your own home; we want you to feel like you are at home – we like cozy, we like elegant, we like unique – just like you do.  We design your room like it was a room in our home. Sure, some things we purchase in quantity, but I know personally that more things than not are individual purchases. When a lamp breaks in one of our rooms; we can’t go to the closet and get a second one to just replace it. We call our owner, we look at the room, we look at the décor; we go shopping.

We have to admit though; sometimes we have big mouths… If it’s your night to propose; you can bet that every manager in the building will know. You may feel like you are being watched – guess what? You are! We are going to make sure all our employees know your plans for the weekend; they are going to make sure you get the best table in the dining room, they are going to make sure your champagne and glasses are delivered to your room, they are going to make sure your walk around the grounds are uninterrupted. Our staff wants to be amongst the first to congratulate you both! That’s who we are – your extended family – if it’s your first time here or you are coming back for your 10th anniversary!

What else does our boutique hotel offer? Believe it or not, we have all the conveniences of the big box hotels too. We have a gift shop, two restaurants, an outdoor pool, facilities for exercise, Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations, flat screen TV’s and more. But those things are everywhere; they are expected. What you will find here is a Front Desk staff that will learn your name; that will ask about your adventure for the day; give you suggestions and WANT to hear about YOU and your preferences!

So if you Google “boutique hotels”, you will find so many opinions and so many similar definitions across the internet, but to sum it up, a boutique hotel is a small hotel, with an outstanding atmosphere offering great service and is unique overall. But the best explanation I found was “….  …. it is an accommodation that makes their guests feel happy and contented while staying there, makes them feel extraordinary, makes them… recognize that this hotel is worth discussing with others.” (Found on http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/216448/hotels_and_hostels/what_exactly_is_a_boutique_hotel.html)

And of course I had to have one more opinion, so in the words of our General Manager, Gary, (who by the way has worked here for 27 years) when asked about what makes us a boutique hotel…. “We offer that personal touch, that all important one on one contact…. We are not “cookie cutter” – every room is different and we like to accommodate people’s preferences…. Our restaurant is so much more than your typical hotel restaurant, everything is prepared to order – we don’t mass produce. A boutique hotel with an “inn” personality – exceptional personalized service – we want to know your name.”

So if you want that special touch to your getaway; a boutique hotel is probably your best choice. Talk to us, we listen and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences; after-all that is why we do what we do! (And LOVE it!)

What special touch do you remember most about a boutique hotel you stayed at? We’d love to hear it!


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Not your grandparents’ Cape Cod Restaurant

Welcome to our new blog. We are excited to give you an INNside Look at all things Dan’l Webster and more. From our fascinating history, hotel information and travel tips to wine tid-bits, recipes, spa and beauty news and even local events, our goal is to share an INNtimate perspective on what we’re all about.

So, for my first blog, I’d like to talk food because just the other day, I ran into a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while. We were talking about where our careers have taken us, and when I told her I worked at the Dan’l Webster, her response was “I’ve heard of that place. My parents and grandparents used to go there for dinner.” I asked her if she’s been to our restaurant and she said she’d never thought of it. “I just think of it as my grandparents’ restaurant.”

Dan'l Webster's Veal Oscar

Dan’l Webster’s Veal Oscar

If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard that! But, this was my chance to tell my friend all the things she DIDN’T know about the Dan’l Webster restaurant. Yes, the Dan’l Webster may be one of the oldest restaurants in town with a very historic name, but our menu and atmosphere are truly FAR from OLD!

Our chef’s creative menu is fresh, contemporary and delicious. Seriously, my grandmother would never think of ordering Lemongrass Dusted Sea Scallops, Beef Crabioli or Shrimp and Tofu Pad Thai! Of course, we also serve favorites such as Prime Rib of Beef, Veal Oscar and Herb Roasted Swordfish, but all with our own special flare. For example, we age our own prime rib so it is more tender, our Veal Oscar is finished with béarnaise sauce and cabernet demi glace, both made to order in-house, and our swordfish is roasted with herbs grown in our own gardens at the inn. Also, with so much focus on “buying local” lately, how much more local can we get when we smoke our own salmon and bacon, grow our own edible flowers and employ a special dessert chef to create our very own delectable desserts!

Plus, we’ve received Cape Cod Life’s Reader’s Choice “Best Fine Dining” Award since 1994…the ONLY restaurant on the Upper Cape to receive such acclaim.

Obviously, she was quite impressed. So much so that she made a date with her husband and the Dan’l Webster for the very next weekend! I haven’t seen her again, but she did send me an email thanking me for getting her to try the Dan’l Webster. She said she now thinks of it as “HER restaurant”!

So come experience all we have to offer, we know you’ll make the Dan’l Webster YOUR restaurant too!

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Welcome to the Dan’l Webster Inn’s Blog

Welcome to the Dan’l Webster’s INNside look!  A blog dedicated to the activity and charm of our quaint Inn that is perfectly located in the heart of historic Sandwich Village.  We hope you will visit often and follow along as we talk about local activities, new menu items, and other insider tips to the area.

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