December  2008
Volume 1- 4

Happy Holidays from the Carriage House Inn, we invite you to join us in Celebrating the New Year or take advantage of our many winter season specials and package!

Summer 09 Rate Special for Loyal Guests

Carriage House Inn owners Tim and Paula want to say “Thank You” to all their loyal guests with a “Summer at the Cape” special rate! Book any Summer 2009 reservations by March 1, 2009 and receive 2008 room rates. This $20 per room/night savings is only good while availability lasts. Baby it’s cold outside—book your summer sun now! We look forward to having you back soon!

Mid Week Winter Savings

This winter beat the weekend crowds and take a mid-week break! Stay any Sunday-Thursday through March 1, 2009 and save! Single night reservations are discounted $10 per room/night and longer mid-week reservations will save $20 per room/night. Curl up by the fire, sip hot mulled cider and watch a newly released DVD before you hit Chatham’s charming boutiques or set out for a walk along Lighthouse Beach. See our last minute specials at

Events this winter at the Cape

12th Annual Historic Inn Tour
Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chatham inns are donning their holiday best and breaking out the mistletoe for the 12th Annual Historic Inn Tour. Sponsored by the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, the Chatham Lodging Association and Cape Cod Life Publications, the Carriage House Inn is one of 10 featured properties on this year's tour. Tickets are only $10 and tour-goers will enjoy holiday nibbles and warm beverages along the way. Call now to reserve your stay and be a part of Carriage House Inn's holiday décor!

First Night Chatham
December 31, 2008

First Night Chatham is the town's answer to New Year's Eve. A family-friendly celebration focused on the arts, this event has become a wonderful way for people to gather and ring in the New Year in a festive and alcohol-free atmosphere. Centered on Main Street, First Night Chatham has something for everyone-a circus, musicians, presentations by local artists, theater, opera, entertainment, a bonfire, a noise parade, the Countdown Cod Drop and a fireworks finale! This year's theme is Celebrate the Fun of the Forties! Remember Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers? Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B? Bambi and The Miracle on 34th Street? Gene Autrey, Glenn Miller, and Harry James? Well spend New Year's Eve in Chatham and ring in 2009 with fabulous 1940s style! Only a few rooms are left for our First Night New Year's Eve package! See our "Overnight Package" page for more details.

Winter Recipe 

Crème Brulee French Toast

This recipe is sure to garner rave reviews! Carriage House Inn guests always “ooohhh” and “aaaahhh” over this recipe. Rarely is a bite left! A perfect dish to serve family and friends on Christmas morning or a New Year’s Day Brunch, this recipe is extremely easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 loaf Italian or French bread
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Confectioner’s sugar, to sprinkle on top

In a small heavy saucepan melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into a 13” x 9” x 2” glass casserole dish. Cut bread into 2-inch thick slices and arrange slices in one layer in the baking dish, squeezing them to fit.  In a bowl, whisk together half & half, eggs, vanilla and salt until well combined. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place in oven and bake until firm and lightly golden on top, approximately 40 minutes. Cut into 6 servings and turn over on the plate with the brulee on top. Sprinkle with Confectioner’s sugar.  Serve with sausages and fresh fruit.

Coastal Decor Now at Your Fingertips!

After a stay at the beach, do you yearn to have that relaxed, clean and natural feel in your home?  Well now you can!  Announcing the debut of  Patty Selander’s retail website the Karen Robertson Collection–your source for nature-inspired designs and home accessories.

The Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Cod landscape continue to be a source of inspiration for the Carriage House Inn’s interior design.  With the Karen Robertson Collection, homeowners can accomplish their own coastal feel within the four walls of their home. 

Karen Robertson and Patty Selander have recently launched the exciting retail collection, found at  Karen notes, “The organizing principle of most everything I do is natural history and marine life. My work is a way of bringing nature into the house.”  Karen dares to manipulate design principles and construction not attempted by others, harboring a look that remains sophisticated and modern, yet timeless.

Consistently featured in some of the country’s top shelter magazines, the Karen Robertson Collection continues to gain notoriety.  Most recently, Robertson and Patty Selander’s designs were featured in a full-spread in the November issue of Traditional Home.  Also noted in the July/August 2007 Southern Accents, one editor wrote, “This Florida designer’s eponymous line celebrates art in nature.”

Get inspired now—bring the beach home with you!

For more information, visit

Baby Boomers by the Sea Retirment Weekend, Coming January 9-11 2009

Prevent those winter blues with a weekend at the Carriage House Inn designed with the Cape Cod retiree in mind.  The weekend will kick off with a wine and cheese reception Friday night at the Inn.  Saturday morning boasts a gourmet breakfast before guests begin a home tour with real estate expert Mary Boggess (of John C. Ricotta & Associates).  Mary, a 16-year veteran of the Cape Cod real estate industry, will take guests around the area to explore real estate options and find out what is available for Cape Cod living.  From private condo communities to exclusive waterfront mansion estates, interested retirees will discover the ins and out of purchasing Cape Cod real estate, be educated on Massachusetts real estate tax information and get a better understanding of life on the Cape.  Book now and look forward to setting your retirement dream in motion.