Breakfast at Our B&B in Cape Cod

Breakfast at The Old Harbor Inn consists of more than the food. It is an opportunity to interact with the staff of our bed and breakfast, and especially with the Innkeepers themselves. Depending on who is on duty that particular morning, you can have Ray give you a “virtual” tour of the Chatham break, or consult Judy for travel tips on the best shopping, lunch, or sightseeing spots. Breakfast is the perfect time to get information to help plan your day if you haven’t already done so. Tanya, our Manager, is also available to direct you to that “perfect” spot.

The breakfast at The Old Harbor Inn consists of two parts. Every day there is a portion of the breakfast that is a buffet. You will have choices of fresh fruit salad, cereal, granola, yogurt, assorted teas, brewed coffee, and a breadbasket consisting of whole wheat and raisin bread, English muffins, and bagels. The second part of breakfast is the hot entree and fresh baked item.

Each morning we prepare a signature entree for our guests, such as buttermilk pancakes served with or without blueberries, or omelets with bacon, cheese, or veggies. Hot, blueberry-stuffed French Toast with blueberry sauce is a feast for the eyes and taste buds, and our spinach and tomato quiche, with its melt-in-your-mouth crust, is another huge hit with our guests.

Tanya and Judy are constantly on the lookout for special recipes to use for the daily fresh-baked item. Blueberry crumb cake and pumpkin squares with cream cheese frosting are two of our most frequently requested recipes. Other favorites include our Italian coffee cake with raisins and orange zest, and French breakfast muffins, made with nutmeg and dipped in butter then cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar. If you would like to try our recipes at home, you can purchase The Old Harbor Inn Cookbook here, or we can ship it to you at no additional charge! The price of the book is $18.50 and contains over 100 recipes. The recipes in the book are ones we have made for nearly all of the 20+ years we have owned the Inn. 

As always, there are items for our guests who have gluten or dairy restricted diets.

Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. During late spring, summer, and early fall, in addition to serving breakfast in our east-facing breakfast room, we also serve on our beautiful deck. The deck is a favorite place for the guests to dine.

After breakfast is over, fresh-brewed coffee, teas, and baked items are available throughout the day. After the Innkeepers retire, we keep a supply of hot water, a Keurig machine, and goodies out for that late night snack or extra early morning coffee or tea.

Special Dietary Requests

With advance notice we offer options for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and diabetic diets. We will try our best to accommodate all special requests.

Check out some of our most requested recipes!


The Old Harbor Inn Apple Cake

  • 5 Apples
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup orange juice 
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs

Mix 3/4 cups sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and add orange juice, oil, and eggs. Beat well. Pour 1/2 the batter into well-greased tube pan. Place 1/2 the apples (peeled, cored, and sliced very thin) over batter and sprinkle with 1/2 the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Add rest of batter and top with remaining apples, sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake at 350F for 1 1/2 hours. 


Almond Streusel Cake


  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup orange juice


  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9- or 10-inch tube pan. Mix together all the streusel ingredients and set aside. To prepare cake, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer mix together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add zest, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Alternatively beat flour mixture and orange juice into egg mixture. Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the streusel. Top with the remaining batter and streusel. Bake 30-35 minutes. Cool completely and drizzle with glaze.


Portuguese French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

  • 1 loaf Portuguese Bread
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Dip bread slices in the egg mixture. Meanwhile, mix sliced strawberries, sugar, and water. Put in a small saucepan and sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes. Spray pan with cooking spray and cook until both sides are golden brown. Serve with the warm strawberry syrup mixture.


The Old Harbor Inn Favorite Blueberry Muffins

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Sift dry ingredients. Combine egg, oil, milk and add to dry mix just to combine. Add fruit and fill greased muffin tins ¾ full. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400F for 10 minutes.