Meet Our GM - Pattee Durkin
What makes the North Truro area a unique vacation destination?
Because of Truro’s location as part of the National Seashore, it is the most rural town on Cape Cod. While each part of the Cape has its own unique charm, Sandbars is within easy access to food, surf and fun in Provincetown and Wellfleet. Also, the wilderness quality of the National Seashore beaches and dunes are, like all the National Parks, something that really must be seen.
What is your favorite area restaurant?
There is so much outstanding seafood here, but “Blackfish,” located right in Truro Center, is my favorite. They feature fresh, locally sourced, cutting edge cuisine in a comfy setting. We have to start off every re-opening in the spring with some light-as-air buttermilk fried Wellfleet oysters served back in their shells with a Caribbean mignonette. Blackfish also has an amazing food truck, parked by the expansive lawn and rows of vines at Truro Vineyard, which complements their great tour, rum bar and wine tasting.
If you could only choose one local attraction that is a must-see, what would it be?
You can’t beat just walking out the door onto the magnificent sandbars at low tide - this truly is a special spot. But, for a local attraction, one must experience a Whale Watch. It is always a memorable day on the water.
What is your background in the hospitality industry?
My family had an Inn and restaurant in Southern Vermont, lauded by the Boston Globe and called the “Ultimate New England Inn” by New England Magazine. Our family members each performed all roles from taking reservations, checking guests in and out, providing concierge services, cooking breakfast, cleaning rooms and washing dishes- sometimes simultaneously!
How long have you been the GM at Sandbars Inn?
We have been running Sandbars Inn since March 12, 2003.
What is your favorite room at Sandbars Inn and why?
I love all the waterfront rooms! The two, non-waterfront rooms are quite charming and recently renovated as well, but the Queen Deluxe (room 15) is my favorite. This room is a slightly larger corner studio with an extra set of windows and a second seating area, facing the beautiful lights of Provincetown and the very tip of Cape Cod, elevating the already amazing vista.
What makes Sandbars Inn different from surrounding hotels?
Two things. First, the smaller size of the hotel; we have 16 rooms total, providing a quieter, more intimate setting. One guest compared it to being “a friend’s beach house”. The second thing is the dedication to upgrading and renovating the experience at Sandbars Inn that Beachtree Properties has been committed, keeping it a notch above.