Don and Joyce Filiault purchased the Inn in 2002. Their business partner is Walt Sullivan, who handles the day-to-day operations of the Inn. All of us at the Beach Breeze Inn feel privileged to operate this great old Inn and are dedicated to ensuring that your stay will be relaxing and rejuvenating. We still believe in customer service and enjoy working with our guests to assist them in planning their itineraries, be it a day or a dinner.
Below is a quick overview of our team and their backgrounds….
Don and Joyce bought the Inn, then known as the Shore Haven Inn by the Sea on July 1, 2002. Along with Walt Sullivan, they began a mission to bring back the beauty and warmth of the house and grounds while developing and growing the business. Don and Joyce moved to Falmouth full time in 2012 and enjoy living in our vibrant and close knit town.
Though not residing at the Inn, Don is a very involved owner and is always delighted to see old friends or meet new ones. Don and Walt have worked together and been friends for 35 years now. In addition to assisting with the day-to-day operations of the Inn, Don remains directly involved in the ongoing renovation work each off-season as both creative designer and general contractor.
Don began his career as a catering trainee with Marriott Hotels and worked his way up the ranks with various Hotel companies in numerous locations throughout the country. A lifelong boater, Don enjoys visiting the many beautiful locations around the Cape and Islands and spending time on the beautiful waters in our area with family and friends.
Joyce is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University where she majored in Travel and Tourism. She spent her earlier career in the Sales and Marketing departments of hotels in the Boston area. A long time veteran of the Internet Software business, Joyce keeps track of the Don and Walt’s decorating and makes sure we get it right for all of our guests.
Owen, nearly 14, is learning the Inn business from the ground up; checking guests in and showing them to their room, weeding the gardens, patrolling the pool area, and playing on the front lawn with our other junior guests. Owen has had the benefit of knowing some of our guests his entire life and looks forward to seeing his old friends each year.
Walt started his career with Marriott Hotels where he focused on rooms operations for a number of years before shifting into Food & Beverage. In addition to Marriott, he also worked for Hyatt, Doubletree, Best Western, and Embassy Suites at locations throughout the country. Walt runs the day-to-day operations of the Inn and is a tremendous resource to our guests on all things Falmouth and Cape Cod. Walt has great tips on the many restaurants and activities in our area as well as some of the “local only” beach and sunset spots. Walt enjoys a round of golf when time permits and is always willing to join our guests for a tour of one of the local courses, strictly business as they say.