Giant Sculptures Highlight Holidays In Barnstable, MA, Area 1 Dec 2016, 5:00 am
Take a drive along Route 6A during the holidays, and you’ll be treated to some of the best and merriest of all decorations. We call them “The Giants,” massive glass sculptures that are gracing the lawns of businesses, churches, schools, and libraries.
The sculptures are the brainchild of Michael Magyar, a well-known Cape Cod glass artist and sculptor who first conceived of the idea nearly 20 years ago. It was then he designed a 12-foot high glassblower display from rebar and placed it in front of his business, The Glass Studio of Cape Cod. A few years later, Magyar created a baseball player to honor Ted Williams. It was the beginning of a wonderful tradition.
Since then, Magyar has built close to 60 Giants, a dazzling display of lighted figures. Though you can see many along Old King’s Highway, some of the most remarkable ones are in the town of Sandwich. Among the many on view there are a sculpted fireman guarding the Sandwich fire station, a reader in front of the library, and a giant rabbit at the Greenbriar Nature Center.
Months before the holidays, interested clients come to Magyar with concepts and rough sketches that he refines, and then begins crafting, welding steel rods into massive recognizable shapes. The sculptures are then wrapped in lights, anchored in place, and lit for the holiday season.
When you take the drive to check out these Giants, be sure to stop in Sandwich and visit the studio of Michael Magyar and his artist wife Keiko. Together they create the beautiful glasswork that is on view—and for sale—in their gallery.
The Glass Studio on Cape Cod
470 Route 6A, East Sandwich, MA
Gallery hours: Wednesday – Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; closed Tuesdays
Studio hours: Glass blowing Thursday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
There are so many delightful holiday traditions on Cape Cod. And one of the best is right here at the Inn—enjoying a warm mug of cocoa cozied up by the fire.
2016 Holiday Events in Cotuit and Hyannis, MA 17 Nov 2016, 5:00 am
From twinkling lights to merry carolers, the signs of the season are starting to pop up on Cape Cod. In Cotuit and Hyannis, two charming areas nearby our Inn, you’ll find some of the holiday’s top events.
Scrooge, the endearing and enduring adaptation of
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be at the Cotuit Center for the
Arts for a month-long run starting November 22, 2016. The story
of a cranky old miser turned generous benefactor is a feel-good
tale for the whole family.
Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Route 28, Cotuit, MA
Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, November 25-December 17, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 – December 18, 2:00 p.m.
$30/general admission, $27/seniors and veterans, $15/students
Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays. The rock-and-roll
star with a powerhouse of a voice brings her talents to the Cape
for what should be a standout show to kick off the holiday
Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
1060 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA
Tickets: $35, $55, $75
Holiday on the Cape. It’s a sparkling celebration of
the season with the Cape Symphony and featuring guitarist, Trace
Bundy; CrabGrass, Cape Cod’s premiere bluegrass band; and
songstress Emily Wade Allen.
Holiday on the Cape
December 2 – 4, 2016
Friday, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
1060 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA
Christmas in Cotuit comes to the Dottidge Homestead, on
the grounds of the Cotuit Historical
Society. Taking place on the first Saturday in December, the
event offers children a chance to make wooden ornaments for their
trees. In the evening, adult supporters are invited to enjoy wine
and appetizers in the beautifully decorated, candlelit home. And of
course, the Gift Shop will be open every weekend for
Christmas in Cotuit
December 23, 2016!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Children’s event, 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Adult Supporters party, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gift Shop Hours:
November 25, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fridays- Sundays through December 23, 2016, open during Museum hours
Cotuit Historical Society
1148 Main Street, Cotuit, MA
Dessert & Music. Spend an enjoyable afternoon
listening to a concert of holiday music, light classical, and folk
music performed by the renowned international violinist, Elton Kam.
Dessert will be served after the performance.
Dessert & Music with Elton Kam
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis
Holiday Sing-A-Long. Join the merry chorus for this
annual tradition at the Cotuit Center for the
Arts. Part of the Center’s Wine and Music Wednesday, the
evening features David Kuehn on piano and a nice selection of
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Route 28, Cotuit, MA
Come visit us at the Inn, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season on Cape Cod!
Kennedy Legacy Trail in Downtown Hyannis, MA 3 Nov 2016, 6:00 am
No family has had more influence on Hyannis, MA than the Kennedy’s. A walk along the Kennedy Legacy Trail there is a wonderful way for guests to get a first hand look and feel for what the town and area meant to the family.
Hyannis, the sea, and sailing held special places for the entire Kennedy family. Their home, known as the Kennedy compound, was located close to town and their sailboats are moored at the Hyannisport Yacht Club, including Ted Kennedy’s beloved boat, Mya. Along the trail you’ll find markers that highlight these, as well as other notable points.
The entire walking trail is just 1.6 miles in one direction and visits 10 sites. Expect to spend about 1 ½-hours to complete it. The self-guided tour begins at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Main Street—a place that has rich multi-media exhibits of Kennedy history. You can pick up a brochure and walking map here; or if you prefer, you can download it onto your phone, and get additional info via phone as well.
The ten sites on the trail begin with a statue of President Kennedy close to the Museum; and Main Street and Pearl Street in Hyannis, where the proliferation of rose bushes is a testament to Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the family. Moving on, you’ll stop at the point where John Kennedy accepted the presidential nomination, and a marker noting Kennedy’s designation of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
Kennedy Legacy Trail
JFK Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Our Barnstable location makes it easy to get to Hyannis for the tour, and when you return, you’ll enjoy your own charming room with all the comforts of home—plus homemade cookies and bedside chocolates!
A Leisurely Drive On Cape Cod’s Old King’s Highway 20 Oct 2016, 6:00 am
The best way to experience the rich history, stunning beauty and charming towns of Cape Cod is to do it leisurely, driving along Route 6A, known as Old King’s Highway.
A little more than 60 miles, this stretch of road is considered one of the 10 most scenic and historic roads in America. The route begins where the Cape does, just over the Sagamore Bridge, and continues (going right past the Inn!) and on to just this side of Provincetown. With a speed limit that doesn’t go over 40 miles per hour, you’re assured of taking it easy and enjoying the sights.
And oh what sights you’ll see! Beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, maritime sites, quaint shops—it’s a cornucopia of history and charm all rolled into one. Here are a few highlights to look for.
The oldest town on the cape, Sandwich, was once home to the largest glass factory in the United States. Stop by the Sandwich Glass Museum to learn about its history through multi-media exhibits, and enjoy glass-blowing demonstrations too.
Right here in Barstable is the U. S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum, with extensive exhibits that explain the history and importance of our maritime history.
Further along 6A, the road curves close to Cape Cod Bay and enters Dennis. Take a side tour here, up to Scargo Hill. The 160-foot rise is the highest point on Cape Cod and offers a splendid panoramic vista.
Coast Guard Beach, located in Eastham, is known for its high sand dunes, great swimming and a top spot for watching shore birds and harbor seals. Take the long wooden stairway down to Nausset Light Beach to get the full effect (and great views of the classic lighthouse). Just past this, is the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, a must-stop for birders.
And for anyone who loves poking around in quaint shops or antiquing, Old King’s Highway is a dream come true. Every little town is lined with stores to fit your fancy. Check with us for a list of some of our favorite shops and restaurants.
Barnstable is a good mid-way point on Route 6A. Plan to spend several days with us at the Inn, and you can do one half of the highway one day, and the other, the following day!
Enjoy An Eerie Outing With Haunted Cape Cod 6 Oct 2016, 6:00 am
Spooky sights, haunting tales and ghostly happenings are all part of the fun when you take one of the tours offered by Haunted Cape Cod. The Barnstable Village company specializes in the paranormal aspects of our area, offering two tour options for guests.
On the Ghost Hunter’s Walking Tour, led by a professional ghost hunter, you will first learn the haunting tales of the town. Then on a three-hour walking tour through the village, you will visit the sites of infamous haunts, such as Crocker Tavern and the Barnstable Court House. A visit to a cemetery and lesson in using sensory equipment to detect paranormal activity will also be included. The tour ends at the Old Jail, what is still said to be actively haunted.
Barnstable Village’s Ghost Hunter’s Walking Tour
Monday and Friday nights
Through November 15, 2016
Adults/$20, children 8-12 years/$10, children under 8/free
For those who’d like a little history with their haunts, there’s
a Haunted & History Walking Tour. As you wander along “Old
King’s Highway” in Barnstable Village, the guide will fill you in
on how England gained a foothold in the town. Ten places are
visited on the two-hour tour, eight of which have ghost stories
around them. Included in the hair-raising sights are Cobb’s Hill
Cemetery and Barnstable Tavern & Restaurant, where a spirit
skulks in the dining room. This tour also ends at the Old Jail,
built in 1690.
Barnstable Village’s Haunted & History Walking Tour
Adults/$15, children 8-12 years/$8, children under 8/free
Both tours begin at the U.S. Coast Guard Heritage Museum. Parking is available at the Old Jail, on the grass.
While there may be spooky sights in the village, you’ll find nothing but peace and quiet—and super comfy beds—here at the bed and breakfast. Come visit us soon!
Muffin Pan Eggs: Breakfast Just Got Easier! 22 Sep 2016, 6:00 am
Ham and eggs are baked in a muffin tin and served atop English muffins for this delish dish that’s a favorite at the bed and breakfast.
12 thin slices of honey ham
grated Parmesan cheese
fresh or dried chopped oregano
6 English muffins, split in half
Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray three 6-cup muffin pans with pan spray.
Line the four corner cups of each tin with a slice of ham.
Crack one egg into each ham-lined muffin cup.
Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and oregano.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Toast the English muffins. Place one baked muffin egg on top of each muffin half, two to a serving.
Annie’s Crannies A Long-Time Dennis, MA Tradition 8 Sep 2016, 11:00 am
In 1994, Annie Walker decided to leave New York, come home to Cape Cod, and start doing what her grandfather once did: cultivate cranberries. In fact, she was able to purchase the exact bogs once owned by her grandfather, Ben. That was the beginning of Annie’s Crannies.
The well-known local business is headquartered in Dennis, which this year is celebrating the bicentennial of the cultivated cranberry, 1816-2016. While wild cranberries are native to the area, cultivating them wasn’t perfected until the early 19th Century. Dennis became the epicenter of cranberry production, contributing to the invention and standardization of harvesting, packaging and shipping of the product. In 1843, The Howes Variety of cranberry was developed, which was a boon for the industry. Grown only in Massachusetts, the Howes Variety ripens later in the fall, stays fresher longer, keeps better, is more rot resistant and can be picked wet (for juicing) or dry (for cooking). This is the kind Annie’s Crannies grows.
Annie’s Crannies is open during the weekends from Columbus Day to the first weekend in November. Stop by and you can learn about the dry picking method of cultivation, as well as about Annie’s bees, which produce honey for her bees wax candles, homemade blueberry and jams, and other products You’ll find these items, fresh cranberries and more at Annie’s Crannies stand and gift shop. One of the most popular items: a cookbook filled with wonderful cranberry recipes.
36 Scarsdale Road, Dennis
Open weekends only, October 15 to November 6, 2016
If you are worried about supplies lasting, you can always place an order online.
We use Annie’s Crannies cranberries in all of our cooking and baking at the Inn, including our guests’ favorite, cranberry pie. Come for a visit this fall and enjoy a taste of the Cape!
Enjoy A Day-Trip To Nantucket Island 25 Aug 2016, 6:00 am
One of the most delightful side trips guests can take while visiting here in Barnstable is to Nantucket Island. The tiny island is just 30 miles off the Cape Cod coast, but feels worlds away.
Nantucket is a picturesque setting with rolling moors, cranberry bogs, beautiful beaches and charming 19th Century buildings. It has a rich history and is home to museums, as well as wonderful shops and restaurants.
To get there, guests can either take a ferry from Hyannis or Harwich Port (we’ll be happy to help you arrange one). A nice option for a day-trip is the faster catamaran ferry which takes only an hour from Hyannis to downtown Nantucket. From there guests can rent bikes, walk to sites, or use the islands shuttle bus service.
Nantucket was once known as the Whaling Capital of the World, so a trip to the Whaling Museum is a perfect place to start your day. Purchase an All Access Pass and you’ll be able to visit other historic sites nearby, including the Oldest House, a whaling merchant’s mansion and the operational Old Mill.
Then wander down to the town’s Main Street, which is filled with eclectic shops and art galleries. Here is where you’ll find stores selling the island’s infamous Nantucket basket, so popular it has it’s own museum here. You’ll also find a range of restaurants, from lobster shacks to finer dining.
If you have time and the energy, there are 12 great biking and walking trails you can explore, a great way to see more of the beautiful land and conservation area of the island.
Having visited Nantucket many times, we’re always glad to help you plot our your day, and offer suggestions for dining and shopping. It’s just one of the many advantages of staying at Ashley Manor. Come visit us!
An Autumn Highlight: Cape Cod Scallop Festival 2016 11 Aug 2016, 6:00 am
The Cape Cod Scallop Festival, coming September 23-25, 2016, is not just for lovers of the delicious bivalve. It’s for everyone who enjoys the flavors, sights, and joys of life on the Cape.
The annual event, held in East Falmouth, MA, is always a lot of fun, with a flurry of activities throughout the weekend. Scallops, of course, are the star. Every year more than three tons of scallops are deep-fried and served with sides of French fries, coleslaw and rolls. Herb-roasted chicken dinners will also be available. Dine inside or enjoy your meal outside while listening to some of the musical entertainment. Among those on the stage lineup this year are the Aldous Collins Band; AfterFab; Dave Macklin Band; and Kristen Merlin, a contestant on “The Voice” TV show, who will be performing on Saturday evening.
If you have younger children with you, you’ll be happy to know there will also be kiddie rides to amuse them.
Another highlight of the fest is the Professional Arts & Crafts Show sponsored by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce. This nationally-recognized, juried show will offer a wide range of creative work, including pottery, glassware, jewelry, furniture, and food items. It’s a great place to get a head start on holiday shopping!
Cape Cod Scallop Festival
September 23-25, 2016
Cape Cod Fairgrounds
1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth, MA (The festival sight is just over a half-hour drive from the Inn.)
Festival & dinner hours:
Friday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
General admission: adults/$7, children 6-12/$2.00, children 5
Combo admission & meal: $24/scallop dinner, $22/chicken dinner
Meal ticket at satellite booth inside festival: $17/scallop dinner, $15/chicken dinner
The Scallop Festival is just one of the many delights of autumn on Cape Cod. Plan to spend some time with us at the Inn and enjoy this and more!
Enjoy Sunset On A Barnstable Harbor Ecotour Cruise 28 Jul 2016, 6:00 am
Seeing the sun set over the ocean is always a delight. But seeing it while cruising on a boat away from shore can be downright breathtaking. This summer, guests are able to enjoy just such a sight on a special sunset tour with our local company, Barnstable Harbor Ecotours (BHE).
The tours leave Barnstable Harbor—just a short walk from our Inn—before sunset and cruise for one and one-half to two hours. Like all tours by BHE, an expert naturalist will be on board to explain the history of Barnstable Harbor and provide information on the the nature and birds of the Great Marsh and this area. Timing for the tours is based on the time the sun sets, so the remaining July cruises will be at 6:30 p.m., while August ones will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you are into photography, this trip will offer plenty of great photo ops!
All sunset tours will be on the company’s comfortable 25-foot passenger pontoon boat, the Horseshoe Crab, that was specially designed to maneuver deep into the marsh. Reservations are required. Guests can purchase tickets online or on the boat the day of the tour.
Barnstable Harbor Ecotours
243 Millway, Barnstable
6:00 p.m. during July
6:30 p.m. during August
Though summer seems to be flying by, there is still time to enjoy some incredible sunsets—and wonderful evenings here at the inn. Give us a call to book your stay soon!
PHOTO COURTESY OF BARNSTABLE HARBOR ECOTOURS