Ashley Manor

3660 Main Street, Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630
Innkeeper(s): Patricia Martin and Vince Toreno

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum 5 May 2016, 6:00 am

Take a walk through the wonderful John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and you’ll understand why this area of the coast was so near and dear to the President.

It was here in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod that President Kennedy developed his love of the sea, and where he enjoyed so many memorable days with family and friends. It was also here where he would come to get away from the strains of the presidency, relax and feel rejuvenated.

Visitors to the JFK Hyannis Museum can learn about the President’s days on the Cape through a multimedia exhibit featuring photographs spanning the years from 1934 to 1963. In addition, there is a wonderful video highlighting his experiences, narrated by Walter Cronkite.

Be sure to visit the museum’s very special 2016 exhibition, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Mother of a President. The matriarch of the Kennedy political dynasty made Hyannis Port her permanent home for many years. With the use of her own photographs, the exhibit tell the story of this strong, creative, intelligent, devoted, and above all a woman of great faith.

Not surprisingly, the museum is one of the Cape Cod’s top attractions, drawing more than 61,000 visitors from mid-April through December, 2015.

JFK Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Hours:
April 13, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

June 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

November 1, 2016 – November 29, 2016
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed December 1, 2016 to Mid-April, 2017

Admission:
$10/adults 18 and over, $5, children 8-17, $7/seniors 62 and older, students with ID/$5

The Museum often has interesting lectures, and this summer is hosting one by Dr Sergei Kruschchev, son of the former Soviet Premier.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
6:30 – 7:30 p.m./Free

There’s a wealth of history and things to do here on the Cape. Come stay with us at the B&B and you’ll be in the heart of it all!

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JOHN F. KENNEDY HYANNIS MUSEUM

Barnstable’s Little Gem: Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary 28 Apr 2016, 6:00 am

Step inside the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary and it’s hard not to feel a sense of calm amid the quiet. Bounded by Barnstable Harbor and the dunes of Sandy Neck Barrier Beach, the setting is a stunning, peaceful place to spend a few hours on a summer day. It’s just a mile from the Inn, and a favorite place for our guests who like to jog or walk.

Long Pasture is a wonderful mix of sandy beaches, butterfly-filled meadows and winding woodland trails that encompass 101 acres along the shore, with 2.5 miles of trails—just enough to let you wander leisurely. Follow the Marsh Boardwalk Trail to access the Barnstable Great Marsh, Cape Cod’s largest salt marsh. From there you can continue to the Night Heron Pond, inhabited by the namesake herons, snowy egrets and kingfishers. Other trails lead through open fields and past vernal pools. Keep a look out for a wide range of species, including the American woodcock and eastern box turtle.

The Sanctuary also has a Nature Center with live animal exhibits, showcasing its rare species conservation projects. In addition, visitors can take advantage of seasonal programs, such as kayaking the coastal waterways, guided walks, tours of some of the Cape’s notable sites, and natural history lectures.

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, MA
Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trails open daily, dawn to dusk
Nonmembers: $4/adults, $3/children (2-12) and seniors (65+)
508-362-7475

To fully enjoy the surroundings, we definitely recommend taking one of these guided tours. For an idea of what’s offered, here are two of the upcoming events. Check out the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary website for a complete listing.
An Afternoon of Landscape Photography at Long Pasture
Sunday, May 15, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$50/non-members; $40/members
A hands-on workshop with a short classroom orientation, followed by field work.

Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse
Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Non-members: $48/adult or child; members: $43/adult or child
Explores tidal creeks and islands by kayak, then climbs to the top of the lighthouse for a stunning view.

Not only can our B&B guests walk over to Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, they can walk to fine restaurants and all sorts of other adventures along the Cape. So give us a call soon to book your summer getaway!

PHOTOS COURTESY OF LONG PASTURE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY. 

Enjoy a Tasty Tour Of Cape Cod Potato Chips 22 Apr 2016, 6:00 am

Walk through the doors of Cape Cod Potato Chips in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and you’re in snack heaven. This is where some of our favorite munchies are made, and one of the area’s top tourist draws. No wonder!

Cape Cod Potato Chips got its start a little over 30 years ago, making super-savory thick-sliced chips in a modest 800-square-foot storefront. The “Ridiculously Good Chips” are all-natural—just potatoes, salt and oil—and made one batch at a time in custom kettles, which gives them the distinctive crunch and hearty flavor. Like waffle chips? The company makes these too, using a unique cut so they’re double thick, ideal for dipping.

The company continues to branch out, developing new products to keep us snackers happy. These include Dipping Shells, flavorful tortilla chips shaped to easily scoop up a dip or salsa. And for all the popcorn lovers, a new line of Cape Cod Popcorn: Sea Salt, Kettle Corn and White Cheddar that taste indulgent, yet are remarkably low in calories.

To get a close up look at how all of these are made, you can take a self-guided tour, which is free. The facility is located just two miles from our B&B, about a 5-minute drive.

Cape Cod Potato Chips
100 Breed’s Hill Road, Hyannis, MA
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays
Self-guided tours are free
508-775-3358

There are so many fun things to see and do here on the Cape! Stay with us at the B&B and you’ll have the perfect base for enjoying them.

Enjoy May Flowers At Brewster in Blooms Fest 14 Apr 2016, 6:00 am

Nothing signals that Spring has arrived quite like daffodils! Inn guests can see a glorious array of them at this year’s Brewster in Bloom, May 6-8, 2016.

The three-day fest, now in its 30th year, is designed to bring residents and visitors together to celebrate the season with fun events, while also raising money for the community and its needs.

The festival kicks off bright and early each morning at the Captains Golf Course with a “Closest to the Pin” contest. During the days, guests can take advantage of the 5th Annual Antiques & Arts Excursion, a self-guided tour of Brewster’s many antique and art galleries. A list of venues can be found on the event’s website. There will also be a Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Show both Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than 90 vendors.

A free band concert caps off Friday evening. The Cape Cod 5-5K Bloom Run takes place Saturday morning, a Kids Fest that afternoon, and a fun Bloomin’ Parade highlights Sunday afternoon.

Brewster in Bloom
May 6-8, 2016
Brewster, MA
508-896-3500

Friday, May 6, 2016
Closest to the Pin Contest
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Captains Golf Course
1000 Freemans Way, Brewster

5th Annual Antiques & Arts Excursion
10:00 a.m. – closing

Brewster Band Concert
7:00 p.m.
Brewster Baptist Church
1848 Main Street, Brewster

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Closest to the Pin Contest
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Captains Golf Course

Cape Cod 5 – 5K Bloom Run
10:00 a.m. start; 8:30 a.m. registration opens
Brewster Inn and Chowder House
1993 Main Street

Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Show
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Sea Camps
3057 Main Street

Kids Fest at Drummer Boy Park
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
773 Main Street

5th Annual Antiques & Arts Excursion
10:00 a.m. – closing

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Closest to the Pin Contest
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Captains Golf Course

5th Annual Antiques & Arts Excursion
10:00 a.m. – closing

Juried Fine Arts & Crafts Show
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Sea Camps

Brewster Inn/Woodshed Bloomin’ Parade
1:00 p.m.
Underpass Road, west on Main Street to Swamp Road

Brewster is not quite a 30-minute drive from our B&B in Barnstable, and like all drives here on Cape Cod, it’s a lovely one. Come visit for a beautiful taste of Spring!

Calhoun Museum in Cotuit MA Celebrates American Art 7 Apr 2016, 6:00 am

The Calhoun Museum of American Art, located in a charming home in Cotuit, MA, is a showcase for the folk art of local artists, Ralph and Martha Calhoun. Closed for remodeling and expansion this winter, the museum will re-open on April 26, 2016 and have a grand re-opening on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Ralph Calhoun was a furniture maker and the Calhoun’s bought the 1775 house as a place to showcase his handcrafted work. After restoring and decorating their home, the two turned their talents to painting. Ralph favored folk scenes of sailors and mermaids; Martha, country scenes and flowers. By the 1960’s, the couple’s works were well-known and on display in galleries across the country.

You’ll find a wonderful collection of their paintings at the museum, as well as works by other notable American artists of the 19th and 20th century and contemporary artists. Here is the upcoming exhibition and event schedule:
April 26 – June 26, 2016
Coming Home Again: Works by Martha and Ralph Calhoun.

June 28 – August 14, 2016
Face To Face, Recent and New Portrait Studies: Works by John Friedman.

July 9, 2016
The Great Brush Off, the museum’s annual outdoor art festival

Calhoun Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Cotuit, MA
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on all major holidays, January and February
$8/general, $7/seniors, $6/students, children under 12/free

Cotuit is about a 25-minute drive from the B&B, and guests will find lots of pretty sites along the way. Our busy season is fast approaching, so be sure to call soon to book your stay!

Salty Fly Cape Cod Guides Visitors For Fish And Fun 31 Mar 2016, 6:00 am

Whether your idea of a great day on the water is reeling in a big catch, or kicking back and enjoying a cruise, you’ll want to give Salty Fly Cape Cod a call.

Based in Barnstable Harbor, Salty Fly is in the capable hands of Captain Avery, a long-time fisher and charter guide who holds a USCG 50 Ton Masters Merchant Marine Officers License. She’s one of the few female saltwater fly fishing guides on the Cape, and a graduate of the Joan Wulff Fly Fishing Schools, so if you’re looking to improve your flycasting technique a bit, Captain Avery can help there too!

For striped bass fishing, our area is considered as one of the best in the world, and Captain Avery knows the water inside and out. Sign up for a guided trip and enjoy a great day of fishing, peppered with valuable fishing tips and local insights. Guided tours run four or six hours and include all the gear, so all you have to think about is having a good time.

If you’d rather just watch the scenery pass by and relax, sign up for a Salty Fly Harbor Cruise or Beach Picnic. On the Harbor Tour you’ll see top attractions, including the Great Marsh, Sandy Neck Lighthouse and Cottage Colony, and the wealth of shorebirds that live in this pristine natural setting.

The nearly three-hour Beach Picnic includes a short boat ride to a secluded beach where guests savor a catered dinner, as they cozy up to the bonfire and watch the sun set. And yes, it’s as delightful as it sounds!

Salty Fly Cape Cod
Located at Barnstable Marine Service, Barnstable Harbor, MA
508-362-5482

Guided Fishing Charter
4-hour, $450; 6-hour, $650

Harbor Tour
$100/ hour (two-hour minimum), 4-person maximum

Sandy Neck Catered Campfire Picnic
$600 total/up to 4 person maximum

When you stay with us at Ashley Manor, you’re just an easy walk from the Harbor, and all it has to offer. Summer’s almost here, so give us a call!

Photos courtesy of Salty Fly Cape Cod.

Right Whales Make a Show Near Provincetown, MA 24 Mar 2016, 6:00 am

The endangered, rare Right Whale has been making quite a display recently in our Atlantic waters. And not just one or two, but record numbers of them.

The sightings have been around Provincetown, about an hour’s drive from the B&B, and like all of our coastal drives, a pretty one. So a trip over there would be a great outing—and a chance to see this special species at play.

Right Whales had foraged in Cape Cod Bay for centuries before being decimated by whalers hungry for their oil and plastic-like baleen bone. Until the 1990’s, fewer than 30 whales were sighted in the Bay each spring. But a steady growth in population and the Bay’s plankton-rich waters is now drawing them back. In the past few springs around 250 of them have been spotted here, nearly half the global population. And what a sight they are!

The species was named by whalers who believed them to be the “right” whales to hunt since they swam near shore and once killed, would float to the surface of the water. They also produced large amounts of oil and have a great deal of whalebone, adding to their profitability. You can tell them by their large bulbous head and chubbier body than other whales. Traditionally spending most of their time in the western Atlantic, scientists believe that less favorable feeding along the Maine coast, and an increasing output of plankton in our area are drawing Right Whales here to feed.

Now until mid-April is peak whale-watching time and just a great time to explore the Cape without the crowds. Plan to stay with us at the B&B, and we’ll make sure you enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast before heading out for the day!

Barnstable Harbor Ecotours Takes Visitors Deep Into Nature 15 Mar 2016, 6:00 am

One of our area’s most incredible natural resources is often overlooked by visitors: the Great Marsh. This pristine region, along with our harbor, is a thriving ecosystem, and it’s the focus of Barnstable Harbor Ecotours.

The ecotours are part history, part nature and pure relaxing. Each trip begins in Barnstable harbor, but while most boats head right leaving dock, this boat hangs a left towards the less-explored marsh.

Aptly named the Horseshoe Crab, the boat was custom-made to draw very little water, so it’s able to maneuver deep into the marsh and offer sites not usually seen by tourists.

Sit back and relax while an on-board naturalist provides information on the geology, history, environment and wildlife that inhabits the area, specifically birds. And the farther you go, the more birds you’ll see – of all kinds. Normal viewings include blue herons, willets, swallows and terns, but often more unusual species, such as black skimmers, swoop by.

Lasting about two hours, each trip passes by Sandy Neck Cottage Colony and the famous Sandy Neck Lighthouse, and offers views of remote areas with cabins and beaches only accessible by boat. Tours are limited to 22-25 people, and make a great outing for the entire family.

Barnstable Tours
243 Millway, Barnstable, MA
2016 tours begin on May 13
Adults, $25; children 12 and under, $15
508-221-6121

Parking:
Monday – Friday at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable
3330 Main Street, Barnstable Village
$7/vehicle
Saturday – Sunday at the Barnstable County Courthouse
3195 Main Street, Barnstable Village
No charge for weekend parking

For those staying at the Inn, it’s an easy walk to the harbor. And that’s just one more reason you’ll love staying with us at Ashley Manor—we’re convenient to so many great activities!

Photos courtesy of Barnstable Harbor Tours.

Barnstable MA Area a Haven For Antique Buffs 3 Mar 2016, 5:00 am

One of our guests’ favorite activities is antiquing. No wonder! We’ve got some fabulous places to hunt, from antique centers to flea markets to consignment shops. Whether you love looking for quality collectibles or something funky and fun, here are a few of our favorite antique stores and auction houses.

Collectibles on display at the Inn

Closest to the Inn—about a 10-minute drive—is the Antiques Center of Cape Cod. It’s the largest antiques venue on the Cape, and you could easily spend a day here, poking through the more than 275 booths that display a vast array of items: furniture, books, vintage dishware, glass, imports, memorabilia, and so much more.
Antiques Center of Cape Cod
243 Route 6A, Dennis, MA
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
508-385-6400

You’ll find a little bit of everything at the Antiques Center of Yarmouth, making it an always-popular spot. Divided by dealer, the large space includes offers an eclectic mix of items, from baseball cards to antique firearms to furniture, and a range of prices.
Antiques Center of Yarmouth
325 Route 28, Yarmouth, MA
Monday-Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closed Wednesday
508-771-3327

If you’re a fan of Sandwich glass, head over to the Sandwich Antique Center, where the local specialty is revered. Located in the heart of the town, the store is well-known for its quality offerings of fine art and antiques, from more than 100 different vendors.
Sandwich Antiques Center
131 Route 6A, Sandwich, MA
Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
508-833-3600

Eldred’s Auction Gallery has been a mainstay of the Cape for more than 60 years. Located in East Dennis it’s a major draw for those buying and selling quality items, with clients from across the country, Europe and Asia. Americana collectibles, paintings and Asian art are a few items that will be included in upcoming auctions, which are listed on the company’s website.
Eldred’s Auction Gallery
1483 Route 6A, East Dennis, MA
508-385-3116

Auctions are held several times a month at the Sandwich Auction House, many of which are estate sales and feature 18th, 19th and 20th Century furniture and accessories. The company has been in business since the 1970’s and regularly has choice items such as Oriental rugs, sterling silver, nautical items, art glass and more at their sales.
Sandwich Auction House
15 Tupper Road, Sandwich, MA
508-888-1928

For more places to shop and information, you can visit the Cape Cod Antique Dealers website—or better yet, check with us when you stay at the Inn!

Historic Fireplaces Add Warmth+Charm To Barnstable MA B&B 25 Feb 2016, 5:00 am

Among the many wonderful features of our Inn—and something guests are often curious about—are the fireplaces you’ll see in the main areas and bedrooms. They’re known as Rumsford fireplaces, and like so much else in a home that was built centuries ago, there is a story behind them.

Rumsford fireplace with beehive oven                     at Ashley Manor

In colonial America, fireplaces were drafty, smoky and not all that efficient at generating heat, especially if you were not sitting right next to them. So in the mid-1700’s a man by the name of Count Rumsford decided to do something about that, by changing the design of the fireplace.

At the time, most fireplaces had backs that were built to slope forward, helping send smoke up the chimney. Problem was, this sent heat up the chimney too. Instead, Rumsford designed a fireplace with a wide, high opening, a shallow firebox and widely-splayed jambs—or sides. And most importantly, he gave the structure a straighter back and rounded the front wall, forming a nozzle–like shape, to force smoke up the damper, wasting less heat in the process.

In no time, Rumsford fireplaces became regular fixtures in many homes, including at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and here at the Inn. Over the years, we’ve updated the exteriors of the fireplace, but the classic interior design remains the same.

And though you may not be able to see what makes these fireplaces so wonderful, every time you cozy up next to one, you’ll feel it.