Ashley Manor

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

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
7:00 p.m.
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
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday
7:00 p.m.
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.

Serves 6

12 thin slices of honey ham
12 eggs
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.

Annie’s Crannies
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 and under/free
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
Sunset tour
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!


Summer Theater At Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA 30 Jun 2016, 12:00 am

Since its beginning in 1927, the Cape Playhouse has seen a who’s who of stars grace its stage. Now in its 89th year of operation, the Playhouse continues its run with top name shows and actors who have honed their talents on stages in New York City and beyond.

The Playhouse, which is associated with the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, is the oldest professional summer theater in America. We’re so fortunate to have it nearby! Guests who are curious about the history and enjoy seeing behind-the-scenes, can sign up for a tour of the theater. During the one-hour visit, you’ll learn how scenes are moved in and out, where they’re built and see memorabilia from years past, among other things.

Two dramas, one comedy and two musicals are on schedule for the summer 2016. Here is a brief overview.

June 21 – July 2, 2016
Tally’s Folly. A Pulitzer Prize-winning play about two lost souls who find each other in a deserted boathouse. Love happens when you least expect it!

July 5 – 23, 2016
The Music Man. 76 Trombones and Henry Hill march into River City in this beloved musical about a wheeling-dealing salesman who finds more than he bargained for in this small town.

July 26 – August 6, 2016
The May Queen. What did happen to that adorable high school May queen? This fresh madcap office comedy uncovers the truth.

August 9 – 20, 2016
Cabaret. The Tony and Academy award winner that takes audiences inside the Berlin Kit Kat Club, where guests can forget the world outside and enjoy exotic nightly acts.

August 23 – September 3, 2016
The Mousetrap. An Agatha Christie whodunit that involves newlyweds and their guests and keeps everyone guesting to the bitter end.

Cape Playhouse
Cape Cod Center for the Arts
820 Main Street, Dennis
Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday, 8:00 p.m.
Matinees, Wednesday – Thursday, 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19 – $79
Box office is open Monday – Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m. in season

The Playhouse is very convenient to our guests, just a 15-minute drive from the Inn.
We still have availability for the season, so give us a call!

Images courtesy of Cape Playhouse.

Cape Cod Melody Tent Offers Top Musical Acts 23 Jun 2016, 6:00 am

Our area is not only a draw for summertime visitors, it’s a big draw for top name acts too. And the place to head to see them is the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

For more than 60 years, the Melody Tent, located in Hyannis, has been offering world-class entertainment, in conjunction with its sister venue, the South Shore Music Circus. These are the only continuously-operating tent theaters in the round in the United States, where the ambiance is relaxed and every seat is within 50 feet of stage, so there is no bad seat in the house.

The Melody Tent, which is just a short 12-minute drive from the Inn, is a wonderful place to see a performance, and this summer there are some incredible evenings scheduled. Below we’ve listed a few of the upcoming performances. Visit the Melody Tent website for a complete listing.

Jake Owen
June 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

The Mavericks
July 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Philip Phillips & Matt Nathanson
July 3, 2016, 6:45 p.m.

The Band Perry
July 6, 8:00 p.m.

Frankie Valli and The four Seasons
July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Eileen Ivers Band
July 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Melody Tent
21 West main Street, Hyannis, MA
Box office is open 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
On-site parking adjacent to the venue

Book a stay with us at the B&B and we’ll be happy to help you with reservations for any show at the Melody Tent. It’s just one more way we like to take care of our guests!

Photos courtesy of Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises A Not-To-Miss Attraction 16 Jun 2016, 6:00 am

Of all the many activities in the area, one we highly encourage our guests to do is a tour with Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises.

In business for more than 30 years, Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises (HWWC) is a locally-run operation that takes tours to Stellwagon Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a place that is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world to see whales. And you’ll be happy to know, they take you in comfort.

Photo courtesy of Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Their boat, appropriately named Whale Watcher, provides outside viewing decks, interior climate-controlled cabins and a full-service galley offering food and drinks.

In addition to the professionalism and quality of the tour, an added bonus for our Inn guests is that you can catch a tour right here at Barnstable Harbor. From there, you head into beautiful Stellwagon Bank, home to incredible numbers of large marine mammals who come here every year, hungry for food. The greatest of these: the magnificent baleen whales, including humpback, minke and finback.

Photo courtesy of Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Tour visitors often catch some acrobatics, like humpbacks jumping straight out of the water—a thrilling spectacle.

In addition to whales, you might see dolphins, porpoises or seals, plus other large species, such as basking sharks, ocean sunfish and Bluefin tuna. And, this is also a great area for spotting elusive shorebirds: shearwaters, kittiwakes, gannets and more. All in all, a 3 ½ to 4-hour tour offers a wealth of viewing, and seems over way too fast!

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
269 Millway, Barnstable
9:00 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. (check the HWWC website calendar for each day’s schedule)
Adults (13+), $49; Seniors (62+), $40; Children 4-12, $28; Active military (ID required), free; Children 3 and under, free

This is prime whale-watching season. Book your stay with us at the Inn and we’ll be happy to help you arrange a tour!