Ashley Manor

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

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
Daily:
6:00 p.m. during July
6:30 p.m. during August
$25/person
508-221-6126

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

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
Performances:
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
508-385-3911

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
508-775-5630
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
1-800-287-0374

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!

4th of July Celebrations In Barnstable MA Area 9 Jun 2016, 6:00 am

There’s no end to the fun and festivities planned for July 4th, 2016, around our Barnstable area. From early morning parades to late night fireworks, our guests can fill their day with activities. Here’s a preview.

Little towns all along our stretch of Cape Cod will be hosting parades with floats, bikes, dogs and anyone who wants to join in.

Parade schedule:
9:00 a.m. Barnstable/West Barnstable. This parade is just minutes from the Inn!
10:00 a.m. Centerville
11:00 a.m. Cotuit and Hyannisport
1:15 p.m. Hyannis Inner Harbor Boat Parade
4:00 p.m. Hyannis Parade

The entire area will be festive as visitors and locals head to the beaches to play, and settle in at one of our wonderful outdoor restaurants. If you’d like to have a picnic, we can give you ideas for the best places to pick up all the fixings.

For some music, head to Hyannis between 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm and you can hear the Town Band perform at the Village Green, and from 7:00 p.m. to dusk enjoy a free concert with local musicians at Asetlon Park.

Then you’ll want to grab your lawn chairs and get ready to watch fireworks. Best viewing is at the beaches around Hyannis Harbor or the West Yarmouth beaches along Lewis Bay, where the fireworks will start around dusk. Be sure to bring your sweaters—it can get chilly by the water once the sun goes down.

At 9:00 p.m. it’s time for the Sandwich Boat Parade. A tradition since the late 1880’s, the parade consists of small boats and canoes decorated with paper lanterns that are lit by candles. It’s a lovely spectacle!

Back at the B&B, you can wind down the evening on our backyard patio, a perfect finish to a great Independence Day!

Coast Guard Heritage Museum In Barnstable, MA 2 Jun 2016, 6:00 am

The history of the U. S. Coast Guard dates back to 1790, when President Washington named General Joseph Otis as the head of Revenue Marine in the Port of Barnstable. It became the first Coast Guard installation on Cape Cod. That is just one of the many tidbits of information to be found at the Coast Guard Heritage Museum.

Located here in Barnstable, nearby the B&B, the museum is in an historic brick building that was once a former U.S. Customs House, and was also used as a Post Office. It makes for a fascinating visit, providing a wonderful overview of the Coast Guard and its impact on the country and Cape Cod. In addition to memorabilia and information on the Coast Guard, you’ll find items relating to the Lighthouse Service, which continues to be a big part of the Coast Guard.

The museum offers two floors of exhibit space. The first floor delves into the Coast Guard background, with a special exhibit in honor of the 60-year anniversary of its greatest small boat rescue.

The second floor is dedicated to the Lighthouse Service, with a great selection of artifacts and information covering lighthouses, lightships, their keepers and crews. On this floor you’ll also find some great exhibits on the Coast Guard service in wartime from World War II through Afghanistan, aviation and women in the Coast Guard.

Before leaving the museum, be sure to visit the Gift Shop, which offers a nice selection of books, videos and artwork.

Coast Guard Heritage Museum
3353 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable, MA
Open May – October, 2016
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$5/adults; active duty USCG personnel and children under 10/free
508-362-8521

You can walk to the museum from the B&B—another nice bonus of staying with us. Give us a call to book your summer stay soon!

Photos courtesy of Coast Guard Heritage Museum.

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!