Ashley Manor

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

Historic Nausett Lighthouse Well Worth a Visit 23 Feb 2017, 5:00 am

Ever since 1838, there has been a lighthouse guarding the shore at Eastham, Massachusetts. Though the structure today has little resemblance to the original structure built in 1838, it still serves an important role.

The first Nausett Beach Light Station consisted of a group of three lights atop a 15-foot tall brick tower. Nicknamed The Three Sisters, it was replaced in 1892 by three separate 22-foot high wooden towers. By the early 20th Century, the coastline was again retreating and the lighthouse was dangerously close to the edge. To rectify the situation, two towers were sold and the third one was moved back from the shore, and attached to a brick foundation with a keeper’s house.

The present day Nausett Lighthouse—which is made of cast iron with a brick lining and painted red and white—originally stood in Chatham, and replaced the wood wood lighthouse in 1923. After again becoming too close to the edge of the cliff, this structure was moved one more time, across the road to its current location. Hopefully it will not need to move again any time soon!

There is a lot of wonderful maritime history imbedded in the lighthouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. And while many lighthouses are no longer in use, Nausett Light still guides fishing fleets and small recreational boaters along the shore.

Guests can take US-6 to reach the Nausett Lighthouse, about a half-hour drive from the Inn here in Barnstable. Park at the lot on Ocean View Drive, and take the path out to the lighthouse.

Check with us before leaving, and we’ll be happy to point out other interesting sites and places to stop along the way.

Centerville Pie Company: A Must-Stop For Pie Fans 2 Feb 2017, 5:00 am

If you love pie—okay, who doesn’t love pie???—driving over to Centerville is definitely something you want to do. That’s where you’ll find the Centerville Pie Company, a local pastry shop that has won the hearts and taste buds of legions of fans.

The company was founded in 2009 by long-time friends, Laurie Brown and Kristin Broadley, affectionately called, “The Pie Ladies.” Not long after opening, Oprah Winfrey discovered their pies and put the place on the culinary map. But it hasn’t lost its local charm and counts locals among its most fervent supporters.

Stop by the shop or restaurant and you can indulge in one of their savory or sweet creations. A favorite is the chicken pie, as comforting as you’d want, with meat in a homemade gravy. This is one of a variety of savory pies and quiches with meat, fish or veggies tucked inside the shop’s superb flaky crust.

On the sweet side, there are fruit pies, such as a traditional apple and lattice-crust cherry, as well as delectable cream pies. Swoon-worthy banana with fresh whipped cream topping is a favorite.

Centerville Pie Company’s slogan is “Hand Baked with Love on Cape Cod,” and the loving they put into each pie is evident in the loyal locals and visitors who visit the shop or purchase the pies, which are now available in some retail outlets too.

Centerville Pie Company
1671 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA
774-470-1406
Shop Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8;00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9;00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Restaurant Hours (seasonal and subject to change): Wednesday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Delicious pies are just a tasting of all the wonderful foods to try here on Cape Cod. Come stay at the Inn and we’ll make sure you enjoy a delicious visit!

Guyer Barn: Home For The Arts In Hyannis, MA 12 Jan 2017, 5:00 am

Walk to the corner of Pearl and South Street in Hyannis, and you’ll find what’s locally referred to as the HyArts Campus, a collective of spaces that includes the Geyer Barn.

Fashioned as a community art space, the Guyer Barn is a showcase for emerging and local artists in a wide range of genre. As such, it serves many functions—a working artist studio and gallery, a classroom for instruction, and a place for exhibits and performances. Stop by any time of year, and chances are you’ll find artists hard at work, or workshops in session.

A favorite weekly event is the Friday Night Improv with the New Classics Company. Mark you calendar to visit any Friday evening—the sessions are free and open to the public. New Classics is a company devoted to producing revitalized and reimagined classic works. It was originally formed by three former college friends who wanted a platform for their three-man production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. Now they’re a full-fledged theater company—and a delightful one at that.

Guyer Barn
250 South Street, Hyannis, MA
Hours vary throughout the season, but the doors will always be open when artists are working, so feel free to just stop by.

Friday Night Improv
Fridays
Now through June, 7:30 p.m.; July-August, 9:00 p.m.

sign-and-innAshley Manor is super convenient to the Hyannis ferry, and makes a great base for exploring the town. Come visit us this winter!

Dolphin Restaurant: Long-Time Favorite In Barnstable, MA 15 Dec 2016, 5:00 am

Walking into the Dolphin Restaurant in Barnstable, Massachusetts, is a bit like visiting a nice family home. Outside there’s a white picket fence and pretty landscaping; inside there’s a warm welcoming setting. Though often bustling, the quiet ambiance is conducive to conversation. No wonder it’s been a favorite on Cape Cod for 70-plus years.

fooddrinks-dt45059294The food at the Dolphin is unpretentious, but consistently top-notch. Seafood, of course, is a feature, and most of it comes from surrounding waters, such as appetizers of Barnstable stuffed quahogs, or Barnstable little neck clams served in the half-shell or stuffed. The entrees also draw from Cape waters with dishes such as nut-crusted cod filet, and scallops with a lobster and portabella mushroom stuffing.

But there’s more to the Dolphin menu than fish. There’s a nice selection of salads, pastas, sandwiches, and meat and poultry dishes. And if you have room, try one of the restaurant’s yummy desserts.

Service at The Dolphin is professional and knowledgeable. A cozy bar area invites lingering, and is a great place enjoy a drink or catch up on a game.

Dolphin Restaurant
3250 Main Street, Barnstable, MA
Lunch: Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dinner: Daily, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bar: daily, 11:30 a.m. – closing
508-362-6610

Another reason the Dolphin Restaurant is popular with our guests—it’s only a few blocks from the Inn, so you can walk there. Just another advantage of staying with us!

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.dancing-man

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.

giant-angelsMonths 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.
508-888-6681

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.

Photo: Rodion Kitsaev/UnSplash

Photo: Rodion Kitsaev/UnSplash

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.
Scrooge
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
508-428-0669

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 season.
Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays
Saturday, November 26, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Barnstable Performing Arts Center
1060 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA
Tickets: $35, $55, $75
508-362-1111

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
Tickets: $32-$71
508-362-1111

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 shopping.
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
508-428-0461

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.
Arts Barnstable
825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis
Reservations required
508-862-4990

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 wines.
Holiday Sing-A-Long
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Cotuit Center for the Arts
4404 Route 28, Cotuit, MA
$10/General, $5/members
508-428-0669

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.

sailboatHyannis, 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.
508-790-3077

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.lighthouse

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

halloweenSpooky 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
508-771-2725

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
508-771-2725

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.muffinpaneggsp-2

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.