Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Charming Historic Inn on Cape Cod

Over the years we have had lots of visitors coming to Cape Cod ask us about Ashley Manor and Cape Cod.  What is there to do on Cape Cod?  Tell us about the history of your Bed and Breakfast.  And are your fire places REAL?  Well, we have had lots of guest post great reviews of their stay with us on Trip Advisor and send us great pictures they have taken of our Inn. Like the photo posted here. 

But we thought, “If a picture is worth a 1000 words” maybe a video would be the best way to show you what you can expect during your stay at Ashley Manor.  Our historic Inn, circa 1699, has a secret passage that was thought to be used as a hiding place during the revolutionary war and as a safe house during the Under Ground Railroad.  Our REAL wood burning fire places and 2-person Jacuzzi tubs enhance the romantic atmosphere in our large bed chambers.  Cape Cod is a worldwide destination, this week we have visitors from Italy, Belgium and the UK, along with “Locals” from New Hampshire, Ohio and New York. 

We hope this video will show you all the Cape and Ashley Manor has to offer to make your visit memorable.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Dinner with a Water View, Breakfast on the Patio

Most of our guest have at least one dinner at Mattakeese Wharf.  This outstanding seafood restaurant is less than a mile from our Historic Bed and Breakfast.  Overlooking Barnstable Harbor, it is know for it's delicious seafood and spectacular sunsets.  My favorite is the Crispy Pan Fried Sole but its hard to pass up the Lobster.  Either boiled, baked stuffed or the Lobster roll, you won't be disappointed.  And the sunsets are breathtaking.  This restaurant has been in the same family for over 40 years, a testament to it's quality of food and service.


Ashley Manor has been around since 1699 and a Bed and Breakfast for over 25 years.  Our guest enjoy having breakfast on our patio overlooking our backyard and tennis court.  The cool Cape Cod mist may start the day, followed by bright sunshine and blue skies.  Our guest enjoy a 3-course breakfast each morning.  Blueberry Muffin Tops, Fruit Kabob with Chocolate Sauce and Bacon, Cheddar and Tomato Quiche was the breakfast the quest in this picture enjoyed.  Some of our recipes have been published in Bon Appetit magazine and the Cape Cod Christmas Cookbook.

We hope to see you soon at Ashley Manor.  There's lot's of things to do on Cape Cod, enjoying great food is one of the best.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Historic Old King's Highway, Historic Highway, Historic Bed and Breakfast

Old King's Highway on Cape Cod winds past hundreds of historic sites , including our Historic Bed and Breakfast. This road of many names, Main Street, Route 6A and Old King's Highway, was begun as a Native American trail from Plymouth to Provincetown. Paralleling Cape Cod Bay for approximately 34 miles, it crosses through the communities of Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans and is considered one of the most scenic drives in the country.  There are many interesting and historic places to visit along the way, here are just a few: Aptucxet Trading Post, Olde Colonial Courthouse, Stoney Brook Grist Mill, Scargo Hill Tower, French Cable Station Museum, Sandwich Glass Museum and the Yarmouth Nature Trail.  There's  much to see and its best to take a few days to really appreciate the old world charm and history alone the way.  As you travel this historic route, be sure to stop by our c1699 Historic Inn, we love to show and share the history we live in each day.



Friday, April 29, 2011

The Herring are Running! Spring has come to Cape Cod

There are many signs that Spring has arrived on Cape Cod and to our Bed and Breakfast! One of the first is the annual Herring runs.  Their run, like the Salmon, is viewed as one of Nature's wonders.  Living in the ocean most of their lives, each year they return to the freshwater areas in which they were born to spawn and start the cycle again.  Arriving in April and early May vast schools cross the ocean to the freshwater ponds via runs, many man made "Ladders" are in place to help in the final leg of their journey.  After spawning, females lay up to 100,000 eggs.  The adults then set off for the return journey to the ocean.  By autumn the young follow the adults path to the sea and become part of the next years "run"  There are several sights to view this wonder of nature:

Bournedale Herring Run.  Access from Route 6A, about 1 mile south of the Sagamore Bridge.
Stony Brook Herring Run, Brewster.  Series of natural Fish Ladders in a millside pond.  Adjacent to the Stony Brook Grist Mill.
Bell's Neck Conservation Area, Harwich.  Almost 250 acres of conservation land, featuring a man-made herring run.  Access from Bell's Neck Road off Depot Road.
Mashpee River Herring Run, Mashpee.   A man-made herring run next to the grounds of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum on Route 130.

This is a great way to enjoy one of  the wonders of nature and the serenity of Cape Cod.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

What is there to do on the Cape in the Winter? Fine Dinning

The question we are asked most often this time of the year is," What is there to do on the Cape?"  Enjoying a fine dinning experience is  usually our answer.  Many restaurants and wine shops use this slower time of the year to offer many unique food and wine experiences.  They do themed dinners, cooking demonstrations and cooking classes.  These give you the opportunity to enjoy exceptional food paired with great wines and beers and to learn the techniques of your favorite chef.  Some of the  most interesting theme dinners we've attended have been a Beer Dinner, a Champagne Dinner and a Rum Dinner.  We will be following several restaurants and wine shops giving you details on their latest offering.  Today we will be highlighting  The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern. Located on Main Street in Barnstable Village, this restaurant is just down the street from our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast, Ashley Manor.  Chef/Owner Bob Calderone and his wife Susan Finegold do several wine dinners each winter, their nest one will be on Thursday February 24th and features Washington State wines.  Here's the menu, its looks delicious:

The Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern
with Wendy Koder from Uncorkedwines.com
Present "Wines from Washington State"
Thursday February 24yh at 6:30 PM


Five H Heritage White RieslingHors d" Oeurves
Pine & Post Chardonnay 2007
Oven Roasted Black Cod
with Fresh Maine Shrimp, Steamed Rice and Tomato, Ginger,
Lemon Grass Broth
Five H Heritage Merlot Primitivo 2008
Savory Winter Tart
with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese and Bacon
Pendulum Red Blend 2007
Slow Cooked Beef Shoulder
with Porcini Mushrooms, Creamy Parmesan Polenta
and Swiss Chard
Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2009
Lady Fingers, Espresso and Mascarpone cake
with Raspberry Coulis 


$55 per person (plus tax and tip)
Call for reservations 508-362-2355
We look forward to seeing you there.  Look for our next posting on another "Fine Dinning" on Cape Cod

 








Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ashley Manor. A Romantic Cape Cod Getaway in Cape Cod Magazine

Ashley Manor, a Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast is honored to be selected by Cape Cod Magazine as one of the 10 B&B's for a romantic getaway on Cape Cod.  The article "The Inn Thing" is in the Jan/Feb issue of Cape Cod Magazine    

                                                                       



          ASHLEY MANOR BED AND BREAKFAST
Romance abounds at Ashley Manor where six guest
rooms, four suites, and two traditional rooms offer
quiet luxury. Built around 1699, the inn reflects its early
history on Olde King’s Highway while also offering
modern amenities such as wireless internet. Each suite
has a wood-burning fireplace and full private bath and
separate Jacuzzi tub. Innkeepers Vince Toreno and
Patricia Martin serve a gourmet breakfast and guests
can eat on the patio overlooking the lush two acres of
gardens in warm weather or in front of a crackling fire
during the winter. The inn’s history adds an additional
interesting element to the property, including a secret
passageway that was used as a hiding place for Tories
(or those loyal to the British crown) during the
American Revolution. The inn is open year-round and
located just a few minutes from scenic Barnstable
Village, the Harbor, and Millway Beach. 3660 Main St.,
Barnstable, 508.362.8044, www.ashleymanor.net

                                           



    

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Offers Relaxing Massage Retreat

Ashley Manor, a Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn, is offering a wonderful Relax and  Rejuvenate Massage Package through April, 2011. Package includes three days/two nights in a select King or Queen Luxury Suite.  The beautiful accommodations offer private bath, romantic wood burning fireplace, two-person jetted tub, spa robes, TV/DVD/CD.  Indulge in a  60 minute side by side couples' massage ensuite by licensed massage therapists.  Rest well in the comfortable suite, then enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning

Imagine a special welcome treat of romantic goodies that are the perfect accompaniment when staying in one of our Jacuzzi tub suites... consisting of bath crystals, lotions and other delights, along with a split of champagne on arrival.

This specialPackage includes:
Two night stay in a luxury suite
Two person side by side massage in the privacy of your room
Full gourmet breakfast each morning
Jacuzzi goodies
Split of Champagne

For details, please see our Specials and Packages Page.