Beaches, Walking and Bicycle Trails
When you stay with us for a Cape Cod vacation, you can enjoy the National Seashore with its twenty miles of beach and nature trails. There are beaches and nature trails in every one of the Cape villages as well. The Rail Trail is twenty miles of mostly off-road bicycle trail along the old railroad right-of-way.
Historic Sites and Genealogy
The 18th century lingers all along Route 6A, originally known as the Old Kings Highway and one of the 10 most scenic and historic roads in America. There are historic homes, lighthouses, and museums devoted to the Cape’s past...especially its maritime history...and a treasure for those of a genealogical bent is the renowned Sturgis Library in the Village of Barnstable.
Arts & Crafts, Antiques, and Shopping
There are art galleries and craft studios everywhere, one right after the other. Antique auctions and fairs are frequent during the year, including those at Eldridge’s, a world-class auction house. The Cape villages are dotted with quaint craft and country shops, and the overall diversity of the shopping on Cape Cod will surprise and delight our guests....and maybe inspire a pre-holiday shopping weekend as a return visit!
Barnstable Harbor is the home port of a large fishing fleet which, depending on the season, may be going for striped bass, cod, bluefish, or whatever may be in the rich Cape Cod fishing grounds.
Cape Cod whale watching boats depart from Barnstable Harbor and from the tip of the Cape, during a six-month season from April through October. On-board naturalists will tell you all about the whales, their habits, their near extinction, and recent conservation efforts. And we should not forget to mention the herring run in April and May when hundreds of thousands of herring return inland to lay their eggs while running upstream and jumping ladders!
Cape Cod is ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. by Golf Digest for our availability of good, affordable, public and municipal golf courses. Courses here are among the most scenic to be found, with an array of course layouts that will satisfy the most discerning golfers. The Cape is home to 33 public and 13 private courses. Among those closest to Ashley Manor are Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds Golf Course, Hyannis Golf Club, and The Captain’s Courses (36 holes) in Brewster. Temperatures are mild on Cape Cod and winter golf is common...but it wouldn’t hurt to have one or two orange balls in your bag!
Day trips to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are easily done; there are frequent ferry departures from Hyannis as well as air service. The “Plimouth” Plantation, Plymouth Rock, and Mayflower II are about 40 minutes away. Boston is 75 miles north, about 90 minutes away. Newport, Rhode Island, the site of the “summer cottages” of the Vanderbilt family and the other super rich of the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, is about 1 hour and 45 minutes from Ashley Manor.
Rich in history, you’ll find the delightful villages of Cape Cod and other New England towns easy to reach from Ashley Manor’s central location!