Something for everyone at Ashley Manor in July


July is what we wait for all year long here on Cape Cod. Warm days, cooler nights, spectacular sunsets, lazy days on the beach and fresh seafood galore. It’s also the month when the lovely hydrangeas and lilies bloom, lining many roads with a symphony of colors. We have some pretty wonderful ones on our property as well.

If you love lobster in any form, now is the time to enjoy it. Cape Codders and visitors can argue long into the night which place offers the best lobster rolls so maybe you’ll have to try more than one to see for yourself. This is true for clam chowder, locally sourced fish and chips and fried clams as well. We personally like Sesuit Harbor Cafe for both its delicious food and its unbeatable informal location right on the water in Dennis. They don’t have a liquor license but you can bring your own. It’s a hop, skip and easy drive from us, right down the road. In Dennis you may travel a little farther and try Captain Frosty’s. Don’t let the humble appearance deter you. The food is great!

Hyannis and Pocasset offer the Raw Bar, which many think takes top honors in the lobster roll contest. Spanky’s Clam Shack on Hyannis Harbor and the snack bar at Sandy Neck are contenders as well. These are only a few spots that are close by. It’s probably hard to find a really bad lobster roll on Cape Cod. It would be such an embarrassment….so feel free to explore!

Boat tours are easy to book and most are quite affordable. There’s the sunset and historic tours on The Horseshoe Crab, given by Barnstable Ecotours. There’s also the Hyannis Whale Watch boat that leaves from Barnstable Harbor. This has been a spectacular season for whale watching and you may spy dolphins, a basking shark or a sea turtle as well. Bay Spirit Tours and Hy-Line both offer short and sweet tours in Hyannis Harbor and there’s a Lobster Roll Cruise that leaves from Sesuit Harbor.

There are far more wonderful eateries than we can name here. Almost all now offer local, organic produce as well as locally sourced craft beers and wine in addition to traditional offerings. Need a special menu? Just ask. We’ll be happy to help. 



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