Chatham, Cape Cod
Welcome to Chatham, Mass, USA located on the elbow of Cape Cod, half way between Falmouth and Provincetown. Our seaside community of 6,700 year-round residents offers a variety of exciting outdoor, cultural, and historical activities as well as all of the convenient services of comfortable daily living.
Of all Cape Cod towns, Chatham, the elbow of the Cape, and known locally as The First Stop of the East Wind. Chatham is one the Cape’s oldest towns and was settled in 1656. Chatham is surrounded on three sides by water -- Pleasant Bay, Nantucket Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. Chatham benefits from Mother Nature's "natural air conditioning" with comfortable summers, exquisite autumns, and mild winters.
Beaches, golf, shopping, antiquing, walking, birding, biking, fishing, kayaking, lighthouses, seafood, history, salt air, windmills... this is what makes Cape Cod so special. Chatham has carefully and beautifully preserved the flavor of a small New England town with great style and charm, creating an ideal destination to experience that "stepping back in time, olde Cape Cod" feeling.
Strolling through Main Street you will experience a variety of culinary cuisines and see famous art galleries, authentic antique shops and dealers, specialty boutiques, jewelers, unique imports, and featured open markets. Chatham has a classic blend of the past and present with its charming village streets lined with historic 18th century homes, shingled cottages and lush seaside gardens.
Cape Cod and the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are some of the most magical places in the world. With miles of ocean beaches, sandy dunes and quaint town centers these unspoiled places have escaped overdevelopment and serve as reminders of the way life used to be.
Chatham has a rich seafaring history, a railroad museum, and summer concerts held in Kate Gould Park. Beloved by fishermen and sea captains for centuries, the charming coastal town of Chatham, Mass., came into its own as a resort destination in the 1870s when wealthy New Englanders discovered its vistas of sea and shore.
The town celebrates its sense of place through well-loved summertime traditions such as free Friday night band concerts, Chatham Angels baseball games and a Fourth of July parade that is a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. In the winter months, Chatham hosts a performing arts festival that culminates with midnight fireworks over Oyster Pond. Nearly surrounded by water and dotted with ice-age "kettle ponds," Chatham offers a number of beaches, varied water sports and a scenic 4.5-mile bike trail.
The ocean, the beach the harbor… Where the lifestyle meets the splendor of Cape Cod.
Fishing is one of the Cape’s favorite pastimes, from surfcasting off one of the many beaches to angling in stock ponds to chartered deep-sea fishing trips. Check with the Inn’s Reception Desk for brochures and recommendations.
Cape Cod Beaches
Cape Cod beaches vary from quiet Cape Cod Bay side beaches with calm cool water, to the warm gentle waves of the beaches on Nantucket Sound, to the wild and roaring surf of the beaches laying on Cape Cod's eastern shore. Which beach is for you depends on whether you're looking for a beach suitable for small children or looking to surf some big waves, or something in between.
Lighthouses on Cape Cod
Cape Cod has had over twenty lighthouses operating along its shores over the past 200 years, mainly along the outer shore between Provincetown and Chatham. Today seven lighthouses still operate and several other decommissioned lights stand along the coastline.
Seal & Whale Watching
One of the joys of Cape Cod is the opportunity it affords for making trips to the whale feeding grounds at Stellwagen Bank, about 6 miles off the tip of Provincetown. The boat ride out into the open ocean is part of the pleasure, but the thrill is the whale sightings.
Golf Courses on Cape Cod
Cape Cod offers 54 private, semi-private and municipal golf courses offering a wide variety of terrain for golfing enthusiasts. The Cape’s mild climate makes golf possible year-round, and most of its public courses stay open.
The Cape Cod National Seashore has nine trails through varied terrain. Brochures are available at the Inn’s Reception Desk, Cape Cod National Seashores visitor’s centers and trailheads. A few of the trails are.