Hi - Is Chatham a good base for Cape Cod? Does the season end Labor Day? Will all restaurants, shops, etc. still be open mid to end September? Thanks.
What kinds of things do you plan on doing? Will you have a car?
Most restaurants remain open well after Labor day and will be open in mid-September. The season for most folks oesn't end on Labor Day.
Mid-September is one of the absolute Best times to visit the Cape. Crowds have thinned out, the weather is lovely and nearly everything is still open. Chatham, which has a vibrant and vital year round community, will be 'open' that's for sure!
Chatham is centrally located and provided easy access to the National Seashore beaches. I think Chatham is one of the loveliest Cape towns. Will you stay at a hotel or inn?
Yes, we will have a car. Not necessarily into sunning on the beach but I'm sure we'll explore some of the beaches. Have not researched all the towns on the Cape yet but plan to explore some of those as well. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is it worth driving to the end of the cape?
We are looking into a private rental right now.
Any info would be welcome! Thanks.
Perhaps one of the best investments you can make would be to purchase Kim Grant's Cape Cod guidebook. She has organized her book by geographical area and really does a wonderful job of describing each Cape town.
There are 2 ends of the Cape: The furthest end away from the bridges is referred to as the 'lower Cape'. The area closest to the bridges is referred to as the 'upper Cape'. A trip from Chatham to the lower Cape area will be a highlight of your September visit. You should travel out of Chatham on route 28 toward Orleans and enjoy the beautiful views of Pleasant Bay. Once there, you can stop at Nauset Beach (drive up a bit to see or tour the Nauset Light) or explore a bit of the downtown area of Orleans.
From there, drive up to Eastham and take the time to visit the jewel of Cape Cod: The Cape Cod National Seashore. You can stop in the visitors' center, check out the Ranger tours, peruse the excellent gift shop and watch a movie about the ever-changing status of Cape beaches.
Continuing on, head up to Provincetown but take the time to pull off of route 6 to see the great beaches of Wellfleet and Truro. Your final destination will be Provincetown, a vibrant, welcoming, gay friendly town. Some of the best restaurants, galleries and shops on the Cape are here and the atmosphere is unique and fun. If you just 'zip up' to Provincetown, you can enjoy a whale watch from here. Art's Dune Tours are another way to experience Provincetown beaches.
If you're heading back to Chatham around sunset, stop at Thumpertown Beach in Eastham or other Cape Cod Bay beaches to see a light show that's just incredible.
Renting a house is a good idea. Chatham has various options for lodging.
Thank you for the info!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I love Cape Cod and am very happy to share my love of this special place with others.
Thank you again. :-)
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Address: 22 Old Harbor Road, Chatham, Massachusetts, 02633, United States