Chatham Travel Guide

  • Sunset on one of the many ponds
    Sunset on one of the many ponds
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Chatham Things to Do

  • Eldredge Public Library

    Okay, confession: we didn't go in. I know, you're shocked. But I do really appreciate this style of architecture so I snapped a couple of photos.I don't know why it's called Eldredge. Maybe the website will explain!

  • Chatham Memorial Park

    We had 2 dogs with us; of course we went into the park! But aside from a spot for the dogs to take care of their biological needs, it's a nice little spot to sit and enjoy good weather. (Which, I may add, we were very lucky to have!) Plus, there's a gazebo. Who doesn't love gazebos??

  • Buy some art!

    The Guild of Chatham Painters has a show/sale on the lawn of the First Congregational Church on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from June to August. There are some lovely pieces at great prices (for art). Check it out!

  • Churches

    Coming from Europe, where I saw many churches and cathedrals, for me it was interesting to see the variety of churches in America and also the different architecture of most of them. In Europe most churches are made of stone, in Chathem they were made of wood, the same as the houses, made of wooden slates. There are 9 churches in Chatham: Baptist,...

  • Ponds, biking and walking

    There are many ponds in and around Chatham. There are salt water and fresh water ponds, big and small, where you can fish, boat, sail, water-ski or bathe. There are so many that it's confusing. I liked to ride my bike, take a road and go wherever it took me. I always ended at a beach or a pond, sometimes over a bridges, sometmes I stopped to enjoy...

  • Shore Road

    The scenic shore Road offers very nice views of the ocean. That's where the Fish Pier, the most expensive houses and hotels in Chatham are. I used to ride my bike along the road on the way to work every morning. Now I remember every curve of the road, downhills and uphills, the nice houses with gardens on the way...

  • Historic Main Street

    Chatham has the typical small town main street with the oldest buildings, churches, the bank, some stores, ice cream and candy stores, the library (free membership and internet), a pharmacy with a photo lab, gift stores, antiques, restaurants, fast food, etc. Along the Main Str. and Route 28 you can see some of the oldest and nicest buildings in...

  • Chatham Railroad Museum

    This nice Victorian building in fact used to be the Chatham Railroad Station. It was built in 1887 and served a small connection line to Harwich. The seven mile long line to Harwich was built in seven days. When motor vehicles became more wide spread the passenger traffic of the railways declined so the service was gradually shut down. Now where...

  • Fish Pier

    The Fish Pier was on my way to work ( a 5mile bike ride) so sometimes I stopped there to enjoy the view and take a few picures. It's quite small, with a few fishing boats and may hungry sea-gulls. I've been told that you can buy fresh fish from there. It is located on Shore Road, supposedly the street with the most expensive houses.

  • Seal Watch - not to be missed!

    I think this is the best thing to do on the Cape, I even liked it better than whale watching because you go really close to the animals and can see hundreds of them. They are so cute and curious. After you reach the shore where they are resting the young ones swim closer to the boat and stare curiously at you. If you move too much though they...

  • Beach

    There are many beaches in Chatham, after all, it's at the tip of the 'elbow' and is surrounded on three sides by water. As far as I know the Lighthouse beach is the biggest one and it can get very crowded. I was a bit surprised the first few times I went to the beach on the Cape. Most people came with their cars loaded with chairs, coolers with...

  • Lighthouse

    The Chatham LightChatham's most popular spot.Built in 1808, it is Cape Cod's second lighthouse. Just opposite of it there is a panorama spot from where you can see the huge beach below, sand bars and the ocean.


Chatham Hotels

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  • Pleasant Bay Village

    1191 Orleans Road/Route 28, Chatham, Massachusetts, 02633, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

    2173 Route 28, Harwich, Massachusetts, 02645, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Chatham Bars Inn

    The Hotel has recently been sold and is undergoing major renovation - unfortunately they didn't...


Chatham Restaurants

  • Yummy, but watch that umbrella!!

    Once again, we picked this place because it had outdoor seating where dogs are welcome. (We had 2 with us.) We grabbed a nice corner table so that the pooches wouldn't disturb anyone and proceeded to order. The food arrived and it was yummy. However, when we were about 3/4 of the way done with our meals, a gust of wind elevated our umbrella and it...

  • Wonderful Seafood

    This is a great restaurant for wonderfully fresh local seafood in a charming atmosphere. Head to the bar for lunch or have dinner in the upper/main dining room. They have an extensive menu filled with American and Portuguese styled offerings. A cosy bar to imbibe in and on off hours, a terrific staff to make sure your visit is a pleasant...

  • Afternoon tea at Chatham Bars Inn

    My hosts at Cape Cod took me for afternoon tea at the Chatham Bars Inn one November afternoon. The South Lounge at Chatham Bars Inn is the perfect setting for our leisurely afternoon tea, with a generous and varied menu of finger sandwiches, tea breads, cakes, savories and home-baked goodies all served with the finest teas and infusions. The...


Chatham Nightlife

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    by ChristinaNest Written Apr 19, 2006

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    This is the only decent bar not only in Chatham but maybe in this part of the Cape. A lot of young people gather here, both Americans and foreigners. There's a juke box and table football. They have a variety of drinks, and enough orange juice for the under 21's. On the left side is the bar, and on the left, the restaurant but I've never been there.
    The restaurant has a web-site.

    Dress Code: Casual

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Historical Travel

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Chatham Shopping

  • LOTS of Goodies!!

    Oh man, I just LOVE stores like this! A variety store is fun enough, but located in a touristy seaside town...? Well, you can just imagine the goodies you'll find. From the practical, to the frivolous, to the bizarro, you'll find what you need and definitely what you didn't!

  • Cute Gifts

    I needed to find a nice gift for my mother's caretaker and found her a great Cape Cod tote bag here. There were so many cute things to choose from here, from clothing, jewelry, sea-themed items, and nick-knacks, just to name some of the goodies here.It was hard to resist buying stuff just for me, but I did.

  • Got Ducks?

    I'm going to describe this as a specialty store. I mean, it's a rubber-ducky store! Judging from the website they sell more than these but I guess the ducks are their thing! That's right, I didn't go in. But I did take some fun shots of their window display. I guess I'm just not a rubber-ducky person....


Chatham Warnings and Dangers

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    by daddygila Written Jun 20, 2003

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    Tourists on holiday often forget that the natural laws are still in effect. When we were in chatham some young people had ignored the ""Current Warning" signs and attempted to reach a sandbar against some strong currents. things worked out but they were some scary moments.

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Chatham What to Pack

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    by smike Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, film and other supplies. You may never be back here again, so take a picture.

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Chatham Sports & Outdoors

  • by koekjecait Written Feb 16, 2003

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    Chatham's nearly surrounded by the sea, you only need to go nearly any direction to find the water!

    Equipment: Sailboat Rentals are available at Ridgevale Beach and larger Sailboat Charters are available at various locations such as FirstLight Sea Charters.

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