Great for nature lovers, diversity
busy in summer, empty in winter
Good time to visit if you want to see the area. If you want to EXPERIENCE the cape, wait until the crowds come back and the temps go up.
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
1191 Orleans Road/Route 28, Chatham, Massachusetts, 02633, United States
Good for: Business
The Hotel has recently been sold and is undergoing major renovation - unfortunately they didn't...more
2173 Route 28, Harwich, Massachusetts, 02645, United States
Good for: Solo
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...more
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...more
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
Very nice shoes, including some European brands, such as Campers. That's about the only place in the Cape that you can find such shoes. there are also hand bags. I worked there in the Fall of 2001 so if you go there and meet Laura (the manager) or Tanya, her daughter, please say hello from Christina from Bulgaria :)more
The Chatham Zoo is the best gift store and I’m not only saying that because I worked there but also because I’ve been to all such stores and compared what they offered. This was my second job in the summer of 2001. The store has a huge variety of souvenirs: all sort of stuff with your name on it (fridge magnets, mini mugs, key chains, etc.), Cape...more
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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.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, film and other supplies. You may never be back here again, so take a picture.
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.