Chatham is my hometown. To me, it is the best town on Cape Cod. It has beautiful beaches and a great downtown / main street area. As a kid we were taught that Cape Cod, “the cape”, is like a flexing arm and we lived on the elbow’s point. Now do that and point to your elbow, that’s where I’m from! 🙂
A bit of history from mychatham.com
The French explorer Samuel de Champlain guided his vessel past Harding’s Beach and into Stage Harbor in October of 1606. The Native Americans here, who had been here for at least 10,000 years, paddled out in their canoes and greeted Champlain hospitably.
Fast forward 407 years: Chatham is a fairly small town, with just under 7,000 year round residents, but many more in the summer months (~30,000 residents). From those numbers you can see that it is a vacation destination and attracts many tourists. The town thrives on the summer population. The Inns, the restaurants and the shops all depend on those few busy summer months.
My Top 5 Must Sees of Chatham
Chatham Main Street
Chatham’s downtown area is very welcoming and a great place to spend some of your vacation. I spent hours upon hours on main street as a kid growing up in Chatham. In a way, it was like going to the mall in other parts of the country – we didn’t have the mall so we hung out downtown! It has a wide range of gift shops, inns, restaurants, art galleries and candy /ice cream shops. There is also a large park int he middle of it, where you will find the Chatham Band stand and Chatham Band Concert on Friday nights during the summer.
Chatham Lighthouse & Beach
Chatham Lighthouse Beach will always have a special place in our hearts – That is where Kyle proposed to me! I love this lighthouse and the way it looks though. The beach is a nice beach to walk on – but NOT a good beach to go swimming at. There are high currents, big under toes and it’s just not very safe at all. But – its nice to look at. This is also where you will find the Chatham Break (more on this in another post!).
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn is the nicest inn/resort on cape cod, bar none! It is one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. It was built-in 1914 and planned for wealthy Bostonians to come stay for their vacation. It is still has that atmosphere and price tag – it is an elegant seaside resort with a main inn building, restaurants, beach houses and cottages to rent.
Chatham A’s Baseball Game
Chatham A’s was one of my many jobs during High School. Chatham A’s is a cape baseball league for college students. It is one of only a few leagues in the nation that leads into the MLB. Many games we would see Red Sox & Yankee recruiters scouting new baseball players. The best part about going to the Chatham A’s game? It’s free!
Seals at Chatham Fish Pier
The Chatham Fish Pier, is of course first an active fish pier. Daily you will see fisherman coming and going on their boats, unloading the daily catches and fueling up. What most people go here to see though, are the seals. The seals are an enemy to the fisherman, as they eat the bellies out of a lot of the fish, but for the onlookers, they are a fun sight to see. They swim around the docks looking for food or falling fish from the boats. It’s a fun way to see them up and close for free!
There is so much more to do in Chatham, but those are a few of the highlights! More to come on Chatham and Cape Cod in the following days!