Day Trip: Chatham, MA

Chatham is one of the prettiest towns on Cape Cod. The village is quaint, the ocean is accessible, and the food is not to be missed. Whether you love, gardens, shopping or just want to go for a stroll, this is a wonderful place to visit. Here are some things to do when you’re out and about:

Where to Eat: A Few of Our Favorites

Chatham Pier Fish Market (take-out): We love the Chatham Fish Pier. This is a no frills fish shack with some of the best seafood in New England. Order up a big bowl of creamy clam chowder or get a lobster roll to go. This is A+ beach or picnic food. If you have access to a grill, you can also get uncooked seafood to go. While you’re there, be sure to walk out to the Fish Pier observation deck. At around 4pm, the fishermen unload their catch and the seals swim right up to the boats looking for tasty treats. Bring your camera!

The Corner Store: (take out): Again, this is perfect food for summer living. Step up to the burrito bar and get your custom-made burrito. Or, order a sandwich or try one of their homemade desserts. We love the giant M&M cookies fresh from the oven and the homemade whoopie pies!

The Chatham Fish & Lobster (eat-in or take out): This is a casual, fresh from the boat, seafood market and restaurant with everything from lobster rolls to salads. We recommend the swordfish sandwich with sweet potato fries. There are a few tables inside and picnic tables outside. They will also pack your lunch to go.

Marion’s Pie Shop: (take-out): What can we say – Homemade. Pies.

Blue Fins Sushi & Saki Bar: This fine Asian seafood restaurant uses fresh local fish in it’s dishes and has a festive atmosphere, in the heart of downtown,  that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.

Cuvee: Cuvee at The Chatham Inn is relatively new on the scene. It’s part of the quaint Chatham Inn and is located downtown. They have a charming restaurant inside and the patio seating is fantastic on a breezy summer night.

The Chatham Bars Inn: The Chatham Bars Inn is a world-class luxury hotel with several restaurant options. Our favorites are The Veranda which sits high up on the hill and allows you to see over the property out to the ocean and The Beach House which is right in the sand.

Chatham Cheese Company: How about a lovely assortment of fine cheese for your picnic?

Gustare Olive Oil: In case you need some flavorful oil for your picnic loaf.

Chatham Jam and Jelly: This team used to operate out of their house. They finally have a bigger location for their homemade jam.

Buffy’s Homemade Ice Cream: Rich, creamy homemade ice cream. How can you go wrong?

Chatham Candy Manor: Of course we’re going to send you to the candy store! Homemade fudge too- ask for a sample of the “fantasy turtle fudge”

Monomoy Coffee Company: Get your iced coffee and sit on the patio.


Things to Do: Explore Chatham

Chatham Lighthouse Beach: This is a beautiful public beach with stunning scenery. Scarce parking is limited to 30 minutes in the summer so prepare to get dropped off or walk 3/4 of a mile (then down a big stair case) with your stuff. You can also take a “vintage” taxi from 356 Main Street for $15 cash round-trip -as of this posting- (opens at 7am). By vintage we mean a very old 1970’s station wagon with a very pleasant driver. The lighthouse is also open to the public. Check the website for summer schedule.

Capabilities Farm Store: On the way to the beach is a brightly colored Greek-revival farm store. It’s a fun quick stop for select local products and fresh berries (in season).

Downtown Chatham: Park on Main Street and go shopping. There are plenty of quaint local shops and stores. There are also plenty of public parking lots off the Main Street. Parking is free.

Chatham Park: A lovely park smack in the middle of downtown. Bring your picnic. Chatham band concerts here every Friday night in the summer – so much fun.

Atwood House: One of Chatham’s oldest home is now a full museum.

The Chatham Angler’s – Take in a good old American baseball game during summer months.

Chatham Shark Center – Chatham is quickly becoming a hub for great white sharks. Learn about all about them at the center.

Monomoy Island – Is a a habitat for migratory birds. Take a boat out for the day or stop by the visitors center for a scenic overview or beach stroll (low tide only).

Sailboat Lessons and Bike Rentals– Because this is what you do when you see the sun in New England. P.S. Cape Cod has an extensive rail trail for your biking pleasure.

Chatham Orpheum Theater: This is a gorgeous renovated theatre with big comfy seats. Grab a bite at the cafe and enjoy a glass of wine while watching the latest film.

The Monomoy Theatre: Quintessential summer stock theatre.



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