Local Sites | Active Pursuits | Conservation Trails | Evening Entertainment | Restaurants
The Fish Pier
In the 1800’s, fishing was the chief Cape Cod occupation of the villagers of Chatham and is still of importance today. Visit the fish pier around 3 or 4 p.m. and see the local fishermen bring in their daily catch.
Directions: Turn left out of the driveway and then turn right at the lights onto Shore Road. Follow this road until you reach a small parking lot on the left. Park here and walk down to the fish pier.
The Chatham Lighthouse
The lighthouse was built in 1877 and still stands, safely guiding vessels across the water. This historic lighthouse also marks the point from which you can gain the most amazing views of the Atlantic and see "the break" which was created after severe winter storms.
Directions: Turn left out of the driveway and then turn right at the lights onto Shore Road. Follow the road (across Main Street) until you reach the lighthouse on the right (approximately 1 mile from the inn). Limited parking is available.
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
The refuge consists of 2,750 acres, 40 of which are on Morris Island and are accessible by car, offering an interesting trail approximately 3/4 mile long. The remaining acres can only be reached by guided boat trips to the island. These trips run throughout the summer until early fall.
Directions: Turn left out of the driveway and right at the lights onto Shore Road. Follow Shore Road past the Chatham Lighthouse keeping to the coast until you see the sign for Morris Island Road. Follow this road until the signs for Monomoy appear on your left. Parking is available.
Old Atwood House Museum
The museum consists of 14 display rooms each exhibiting interesting antiques from old Cape Cod life.
Hours: Mid—June thru September; Tuesday - Friday from 1:00 — 4:00PM
Directions: Turn right out of the driveway and head straight thru the rotary onto Stage Harbor Road. The museum is located 3/4 mile up on the left.
The Mayo House
This is an excellent example of a classic 1820’s Cape Cod house. It is fully restored and furnished with period pieces.
Hours: Mid—June thru September; Tuesday — Thursday from 11:00am — 4:00PM
Directions: Located on Main Street, Chatham
Caleb Nickerson House
Caleb Nickerson, great, great grandson of William, the founder of the town of Chatham, and his wife Elizabeth Mayo built their home on Stage Neck Road in 1772. The house stood on a bluff over looking the Oyster River for 230 years. In 2003 the house made a journey by land and sea to its present location. This pristine home of an American Revolutionary War veteran features three working fireplaces including a beehive oven and original iron cranes, period woodwork and random width wide pine floors. Experience colonial life in this restored antique cape.
Hours:Open for tours every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mid—June through September.
This is an exceptional area for biking. Please see information on bike paths and National Seashore Bike Trails on this website and in our office during your visit. If you are a long-distance biker, check out the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
A number of boat rides depart from the waters surrounding Chatham. It is possible to take a relaxing cruise around Pleasant Bay, visit South Beach or take a sunset cruise. You can also hire your own boat. Please see our brochure area in the Main House during your visit for more information.
- Rip Ryder offers seal cruises out of Monomoy Wildlife Refuge and can drop you off at South Beach for a leisurely afternoon.
- Monomoy Island Excursions offers several cruises around Monomoy Island with commentary about the island’s local history and folklore.
- If you want to explore the Cape Cod Canal and learn its history and see sites along the way, check out Hy-Line Cruises where you will find 2-3 hour canal cruises as well as sunset and special music themed excursions.
- For something different, but classically "Cape Cod," Chatham Classic Yacht Charters will take you for a sea journey aboard one of their restored old world schooners.
- Venture out to Orleans and visit the Goose Hummock which specializes in kayaking and sports fishing. Take a kayak lesson or tour or rent your own kayak and go to it!
The waters surrounding Chatham offer some of the best striped bass fishing in the world and no permit is required. Fresh water ponds are also excellent for fishing, however, a license is required from the town clerk in the town office on Main Street. Numerous fishing expeditions depart from Chatham and surrounding areas. Please see our brochure area in the Main House during your visit for more information.
- Charter a fishing boat and go after what the Cape is known for – striped bass, bluefish and fluke. Rockin' Robin fishing charters offers fishing charters, sunset cruises and sightseeing tours on Cape Cod Bay.
- If you don't want to charter a fishing boat, join Hy-Line Cruises on their party boat where you can go bottom fishing for scup and blackfish or on the Captain’s Choice excursion where you will find bluefish, stripers and fluke.
- In addition to more traditional inshore fishing, Capeshore Charters also specializes in Cod and Tuna fishing. Though these charters are more expensive due to the distance traveled, the reward is great!
With Cape Cod Flying Circus, you can take scenic flights over Cape Cod or explore surrounding lakes and waterways on a floatplane. For the more adventurous, aerobatic flights are also available. Cape Cod’s Flying Circus is based at Chatham Airport.
We recommend the Captain's Golf Course in Brewster or the Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich, though there are many spectacular courses throughout the Cape. Check out this website or visit our concierge area when you arrive for further details.
- Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich is famous for its rhododendron display which bloom late May into early June. Also popular is their baseball hall of fame exhibit, their American History Museum and their Art Museum.
- The Sandwich Glass Museum features several exhibits demonstrating the production of glass blown products and the history of Sandwich. Take home a unique memento from their museum store.
- Visit the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster to learn about the natural wildlife and plant life indigenous to Cape Cod. You can also explore several nature trails throughout the conservation land.
- The John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis highlights John F. Kennedy's life and days he spent on Cape Cod.
Chatham has lovely shops, galleries and antique stores to explore. If this does not satisfy your appetite to shop, Route 6A offers the largest concentration of antique shops while Wellfleet and Provincetown offer numerous art galleries. The nearest mall is located in Hyannis and features several major department stores.
Conveniently located less than two miles from the inn, Sol Spa offers services from facials and manicures to relaxing massages. They specialize in couples massages and can come to the inn (space permitting) to work their magic!
There are several tennis courts located in Chatham, which are open to the public free of charge:
- Chatham High School: Turn left out of the driveway, left at the traffic lights, left on Stony Hill Road and right at the stop sign onto Crowell Road. The High School is about º of a mile on the left.
- Depot Road Courts: Turn right out of the driveway and follow for approximately 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Depot Road and the courts will be on your right.
If you would like a short hike within easy reach of the inn these Chatham trails will appeal to you.
Harding's Beach TrailHouse or from the attendant at the booth at the entrance to the Harding's Beach parking area. Please return the trail guide after your walk. The walk is about 45 minutes long and covers approximately 7.64 acres.
Begin walking from the second parking lot located at Chatham's Harding's Beach and walk east along a sand road toward the lighthouse. Numbered markers indicate points of interest and are keyed to The Harding's Beach trail guide. The trail guide is available at the Chatham Chamber of Commerce Information Booth, the foundation's Mayo
Frost Fish Creek Trail
Beginning at the main entrance of the inn, turn left and drive north on Route 28 towards Orleans for 1.7 miles. Just beyond Rowland Drive on your right, turn left into the parking area before you reach a creek running under the road. The trail proceeds along the creek and marsh. At the end of the trail you turn left and proceed to the parking area via the ridge path. Be advised that the ridge is somewhat difficult to walk. The walk is about 30 minutes long and covers approximately 1.2 acres.
George Ryder Road, South Trail
Located off Route 28 and George Ryder Road, proceed south on George Ryder Road to the first right onto Harold's Lane. Take the first right off Harold Lane onto an unmarked short paved road, which will turn into a dirt road. Park at the end of the pavement. Walk 45 steps along the dirt road. The entrance to the walk is on your left, opposite Beehive and Cranberry Bog. The walk is about 10 minutes long and covers approximately 2.5 acres.
Honeysuckle Lane, Off Stage Harbor Road
At the bottom of the hill on the left side of the road are two short trails leading to the old ice pond. Many water birds are generally seen in this area. On the right side of the road near a telephone pole and along side of a narrow stream is a short walk featuring white cedar trees. It also leads to other trails in and around the cedar swamp, which is primarily owned by the Town of Chatham.
Every Friday evening beginning in July until the end of August, a band concert is held in Kate Gould Park on Main Street in Chatham. It is truly a magical event and one that should not be missed.
The Veterans Field in Chatham is the home park of the Chatham Athletics, one of the 10 teams that make up the Cape Cod Baseball League. The league is partially funded by major league baseball and features premier college players. The times for the games are posted at the Chatham Rotary and run from mid-June thru mid-August.
The nearest cinema is located in Harwich. For program listings and times, please see the entertainment section of the Cape Cod Times or ask a staff member to assist you.
Directions: Turn right out of the driveway and right again at the rotary onto Route 28. Follow Route 28 until you see the sign for Route 137 on your right. Turn right onto Route 137, thru 2 junctions, until you see the cinema on your right.
The Squire offers live entertainment weekends. 28 Atlantic hosts a jazz festival on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in summer. Mahoney's in Orleans has Thursday evening jazz. Joe's Beach Bar & Grille in Orleans has weekend entertainment. Mooncussers Tavern has a variety of live music on weekends in season. The Harvest Gallery Wine Bar is perfect for lite bites, a varied wine list, and live entertainment. 323 North is just around the corner from the inn and has live weekend entertainment and a great menu. Local music events can also be found by check local newspapers or websites for listings.
There are a number of excellent theatre companies in the local area.
- Monomoy Theatre, Main Street, Chatham — Productions run from June to the end of August. Phone: 508-945-1589
- Chatham Drama Guild, Crowell Road, Chatham — Productions run throughout the year. Phone: 508-945-0510
- Cape Cod Playhouse, Dennis — Productions during July, August and early September. Phone: 508-255-9929
- Cape Cod Repertory Company, East Brewster — Productions run throughout the year. In summer, productions are shown in an outdoor theatre. Phone: 508-896-1888
- Academy Playhouse, Main Street, Orleans — Productions run throughout the year. Phone: 508-255-1963
- Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis — Productions run in summer only.
- Impudent Oyster: Downtown Chatham. The menu focuses primarily on seafood with a couple steak/chicken options. Excellent food, service, and always a bustling atmosphere. Dinner entrees are in the $20 range. Open year-round.
- Pisces: South Chatham, about a 10-minute drive. Another excellent seafood choice, Pisces also offers a couple of “land” choices, as well. It is a chef-owned restaurant with an intimate cottage feel. Locals wait with baited breath for Pisces to open its doors for the season. Closed mid October until spring.
- Buca's: Harwich, about a 10-minute drive. Despite the casual atmosphere complete with fairy lights and red-checked tablecloths, Buca's serves up exceptional Northern Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. The menu is extensive and selecting a dish can be tough, but whatever you choose, you can't go wrong at Buca's. This is not red sauce Italian - it is more "gourmet" with great seafood, veal, chicken, steak, and homemade pasta dishes. They also have an award winning wine list. Open year-round.
- Cape Sea Grille: Harwich Port, about a 15-minute drive. Located near the water, the Cape Sea Grille features mouth watering coastal cuisine. It is an elegant atmosphere and every time we go, we are absolutely blown away by the food. No matter what we order — lobster, fish, duck, lamb, scallops — everything is exceptional and seems to get better and better every year. Closed December until spring.
Seafood: Dennis, about a 25
minute drive. This cozy, intimate restaurant features locally sourced
ingredients with plenty of seafood options, but several other options as well.
The food is spectacular and selecting a dish can be difficult as all entrees
feature innovative accompaniments. From food to service to atmosphere, Fin gets
two thumbs up for all elements of a fine dining experience. They close for a few weeks after New Years.
- Abba: Orleans, about a 15-minute drive. For those with a more adventurous palette, Abba's menu is Mediterranean and Thai influenced and the combinations of food are outstanding. The dining room is sophisticated and intimate with candlelight and cushioned banquettes. Open year-round.
Dennis, about a 25
minute drive. With just eight tables in a cozy, yet uncrowded setting,
Norabella serves exceptional Italian cuisine coupled with impeccable service.
The menu features both Italian "comfort food" like lasagna and Bolognese as well
as Northern Italian favorites like grilled swordfish. Open year-round.
- Lyric: Yarmouth, about a 25 minute drive. For a delightful culinary experience, head to Lyric where the creative cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients is in a league of its own. The menu is varied with options ranging from a lamb burger to chicken fried pork shop to duck Bolognese and several seafood options. The chef here is truly talented and it is well worth the drive. Open year-round with limited days during the winter.
- L'Alouette Bistro: Harwich, about a 15 minute drive. French influenced menu focusing on fresh seafood served in an elegant dining room. The wine list features small estate grown wines. Open year-round.
- Old Yarmouth Inn: Yarmouth, about a 30 minute drive. A charming inn with a collection of elegant and casual dining rooms, the restaurant at the Old Yarmouth inn features traditional cuisine in a classic Cape Cod setting. With wood paneled walls and a fireplace, the tavern resembles and English pub. The food and service are excellent and the wine list and menu are extensive with something for everyone. Open year-round.
- Del Mar Bistro: Chatham. A great place to pop in for a light meal or nearby bistro style fare. Their menu features a number of appetizers, salads and gourmet pizzas as well as various entrees. Del Mar has more of a "city" than "Cape Cod" feel and they make a mean martini! Open year-round. No reservations.
- Red Nun: Chatham's neighborhood watering hole features excellent pub fare and a true local experience. They advertise the best burgers on the Cape and we have to agree. Open year-round. No reservations.
- The Chatham Squire: Downtown Chatham. Casual fare with options from burgers to fried seafood to steak. Prices are in the mid to upper teens — best options are the more low-key entrees such as fried oysters, fish and chips, and clam chowder. Open year-round. No reservations.
- Mooncusser's Tavern: Harwich, about a 20 minute drive. Charming tavern-style dining boasting outstanding tapas as well as larger plates. They also have seasonal live entertainment. Don't miss the filet and eggs, the duck infused sliders, or the black truffle parmesan fries. They close briefly during the winter. No reservations.
- Captain Linnell House: Orleans, about a 20-minute drive. Once a sea captain's home, the Captain Linnell House is now an upscale restaurant featuring some of the best food around. The prices are very reasonable given the quality and they have consistently won awards for most romantic Cape Cod restaurant. It has a special place in our hearts as we got married here. Closed in March.
- 28 Atlantic (at the Wequassett Inn): 3 miles down the street. If a view is what you are after, 28 Atlantic is hands down the place to go. Often, the food and service are compromised when a restaurant has such a spectacular view to fall back on, but this is far from the case here. It is pricey, but when all is said and done, 28 Atlantic is worth every penny. Closed December until spring.
House: Dennis, about a 25 minute drive. Overlooking the Nantucket Sound, the Ocean
House features local fusion cuisine which is always fresh and delicious. The
wine and martini lists are extensive, and in the shoulder seasons (spring and
fall), a reasonably priced three course prix fixed menu is offered. Closed January - Mid-March.
All of the recommended restaurants are visited on a regular basis by the innkeepers and their staff. However, if you should discover a new restaurant, please let us know. It would also be very helpful if you would tell us of any negative dining experiences.