Up Cape Drives

I’ve always thought of Chatham as a laid-back beach town with just the right touch of sophistication. Situated at the southeastern tip of Cape Cod, it’s just a quick 45 minute drive up Cape from Provincetown. The town offers myriad opportunities to travelers seeking everything from stunning beaches to some of the Cape’s best shops and restaurants. If you just want to stroll through or perhaps stay for an entire day, here’s my list of things to do in Chatham:

1) Beaches: Chatham Lighthouse Beach offers impressive views of the Atlantic and is home to an active lighthouse established in 1808. Parking can get a bit tight during the summer but the beach is perfect for a good, long walk. Harding Beach, on the other hand, has ample parking and lifeguards on duty during the summer months. Facing Nantucket Sound, Harding’s offers warmer, calmer waters that are perfect for family outings. If you’re after really warm water during your summer visit, just make the quick walk from downtown over to Oyster Pond Beach and dive in.

2) Shopping: If you’re a browser or a buyer, Chatham’s main street has you covered. I’m just going to focus in on three of my favorites, so you’ll have to take a walk to find yours! Yankee Ingenuity at 525 Main has all the things you never knew you needed. Known for their creative merchandise (art, gifts, and so much more), this shop has been around for a long time. The Fisherman’s Daughter at 402 Main makes clothes and accessories out of organic and eco-friendly materials. It’s always nice to buy something designed and made by a Cape Cod local! The Chatham Candy Manor at 484 Main always has my sweet-tooth covered. They have homemade fudge, homemade fudge, and homemade fudge…oh yeah, and tons of other delicious confections too!

3) Restaurants: Chatham has lots to offer when it comes to dining. This would be my line-up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Hangar B Eatery at 240 George Ryder Rd is located right at the Chatham Municipal Airport and serves up brilliant breakfasts that are so good you may never leave. The Impudent Oyster at 15 Chatham Bars Ave is Chatham’s quintessential seafood lunch spot. At 2653 Main Street in South Chatham, you can find Pisces, home of a wonderful chef who continues to deliver, year in and year out. With only 40 seats plus 5 more at the bar, it is wise to make reservations well in advance.

Enjoy everything!