Top Reasons to Stay at Four-Star Chatham Bars Inn
- There are panoramic views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly everywhere in the inn, which sits on 25 acres of waterfront property at the southern end of the cape.
- The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn offers antioxidant-rich facials, therapeutic massage, and seasonal body treatments infused with essential oils. The spa was also awarded the Best Day Spa, Cape Cod award from Boston Magazine in 2013.
- Dine on grain-fed midwestern beef and local oysters, clams, and lobster at one of four onsite restaurants.
- All guest rooms contain Nespresso coffeemakers and L’Occitane bath products. Some deluxe cottage rooms have gas fireplaces and bay windows.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Quaint Villages, Protected Beaches, and Miles of Shoreline
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod began to blossom into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula encompasses a string of idyllic fishing villages, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway that wends from North Falmouth to Woods Hole.
But there’s also plenty to do in winter and spring, when the crowds are a lot smaller. In Chatham, at Lightouse Beach, it’s peacefully quiet and you can watch fishermen haul up metal cages with their catches, just as they did hundreds of years ago. Farther southwest, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium houses 140 marine animals native to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. You might even see marine biologists feeding the seals in the aquarium’s outdoor enclosure. On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary.
In the Lower, or Outer, Cape, you’ll find Eastham, nicknamed the Gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore. About 11% of the town lies within the protected area, which spreads across miles of swimming beaches, marshes, and ponds, accented by lighthouses and wild cranberry bogs. The seashore maintains several walking trails, including the Fort Hill Rural Historic District. While strolling, you’ll enjoy scenic ocean vistas, as Eastham is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Cape Cod Bay on the other. Be sure to check out the Nauset Lighthouse, which has overlooked the Atlantic and helped guide vacationing British fish to shore since 1838.
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