Chatham Bars Inn

Cape Cod, New England, United States of America

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At a Glance

  • One of the East Coasts top beach resorts

  • Educational and fun children's club

  • A lagoon-style zero entry pool which is ideal for youngsters

  • On a long stretch of sandy beach and calm water

  • A wide selection of water-based activities, from sport and lobster fishing to dinghy sailing and seal and whale watching cruises

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Best time to Visit

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The most popular time to visit Cape Cod is during the summer, when the beaches offer healthy waves and days are long. The season is generally from Memorial Day till Labour Day weekend. There are occasional rainy days even in the summer, but most days are sunny and ocean breezes keep temperatures mild.

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Insider's View

Have a fun night out with the locals at the Impudent Oyster a lively restaurant specialising in seafood in Chatham

Children will love the Pirate Ship experience where they will get to dress up on the Pirate Ship and help catch the mischievous pirates.

Ask us about Beachside Cottage, a cure two bedroom stand alone cottage just steps from the beach and perfect for a romantic getaway or for a small family

Head to the beach grille bar for pre dinner cocktails for a buzzy atmosphere

Laze in an Adirondack chair in the lawn listening to live music and watching for seals out in the bay

The inn has a small selection of private homes on site giving you all the comforts of home yet with all the hotel facilities

Call us on 5806 1600 to start planning your holiday to Chatham Bars Inn

Description

Located near the heart of Chatham on Cape Cod is Chatham Bars Inn, a luxury resort and spa nestled steps away from one of Cape Cod’s glorious sweeping beaches and the Atlantic Ocean.

Chatham is a picturesque seaside town located on the elbow of the Cape Cod. It boasts the quaint and walkable Main Street which is lined with family-owned restaurants, shops and businesses, with not a chain store in sight. The town is renowned for its relaxed beach culture, water activities and seafaring history, with the attraction all within walking distance. There are often festivals, parades, concerts and fireworks on display during the summer months. No visit to the town is complete without a trip to the see the iconic Chatham Lighthouse overlooking the harbour.

Located in the heart of Chatham on Cape Cod’s eastern shore is Chatham Bars Inn, a magnificent turn of the century landmark building, now converted into a luxury resort and spa set on 25 acres of landscaped gardens and steps away from one of Cape Cod’s endless sandy beaches.

The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation. Guests can choose to stay in the elegantly decorated guest rooms in the recently renovated Main Inn with its original grand staircase and splendid reception room. Or those who seek a more private experience can opt to stay in one of the rooms located in 26 cottages dotted around the resort with their private terraces located amongst the gardens or on the beach. The Spa suites are perfect for adults in search of pampering boasting their own hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers, massage tables and fireplaces in addition to having easy access to the resort’s spa facilities.

The Spa itself includes wet and dry treatment rooms, a Vichy shower room, and an outdoor relaxation pool surrounded by lushly landscaped gardens with private cabanas.

With a choice of four restaurants to dine at, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Choose to dine at the stylish Stars restaurant with breath taking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, or at the Beach House Grill right by the sand. The Tavern, with its cosy ambiance and welcoming bar serves great cocktails and on Fridays and Saturdays indulge in afternoon tea on a deep sofa whilst nibbling on a selection of tasty cakes and sandwiches.

Other than the obvious attraction of the sand and surf, there are plenty of activities on offer for all ages and interests: Why not charter the resort’s private jet boat over to the neighbouring island of Martha’s Vineyard? Or hire a bike and cycle some of the 35 miles of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Drive through the dunes of Nauset beach in one of the hotel’s Landrovers (bring your international licence) or take a walk with the in-house naturalist through the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge with its colony of Grey Seals.

The seas off Cape Cod are rich in marine life, whale excursions run from Provincetown throughout the summer and there’s fantastic sport fishing to be had from the hotel’s own state-of-the-art fishing boat. There are clay tennis courts, nearby golf courses and well-equipped fitness centre.

Chatham Bars Inn is the perfect choice for families. Children’s programs run throughout the summer for children from 4 till 12 years, who are divided into three separate age groups. There’s arts and crafts, dressing up, beach Olympics, miniature golf, cookery classes, scavenger hunts, beach parties to name a few.. The Beach House Grill is popular with families with fun evening entertainment in the summer.

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Accommodation

Chatham Bars Inn offers a wide range of accommodation. You can choose to stay in the elegantly decorated guest rooms in the recently renovated Main Inn with its original grand staircase and splendid reception room. Those who seek a more private experience can opt to stay in one of rooms located within 26 cottages dotted around the resort. The cottages with their private terraces are located amongst the gardens or close to the beach. The Spa suites are perfect for adults in search of solitude and pampering boasting their own hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers, massage tables and fireplaces in addition to having easy access to the resort’s spa facilities.

The inn also features 3 stunning private homes which guests can rent in their entirety.  This includes the owner's original home, located right on the edge of the beach.  These are perfect for families who would like more space and the luxury of a private home yet with all the facilities of a hotel.

Childcare

Chatham Bars Inn is the perfect choice for families. Children’s programs run throughout the summer for children from 4 till 12 years, who are divided into three separate age groups. There’s arts and crafts, dressing up, beach Olympics, miniature golf, cookery classes, scavenger hunts, beach parties to name a few! Off property there’s whale watching and deep sea fishing excursions. The Beach House Grill is popular with families with fun evening entertainment in the summer. The cottages are particularly suited to catering for a family’s accommodation needs with either two Queen beds or a double sofa bed in the separate living room.

Services

There isn't much that can't be organised by Chatham Bars Inn.

On land there is a summer children's programme, clay tennis courts, fitness room, main swimming pool with private cabanas and underwater sound system, croquet lawn and nearby golf courses.

On the water, the hotel owns a 52ft Viking Sport fishing boat, 55ft jet boat and Nantucket Indian Wooden sailboat. The hotel even has its own Classic car for gentle tours around the region and Landrovers for dune excursions.

The Spa includes wet and dry treatment rooms, a Vichy shower room, and an outdoor relaxation pool surrounded by lushly landscaped gardens with private cabanas.

Facilities

With a choice of four restaurants to dine at, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Choose to dine at the stylish Stars restaurant with breath taking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, or at the Beach House Grill right by the sand. The Tavern, with its cosy ambiance and welcoming bar serves great cocktails and on Fridays and Saturdays indulge in afternoon tea on a deep sofa whilst nibbling on a selection of tasty cakes and sandwiches.

Activities

Other than the obvious attraction of the sand and surf, there are plenty of activities on offer for all ages and interests: Why not charter the resort’s private jet boat over to the neighbouring islands of Martha’s Vineyard on Nantucket? Or hire a bike and cycle some of the 35 miles of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Drive through the dunes of Nauset beach in one of the hotel’s Landrovers or take a walk with the in-house naturalist through the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge with its colony of Grey Seals. The seas off Cape Cod are rich in marine life, Whale excursions run from Provincetown throughout the summer and there’s fantastic sport fishing to be had from the hotel’s own state-of-the-art fishing boat. There are clay tennis courts, nearby golf courses and well-equipped fitness centre.

Chatham itself is a picturesque seaside town located on the elbow of the Cape Cod which has managed to withstand development. It boasts the quaint and walkable Main Street which is lined with family-owned restaurants, shops and businesses –not a chain store in sight. The town is renowned for its relaxed beach culture, water activities and seafaring history, with the attraction that it’s all within walking distance. There are often festivals, parades, concerts and fireworks on display to celebrate its sense of place. No visit to the town is complete without a trip to the see the iconic Chatham Lighthouse overlooking the harbour.

Reviews

4

Anna Bleasdale (Staff)

Almost a village within the town of Chatham, Chatham Bars is a local institution, steeped in history and spread over a lovely location both along the beach and set back across the road. It takes a little while to understand the layout of the property and on first impressions, the fact that its spread out either side of the road is a little off putting.  This doesnt last long though and after exploring it, I really kind of get it.  Chatham Bars offers the best of both worlds.  Both an upscale resort offering a wealth of facilities from a beachside pool and tennis courts through to a vast choice of dining options and live music, along with a more living the Cape life experience which you can do in one of the inn rooms through to a lavish 4 bedroom beachside house just steps from the sand. If you want everything within a 30 second walk this isnt the place for you, but if you dont mind a walk along the beach to the pool or restaurant, or parking your car behind your cottage, then it works.  Accommodation options here are your choice, you can be down at the busy fishing dock, above the beachside grille with its buzzy vibe, in the gardens with an ocean view or in a serene spa suite.  Its all about finding the right balance.  Once settled in though, the Cape life is yours to enjoy. The evening I was there was the height of summer, the clam bake was in full swing, children were playing on the sand in front of the beach grille, live music was wafting across the road from the lawns and bar at the main inn and life was balmy and good.  After enjoying a burger at the beachside bar (seafood is not for me, although it did look good), I headed to the Adirondack chairs on the lawn which afford wonderful views beyond the property to the beach and water beyond.  Seals were milling around off shore and the setting sun behind the inn was turning the water pink in reflection. It was the end of a hot summer day here and guests were sun kissed, relaxed and happy. Its busy, absolutely, and the pool was still noisy and full even at 7pm, and there is a bit of a queue for the restaurants verandah seating, however, everyone seems oblivious and are just enjoying their family holiday.  Chatham Bars offers a historic Cape escape, yet never feels stuffy or like you need to stand on ceremony.  Smiles abound from the staff who all seem happy to be there and I could see myself spending a lot more time here, in fact in the morning, Im sad to tear myself away as its promising to be another beautiful summers day.

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Georgina Robertson (Staff)

The Chatham Bars Inn is a great resort for all the family. Set just back from their private beach with just a road separating the Main Inn and the beach you are never too far from the sand and sea. Chatham Bars Inn offers many activities including gold, tennis, water sports, bike rentals and nature walks. You can also make use of their Bartender boat which takes people over to the nearby sand bar every 20 minutes. The town of Chatham is just 5 minutes away and the property can take you drop you off and pick you up again if you wish. Provincetown is a 45 minute drive away coming here for a bite to eat before or after a Whale Watching trip makes for a great day out!

Experiences

  • Biking through Cape Cod

    Cape Cod has hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. One of our favourites is the Cape Cod Bike Trail which starts in the village of Dennis and wanders 20 miles through charming towns and knotted pines before reaching Chatham.

  • Cranberry Bog Tours

    Did you know that the cranberry is Cape Cod’s most famous fruit? A tour of a working organic cranberry bog in Harwich could be something a little bit different - where else could you take a pedalo or wade through a ruby red sea of berries?

  • Family Fishing on Cape Cod

    The hotels can organise fishing trips which are perfect for introducing kids to sport fishing. The captains teach, bait hooks, cast, and ensure children have a great time on the water.

  • Scott Dunn Suggests: Chatham

    Low-key and charming, the pretty town of Chatham sits on the 'elbow' of Cape Cod and is a treasure trove of family-owned boutiques, galleries and ice-cream parlours. Summer brings open-air concerts and the weather to explore the many nature trails nearby.

  • Whale Watching in Provincetown

    Be enchanted by magnificent humpback whales, playful dolphins and elegant minke whales as you embark on an unforgettable whale watching trip from the harbour at Provincetown, accompanied by specialist naturalist guides for an in-depth experience.

Holiday Ideas

  • New England for Young Families

    Boston, Ogunquit and Nantucket

    from £5100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • An exciting alternative to a Mediterranean summer holiday, with 7 hr 40 minute direct flight time from UK
    • Enjoy the great outdoors with beach days, biking, boogie boarding, sailing & wildlife watching
    • Best for travel between June and September

Location & directions

Cape Cod, New England, United States of America

Chatham Bars Inn overlooks the ocean minutes outside the quaint coastal village of Chatham which is located on the 'elbow' of Cape Cod, Massachusetts

How to get there

It is a 7-hour 30-minute direct international flight to Boston's Logan International Airport with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Chatham Bars Inn is about 2-hour drive from Boston.

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