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Chatham Bars Inn was built back in 1914, as a semi-private hunting lodge for affluent East coasters, looking for a break from the city. Having recently celebrated its centurion birthday, Chatham Bars remains the pinnacle of luxury accommodation on the cape, maintaining its old world charm, whilst offering todays guests a range of facilities and modern amenities.
The 217 guestrooms at Chatham Bars Inn are scattered over 25 oceanfront acres, with a choice of the classic guestrooms within the main inn, cottages and spa suites. For views of the golden sand Pleasant Bay, opt for an Ocean View room in the Main Inn, or one of the ocean view cottages. The newest addition - the spa suites - are altogether different in style, foregoing the timber shutters and picket fences of the more classic rooms and cottages, for a more contemporary style, and hydrotherapy tubs. Located above the spa, these Suites are adults only accommodation. All rooms include flat screen TV's BOSE radios, Nespresso machines, luxury linens and L'Occitane amenities.
Dining options at the Chatham Bars Inn range from prime mid-western steaks at STARS, to just-off-the-line seafood at The Beach House, where you can also indulge in those legendary clam bakes. The Sacred Cod is a relaxed 'tavern' offering cosy pub fare, and classic cocktails, or enjoy spectacular ocean views at The Veranda, which offers fresh, locally produced salads, and light bites. When Chatham Bars Inn opened in 1914, it had its own farm which provided produce for the restaurants at the hotel, and in an effort to return to its roots, the owners purchased a farm back in 2012, to reignite their home grown produce supply.
The Spa offers a range of treatments, as well as a Japanese zen garden and relaxation pool for an adults only retreat. The hotel also boasts a quarter of a mile of private, golden sandy beach, as well as a complimentary boat shuttle to the remote but stunning Cape Code National Seashore beach, every 30 minutes. Those of a more active disposition can enjoy tennis, sailing, golf, cycling and water sports, or nature walks on Morris Island with the Chatham Bars Inn resident naturalist.
To explore further afield, head to the village of Chatham - one of the cape's oldest. Wander the streets lined with historic homes, independent shops and art galleries, and the scenic Chatham lighthouse. Chatham Bars Inn can also arrange boat charters to explore Pleasant bay, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, and whale watching trips off of the New England Coast.
Why we love it
Keen to hold on to its heritage, the team at Chatham Bars Inn still host a beachside 'clambake' throughout the summer months, for a real New England culinary experience.
Alexandra, Original Traveller