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Chatham, MA

Travel Guide
Chatham showing a house and boating

With glimmering waters perfect for sailing, swimming and fishing, this idyllic beach town exudes laid-back charm. 

Chatham is a typical New England coastal town with unspoiled beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Spend sunny days indulging in seaside fun on the fine sandy beaches and rainy afternoons seeking shelter in the fascinating small-town museums.

Climb Chatham Lighthouse for great aerial views of the surroundings. Snap a few photos of the vistas and this beautiful white building. Check ahead to see if a free tour of the lighthouse will be available during your stay.

For building sandcastles, swimming and sunbathing, head to Chatham Lighthouse Beach, the town’s biggest beach. Admire the ocean stretching out before you and look for seals in the water. Swim only in the designated area as conditions can be treacherous offshore.

Watch a movie at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, which dates back to 1916. When its classic white exterior is lit up, it gives the town a touch of Hollywood glamor. Go inside to see blockbusters, attend film festivals or view displays by area artists.

Visit Atwood House Museum for insight into Chatham’s history. The pretty house, built in 1752, maintains many original features from the 1700s and 1800s. The museum’s artifacts range from beautiful fine china to photographs showing visitors how life in the town was once lived.

In the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, discover the town’s link to Guglielmo Marconi, an innovator in the field of communications. He experimented with radio technology in Massachusetts and used Chatham as the base for his invention’s receivers. The Chatham center was set up to send and receive Morse code messages to and from Norway. See videos about Marconi and his work, try using Morse code and learn about how old-fashioned radios worked.

To get here, fly domestically to Chatham’s own airport or drive 1.5 hours from Boston Logan International Airport. Buses connect Logan to Chatham, as well as to other destinations in the region, such as Hyannis and Harwich.

The Chatham Motel
The Chatham Motel
2 out of 5
1487 Main Street, Chatham, MA
The price is $185 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Monomoy Theatre, Hardings Beach, and Ridgevale Beach. Chatham Drama Guild and Veterans Field are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (477 reviews)
"Such a lovely motel. Rooms were recently renovated and were so nice. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Property was so relaxing, with pool, picnic tables, beautiful hydrangeas and other flowers. Would definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

The Chatham Motel
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn
4 out of 5
297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA
The price is $1,045 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Chatham, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of Chatham Seaside Links and Chatham Fish Pier. Chatham Lighthouse ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (587 reviews)
"Everything was perfect"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Wayside Inn
Chatham Wayside Inn
3.5 out of 5
512 Main St, Chatham, MA
The price is $525 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
Situated in Chatham, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chatham Windmill and Monomoy Theatre. Chatham Seaside Links and Chatham Railroad Museum are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (171 reviews)
"Staff was excellent, great location."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Chatham Wayside Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Chatham Village - Lovely 2 BR Apartment in Antique Home
Chatham Village - Lovely 2 BR Apartment in Antique Home
Chatham, MA
Located in the heart of Chatham, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Chatham Windmill, Monomoy Theatre, and Chatham Seaside Links. Chatham ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
A great weekend!
"We really enjoyed our stay. Loved the old world charm and the history of the property. The location was convenient and walking distance to town and beach. Our experience more than exceeded our expectation and we hope to return soon."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Chatham Village - Lovely 2 BR Apartment in Antique Home
Classic Coastal Getaway W/ Dual Living Areas - Walk To Dining, S 3 Bedroom Home
Classic Coastal Getaway W/ Dual Living Areas - Walk To Dining, S 3 Bedroom Home
3 out of 5
50 Eldredge Square South, Chatham, MA
Situated in Chatham, this golf vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Veterans Field, Chatham Railroad Museum, and Chatham Drama Guild. Monomoy Theatre ...
Classic Coastal Getaway W/ Dual Living Areas - Walk To Dining, S 3 Bedroom Home
Chatham Seaside Cottage - Oceanfront Beach Cottage - Spectacular Views
Chatham Seaside Cottage - Oceanfront Beach Cottage - Spectacular Views
Chatham, MA
Nestled on the beach, this Chatham cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Ridgevale Beach and Cockle Cove Beach. Forest Beach and Hardings Beach are also within ...
5/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Incredible
"Highly recommend! Great place and terrific location."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Chatham Seaside Cottage - Oceanfront Beach Cottage - Spectacular Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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