Chatham, MA

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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, 02633
The price is $205 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this motel in Chatham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (537 reviews)
"Most pleasant and comfortable stay. I can’t say enough. Clean. Quiet. No negatives here. Will return again and again."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

The Chatham Motel
Chatham Wayside Inn
Chatham Wayside Inn
3.5 out of 5
512 Main St, Chatham, MA, 02633
The price is $399 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star golf hotel in Chatham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (210 reviews)
"Perfect location in town yet quiet and relaxing. Great for shopping and food. Close to the beach. Loved our stay...can not wait to go back."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Chatham Wayside Inn
Chatham Bars Inn
Chatham Bars Inn
4 out of 5
297 Shore Rd, Chatham, MA, 02633
The price is $625 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 4-star luxury resort in Chatham. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (655 reviews)
"The grounds were beautiful, and the staff was wonderful and attentive. Didn’t love that some of the activities/restaurants already included tip (and no one told us) so we definitely overpaid for a number of things. Drinks are way overpriced. Outside of that, everything was great."

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Chatham Bars 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.
Newly Renovated Chatham 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Retreat
Newly Renovated Chatham 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Retreat
Chatham, MA
Stay at this resort in Chatham. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a porch. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Chatham Windmill ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
Perfect for the weekend!
"We had a great stay at this home. It was so much bigger than it looked and was a perfect size for our family. We were here for a family wedding and the location was perfect! Great quiet neighborhood perfect for walking! All in all a great experience!"

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2022

Newly Renovated Chatham 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Retreat
Pet friendly and waterfront!
Pet friendly and waterfront!
Chatham, MA
Stay at this vacation home in Chatham. Enjoy barbecue grills, a patio, and 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Chatham Drama Guild and Chatham Marconi Maritime Center ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Beautiful location!!!!
"We had a family reunion with my brother in Brewster. We loved the awesome view of the lake!!! Everything we needed was supplied. Beautifully decorated and comfortable beds! We would highly recommend this Vrbo home!"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Pet friendly and waterfront!
New Lavish Condo in Heart of Downtown Chatham - Walk to Dining, Shops & Beach
New Lavish Condo in Heart of Downtown Chatham - Walk to Dining, Shops & Beach
Chatham, MA
Stay at this condo in Chatham. Enjoy onsite parking, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Chatham Windmill and Chatham Seaside Links are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Super Bowl Sunday/Valentine's Day
"Great location for access to Main St in Chatham. We thoroughly enjoyed our get away weekend. Tow sets of outlets in the house didn't appear to work properly (kitchen behind toaster and one behind the Keurig) but other than that it was a perfect stay. We walked to the Squire for lunch and the Goos ..."

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

New Lavish Condo in Heart of Downtown Chatham - Walk to Dining, Shops & Beach
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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