Travel Photo Essay
Chatham, MA, A
Quintessential Cape Cod
Article and photo by Eric H.
In a sense, Chatham combines the developed (although somewhat abridged) shopping-dining-lodging presence of Hyannis or Falmouth with the understated, quiet coastal traditional Cape Cod small town appeal of communities like Sandwich and Welfleet. So, you really get the best of both worlds in Chatham. Yes, the town has developed to the point of bordering on touristy and overcrowded in the summer months (perhaps suggesting a trip during the more quiet fall foliage season might be a terrific alternative), but the reality is that Chatham remains, essentially, a summer place that represents the best of Cape Cod travel. Add a 4.5 mile bike path, the picturesque Chatham Light lighthouse, local free Cape Cod League baseball games (the Chatham Anglers, play at Veterans Field on Route 28), numerous local events (4th of July fireworks, town concerts) and you have even more of a great Cape Cod travel destination that just might require future visits. Further proof of the pudding of Chatham's greatness: In 2007, the National Trust for Historic Preservation chose Chatham as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations!
Additional Info... Beaches in Chatham:
Chatham Light Beach, Shore Rd., a half mile from downtown
Cockle Cove Beach, Cockle Cove Rd. off Route 28. Excellent sheltered beach for small children
Hardings Beach, Barn Hill Rd., off Route 28
North Beach, (the southern end of Nauset Beach on the Atlantic Ocean). It's accessible only by boat.
Ridgevale Beach, Ridgevale Road off Route 28
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