With limited time and it being a first visit to Cape Cod my research led me to choose Chatham as our base as it’s conveniently located on the ‘elbow’ of the Cape and roughly half way along this fab spit of land just off the New England coast, south of Boston. I say fab because the vibe was laid back, there are pretty coastal communities, museums and lots of walking to do in the state parks.
Staying at The Old Harbor Inn which was central Chatham meant we were close to shops, restaurants and walks. Visiting in the fall meant seeing many displays of pumpkins but none more so than the abundance of orange vegetable laid out in the grounds of the First Congregational Church.
A favourite walk in the town is an easy three miler – We took off down Stage Harbour Road which took us past the Oyster Pond and a small beach, some pretty clapboard houses and the Atwood Museum.
We then took a left hand turn along Bridge Street which took us across the Mitchell River where we could see birds swooping for supper as the sun went down on the Mill Pond and men working on boats before losing the last of the day light.
Bridge Street leads right down to the Atlantic Ocean, a beautiful sandy beach and Chatham lighthouse. Arriving here as the sun goes down makes for some great photos.
Taking the left turn again along Main Street takes you past many independent shops and eating houses leading back to the junction of Old Harbor and Stage Harbor Road.
But the piece de resistance of Chatham has to be the cute seals that break the water by the fish pier watching for remnants from the fishing boats. I defy you not to smile at those beautiful brown eyes!