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Robert Manz

Don’t-miss dining

There’s a reason why the Chatham Squire (, 508-945-0945) is often a destination for locals and tourists alike: It has good food, an easy-going atmosphere and a rustic, friendly bar. Fish-and-Chip-Style Striped Bass and a Smoked Bluefish starter with cornichons, caper berries, and crackers will surely satisfy any seafood craving.

The Impudent Oyster (508-945-3545), with its creative seafood dishes bearing international flavors, is another longtime favorite in Chatham. For a spicy bite, try the Pesca Fra Diavolo.

For something lighter with an afternoon cocktail, relax on the Chatham Bars Inn Veranda (, 508-945-0096) and enjoy a Pizza Blanco with artichokes, broccoli rabe, and whipped ricotta cheese. The panoramic ocean view from here is unforgettable.

Insider’s tip

We all know Chatham, like the rest of Cape Cod, can get crowded during high season, particularly some of the town’s beaches. If you’re looking for a place that’s a bit off the beaten path, take a water taxi from Outermost Harbor Marine (, 508-945-5858) to South Beach or Monomoy Island. Here you’ll find great fishing and birding opportunities (Laughing Gulls, Roseate Terns, American Oystercatchers) as well as a chance to watch seals frolic. Also, the Monomoy Island Ferry (, 508-237-0420) offers seal cruises and tours of the area. Just be mindful of occasional great white sharks, which are sometimes seen near seal hot spots.

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Donna Scaglione is a freelance writer living in Falmouth.

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