The Perfect Day in Chatham
Chatham is well known for natural wonders like the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Attracting devoted visitors and year-rounders to its four villages, Chatham also has splendid shopping, authentic coastal cuisine choices, and elegant art galleries.
Celestino’s (508-945-9700) in Chatham serves up fine European-style breakfast cuisine. Belgian waffles, crepes, and omelettes are all made with fresh ingredients. Chatham’s natural attractions are many, but Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (508-945-0594) is a spectacular Cape Cod gem that feels a world away. The only way to get to this special place offering up-close views of birds and seals in a gorgeous ocean setting is via boat or ferry. Guided tours are available, but you are free to explore the island on their own as long as you respect its “Leave No Trace” policy.
Drive past mansions along Shore Drive to the Chatham Fish Pier Market (508-945-3474) for fresh seafood straight off the boat. Chatham’s charming village is full of fine shops, including art galleries galore like Eastwind Silver Company (508-945-2470), Struna Galleries (508-945-5713), Odell Studios and Gallery (508-945-3239), or the Gallery Antonia (508-469-4020). Create your own touch of Cape Cod with a hand-carved house name or number sign from Chatham Sign Shop (508-945-1909).
For fine dinnertime cuisine, visit Pate’s (508-945-9777), which serves up delicious, uncomplicated dishes. Hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and a lighter lounge menu are accompanied by an impressive selection of wines. Chatham’s Main Street is a wonderful spot for an evening stroll. Finish the evening at the Chatham Squire (508-945-0945), which serves up great seafood—including some of the best lobster bisque on the Cape—and remains the spot for lively nightlife with colorful local flavor all summer long.
Annual 2013 Event
Chatham First Night
December 31, 2013
More info: www.firstnightchatham.com