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Village LIFE: Charming Chatham

Several longtime businesses lay a stone’s throw from the beaches along Chatham’s beautiful Main Street. For a day of prime shopping, one can step into stores like The Mayflower Shop, which first opened its doors in 1885. The Mayflower specializes in unique gifts for home and family, going beyond the typical. A few doors down is a Cape Cod original. Puritan Cape Cod opened its Chatham clothing store in 1925, and now in its third generation of management by the Penn family, it is an institution dedicated to earning its relationship with its customers. For the avid reader, Yellow Umbrella Books, also on Main Street, has been a purveyor of fine literature since 1980. Whether looking to create a fresh meal at home, or pick out a special Cape Cod gift for a friend, the Cape Abilities Farm Market on Main Street near Chatham Lighthouse is a great place to stop. It has tomatoes, greens, fruit, pies from Centerville Pie Company, hanging plants, clothing from local artisans like Cape Cloth, and is staffed by Cape Abilities participants.

When you’re done shopping, there is plenty of food and drink to be had. One does not have to even leave Main Street to grab a bite at the TripAdvisor top-rated Chatham Wine Bar. Conveniently located in the same building as the romantic 4-star Chatham Inn, this restaurant offers a thorough wine menu and seasonal outdoor dining on its terrace. For those desiring a pub atmosphere, the iconic Chatham Squire is only a few doors down on Main Street. Since opening in 1968, it has been known equally for its menu and entertainment. It’s the perfect place for a family meal, or a fun spot to dance the night away. A short trip west along Route 28 will bring the legendary Pate’s into view. This landmark restaurant, specializing in prime cuts of beef, seafood, and cozy décor, has been pleasing patrons since 1957.

Chatham is more than food and drink, though—the town boasts a thriving art scene. The nonprofit Cape Cod Creative Arts Center on Crowell Road has been nourishing the artistic sides of both young and old since 1969. Their piece de resistance is the annual Festival of the Arts, held at Chase Park on Cross Street during the third weekend of August. It features the work of more than 120 artists both local and national.    

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