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The Chatham Bars Inn

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Situated on a bluff overlooking Aunt Lydia’s Cove—and the Atlantic beyond—Chatham Bars Inn is one of the Cape’s most beloved vacation destinations. What began in 1914 as a semi-private, hunting lodge is now, 101 years later, a breathtaking resort that is synonymous with luxurious vacationing on the water.

Guests can stay in one of 217 rooms on the property, including 40 in the historic Main Inn, and many more in cottage rooms and suites spread out around the property.

The inn offers three great restaurants, including Stars, for formal dining; The Sacred Cod tavern for more casual fare  and The Beach House for cool drinks and meals just steps from the sand. Much of the fresh produce served at the restaurants comes directly from CBI’s eight-acre farm in nearby Brewster.

Naturally, the resort’s primary attraction is its location on the water, and its one-quarter mile of pristine, private beach. Taking advantage of this, the inn offers several water activities and sports including sailing and kayaking. “We are the only resort on Cape Cod with a full fleet of boats,” adds Jennifer Allard, CBI’s marketing manager. Experienced skippers lead guests on fishing charters, seal-viewing excursions, and more.

One of the resort’s beloved traditions is its classic beach clambake. Open to resort guests and visitors, the meal includes clams, lobster, potatoes, and corn, and is served on the Sunday of both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and every Monday through Thursday in between.

CBI also has its own 12-suite spa where guests enjoy massages, steam baths, and other treatments. Additional activities include golf, and swimming and sunbathing by the pool.

Chatham Bars Inn is also located nearby the Cape Cod National Seashore and several local beaches and iconic lighthouses; a shuttle service is available for guests to visit these areas. Just around the corner, downtown Chatham offers dozens of shops, galleries, and even a brand new, historic cinema: The Chatham Orpheum. For more information, visit

Erin Murray — Vacation Articles

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