At a Glance
The Chatham Bars Inn dates back over 100 years, when it was a hunting lodge for wealthy Bostonians. Now the grande dame hotel in Cape Cod, it stands elegantly above the beach with stunning views and boasts a relaxation-focused atmosphere.
- The private beach and pool
- Dine on the Lawn alfresco experiences, returning again in Summer 2021
- Locally-sourced seafood served at all four restaurants
- The beautiful views from the Main House, oceanfront cottages and three private homes
- Private outdoor cabana spa treatments year-round
With shingled beachfront buildings and rows of Adirondack chairs on its lawn, the Chatham Bars Inn embodies the dreamy, seaside elegance of Cape Cod. Just a short drive from the charming town of Chatham, this hotel is a classic New England–style retreat and perfect beach destination for families.
The resort’s 217 rooms are spread across multiple buildings including the Main House, the Hunting Lodge, small cottages (some with ocean views while others are set back) and the spa pavilion. The 12 spa suites are reserved for adults traveling without kids, and each is fitted with an oversized hydrotherapy tub, sauna, steam shower and fireplace. Those who value great views above all else should book the gorgeous two-bedroom Presidential Suite, which is located on the second floor of the main house and boasts a private deck.
There are more than enough activities to keep guests occupied at the resort, and days can be spent alternating between the clay tennis courts, spa, beach and pool or out on the water, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and fishing. The grounds also feature a croquet field, bocce and volleyball courts, kids’ club and fitness center. The small town of Chatham is a 10-minute walk (or short drive in the hotel’s complimentary Lexus car service) from the resort.
The Chatham Bars Inn is home to the best restaurants in the area, so most guests will remain on property for most of their meals. The fine-dining Stars restaurant is helmed by Executive Chef Anthony Cole, and serves delicious farm-to-table fare (more than half the produce is sourced from the hotel’s nearby farm). As fishing is the main industry here, the seafood is as local and fresh as the produce. For a fun lunch, head to the Beach House for lobster nachos and salted watermelon margaritas.
Who Should Stay
The Chatham Bars Inn is best for families and multi-generational groups, as the resort is sprawling and there is ample room for kids to run around. The property is always buzzing—with guests in the lobby or lounging on the veranda at all times—and never feels stuffy or quiet. Those looking for more nightlife options are better off heading to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.
Written by Hannah Small