Updated: February 18, 2024
The beautiful seaside town of Chatham MA is rich in history. In 2007 the town was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a "Distinctive Destination".
It's a well-deserved honor, for sure!
Wherever you go in Chatham, you'll see lovingly restored homes, inns, shops, and historic sites - some dating back to the town's founding more than 300 years ago.
And everywhere along Chatham's scenic shoreline, the picture-postcard scenery will take your breath away.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, vacationers began coming to Chatham to escape the city heat. They found luxury lodgings, incredible scenery and so many natural resources to enjoy.
Now, more than a century later, visitors still choose Chatham for the same reasons!
If you picture Cape Cod as a curled arm, Chatham is at the point of the elbow. (Zoom out [-] on the map below to see the "arm" shape.)
The town's southern coastline is along Nantucket Sound, and to the east is the Atlantic Ocean.
Driving distance to Chatham is approximately:
Directions from the Bourne Bridge: take the 3rd exit off the Bourne rotary (traffic circle) onto Sandwich Road. Continue on Sandwich Road for about 3 miles, then follow the signs for a right turn to US-6 East. Take US-6 East to Exit 85 for MA-137 South. Follow MA-137 South to Old Queen Anne Road.
Old Queen Anne Road will bring you to Main Street in Chatham.
Directions from the Sagamore Bridge: take US-6 East to Exit 85 for MA-137 South. Take MA-137 South to Old Queen Anne Road to Main Street in Chatham.
Miles to/from downtown Chatham (approx.):
Major airports nearest to Chatham are: Logan International Airport in Boston and T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, RI.
*Note: Chatham Municipal Airport in Chatham serves private and charter flights only.
Buses come to Hyannis from Boston and other major cities in the northeast on a regular, daily schedule all year round.
When you arrive in Hyannis, you can pick up a rental car or take a taxi or rideshare to your final destination in Chatham.
Check these bus companies to see which one best suits your preferred route and schedule:
Here are just a few examples of what you'll find around town ...
37 Main Street
This iconic lighthouse is open for touring Wednesday afternoon in July and August, every other Wednesday in September, and on select days other times of year.
Tours are free, and no reservations are necessary.
*See: Cape Cod Lighthouses: Tours, Overnight Stays & More
50 Barcliff Avenue
Seal spotting, watching the fishing fleet unload their catch, water shuttles to the beach, a fishing charter service, and the locals' favorite fish market serving up the freshest catches of the day.
A vacation in Chatham isn't complete without a visit to the Fish Pier!
*Read: All About Chatham Fish Pier
153 Depot Road
This train station served the town for half a century, from 1887-1937.
Touring the 100+ year-old depot building and the fully restored caboose on site gives a fascinating glimpse of rail travel to Cape Cod in days gone by.
Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.
*Go to: Chatham Railroad Museum website
All around the town
Ride the Old Colony Rail Trail to Harwich, or pedal the Scenic Bike Route to the Fish Pier, the lighthouse, and Oyster Pond Beach.
Biking is a great way to get around town, see the sights, and avoid sitting in summer traffic.
*See: Chatham bike trail map
Multiple locations in town
From the expansive stretch of Lighthouse and South Beach on the town's Atlantic Ocean coast, to family-friendly Ridgevale, Cockle Cove and other warm-water beaches on Nantucket Sound, there's a perfect beach for every visitor.
*Read: About Chatham's best beaches
Lodgings, shopping, restaurants and pubs, a beautifully restored vintage movie theater, a bandstand for outdoor concerts ... and Oyster Pond beach just a short walk away.
From one end to the other, Chatham's charming, very walkable Main Street has it all!
Vacation accommodations in Chatham cover a wide range from charming guest houses and B&Bs, to seaside hotels and motels, and a great selection of vacation rentals.
For a special stay, Chatham is home to the grand, historic Chatham Bars Inn. "CBI" has all the amenities you can imagine, in a spectacular oceanview location!
Looking for something a little easier on the budget? These are just a few of the more moderately priced lodgings in Chatham:
Enjoy your visit to Chatham, MA!
Photo Credits: Some lodging photos courtesy of Trip Advisor. All others are copyright CapeDays.com.