My Weekend Stay at the Chatham Tides Inn (Hotel Review)

My Weekend Stay at the Chatham Tides Inn (Hotel Review)

A Casual Resort on the Water

Chatham (Cape Cod), Massachusetts

In a tranquil Cape Cod neighborhood steps from the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find a casual beach resort with comforts of home. Here, a footpath perfumed by beach roses and gentle seagrass invites you to a private beach. Adirondack and lounge chairs wait beside the fixings for a campfire on the beach. You’ll take in panoramic views of Nantucket Sound and Monomoy National Wildlife Preserve. Sound good? Welcome to Chatham Tides where I spent a restorative waterfront weekend in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Waterfront Weekend in Chatham - Chatham Tides Inn Cape Cod MapAlong with Brewster and Harwich, Chatham is part of the “Lower Cape.” Cape Cod is shaped a bit like an arm and Chatham Tides is near the “elbow.” Located off Route 124 in a residential neighborhood between downtown Chatham and Harwich Port, Chatham Tides offers beachfront and waterview guest rooms, suites, and townhouses.

I had the pleasure of staying in a two-bedroom suite at Chatham Tides Inn. Room #7 above the reception office proved to be my second story Cape Cod getaway.

This waterfront weekend in Chatham gave me an opportunity to explore the southeastern tip of Cape Cod and meet up with girlfriends (we call ourselves “The Bunco Babes”) at a family cottage in Harwich Port; I seized the opportunity to combine work and pleasure. Read more

An Off-Season Waterfront Weekend in Sandwich, Cape Cod

An Off-Season Waterfront Weekend in Sandwich, Cape Cod

89 North Shore Boulevard

I couldn’t have been happier with the accommodations at this adorable two-bedroom cottage located on East Sandwich beach just steps from the ocean. Owners Tom and Ellen went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed for an off-season weekend stay at their property, which has breathtaking views of the ocean. This space offers comfort, peace, and privacy, and is ideal as a beachy getaway for 1 to 6 people on- or off-season.

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Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams

An Artistic Memoire

If you’ve ever been to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, you know it’s a very special place. Being from Massachusetts myself and only about an hour’s drive from the ferry, I’ve dreamed about making a permanent move. Well, that’s just what author Susan Branch considered in her book, Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams.

This unique book offers so much to absorb! First, it is well-written autobiography of an independent Creative (Susan Branch) who left a failing marriage in California to return to her New England roots. On a whim, she bought an old cottage on Martha’s Vineyard and spent the months ahead making it her own as she simultaneously carved out a new life for herself on the island. I mean, what’s not to love?

Second, the book itself appears as though it’s hand-written throughout, making it all the more personal. It’s as though it were penned by the artist’s own hand — no Times New Roman here. One glance through the pages, and you will recognize this is a totally different type of book.

Finally, each page spread is full of the author’s beautiful watercolor illustrations, recipes, photos, and hand-lettered sayings. It almost reads a bit like a scrapbook. It definitely took me longer to get through it because each page was truly a feast to the eyes and I wanted to absorb every detail. I never knew what the next page would offer, creatively. And, therein lies the beauty.

What I loved most was the author’s free-thinking nature, unorthodox projects, and her outside-the-box approach to just about everything she did. This book perfectly encapsulates those qualities. In a world of cookie-cutter products and formula stories, I cheered her every, unconventional success! Yeah!


There’s More to Love!

Susan Branch has many books and gifts on the market from which to choose. They all share her signature style. I particularly like these two, especially with the holidays approaching:

Susan Branch To My Daughter