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.
Along 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.
Suite Water Views
A private sundeck with table and chairs and a lounge chair made for a welcoming entry. I anticipated having morning coffee here overlooking the ocean beyond the rooftop. I also had a birdseye view of the grounds. I slipped my key in the door and called Chatham Tides home for the weekend.
It’s hard not to appreciate the ocean views from this room. Bright light pours into the Ocean View Two-Bedroom Suite at Chatham Tides through a wall of windows reaching the cathedral ceiling. (Oh, that view!)
The suite has an open floor plan awash with natural light. It is cozy but suitable for a small family or hosting visitors, furnished with a couch, coffee table, seagrass wingback, flat screen television, and plenty of beach-themed pillows. A bay window overlooks the sundeck. Soft hues and beach decor offer a soothing vibe throughout, befitting this seaside retreat.Bright light pours into the Ocean View 2-Bedroom Suite at Chatham Tides through a wall of windows reaching the cathedral ceiling. (Oh, that view!) Click To Tweet
A spotless kitchenette is well stocked with dishes, glassware, a corkscrew, cutlery, pots and pans, oven mitts, sponges, and soap. The counters hold a stainless steel sink and the essential single-serve coffee maker.
Since I am a coffee addict, I took inventory: four coffee pods–two bold and two decafs, raw sugar & stevia, and non-dairy creamers with spare supplies in the drawer. Score! (I left a note for housekeeping to refill with only bold pods the next morning and they generously obliged.)
An efficiency refrigerator and 4-burner stove complete space. In addition, as someone concerned with ecology, it pleased me to find the kitchen outfitted with both trash and recycling containers. Yay for being an eco-conscientious hotel!
Most of all, I loved the kitchen bar arrangement. A sea-blue counter runs along the kitchenette overlooking the water then curves into an “L” for dining space with bar chairs. This, I assessed, is the perfect arrangement for writing. I set up my laptop and enjoyed morning work with panoramic views of the sea. I kept asking myself, “How does it get better than this view?”
I enjoyed watching Cape Cod wildlife as I worked: tenacious seagulls dropping shells on the rocks, agile terns dive-bombing the waves for fish, and the occasional seal–a bobbing head above water. Across Nantucket Sound, I spied Monomoy Wildlife Refuge and added it to my bucket list for this waterfront weekend in Chatham.
Cozy Bedrooms with Luxury Linens
Two bedrooms flank the living room. (I was expecting a guest who could not make it.) Each a charming and cozy space, they featured the most comfortable beds fitted with white comforters and luxury bedding, an extra set of full-size and decorative pillows, and a fluffy mattress pad. I slept soundly overnight in the silent suite…Like a baby!
The large closets offer ample hanging space and also hold a chest of drawers and an iron/ironing board. Extra amenities include bedside charging units for my iPhone–perfect!I enjoyed watching Cape Cod wildlife while I worked: tenacious seagulls dropping shells on the rocks, agile terns dive-bombing for fish, and the occasional seal--a bobbing head above water. Click To Tweet
Clean and Eco-Conscious Bathroom
The bathroom, off the living room, held travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, and lotion. Their scent was fresh and light, like the ocean nearby. The bathroom could use a little update, but it’s really clean. Plenty of towels and facecloths hung in a pleasing arrangement. I was given the eco-conscious option to hang my damp towels rather than send them to laundry each day. The shower had good water pressure.
I noticed while showering, I could see views of the ocean through the bathroom window. In fact, in just about every room, I caught glimpses of the waterfront as a reminder of Chatham Tides’ incredible location.
Several thermostats control the interior climate. I prefer fresh air so I opened windows and ran the overhead fan, capitalizing on the breeze coming in off the ocean. And truly, what is more peaceful than ocean air anad the sound of waves upon the shore?
Surrounded by Beautiful Grounds
Outside, well-manicured grounds surround Chatham Tides‘ reception area with beach roses, hydrangeas, daylilies, and colorful annuals.
Steps from the Beach
A sandy path leads to the shoreline of Chatham Tides’ private beach. Had the weather been warmer, I’d have gladly taken a refreshing swim. That didn’t stop me from enjoying my waterfront weekend in Chatham. Instead, I walked along the jetty and collected some shells. The water was crystal clear!
An outdoor shower and spigot allow for easy cleanup after a day at the beach.
Gift Shop & More
On my way back to my room, I checked out the self-serve gift shop next to the office. It contains sundries and souvenirs, including cute t-shirts. (I wish I bought one!) There’s also a vending machine with drinks and snacks.
My nearby explorations included Harwich Port’s and Downtown Chatham’s boutiques and unique shops, Chatham Lighthouse, and Monomoy National Wildlife Preserve. I enjoyed photographing pristine sandbars and picturesque rowboats and spotting seals off the coast. And of course, I loved hanging out with my Bunco Babes in Harwich Port.
I covered a lot of ground, and Chatham Tides was an ideal base for my waterfront weekend in Chatham.
While I stayed in the Ocean View Two-Bedroom Suite, Chatham Tides also offers efficiency rooms, an oceanfront townhouse, and even a rental home on the water’s edge. You’ll find casual beachside comfort suited to solo travelers, couples, and families alike. For more information and rates, visit ChathamTides.com.