Inn at a Glance: Four-Star Chatham Bars Inn
There are panoramic views of Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly everywhere in this four-star inn, which sits on 25 acres of waterfront property at the southern end of the cape. With tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center, and plenty of nearby outdoor activities, there’s never a shortage of things to do.
- Pamper yourself at The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn, which offers antioxidant-rich facials, therapeutic massage, and seasonal body treatments infused with essential oils. The spa was also awarded the Best Day Spa, Cape Cod award from Boston Magazine in 2013.
- Dine on Northeast family-farm beef at one of the three on-site restaurants, where you’ll also find local oysters, clams, and lobster.
- Where you’ll stay: Deluxe Main-Inn Room or Deluxe Cottage Room
Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Quaint Villages, Protected Beaches, and Miles of Shoreline
In the late 19th century, Cape Cod began to blossom into a summer vacation destination as visitors swapped crowded coastal cities for the sandy shores of eastern Massachusetts. Today, the arm-shaped peninsula encompasses a string of idyllic fishing villages, rolling dunes, and 300 miles of sandy shoreline—and it’s still the place where many East Coasters choose to spend their leisurely summer days. Popular attractions include fresh-seafood restaurants, quaint stores, and bicycle trails, such as the 11-mile Shining Sea Bikeway that wends from North Falmouth to Woods Hole.
But there’s also plenty to do in winter, when the crowds are a lot smaller. On the uppermost tip of the Cape, the free-spirited art colony of Provincetown attracts visitors year-round. This is one of the best places to head for a vibrant nightlife scene—there are cabarets, bars, and lounges aplenty. Pop into the Provincetown Art Association and Museum to check out local artwork, both historical and contemporary. Farther south, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium houses 140 marine animals native to the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. You might even see marine biologists feeding the seals in the aquarium’s outdoor enclosure.