Things to do in Chatham
Peter O’Donovan relocated from Ireland to open Chatham’s Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse, where he cures heavenly organic salmon on-site.
Owners Missy Smith and Sarah Rhinesmith Buckley have a great sense of style. One of the front rooms in their ship captain’s house is devoted to sea-inspired clothes from Tory Burch, Trina Turk, and Calypso.
Lying between the Chatham mainland and Tern Island, Aunt Lydia’s Cove and its sandbars and island beaches can be viewed from Shore Road and the Chatham Fish Pier.
North Beach is the topic of Henry Beston’s Outermost House and Tim Wood’s Breakthrough: The Story of Chatham’s North Beach.
If you’re in the mood for a pint and live music, head to this gritty nightspot, decorated with license plates from around the world. Local bands perform here a few nights of the week, and the bar menu’s quite good.
Chatham Pottery sells heavy ceramic pieces emblazoned with mermaids, shells, and other maritime motifs.
This sweet shop serves fudge in every flavor, from plain vanilla to Marshmallow Fluff to Reese’s.
The bright-yellow vessel operated by Beachcomber Boat Tours offers seal-watching tours or drop-offs of passengers at North Beach (and pickups later).
Spread across three islands near Chatham, the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is a protected area for migratory birds and a popular place to walk. If you’re planning to beachcomb, check the tide charts so that you don’t get stuck; at high tide in some sections, the sand disappears.