The Beauty of Chatham’s Shore Road

If you want to experience a full range of what life’s like on Cape Cod, you may want to pay a visit to Chatham’s Shore Road.

Fish Pier

Chatham Fish Pier isn’t just a popular tourist attraction, it’s also an important part of a busy commercial fishing industry. It just so happens that the busiest commercial fishing season coincides with the region’s busiest tourist season.

The site includes an observation deck and a fish packing building, among other structures and buildings. This working pier is a fun place to watch fishermen bringing in the freshest catch of the day, then sending it off to local markets and some nearby big cities. Tourists aren’t the only ones drawn to the pier. You’ll probably spot some seals hanging around too, hoping to snag their own treat as crews unload the boats.

Chatham Bars Inn

The award-winning Chatham Bars Inn is something you need to experience first-hand. The inn was recently named number one in terms of the “10 best waterfront hotels in the US”, according to USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

The inn overlooks the ocean with a quarter-mile private beach. The 28-acre site offers a main inn, cottages, spa suites, and several dining options. You’ll also find a fitness center with classes, opportunities to get out on the water, plus an oceanfront swimming pool, a croquet court and children’s programming.

Sur Mer Windmill

The Sur Mer Windmill is something else to check out while you’re in Chatham. While originally built in the mid 1800s, the Sur Mer Windmill is actually the youngest of around a dozen such windmills that operated in the area generations ago. 

The windmill was originally located close to Taylor’s Pond in South Chatham. It was moved to an area close to Shore Road in the early 1900s.

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