While You’re Here…
There are always plenty of things to do and see during your vacation on Cape Cod when you stay at the Carriage House Inn. We are delighted to have you as our guest, and Jim – innkeeper and concierge extraordinaire – is always happy to help you plan your daily itinerary with suggestions on where to eat, where to shop, beaches to enjoy, attractions to see, or an activity for your special interest while you are in Chatham and the surrounding area.
From casual to formal, Chatham has a cuisine for everyone.
Chatham is considered one of the finest Main Street shopping areas in the country. There is a vast selection of upscale shops for jewelry, clothing, art, books, and one-of-a-kind gifts.
Chatham and the surrounding area have a wealth of activities and attractions to keep you entertained while you are out and about.
Learn the history and lore of our seaside town.
Winter in Chatham
It’s a bit cold, but the Cape never sleeps. Discover what’s available during our less-hectic months of the year!
Located at the southeast tip of Cape Cod, Chatham, Massachusetts is situated in what is known as the “elbow” of the Cape, which is ideally located between Hyannis and Provincetown with the nearby Cape Cod National Seashore. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Nantucket Sound to the south, and Pleasant Bay to the north.
The first European to discover Chatham was Samuel de Champlain in October 1606. Upon his arrival at Stage Harbor, Champlain was greeted by a tribe called the Monomoyicks who had probably been there for over 10,000 years. After two weeks of conflict resulting in the death of four Frenchmen and several tribe members, Champlain departed. Fifty years later, William Nickerson of Yarmouth purchased what is now present-day Chatham, MA from Mattaquason, the Monomoyick chief. By the early 1700’s, there were about 50 families living in what was known then as “Monamoy.” Finally, in 1712, the town was incorporated as Chatham, the name taken from a seaport town in England.
Before becoming a resort town, Chatham’s economy centered around fishing, salt works, agriculture, shipbuilding, and, in the 19th century, whaling. After the railroad made its first run in Chatham in 1887, summer vacationers began to travel to this charming seaside town marking the start of the now flourishing tourism industry.
For additional information on Chatham, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at www.chathamcapecod.com.
Built in 1877 and still serving as a light for navigation, the Chatham Lighthouse is an active Coast Guard station. The grounds are open to the public and can be accessed via Bridge Street, near Main Street in Chatham.