The best Bed & Breakfasts in Chatham, Massachusetts


The popular Massachusetts seaside town of Chatham is packed full of great places to stay – including a number of charming Bed & Breakfasts.

(Photo: Old Harbor Inn)

Located on the southeastern tip of Cape Cod, the cute town draws large numbers of visitors every year thanks to its idyllic beaches, 19th century lighthouse and impressive wildlife spotting opportunities within easy reach. If you’re coming to visit Chatham and would like somewhere to rest your head with a bit of character, we’ve picked out some of the best Bed & Breakfasts that the town has to offer.

Old Harbor Inn

Positioned a little inland, but just minutes by road from notable attractions including the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Chatham Light House, this charmingly decorated and furnished inn offers an on-site gym and hearty daily breakfasts. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV and free WiFi, and there’s also a communal fridge stocked with drinks. Staff are on hand to offer tips on local tours and activities. A wide variety of shopping and dining options are within easy walking distance.

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Surfside Inn Chatham

(Photo: Surfside Inn Chatham)

Situated almost immediately on the coast, this property offers daily continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a shared lounge that’s ideal for relaxing and socialising after a day out. Guest rooms all feature TVs and scenic views, and some also have a microwave and fridge. Notable nearby attractions include Chatham Lighthouse Beach, and, a little further on, Eastward Ho Country Club and Harding Beach.

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Captain’s House Inn

(Photo: Captain’s House Inn)

A quick drive north up the coast brings you to the upscale Captain’s House Inn, housed in an historic mid-19th century sea captain’s estate and set on two acres of landscaped gardens. The interior and exterior both ooze charm, with guest rooms featuring a fireplace and wood-beamed ceilings, and some even having opulent four-poster beds. Contemporary amenities come in the shape of in-room DVD players and iPod docks. Chatham Light Beach is just under a mile-and-a-half away and Chatham town centre is minutes away on foot.

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Chatham Tides

Nestled on Chatham’s southern coast, and boasting its own private beach area, is this affordable B&B. A few steps from Forest Beach and about a mile from both Cockle Cove Beach and Ridgevale Beach, the property offers free WiFi and free private on-site parking for guests arriving in their own transport. A select number of guest rooms come with a kitchenette with a fridge, a stovetop and a toaster, as well as a balcony with picturesque sea views

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Chatham Seafarer Inn

(Photo: Chatham Seafarer Inn)

Seconds on foot from Ridgevale Beach, among the standout amenities this smartly furnished inn is a seasonal outdoor pool with a sun terrace and loungers. The bright guest rooms have a TV, hard wood floors and large windows, and a fridge. Complimentary tea and coffee is available at reception. Easily reachable by foot or car are Hardings Lighthouse, Cockle Cove Beach, Red River Beach, and Veterans Field, home to the Cape Cod’s baseball team.

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A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay

If you’re happy to be outside Chatham, this property may well suit. Situated in the town of Orleans, eight minutes from central Chatham by road, it boasts a small beach with a dock overlooking beautiful Pleasant Bay and offers individually decorated rooms with private, spa-style bathrooms. A European breakfast buffet is served each morning and a selection of books and free Wi-Fi are available for the use of guests. Swimming, kayaking and fishing are on offer nearby, and. the innkeepers can also help arrange whale and seal watching tours.

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By Paul Joseph