When you think quiet, small town all-American locales to visit, you probably envision New England and Cape Cod is a prime destination. Chatham, MA, offers all of the classic New England coastal charm you’re looking for, plus the bonus of incredible seafood. While there is plenty to see and do during the day, there’s nothing quite like watching the sunset over the water. Imagine lounging on the beach with that special someone, the cool ocean breeze tickling your legs. Before you, a vast expanse of deep purples and reds as the sun slowly dips below the horizon. Sound perfect? We think so, too, and have compiled a list of the best places to watch the sunset in our lovely town.
The Chatham Gables Inn provides you with top-notch accommodations for your vacation to Chatham. Reflective of the classic New England style, our 170-year-old inn offers no shortage of comfort and class. You’ll feel transported to another era as you cozy up in one of our intimate rooms, free of stress or hurry. And Chatham has plenty of activities, shopping, and exquisite dining to make your vacation perfect! To find out more, download our free vacation guide.
The Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Chatham
Chatham Lighthouse Beach
One of the best places to watch the sunset is Chatham Lighthouse Beach, the largest beach in Chatham! Spend the day there and enjoy strolling up and down the coast. Or spend time watching some of the local fishing boats. You may even spot a seal or two! When evening comes, enjoy the sunset beneath the gaze of Chatham Light, a nearly 200-year-old lighthouse that is still used by the Coast Guard today! Additionally, if you come during the summer, you may be fortunate enough to get a tour of the lighthouse itself.
Not too far from the Lighthouse Beach is Monomoy Island, a large and remote expanse of land and home to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Spend the day walking amongst the dunes of the beach. See if you can spot any of the species of animals protected by the reserve. Or take a picture in front of Monomoy Point Light, a historic and decommissioned lighthouse. (Lighthouse tours are not available.) Monomoy Island’s remote location makes it one of the best places to watch the sunset undisturbed.
While the solitude of Monomoy Island makes it the perfect spot for romantic couples, Harding Beach is the go-to spot for families. The calmer waters are great for children to play in. You’ll find lots of delicious local food nearby. And the wide expanse of sand is perfect for teens wanting to play a game of volleyball or frisbee. Your kids will have plenty to keep them occupied as you and your spouse watch the sunset together.
Unwind at Chatham Gables Inn
Of course, with all the activities to do in Chatham, you may not even have time to watch the sunset at all! Make sure you download our free vacation guide to discover all the great activities available to you. Don’t spend another summer stuck in a rut or a rush. Come visit the Chatham Gables Inn and reconnect with a simpler, carefree time.
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