Spa Week: R&R at The Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

For this third installment in Spa Week, I take you to the Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod. Located in the picturesque town of Chatham, the Inn is a sprawling seaside retreat. Although Cape Cod is literally my back yard and didn’t seem like it would be much of a get away, the Chatham Bars Inn has such a magnificent setting and reputation, that it was worth considering. Also, it benefitted from not requiring a long drive and if we did an overnight, my dog’s kennel (The Cape Cod Pet Resort) would be on the way – very convenient.

The property and buildings are just beautiful in that perfect “Cape Cod” sort of way. The deck overlooking the ocean is fantastic. Needless to say, this is a BIG wedding destination. And not necessarily just in the summer – see these amazing wedding photos taken by Cape Cod photographer Stacy Hedman.

The interiors are the epitome of comfortable luxury – very understated yet top notch.

The dining room has a wonderful view.

And the lounge is comfy casual.

The outdoor cabanas are to die for. (And yes, ultimately, it didn’t make a lot of sense to visit this time of year and not be able to take advantage of these amenities). And yes, you can have outdoor massages as well.

One of the real treats of the resort are their Spa Suites which include large jacquzzi tubs, sauna, steam shower and pull-out massage tables under the bed for in-room massage treatments. For a winter escape – this sounded perfect. I liked the idea of not really needing to leave the room.


All the rooms are pretty though. There is a main house which is up on the hill overlooking the resorts property to the ocean beyond, and the smaller cottage buildings scattered around.

In the end, the Spa Suite room didn’t make sense for only a one night stay (check in 4pm, check out 11am). We felt we’d be rushing trying to get some decent spa services in. The Chatham Bars Inn does offer a wide variety of services and treatments and we considered putting together a single day “package” of services. But the cost was comparable for a full day at our chosen destination, without the included lunch. Plus, with no photos available (anywhere it seems) of the spa itself, we decided the spa wasn’t a great destination in and of itself. A good friend spend an overnight there in winter a couple of years ago and verified this for me – great place, beautiful – but the town is all closed up in the winter and without access to outdoor spaces, a winter’s stay is lacking.

So, we’re down to our final selection, which I’ll reveal tomorrow! Spa Week continues!

xoxo Linda