Elegant and romantic, this 1839 former sea captain's home shines with the simple beauty of 19th-century craftsmanship, with gleaming wide-plank floors and graceful molding and wainscoting. Original maps dating from the home's original era are framed in the dining room, and aside from the addition of carefully chosen antiques and artwork, the inn is refreshingly uncluttered. Thoughtful touches, excellent service and high-end amenities make sure every guest feels pampered.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are minimum-stay requirements throughout the year. In summer and on holidays, there is a 3-night minimum, while during the rest of the year, there is a 2-night minimum.
All eight rooms have a serene, spa-like feeling, with king or queen-sized beds covered in designer fabrics, soft linens and plush Kashwere throws. Several rooms have working fireplaces.
The Nantucket room has its own entrance, private terrace and fireplace stove.
Private bathrooms are outfitted with plush bathrobes, Turkish towels, spa bath wraps, Zents aromatherapy amenities and Sol Reya Spa Hair Wraps.
The chart room, with leather chairs and a fireplace, is a cozy place to relax.
Bountiful breakfasts are served on a bright, enclosed porch, and feature specialty teas, locally-roasted coffee, freshly baked Nantucket tri-berry muffins, fruit cobblers, fruit pancakes, French toast, a special omelet-of-the-day, and Vermont sausage or bacon. Products from the inn’s herb gardens are used in many dishes. Sweets are put out in the afternoon.
The inn offers port and sherry in the evening. Coffee and tea are always available.
You could park your car and leave it if you are staying put in Chatham, where you can walk or bike to beaches, restaurants, shops and galleries.
Brax Landing Restaurant (13-minute drive) offers breathtaking water views and meals featuring fresh local seafood. The Chatham Bars Inn is home to the upscale STARS restaurant (13-minute walk), a fine dining restaurant specializing in local food.
The Sacred Cod (13-minute walk), also at the Chatham Bars Inn, is a classic upscale tavern, while both the on-site Veranda and the Beach House are wonderful places to enjoy a drink outside.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Beautifully maintained, romantic and luxurious, this historic inn is an ideal couples’ getaway, with a great location, thoughtful amenities and excellent service. Every room and common space is picture perfect and tastefully decorated. This is not the typical B&B, so anyone wary of doilies and knickknacks need not worry.