Fodor's Expert Review The Hawthorne

196 Shore Rd., Chatham, Massachusetts 02633, USA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

Beyond the Hawthorne's modest roadside appearance extends a private beach overlooking Pleasant Bay, the Atlantic, and Chatham Harbor. Nearly all the rooms have stunning water views. Down at the beach is a fire pit with plenty of wood on hand. Guests can borrow beach chairs and beach towels to use. You'll find fresh-brewed coffee and complimentary morning newspapers in the lobby.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The inn is only open from May 1 through late October and books up quickly.


Options include spotless, no-nonsense, simply decorated motel rooms or kitchenette efficiency units with small refrigerators, two heating plates, and a countertop-sink work area.

Want more space or privacy? Located just 50 feet from the water, the Hawthorne rents a two-bedroom cottage, with a large living room, full eat-in kitchen, and outdoor deck with a grill and lawn furniture.


Basic full baths, stocked with Beekman 1802 bath amenities, are pristine.


The lobby/common area features chairs and a desk with a computer guests can use to check email or print boarding passes. Coffee and tea set are set out and there are local guide books, newspapers and brochures to browse.


Complimentary coffee and fresh fruit are set out in the lobby every morning.


Getting Around

If you are staying put in Chatham, you can easily walk or bike to beaches, restaurants, shops and galleries.


Many restaurants are within a 15-minute walk, so there are plenty of options. The Chatham Bars Inn is home to the high-end and romantic STARS restaurant (4-minute walk), a fine dining spot specializing in local food. The Impudent Oyster (7-minute walk) offers upscale food in a former church.


The Sacred Cod (4-minute walk), also at the Chatham Bars Inn, is a classic upscale tavern, while both the hotel's on-site Veranda and the Beach House are wonderful places to enjoy a drink outside in warm weather.


With its own private beach, The Hawthorne beckons sun worshippers and beachcombers who don’t want to share the Cape’s gorgeous waterfront with loads of crowds. Add the fact that the property is walking distance to Chatham, offers large accommodations, which are meticulously kept up, and boasts waterfront views from the lawn and many of the rooms, it’s no wonder it has so many repeat guests.


On the beach


Phones: 508-945–0372

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