21 Images That Will Have You Booking A Fall Trip To Cape Cod

Summer is the most popular time of the year for travelers to enjoy the sun, surf and food of Cape Cod, but I prefer the Fall. I no longer have to fight traffic, wait in long lines at restaurants or struggle to finding a spot for my chair on the beach. If you want to enjoy the cute shops, great food and walks on the beach, the fall season is for you too. I traveled to Chatham, Cape Cod, which still has the majority of their shops and restaurant opens during this time. My favorite beaches transform into a private oasis with an occasional dog walker going by. The weather can vary, but if planned well you can still enjoy a day in the 60’s, which is perfect to me.

Chatham is located at the “elbow” of the Cape Cod. If looking at any map you can see that the land actually depicts an arm and the “elbow” is exactly where Chatham falls. It was settled by the English in 1664 and became a community of fishing, whaling and shipping. Since the town is at such a critical point of navigation by sea the Chatham Lighthouse was established in 1808 by President Thomas Jefferson. You can also visit the Chatham Light and enjoy the beach that has endured many storms in its day. The historical feel of the town still exists in the architecture today.  It is this historic charm that keeps me visiting several times a year and makes me appreciate its beauty all year round.

(Chatham Cape Cod Facts)

Chatham Cape Cod Travel
Chatham Cape Cod Travel
Chatham Cape Cod Travel
Chatham Cape Cod Travel
Chatham Cape Cod Travel

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Summer Road Trip: Chatham, MA

This summer has been full of fun adventures with my family.  We traveled to Chatham, MA several times since it’s only a few hours away on Cape Cod.  I have been spending summers in Chatham since I was a kid, almost 30 years now, yikes!  The most fun was experiencing all the “firsts” with my two year old son.  I’m so happy he loves the beach and it was a joy watching him run through the waves and throw rocks into the ocean.  Before becoming a mom I would have slept in on vacation, but now that’s not the case.  It’s a good thing that I’m a morning person because the 6am wake up wasn’t too much of a shock to the system, especially since we could be walking the beach together by 6:30am.  I wanted to share some of my favorite images taken to tell the story of our summer at the beach.  Most of these images were shot with my iPhone 6 as I decided to travel light and leave the majority of my gear at home.  I’m also including how I pack for a toddler to help any mom’s out there looking for some tips.

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First thing first, packing.
I have always used this secret tool when packing for my son, from infant to toddler.  This tool is probably overlooked by most and discarded, so next time you purchase sheets and/or pillow shams, keep the plastic containers.   That’s right, I retained the plastic containers and used them to pack clothes, diapers and a baby monitor.  Why? It’s a lot easier and faster to find what you are looking for when you can see the items.  If you were to pack all the items loosely in the bag you would be digging around and wasting time.  Hope this tip helps!  Happy packing.  (the weekender bag used is by Blue Claw Co.) Packing_NBP-3 Packing_NBP Packing_NBP-6 Here are a few of my favorite images from our family adventures. Chatham_NBP_May
Chatham_NBP_July-2 Early morning walks and digging. EarlyMorning_NBP

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Digging in the sand with Grandpa
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Endless fun in the water
End-of-summer party
End-of-summer party
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Enjoying some downtime at the house

Beach We can’t forget about the food.
Sundae School Ice Cream is a must; Chatham Candy Manor chocolate Shark Bite Pop was too good to pass up; my homemade chocolate chip cookies for a family cookout and the Chatham Bars Inn swordfish tacos!
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Thanks for another fun summer Chatham!

On the Road: Chatham, MA

October brought me back to a very familiar place, Chatham, MA.  Two hours south of Boston, this quaint town on Cape Cod attracts the every day traveler and the super wealthy.  2012 will mark the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Chatham, which was discovered by Samuel De Champlain in 1606 and incorporated in 1712.  The ocean landscape changes with each scenic road, but where ever you land, it’s beautiful.  I have been traveling to this destination since I was a small child and these images represent everything that is Chatham to me.