Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

If you live on or off the Cape this is the place to experience Yoga! 

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga
Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga has been a tradition in Chatham for 13 years. It is taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher Valerie Twomey, RN.

This is a very special place to practice Yoga! Oceanside with the sun, sand and ocean. Your stress will melt away!

Chatham Lighthouse Beach Yoga

Now through September 15th, 2014, daily, one and a half hour classes start at 7:30am– weather permitting. No pre-registration is required. Beginners  are welcomed and encouraged. Movement is slow, focus is on breath and safe alignment. Bring your sunglasses and a towel as the class is held on soft sand, right on the edge of the beach!

Each class ends with a time for relaxation. Kripalu Yoga on the beach strengthen your body, calm your mind,  reduce stress and provide an opportunity for improving your health.

Private classes are also available.

Photo By Melissa Tyler

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New England Clambake Kickoff returns to CBI

Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham Bars Inn

You know it’s Summer when the casual New England Style Clambake returns to Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Mass. We can honestly say CBI never lets you down! The Clambake and buffet are amazing and delicious and the view from the Beach House grill is amazing and relaxing.

Lobster Nacjos Ocean Grill at Chatham Bars Inn

Top that off with great drinks, service and hospitality and a band.  There’s beach games for children, and end the night under the stars with a bonfire! Reservations are required. Please call 508-945-0096 or click on the link above.

Chatham Bars inn

This Memorial Day Weekend Chatham Bars Inn Clambake will be held Friday, May 24th  and Sunday, May 26th.  Check our site for updates on the rest of the Clambake schedule throughout the Summer!

Chatham Bars Inn

Photos By Melissa Tyler

 

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History of Chatham, Massachusetts

Native American tribes who lived in the area before European colonization include the Nauset, specifically the Monomoy or Monomoy people. “Manamyik” was a Nauset Village located near present Chatham.  Explorer Samuel de Champlain landed here in 1606.

50 years later in 1656 when the first English settler ran his cart down the ancient Indian pathway with an intention on living there. Englishman William Nickerson struck a deal for 4 square miles of land with the Monomoyik sachem, Mattaquson. He paid a shallop, ten coats, six kettles, twelve axes, twelve hoes, twelve knives, forty shillings in wampum, a hat and twelve shillings in coins. The transaction took place but without the approval of Plymouth County officials and was disputed for 16 years until paying an additional 90 pounds to the court.

Most of the early settlers were farmers cultivating crops a s corn, rye, wheat, tobacco. Corn was introduced by the Monomick natives was the principal crop.  Godfrey Mill built in 1797, ground corn through 1929. If you stand at the head of Chase Park you can still see one of the last visible reminders of how important farming was to the first people of Chatham.

English settlers first settled in Chatham in 1665 and the town was incorporated in 1712, naming it after Chatham, Kent, England.  Located on the elbow of Cape Cod the community became a shipping, fishing and whaling center.  Chatham’s early prosperity would leave it with a considerable number of 18th Century buildings whose charm helped develop it into a popular summer resort area.

By the 1700’s, Chatham’s population grew. Corn was no longer a sustainable currency. Chatham along with Harwich and Barnstable dominated the Cape’s fishing industry with Cod, Mackerel and Halibut from the Grand Banks. Just as townspeople were throwing themselves into the fishing industry the Revolutionary War erupted. With Chatham’s position as being the easternmost land in the United States made her waters particular appetizing for the British raids and harassment. The economy of Chatham came to a virtual standstill.

Monomoy Island

 Chatham is home to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge located on Monomoy Island. Established in 1944 to provide habitat for migratory birds. Today, there are over 285 spices of birds. Taken over by the US Government just before World War II.  The island was home to the Monomoy Island Gunery Range. This 8 mile split of sand extends southwest from Chatham’s mainland  and is perhaps one of the best reasons to visit the elbow of Cape Cod. In addition to the 2 islands known as North and South Monomoy. A 40 acre unit on Morris Island is part of the 40 acre refuge. The total area of the refuge is 7604 acres.

Despite the remoteness of Monomoy it was home to its own community as early as 1710. A tavern for sailors was opened up in the location of today’s Hospital Pond, known as Wreck  Cove.  During the 1800’s a sizable fishing settlement grew in what was known as Powder Hall.  About 200 residents lived on the island and it house Public School #13 which boasted about 16 students.  Cod and Mackerel were dried and shipped to Boston and New York and Lobsters were plentiful and sold to the mainlander’s for about  2 cents a piece. The village was abandoned after its harbor was washed away by the hurricane of 1860

Chatham Twin Lighthouse’s
Established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 to protect the ships circling the Cape.  It originally consisted of two lights. The pair were moved back and rebuilt in 1877.  The second was moved to Eastham to become Nauset Light in 1923. Today the innkeepers house is home to a Coast Guard Station.

Boat Tours For boating activities check out Beachcomber a 1 1/2 hour Seal tour along beautiful Chatham Harbor between North Beach and Chatham Light and the break. They also feature cruises for family get-together, weddings, events and group charters.  Tours start in July. Outermost Harbor Marine features water taxis and visits to pristine barrier beaches and island wonders.  The Monomoy Island Ferry aboard the Rip Ryder is the closest boat to seals since 1989. They feature daily trips for seal cruises, walking tours, fishing and birding.

Chatham Railroad

 On November 22, 1887, the railroad made its  first run. Prior to the railroads travel was only possible to the Cape by boat, cart or stagecoach. With comfortable travel now available the richest families in Boston and New York started vacationing and began purchasing their own Summer homes.  In 1937, the coming of bus lines closed the railroad. The main station stood abandoned until 1951 when it was donated to the town to be maintained as a public museum. The Museum is opened from June 15 – September 18th.

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Chatham Bars Inn

Chatham, Massachusetts

Chatham

 Chatham features 8 area beaches, bird watching, biking, fishing, galleries, golf, hiking, kayaking,  museums, seal cruises, shopping and more. There are more than 15 area restaurants, 11 Inns and 9 B&B’s; as well as rental homes, cottages and condos for longer accommodations.  Check the Chatham Lodging Association for lodging information as well as  The Chatham Chamber of Commerce  for more things to do in the area.

 Main Street 

Today, Chatham is home to numerous family owned shops, restaurants and businesses. During the Summer concerts are held at the gazebo on Main Street. The great thing about traveling is you get to visit some of the most unique shops each area has to offer.  In Chatham,  Yankee Ingenuity a Gallery Gift shop The Mayflower Shop another unique gift shop and Chatham Pottery are just some of the shops that are a must stop!

We also must say that Chatham is the home to one Cape Cod’s best photographers Christopher Seufert   You must check out his work or even speak with him about your family portraits or wedding photographs.

Chatham holds some of the best preserved historic homes and buildings winning the “2007 Distinctive Destinations Award” by The National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation.

Chatham Anglers

 The Chatham A’s or Anglers, Chatham’s own baseball team. They have appeared in the CCBL playoffs 30 times since 1963! Veterans Field in Chatham has been home to the team since the inception of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1923.  This years season games are June 10th – August 3rd.

Chatham Bars Inn 

 Known for New England’s Finest Oceanfront Luxury Resort & Spa.  Known for its views and service and fine dining is also known as a destination wedding location and for its spa services. This inn has a history dating back to 1912.

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