Fran and I went to Chatham, MA for our 25th anniversary. Not too far from and not too close to home. The perfect distance to separate reality from our little bubble. Firstly, we stayed at the Carriage House Inn in Chatham, on the corner of Rte 28 (Orleans Rd.) and Old Harbor Rd. (which, is still Rte 28). A very quaint establishment run by Val & Jim. For a beautiful sunset, visit Hardings Beach.
Two great restaurants are Bucas & The Chatham Squire. We had dinner at Bucas for an Italian experience. Pricey but worth it for our special time. The waitress was very polite and attentive, but not hovering. Granted we got there when it opened (5pm) and were the only ones in the establishment until about half-way through our meal. The Bruschetta was great! It was made with goat cheese (my first experience) and cooked (but not over-cooked) diced tomatoes I had the RAVIOLI DI FRUITTI DE MARE (Home Made Seafood Ravioli with Pan Seared Scallops and Shrimp, and a Lemon Mascarpone Cream Sauce) and my wife had the POLLO AL CHIANTI (Bell & Evans organic chicken breastin a red wine sauce with roasted garlic & tomatoes, cippilino onions, roasted potatoes). Both meals were exquisite. (MENU). We were even given a complimentary glass of Prosecco with a peach flavor to celebrate our anniversary.
The Chatham Squire was great for lunch and offered one of the absolutely best clam chowders that I have ever eaten. I ordered a burger and my wife had the peppercorn turkey sandwich. Both a luncheon delicacy. I never order beef out because I find that not many can cook to order very well. The burger was the best I ever had out at a restaurant. My wife also thought her sandwich was tops!
Long walks along the beaches filled our days and then topped off with ocean sunsets and quiet evenings back at the inn. The innkeepers had full breakfasts ready for 8:30 every morning and they were FULL! Val is a first rate cook and whipped up pancakes with ricotta and lemon and an egg dish with mushrooms. Starting every breakfast was a fresh fruit parfait with yogurt to start the day sweetly.
Here are some of our memories so you can get an idea of where you might like to spend your next special vacation.
Along Chatham Lighthouse Beach
Lighthouse @ Nauset Beach in Orleans, MA
Do you see him? The Man In The Dune.
Speaking of Dunes . . .
Fran and me posing for our together photo ;)
Bravery Knows No Boundaries>
Mansions of Glory.
Guest Entrance to the Carriage House Inn.
Elegance In Dining
Our Piece of Home.
NOW THE LOVE NEST:
What more did you think there was? Hmmmm ...?
Well . . . needless to say we had a wonderful time staying at The Carriage House Inn. Our heart felt thank to the innkeepers for helping to make our 25th anniversary that much more special!
Thank you, Jim and Val!!!