Summer on the Cape at The Elegant Chatham Bars Inn

When you think of summers on the Cape what comes to mind? Cool breezes, tennis whites, docksiders and fine sandy beaches? So true, but the the Olde New England charm is amplified if you take a hard turn off Edgartown’s Main Street, dotted with shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants and tourists…and head into the quite, tree-lined neighborhoods. As you stroll away from the crazy streets packed with tourists, you’ll find lawns sweeping up toward historical mansions that will take your breath away.

You’ll also find a historical inn known as the Chatham Bars Inn or, CBI as the locals call it. Build in 1914, the CBI offered wealthy travelers from Boston and New York a luxurious setting.  Coming in by horseback or Buick B25s, they could escape the heat and find solace on the cool beaches that surrounded the resort. CBI history

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Today, you’ll find the charm of the inn, interlaced with the historical beauty  from the turn of the century, providing a relaxing break from the stresses of the world.  Away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, where tourists crowd in and out of shops, the resort allows their guests to relax in peace while still being able to walk to town. As you enter the hotel you’re surrounded by subtle elegance.  A fire burns day and night bringing a warming touch to the large gathering room. 

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The reception area holds accents from the past and you’ll find the actual welcome desk used in the early 1900’s (at least I think it’s the original one).  Imagine the families arriving, hot and tired from the long ride from Boston…and there you stand in the same spot over 100 years later.

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IMG_5404The rooms are lovely and if you can get one with a balcony you’ll be delighted with comfortable chairs to take in the sweeping view. 

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As you leave the main hotel you’ll find exterior buildings along with an ocean-front restaurant. We ate at a table located by the beach and had a really delicious lunch.  Dinner in the tavern was equally good and the mussels were one of the best meals we had on the entire trip. 

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Continuing your walk along the winding paths, you’ll find the pool area and chairs nestled along the beach. It was a little overcast and cold when we were there, but the weather added to the relaxing ambiance of the hotel. Our visit was in late May so the spring flowers were in bloom and the air smelled of lilacs.

After a night of playing cards (Mom beat me almost every time!) we woke to fresh brewed coffee and a brisk morning walk. Below you’ll see Mom noting how high the snow must get by the markers found on the fire hydrants! Breakfast was amazing and included in the price of our room.  As you walk through the french doors you’re met with the smell of fresh baked pastries, dishes overflowing with fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, along with hot selections. 

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After breakfast we were off to catch the ferry to Martha’s Vineyards. Imagining what the inn looked like in the 1900’s I came across this image and found there was a dock you could stroll along to get out to the sandy beaches. Now, there is an elegant pathway that takes you along flower lined beds. Chatham Bars Inn – we truly loved our stay! Thank you!

Then….
And now!

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All historical photos were found on and are property of the Chatham Bars Inn website.

All other photos are copyright 2019 Shelley D Spray. Images can not be used, all rights reserved.

Sunrise Walk on the Vineyard

Amazing stay on this incredible island. Morning!!

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Chappy Trip

I took a quick trip over to see the bridge on Chappaquiddick which is a small island next to Martha’s Vineyard. It’s know for it’s bridge and the famous Ted Kennedy incident. Apparently he was drunk and drove off the bridge leaving the woman he was with to die. Oh Ted…..

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So 1000s of people, including me apparently, take the ferry over to see it. Here’s my trip. This is a pic of where you get on the ferry. I’m off season so there were just a few cars. During the season, tons of cars are lined up.

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There are 3 cars per ferry and it takes about 2 minutes to cross.

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Once you get to the other side follow the road until it takes a sharp bend to the right. Before you take that turn, you’ll see a dirt road in front of you, take that road to the end. Here’s the infamous bridge and the views around it.

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It costs $12.00 on the way there and nothing to come back which is nice. Here’s the view of MV before you get on the return ferry.

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Quick travel note: Just my humble opinion, if you’re in the Vineyard for awhile it’s a fun trip. But if it’s a short stay it would not be a “must see”, especially if you had to wait in a long line to catch the ferry. I’d see the lighthouses and eat lobster in Menemsha first. Cheers!

#Feelingthelove Espresso Love Coffee

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#Feelingthelove! Especially since this amazing coffee shop is the first one open in the morning. That, and their coffee is fabulous! If you’ve been reading my blogs you know coffee is a super close second to….well…. bacon so … Bring it! And bring it early! You can find this local coffee shop in the quaint town of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. If you visit this is a must see/try!

Coffee in hand, I’m sitting on a bench, outside the court house listening to the birds. I hear rain is on the way but right now it’s sunny and gorgeous. Thanks Espresso Love!

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Where I am right now! Morning!!!

PS- missing my Los Gatos coffee crew!!! Xoxoxoxo

Where I Am Right Now

Serenity…from my evening walk. This place is amazing….

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Menemsha Fish Market Lobster Lunch

20140520-125556-46556651.jpg Imagine sitting at a rustic picnic table by the harbor, splitting open a fresh, steamed lobster. Melted butter and lemon at the ready. If you’re on Martha’s Vineyard and want to experience the local lobster, avoid the expensive restaurants and head over to the harbor in Menemsha. It’s a small, quaint area with a few shops and one of my favorite places, the Menemsha Fish Market where I order lobster at least once while I’m on island. In fact I’m there right now, typing this in the sun, just having finished lunch. Here are some photos:

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When you go say hi to Stanley who owns the place, Erisa and Kate!

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And if you were wondering if it was good….

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