Lower Cape | Concierge Guide

This is another excerpt from the upcoming digital travel guide that will be released this spring. It is a downloadable concierge curated guest resource of things to do, places to eat, and a list of hotel-style services designed specifically for vacation properties. I have made the decision not to accept any advertising revenue for this project to keep my suggestions and recommendations honest and unbiased. Please email atyourservice@downthecapeconcierge.com for more information on how to order a book for your vacation rental.

The Lower Cape begins once you pass Exit 9 on Route 6 (The highway merges to one lane). This affluent area is known for its beachfront resorts and relaxed summer living. Route 6A to the north travels through Brewster and Route 28 continues through both Main Street Harwich Port and Chatham.


Breakwater Beach | Brewster

$20 to park with bathrooms during the summer but no lifeguard is on duty

Long Pond at Nickerson State Park | Brewster

$15 to park ($8 for Mass residents) with no lifeguards.

(Save money by purchasing a state pass)

Red River Beach | Harwich

$20 to park with lifeguards and bathrooms

Bank Street Beach | Harwich

$20 to park with lifeguards and bathrooms

Harding Beach | Chatham

$20 to park with lifeguards and space for beach games

Lighthouse Beach | Chatham

30-minute parking limit (Perfect for a quick sunset photoshoot)


Chatham Orpheum Theatre | Main Street, Chatham

Modern, first-class cinema featuring first-run major motion pictures, independent productions, and the works of local filmmakers. They also run kid's movie matinees during the summer.

Day at the Spa | Chatham Bars Inn Spa

Order a signature spa package and enjoy the rest of the day. Amenities include saunas, steam showers, a seasonal outdoor relaxation pool, and Jacuzzi.

Group Classes | The Pilates School, Harwich

Centrally located on Route 28 in Harwich Port, classes are available Monday-Saturday. Lyn and her team love to welcome all experience levels and even offer private sessions.


(L-R) Hangar B, Chatham | $1 Oysters at the Port, Harwich Port | Cuvee, Chatham

Take an early morning stroll before the beach to grab a coffee inside Perk's or sit down for a full breakfast at Capeside Kitchen in Harwich Port. The $1 oyster happy hour at The Port and NautiBar anchors a very lively Happy Hour scene. Try a local brew at The Beer Garden, Pizza and outdoor live music at Ember, Sushi at 10 Yen, Fine Dining at Cape Sea Grille, or watch a few innings of the Sawwks at Hot Stove Saloon.

Arrive in Chatham, an affluent shopping and dining destination. Watch the private planes take off over coffee and omelets at Hangar B at Chatham Airport or enjoy the funky vibe and fresh ingredients at Chatham Filing Station. The Chatham Fish Pier Market offers fresh lobster rolls with views of day boats delivering tonight's specials. Belly up to the taps at The Squire for a bucket list bar experience hanging with off-duty fishermen, College athletes, bridesmaids and who knows who else. Del Mar Bar and Bistro has a lively bar with a bistro-style menu. Book a table at Cuvee at Chatham Inn, the only Relais & Châteaux dining on Cape Cod.

Another great reason to stay in the Outer Cape is the proximity to two award winning resorts. Chatham Bars Inn offers an impressive farm to table food and beverage operation with Beach House, Stars, and the upscale tavern, The Sacred Cod. Wequassett Resort located on Pleasant Bay, features The LiBAYtion or Outer Bar & Grille for drinks with a water view, Thoreau's, and their fine dining restaurant, Twenty-Eight Atlantic.