Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Chatham, MA

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Chatham Bars Inn

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge

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Chatham, Massachusetts

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The Story

Enjoy accommodations at Chatham Bars Inn, Massachusetts' only Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing School and Lodge. The 25-acre oceanfront property is considered Cape Cod's most beautiful address. Chatham is bordered by Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. These two bodies of water are joined together by various flats and waterways that create an ideal fishing location. Chatham offers an abundance of saltwater species such as striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and false albacore. The Chatham flats are often regarded as one of the best places in the world to sight fish for striped bass in shallow water.

Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1914, Chatham Bars Inn is now recognized as an award-winning, luxurious destination for discerning guests from around the world, setting the standard for oceanfront resorts along the East Coast. Guests at Chatham Bars Inn enjoy a luxurious vacation experience complete with a spa, exquisite dining in multiple on-site restaurants, a private fleet of boats, and a full schedule of activities from mixology and wine tastings to tennis and innovative children's programs. The Inn also has its own eight-acre farm which provides greens and produce used by the culinary team to create unforgettable meals, often accompanied by freshly caught local seafood.

The staff at Chatham Bars Inn is highly motivated, well-skilled and gracious, with a commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service. Their mission is to create a unique and memorable guest experience enveloped in charm and gracious service for each and every guest.

The Inn is just a short stroll from Chatham's Main Street, a quaint area highlighted by artisan chocolatiers, custom and fine jewelry, art galleries, book stores, tasteful home décor and furniture stores, antiques shops, and clothing boutiques. Frequent special events include live musical entertainment at the bandstand on the village green. Chatham is also home to the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier amateur baseball league in the nation since 1885. There are currently 306 former Cape League players in Major League Baseball. With so many amazing options for activities and dining, guests of Chatham Bars Inn enjoy the flexibility in creating their own customized vacation experience combining the best in fly fishing with the ultimate in a luxurious New England oceanfront destination.

Awards and Accolades

Condé Nast Traveler "Top Resort in New England" by the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

Boston Weddings Magazine "Best Cape Cod Wedding Venue" 2018

Massachusetts Lodging Association "Community Service Leader of the Year" and "Innovative Hotel of the Year" 2018

One of the "Best Family Resorts in the World", Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2016

What is Provided:

Included in fishing schools, wade fishing and charters: All fishing tackle, guide/instructor and/or captain, fuel, ice, bottled water.
Lunch for fishing schools and cleaning of fish are provided.
Lunches during chartered fishing trips may be purchased off boating menu for an additional charge.

All guests of Chatham Bars Inn receive complimentary valet shuttle service into town, boat shuttle service to the outer beach, bike rentals, the Kids Crew morning sessions, and access to the heated outdoor pool and private beach. Daily newspapers and wireless access are also included.

Gear Recommendations:

Fly-fishing rods ranging from 8 wt to 10 wt, typically with a sinking weight line. Waders are recommended for all wade fishing trips and two-day schools. Wading baskets are highly recommended. We recommend wearing SPF sun shirts and multiple layers to respond to the ever changing New England weather, as well as hats, gloves, sunglasses, and a buff face mask.


Striped bass
False albacore
Offshore fishing for bluefin tuna


Striped bass: May 15th - October 31st
Bluefish: June 1st - September 31st
False albacore and bonito: August 21st - October 21st
Bluefin tuna: June 1st - October 31st
Prime wade fishing from shore from mid-May through the end of June


Cape Cod extends 70 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Cape Cod Bay on the north, Buzzards Bay on the west, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds on the south, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east. The Cape has a breadth of one to 20 miles and has more than 400 miles of shoreline. The Cape also has many small freshwater ponds in the inland areas and the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Cod beaches offer excellent sand, swimming, and water sports.

Typical Weather:

Cape Cod is known for ideal weather during the summer months with sunny days, low humidity, and evenings cooled by ocean breezes. Summer temperatures usually range from mid-60s to high-70s F. Another fantastic time to visit is during the spring and fall, with pleasant temperatures in the 50s and 60s, perfect for outdoor activities. Winters tend to be mild with temperatures normally 10 degrees warmer than Boston.

Rates at the Inn range depending upon season and type of room selected. Special packages are also offered throughout the year. For exact dates and rates, please visit our reservations page.

Additional Activities:

Boating activities include whale watching, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard trips, evening Champagne Cruises, bass and bluefish on our 34 regulator, offshore tuna fishing, seal cruise, pirate cruises, lobster trips, great white shark expeditions, private sailing charters, sail to the seals, evening sail, youth sailing instructions, kayak rentals, and Hobie Cat rentals.

The Kids Crew promises to make each child's visit to Chatham Bars Inn unforgettable. Offered July 1st through Labor Day with morning and evening sessions, every activity is hands-on and innovative, with an emphasis on local fun! Our dedication to providing diverse and exciting programming for children is unparalleled throughout the region.

The on-site, full service spa offers the finest in luxury treatments and amenities including oversized treatment rooms with private showers and a hydrotherapy tub. The spa also features its own outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, as well as outdoor cabanas for spa treatments.


  • The Resort has pet-friendly rooms and pet-friendly outdoor spaces.
  • The Resort and boats are available to guests with limited mobility.
  • Fish will be cleaned by the captain.
  • The chef can prepare the catch in our restaurant for a nominal fee.
  • All fish can be packed up and iced down for the guest to transport home in a cooler.
  • Fish can be shipped home at the guest's expense.
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