Family Vacation at Chatham Bars Inn – Part 3

Missed Part 1 and Part 2 of our family vacation to Chatham Bars Inn (CBI)?

After nap time and our individual spa services, the three of us ate some lunch in our room and then drove to nearby Chatham Lighthouse Beach to fly Quinn’s first kite together!

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So fun!

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He loved it.

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Doing anything with a kid for the first time is truly the best. I absolutely loved seeing the pure joy and amazement on Q-Man’s face as he looked up at his kite.

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After kite-flying, we picked some shells and rocks from the beach for our collection at home (another vacation family tradition).

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Here’s our only family photo from our Chatham trip. #derp

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After spending awhile at the beach, we headed back to CBI to enjoy happy hour on the veranda, which had absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean. I think Mal and I would have stayed there all night, if we didn’t have a maniac toddler with us.

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Quinn loved playing (and exploring) the veranda. (I didn’t snap any pics because I was chasing him!) Thankfully, it wasn’t crowded, but, whoa, he did not want to sit still.

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It was obvious Quinn was getting antsy, so we headed inside to The Sacred Cod, the inn’s casual tavern, for dinner. (I think my face says it all… I sensed a potential meltdown on the horizon! Ha!)

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I ordered one of CBI’s signature cocktails called a “Cranberry Cooler,” which was made with cranberry vodka, fresh lime juice, and soda water. It was perfect. I like mixed drinks, but I typically don’t order them because they’re always too sweet for my liking, but our server assured me this one wasn’t overly sugary and she was exactly right. Definitely try this one if you visit!

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Our meal started with warm homemade brioche served with cranberry butter and we all went crazy over it. Holy yum!


Mal and I shared the Mini Lobster Rolls as an appetizer. They were light and fresh and not weighed-down with mayo. Mmm… again, perfect. We offered some to Quinn, but he wasn’t interested. We let him know he was missing out. Haha!

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While we waited for our entrees, Quinn got really restless. We tried everything (i.e. crayons, toys, “Melmo”) to keep him entertained, but he just wanted to run around the restaurant. We didn’t want a maniac toddler ruining other guests’ dining experience, so we took our dinners to go. I ordered the Shrimp & Grapefruit Salad that came with shaved fennel, avocado, and radish, which I swear looked better plated in the restaurant than it did in a to-go container. Oooh, life with a toddler… Quinn was much happier hanging out in our suite and doing his own thing.

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After such a busy day, we spent the evening relaxing and watching a movie together before heading to bed early.

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The next morning, I headed over to the fitness center for a quick workout.

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4 rounds:
* 10 Rows (used Nautilus machine)
* 20 Push-Ups
* 30 Medicine Ball Squat Thrusts
* 40 Air Squats


Not even 30 minutes later, I was back in our suite enjoying breakfast with my boys.


Quinn went with pancakes, fruit, and milk again.


And I ordered an egg white and goat cheese frittata, which I loved even more than the previous day’s, which I didn’t think was possible! (I actually tried to recreate it at home!)


With breakfast, Mal and I shared a pot of Bulletproof Coffee (hot coffee mixed with coconut oil and butter), which was phenomenal. I know I’m late to the game, but I’m so glad I finally tried it. I seriously loved it.


After breakfast, we packed up, checked out, and drove home. Just like that, our vacation was over. It was kind of sad leaving CBI, but, all in all, we had a wonderful experience and can’t thank the resort enough for hosting us. It was definitely a family vacation we’ll never forget!

Question of the Day

Parents: How do you deal with toddler/kid meltdowns at restaurants? 

Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee? Thoughts? 


  1. Tina, they are so lovely there at the Chatham Bars Inn. My husband and I spent our honeymoon night there and they had chilled champagne waiting in a beautiful suite. Five years later on our anniversary, they reached out to us and offered us a huge discounted rate to come back and celebrate our anniversary which we did, again with complimentary chilled champagne and, surprise to us, the same suite. They even wrote a hand written note to us. Class act over there at the CBI, I agree. (And phenomenal food to match the service)

  2. looks lovely!

    Dining out with kids between 18 month and 2ish is really tough. They do start getting better shortly after 2 though. When toys and activities fail one of us would get up and take the kid outside to run around. If that still didn’t solve it then leaving is the only option.

  3. Looks like a great trip! I have a one year old not quite a toddling toddler yet but walking around with Dad or eating a new food sometimes helps with the fussies at restaurants.

    How old is Q now? Is he easy when it comes to napping and sleeping in new places? We have some hotel stays coming up and I’m nervous for nap and bed time! The suite was a really good idea!

    1. Q-Man will be 2 in June. We’ve traveled with him since he was an infant, so he doesn’t normally have issues sleeping in new places… well, except waking up super early one morning because we were all in the same room, but, hey, we saw a beautiful sunrise! As for naps, we stuck to our usual routine and he went right down.

  4. We do a work dinner once a month, and depending on the circumstances, my kids tag along. I had the perfect plan, it was a pizza place, so I called ahead to have their pizza ready when we arrived, then, I planned on ordering ice cream for them to eat when MY food arrived, and if that failed, I brought a few toys (legos and such) to play with. My kids were 3 & 5. Well, the restaurant failed to have their food ready, and it wasn’t ready until 45 minutes after they said it would be. Kids ate fast and then started running around. An hour and a half after arriving at the restaurant, my food hadn’t been served, kids had resorted to playing pass and were out of control, so I handed my credit card to a friend and said, “I’m out, please bring my food to work tomorrow!” And I bailed. It was frustrating because it is a family friendly restaurant and I went out of my way to plan and well, it all went downhill very fast.

  5. Ugh, I feel your pain…our first child was restless in restaurants, we took a lot of meals to go too. Our second child must have been entertained by the first because she was easy and we could take her anywhere. Third child (now three) is just a challenge in general. We just came home from a family trip to San Fran where we had some easy meals/moments and tough ones too. Hang in there, they all eventually come around 🙂

  6. Your vacation and dining posts with Quinn give me more confidence to venture out with my toddler. I honestly avoid going out sometimes because I’m nervous about meltdowns in public but the few times we have ventured out my little guy has proven to me that I can handle it. Just today we ventured to CVS (I contemplated going after I dropped him off at daycare but then I thought “Christine, you can do this!”.) And you know what, it wasn’t so bad, we checked out alot of fun things and even snacked on Gold Emblem Greek Yogurt Covered Raisins while waiting for a prescription, score!

    I don’t really have any advice for meltdowns at a restaurant (we do the same with toy and food distractions) but I do like that you took your dinners to go. Typically we just eat really fast and end up not enjoying ourselves or the food. I think in the future we will take our dinners to go, at least that way we can enjoy the food and keep our toddler happy.

  7. Looks like such a fun and nice time! I too need to finally try Bulletproof coffee, but I typically drink 2-3 cups a day and like to do so. Is that ok with bulletproof coffee or is 1 cup a day recommended?

  8. RE: Toddlers in restaurants… I heard a trick that you don’t sit them down in their seat until the food arrives so they’re not getting antsy while you wait for the food. We tried it once and it worked OK! Or they’re just ornery and you take it to go 🙂

  9. We love any place with a patio, packing crayons and coloring books, a few race cars, and going out for early (right at 5:00 if not a little before) dinner or breakfast. We don’t do it often because even though ours are pretty good (age 4 and 2), it’s expensive, and we rarely enjoy our food as much as we would solo. We love getting take out and eating it in our backyard with beers and sippy cups!

  10. I remember life with a toddler. We’ve had to leave restaurants and take our food home before too! I really like that picture of you and your son relaxing, watching a movie. It’s very cute. It shows that even after the trouble at dinner, you still love your son very much.

  11. I love your getaway recaps. Everything looks good, the food, the views, the suite. I’ve gotta try that bullet proof coffee.

  12. Toddler/kid behavior goes in waves it seems. When my son was just over a year and a half we had to leave many times with our food to go. I think being sure they have napped, aren’t over tired is key. I don’t expect him to have perfect behavior and if they haven’t slept forget about it. As mine got older, I talked about my expectations of needing to behave, no screaming, yelling or we will leave. It’s a learning process for them. That is why we go to most places that offer crayons, usually there are lots of other kids who are just as loud! It’s hard, that is why date nights are so important, you get to go out enjoy a drink, conversation and a nice dinner!

  13. Your trip sounds like so much fun! Holy cow, I’ve never been to the East Coast, but that little inn is enough to make me tempted!

    I have 22 month old twin boys and they do alright eating out. As long as we have high chairs, of course! They hardly throw fits in public (fingers crossed it will stay that way!) but they just LOVE to throw anything and everything. Just for fun. So I’m constantly retrieving sippy cups and napkins and food, you name it. I’ve found it’s so important to make sure they’re already in a decent mood, because you can almost guarantee cranky boys if they aren’t!

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