June 9 Birthday Launches a Year of Centennial-Themed Festivities
Cape Cod’s beloved Chatham Bars Inn turns 100 years old on June 9, 2014. To mark this historic milestone, the 217-room resort, which began as a luxury hunting lodge and has hosted generations of families and illustrious guests, is planning a celebration that will span the year. There will be centennial rates and packages, menus that bring back nostalgic favorites, and social media promotions. A series of special events, from an ice cream social to a Roaring 20s Costume Ball, will launch on June 9 and continue through year’s end. The resort will announce centennial-related news and event updates via social media using #CBI100 as plans unfold, and encourages its fans and patrons to use the hashtag as well.
“Chatham Bars Inn is that rare place that invites guests to take a nostalgic step into a simpler era while providing every modern comfort they expect in the 21st century,” said General Manager Paul Zuest. “Our owners – and there have been only three since 1914 – have shepherded the resort with great care through the years and have brought us to this historic moment. One hundred years after Chatham Bars Inn first opened, we can reflect proudly on an extraordinary past and look forward to an uncommon future.”
Among the highlights of the centennial celebration:
- Birthday ice cream social (June 9): Chatham Bars Inn will celebrate its official birthday with an old-fashioned ice cream social, just like the one that marked its opening in 1914. Guests will be invited to share the resort’s birthday cake, which will feature vintage images of Chatham Bars Inn.
- Lawn Games, Speakeasy and Roaring 20s Costume Ball (June 14): Cape Cod residents and guests in town for the Second Annual Chatham Antique Car Invitational can step back in time with a stop at Chatham Bars Inn for the following events:
Family lawn games and a croquet tournament will take place on the South Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guests who utter the secret password can slip Prohibition-style into Hardy’s Speakeasy (otherwise known as the Sacred Cod tavern) for an a la carte menu, specialty drinks and live jazz. The speakeasy will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., with music beginning at 10:30 p.m.
The Inn will be transformed to herald a bygone era, and guests are encouraged to turn out in their finest flapper wear for a Roaring 20s Costume Ball (with prizes awarded for best attire). Tickets for the ball, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., are $95 and include a cocktail reception, a three-course dinner (with cash bar), a Centennial keepsake, and dancing to a 20-piece band playing Big Band and jazz favorites.
New Year’s Eve Gala (December 31): The centennial celebration will culminate in a New Year’s Eve Gala complete with dining, dancing and entertainment. Details of the night’s festivities will be announced later.
Centennial rate: On select dates throughout 2014, Chatham Bars Inn will offer a guest room rate of $191.40 to commemorate its opening year.
Centennial Package: Available throughout 2014, this special package includes two nights’ accommodations, two Centennial Cocktails on arrival, a $100 F&B credit, $100 spa credit, and a centennial commemorative gift. Tax and resort fee is included in the price, which starts at $720.
Social Media Promotions: A pair of centennial–themed promotions will award prizes to social media-savvy guests, as follows:
- #CBIdaydream: Fan will be invited to use hashtag #CBIdaydream whenever a moment strikes that makes them wish they were at Chatham Bars Inn. For example: “Snow again? Ready for summer on the beach @ChathamBarsInn #CBIdaydream.” As an incentive to post, the resort will award mini surprises to its favorite daydreamers for redemption on their next visit.
- #TBTCBI100: The resort will challenge past guests to choose a picture from a past Chatham Bars Inn trip for their Throwback Thursday posts on social media, using hashtag #TBTCBI100. The guest who posts the best picture of all submitted throughout the year will win a complimentary return trip in 2015.
Centennial Menu: A four-course Centennial Chef’s Tasting Menu will be offered in STARS, the resort’s signature restaurant, alongside its regular menu. It will include customer favorites from throughout the past 100 years, updated with a modern twist.
Centennial Cocktails Menu: Among the specialty drinks on this milestone drinks menu will be a martini served with a commemorative centennial cocktail shaker.
Centennial-themed gifts: The resort’s Signature Shop will be stocked with a selection of commemorative centennial gifts and logoed items throughout 2014.
For reservations and more information, visit www.chathambarsinn.com or call 800.527.4884.
About Chatham Bars Inn
Celebrating its 100th anniversary on June 9, 2014, Chatham Bars Inn is one of Cape Cod’s most beloved and storied destinations for family vacations, romantic getaways and corporate retreats. What was originally a luxury hunting lodge for wealthy Bostonians is today a full-service resort with 217 individually decorated rooms and suites, endless recreational options, exceptional dining, and an exclusive spa.
Under its present owner, only the third in its history, Chatham Bars Inn has undergone a $100-million renovation that has left nothing untouched. The transformation has retained the Inn’s turn-of-the-century charm and breezy, seaside ambience while adding all the comforts and luxuries of modern living. It is located on its own quarter-mile private beach just short stroll from Chatham, one of the most historic and picturesque villages on the Cape. Chatham Bars Inn is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and recipient of the Forbes Four Star rating. For reservations and more information, visit www.chathambarsinn.com or call 800.527.4884. Connect with Chatham Bars Inn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.