Holiday Stress Relieved!

Winter in Chatham means quieter streets, fewer crowds, snow on the sand. It can also be a hectic time if you are hosting holiday dinners and accommodating out-of-town friends and family. While it’s fun to wrap gifts, plan menus, bake cookies and attend parties, you might find yourself a bit stressed juggling all the obligations and demands of the holiday season. Here are some ultra relaxing ways you can de-stress in Chatham.

By Lisa Cavanaugh

                                                         SPA DAYS

Le Petite Day Spa

Tucked behind Chatham Town Hall on Main Street, Le Petite Day Spa is a refuge from the bustle of Main Street. Inside, an elegantly calm atmosphere greets you as you peruse a menu of state-of-the-art, relaxing and invigorating skin, hair, nail and body treatments. Le Petite’s professional staff can work wonders with a personalized set of treatments.

To truly rejuvenate, opt for the Le Petite Head to Toe Treatment, which starts with a restful scalp massage followed by an aromatherapy, anti-stress body rub, a hydrating foot scrub and hot towel treatment, completed by a soothing and hydrating facial. If time is of the essence, you can sneak in a 30-minute Le Petite neck and shoulder massage specifically designed to focus on releasing tension, stress and overworked muscles in those areas.

“We invite everyone to experience and enjoy a complete mind, body and soul makeover,” says Chatham native Kim Carlin, owner of Le Petite Day Spa, which opened in 2008. A licensed massage therapist, aesthetician and nail technician, Carlin stresses that her No. 1 goal is customer service. “At Le Petite Day Spa, we are committed to providing the most relaxing experience to all of our customers.”

35 Cross St., Chatham, 508-945-9909,

The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn

Imagine that it’s a few days after Thanksgiving and you’ve just treated yourself to a much-needed massage. You take a steam shower, wrap yourself in a plush robe and step outside to dip into a bubbling Jacuzzi. But you’re not in California—you are in Chatham! The Spa at Chatham Bars Inn is open year round, (with limited availability matching the resort’s winter schedule ) offering luxurious treatments for the body, face, hands and feet. You can book two or three-hour packages or focus on one treatment and de-stress in the lush lounges, saunas and steam room. (As the weather warms up, the seasonal outdoor cabanas and pool offer even more chances to relax.)

Some of their signature services include the beach-themed tides massage, which utilizes smoothed ocean shells and the sea dew hot stone massage, which combines refreshing rosemary mint oil and soothing warm stones. The spa caters to both women and men and features a sea captain’s facial, which helps restore skin damage caused by daily shaving and environmental aggressors.

For an indulgence of epic proportions, you can escape overnight to one of their spa suites, located above the spa. These adult-only suites have been designed with a focus on luxury and pampering, with oversized hydrotherapy tubs, saunas, steam showers and fireplaces. “The spa suites are set up for relaxation with plenty of space for in-room massages or yoga practice,” says Maegan Storey, director of marketing at Chatham Bars Inn. Sounds like the perfect time to ask visiting relatives to babysit!

297 Shore Road, Chatham, 508-945-6737,


Chatham Village Market

Not feeling the chef vibe this year? Never fear. You can get complete holiday dinners, from soup to pumpkin pie, at Chatham Village Market. The market’s talented staff excels at crafting the perfect meal for your party or family dinner. A full service grocery store, Chatham Village Market will provide roast turkey, mashed potatoes, two kinds of stuffing, (traditional and cranberry apple) and a variety of vegetable side dishes to please everyone at your table. “We have butternut squash, green beans, Brussels sprouts; we try to have something for everyone,” says Stephanie Eldredge, the deli manager.

Make sure to give the team at Chatham Village Market a couple of days notice and plan to pick your order the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter—and don’t forget dessert! The market has a wide variety of delicious pies and other baked delights. Also, be sure to choose your favorite wine and beer from their comprehensive selection to complement your dinner and add some fresh flowers from their floral section (pre-made arrangements can be ordered as well) for a holiday event everyone will love. All you have to do is sit back and accept the accolades.

20 Queen Anne Road, Chatham, 508-945-9783,

Another way to get a “turkey to go” for your November feast is to contact Chatham Bars Inn. They offer full Thanksgiving dinners that you can pick up and bring home for the entire family. CBI also serves a Thanksgiving Day feast at its Sacred Cod Tavern and a grand buffet in STARS. Or to really keep things stress-free, you can take everyone out for dinner. The Wild Goose Tavern at the Chatham Wayside Inn on Main Street presents a scrumptious buffet on Thanksgiving Day.


Sundance Clothing

Sundance Clothing


What to wear to that office holiday lunch? Or to the neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party? Or even throughout the entire week of socializing with the in-laws? When you need the perfect outfit for a special holiday event or stylish pieces to fill in your winter wardrobe, call the friendly staff at Sundance Clothing on Main Street Chatham. Owner April Cabral and her team will choose items to match your style and have them waiting for you to try on at your convenience. “We regularly pre-select key items for frequent customers,” says Cabral. “We know what they like and will have half a rolling rack of items in their sizes and favorite looks to try on. It saves them time and effort.” This individualized attention is available year-round to anyone visiting Chatham. Just give them a call ahead of time, let them know what you are looking for and what your personal style is and they will help you look and feel your very best.

497 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-5096,

Puritan Cape Cod

You can also turn to Puritan Cape Cod for one-on-one selection and purchasing experiences, including appointments outside normal business hours. Puritan also helps you make it a group event with both holiday “customer wish lists” that their staff will share with your loved
ones and private shopping parties for friends and family. “Shopping parties are a great way to de-stress, because it makes holiday shopping fun rather than another thing on your holiday prep to-do list,” says Puritan’s Anne Bellino.

573 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-0326,


Chatham Clothing Bar

Chatham Clothing Bar

When Chatham author Anne LeClaire needed to update her wardrobe for casual and evening events related to the release of her novel, “The Halo Effect,” she turned to Chatham Clothing Bar owner Sandra Wycoff, who offers personal shopping services by appointment. Upstairs, above the store, Wycoff gave LeClaire numerous options and—what every shopping experience could use—a glass of wine. “It was very relaxed and easy. Sandy had preselected a number of outfits, complete with jewelry and shoes. It was like girlfriends playing dress-up with the entire stock to choose from,” says LeClaire. “It was fun and no stress.”

Customers interested in Chatham Clothing Bar’s personal shopping services should call the store to book an appointment and plan on a two-hour time frame. “The most important part is helping someone develop their own personal style and creating a wardrobe,” says Wycoff, who offers her services after-hours for a more relaxing experience. “I’m not opposed to people bringing in pieces of their wardrobe that they really like and then we can update it and see what we need to go with it.”’ –Lisa Leigh Connors

534 Main St., Chatham, 508-945-5292,


Life in Harmony

“Living an Ayurvedic lifestyle prevents the onset of stress to begin with,” says Chris Dynega, who opened Life In Harmony with his wife, Xiomy, two years ago after they completed studying Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, in Kerala, India. “If you have a routine, diet and lifestyle in place, then anything that life throws at you can be handled without allowing it to become stressful.”

The Dynegas chose Chatham for their wellness center because they feel it’s a beautiful village of lovely people, in a beautiful place. “We found that what brought harmony into our lives were healthy relationships, a connection with a community and a connection with nature,” says Chris.

They provide a variety of Ayurvedic treatments all aimed at de-stressing and detoxifying the body of physical and mental toxins. Clients’ favorites include Shirodhara in which warm, herbal infused oil is poured over the forehead and scalp for 30 to 40 minutes and Abhyanga, a warm herbal infused oil massage for the entire body, with steam therapy to complete the treatment. Life In Harmony also offers private sessions in yoga therapy to help individuals with imbalances that they are experiencing.

They are committed to helping community members find lasting health. “Finding out what your unique constitution and imbalances are according to Ayurveda is one key element,” says Chris, “but living/eating according to the place and/or season where you are and incorporating a daily routine for wellness are just as important.”

60E Munson Meeting Way, Chatham, 203-595-1903,