I'm Giving Up the Hamptons for This Tranquil Seaside Village—Here's Why

I moved from Los Angeles to New York in 2015, and prior to doing so, my notion of the most covetable location to spend long weekends in was the Hamptons. I put it down to popular culture—Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte took the Jitney so I, too, was going to take the Jitney. Over the last few years, I've made my way to Montauk, Bridgehampton, Southampton, East Quogue, and Sagaponack, and I have to admit that none lived up to those high expectations. Montauk's party culture surprised me, Southhampton's high-end commercial stores mirrored Manhattans, and I couldn't help but feel slightly out of place in the exclusive villages and hamlets. 

So naturally, I had a few reservations when I was en route to Chatham, Cape Cod, an equally affluent weekend destination in Massachusets. Even though I grew up on the West Coast, I knew of the illustrious Cape Cod. Thankfully, my preconceived notions of an elitist seaside culture were totally incorrect, and instead, I fell in love with the peaceful, welcoming village of Chatham. Here's why I'll be returning to Cape Cod again and again—and why you should, too. 

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