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New England: Where America’s Yachting Traditions Were Founded

America is a relatively young nation, but history abounds in New England, where the country’s first settlers planted roots. From the dark days of Salem’s witch trials to the rebellious ride of Paul Revere, New England is rich with antiquity. Through those struggles and triumphs, great traditions were born, many of which are still seen and
celebrated today.

Cruise the coastal waters of New England, and you’ll spy classic New England homes clad with gray shingles next to magnificent lighthouses. Pop ashore for an old-fashioned clam or lobster bake. America’s yachting tradition began in these coastal waters. The beautiful islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are summer havens for New Englanders who wish to escape the city heat for the relaxed breezes of the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Wander the cobblestone streets while enjoying an afternoon ice cream and perusing the antique markets and you’re sure to fall in love. From the modern metropolis of Boston to quaint fishing villages like Block Island, the best way to experience New England is by sea on board a luxury charter yacht.

Day 1

Begin your yacht charter by boarding in the “city by the sea,” Newport, Rhode Island. With a variety of activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Stroll along the Cliff Walk and tour the beautiful 19th-century mansions, or catch a polo match during the summer’s International Polo Series. In the evening, relax on the aft deck with a glass of wine and watch the sun drop behind the picturesque Pell Bridge; the colors of the sky will take your breath away.

Day 2
Sag Harbor

Depart Newport for a morning cruise to Sag Harbor, the yachting hub of The Hamptons. Stoll into town for lunch as Main Street is lined with various outdoor restaurants and galleries. Alternatively, take a quick drive to nearby East Hampton or South Hampton for golfing, wine tours, and shopping. For those seeking a little history, Montauk Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the state and ovelooks a beautiful seaside cliff. While docked in Sag Harbor you can paddle board or kayak around the stunning homes on the water or enjoy a evening cocktail tender cruise around nearby Shelter Island.

Day 3
Block Island

At your leisure head over to beautiful Block Island. With over seventeen miles of pristine beaches featuring spectacular bluffs, Block Island is a family favorite. Anchor at the Great Salt Pond and tender ashore to explore on bicycles. This Island offers something for everyone at a laid back pace. Make sure to visit The National Hotel, a Block Island landmark hotel and restaurant offering breath-taking ocean views from their front porch.

Day 4
Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard

Cruise from Block Island to Edgartown, on Martha’s Vineyard. An elegant port, as well as the Vineyard’s oldest and wealthiest town, Edgartown is the summer holiday destination for many of America’s most notable figures- including past Presidents. Spend the day at South Beach and enjoy the rolling sand dunes or try your hand at surfing. In the evening, dine ashore at one of the many popular restaurants, enjoying a world famous clambake of succulent Maine lobster, clams, oysters, and other local seafood.

Days 5 & 6

From Martha’s Vineyard it’s a short two-hour cruise to Nantucket, the center of the world’s whaling industry during the early to mid 1800s. Today, Nantucket’s population includes its fashionable summer residents, itinerant yachtsmen, and numerous seasonal tourists. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and make sure to stop by the whaling museum where you can pick up your own copy of “In The Heart Of The Sea,” the true story behind the fictional Moby Dick character. Walking along the streets of Nantucket will bring the story to life. Nantucket is a favorite stopover in New England for good reason. Go clamming for dinner, rent jeeps and drive out to the beach, or have a picnic on one of the nearby beaches only accessible by boat, the possibilities are endless. Visit the local brewery and dine in one of the fabulous restaurants that are all walking distance from the dock.

Day 7

After breakfast, stretch your legs and take a final farewell drive down Ocean Drive, taking in the beautiful summer homes built on the rocky edges of the beautiful Newport coast. As your yacht charter vacation comes to an end, reminisce on the memories you’ve created and look forward to your next yachting adventure. We hope you had a great time!

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