Coastal New England is an enchanting yacht charter destination rich in natural beauty, maritime history, and charm. Picturesque port cities, like Bar Harbor and Newport offer plenty of summer fun with fascinating sites to see, enticing opportunities for water sports and outdoor adventures, delectable seafood to tempt your taste buds, and cutting edge art and culture. Here are a few of the top scenic destinations to visit on your New England yacht charter:
Newport is a vibrant summer yachting hotspot famous for its grand mansions and air of romance from the Gilded Age. An enjoyable time can be spent strolling the scenic waterfront area and its two main streets: America’s Cup Avenue and Thames which are lined with art galleries, award-winning restaurants, and high-end boutiques. The can’t miss attraction is the the Cliff Walk which spans seven lovely miles of ocean views and grand estates and for an outstanding meal, the fare at Tallulah on Thames cannot be beat.
BLOCK ISLAND, RI
Block Island is a relatively undiscovered New England gem with long stretches of beaches, dramatic bluffs, and hilly grasslands. A great alternative to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard for those looking for less of a scene and more timeless appeal, it is a land of peaceful pleasures and well-preserved natural beauty. The best spot for lunch is the Oar which has great views overlooking Great Salt Pond and for dinner try The Beachhead.
BAR HARBOR, ME
A long preferred summer hideaway of the well-heeled, Bar Harbor offers cool sea breezes, million-dollar views, and exceptionally good food. If you like blueberries, the array of delicacies ranging from homemade ice cream, popcorn, and beer will leave you in heaven. Make sure to grab a drink at the landmark Geddy’s – a colorful bar and restaurant where the walls are filled with old photographs, signs, and art and sample the fine culinary fare at Mache Bistro.
Kennebunkport is a picturesque seaside village that boasts of an artsy downtown area filled with unique shops and galleries, traditional Maine clam shacks, and some of the finest restaurants on the East Coast. Don’t miss a stop at the Old Vines Wine & Tapas Bar housed in a renovated barn for an expertly crafted cocktail and the highly-acclaimed White Barn Inn Restaurant for delectable dishes served in a quaint rustic setting. Those with a sweet tooth will want to try the offerings at the Rococo Artisan Ice Cream shop.
A one-time fishing and whaling outpost, Newport is famous today for being a tony summer outpost with lots of New England charm. Much of the appeal lies in its astounding 82 miles of stunning shoreline, 19th-century timeless feel, and cobblestone streets lined with lovely gray-shingled cottages surrounded by wild roses, fine luxury boutiques, and swanky restaurants. For an enchanting evening enjoy an alfresco meal at Topper’s Restaurant followed by a nightcap at the local hotspot Cru.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD, MA
Salty breezes, unspoiled dune covered beaches, and a casually elegant exclusive feel are what defines the famous upscale island retreat of Martha’s Vineyard. The island’s scenic backdrops are breathtaking and the fiery sunsets observed at the most westerly point are rated as the most beautiful in the world. Make sure to visit Black Dog Tavern for a taste of their lump crab cake sandwich and the exquisite seafood dishes at Lure Grill.