During the summer months, many yachts are attracted to idyllic New England, where there are many quaint towns and villages ripe for exploring. The charter season for the New England area runs from May to October; the weather is perfect for sailing, antiquing, lobster and clam bakes on the beach. New England luxury yacht charters are a great way to see some of New England’s finest Summer venues in style – Newport Jazz Fest, Fourth of July fireworks and the Boston Pops or the annual Maine Lobster Festival are just a few of the hot events happening each Summer.
From Long Island Sound in the South to the Gulf of Maine in the north the coast of New England offers some of the finest cruising in North America, if not the world. It’s hard to do the lot in one or two weeks, so pick one area and really explore it. From Long Island the harbors of Greenwich, Stamford, Sag Harbor, and Shelter Island are all within easy reach. Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is a must for any maritime-history enthusiast’. Providence – at the head of Narragansett Bay – is a busy city with great attractions, and for fans of classic yachts the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol is a must see.
Across Block Island Sound from Long Island is the world-famous yachting center of Newport. To the east are the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket whose wealth was built on whaling and where the old whaling captain’s homes are still inhabited, often in their original condition. Around Cape Cod, the coast is gentle and strewn with mile upon mile of white-sand beaches and dunes. North of Boston there are the world-famous towns of Salem, Gloucester and Marble head – renowned for their witches, fishing schooners and yachts.
As one enters Maine, the coast is initially gentle and low with small fishing harbors with long histories, but the further north one sails the more the coast becomes ever more dramatic, with long fingers of land protecting fjord-like inlets and secluded anchorages where time seems to have stood still for centuries. Finally, beyond Casco Bay and into the Gulf of Main sailing ‘down east’ in the wake of the fishing schooners of old, the coast is scattered with hundreds of islands large and small, each with its own character and appeal.
A paradise for the true sailor, one could spend weeks exploring just the coast of Mount Desert Island with its high peaks, deep-water harbors and great small town. The scenery is breathtaking, the air clean and fresh.