Made up of the 6 states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island, a luxury yacht charter in New England can take you from the summer homes and pretty harbours of Martha’s Vineyard, to the roar of a Red Sox game in Boston, right up to Canadian border along the stunning Maine coastline.
In the sailing town of Newport, Rhode Island, glory in the cliff-top mansions of the grand old families of America, where The Astors and Vanderbilts once threw glamorous society balls overlooking the Atlantic, and US Presidents had their summer ‘White Houses’. Soak up the colonial architecture and maritime history of this beautiful waterfront city that was built on whaling, Quakers, slaving and piracy- and once rivaled New York for its importance. Explore the cliffs, spectacular gardens and beaches, and perhaps take in a jazz festival before moving onto the next stop of your New England yacht charter.
Take a step back in time on gorgeous Block Island, where you’ll find coastal cliff paths and wide sandy beaches perfect for exploring. Walk along the grassy dunes and find a white painted deckchair to laze the afternoon away on in front of the sea.
Nantucket looms large in nautical history and is a perfect modern yachting destination. Today, sophisticated galleries sit by market stalls and shingle weatherbeaten cottages sit by grand summer homes. Quintessential New England lighthouses stand tall on bluffs, and great sand dune cliffs slope down to the sea. In Nantucket, dine well, shop well and drink in the sea air.
Martha’s Vineyard is a gloriously pretty place, long known for attracting a well-heeled clientele. Colourful cottages and affluent summer homes dot the beautiful coastline, quaint harbours and seafood restaurants dish up excellent New England clam chowder. Pass the time shopping or playing golf- or just dangle your feet off an old wooden jetty and enjoy the sound of the water lapping at the dock as the sun sets over Martha’s Vineyard.
Of course, while New England doesn’t include New York, almost every charter visiting the area detours to the Hamptons, the summer playground for yachts, tycoons, and celebrities.
In nearby Boston, you’ll find one of America’s great cities, known for its great universities, revolutionary past and colonial architecture. Dock your yacht under the shadows of skyscrapers and walk along the cobblestone streets of the Freedom Trail. Enjoy the roar of the crowd at a Red Sox Game at Fenway Park, or visit the museums, art galleries and universities that give this city its sophisticated feel.
There are myriad wonderful islands and harbours along the New England coast to explore, including Hyannis on Cape Cod and the Elizabeth Islands. For something different, however, head north to Maine, where the deep pine forest and rocky coastline stretches all the way to Canada. This misty, ethereal place is famous for its lobster pots and warm lively bars that light up the night.
New England is a wonderful place to explore on a yacht, with diverse landscapes, history and architecture at every turn. To plan your New England luxury yacht charter, contact the yacht charter team at bluewater.